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The Newbie’s Guide to Booking Accommodations -Part 2

June 1, 2015 • By

brownshouse

Back Again With Helpful Tips for Booking Accommodations

Today we are continuing with the second installment of our three part series that breaks down the choices one has in booking accommodations for vacations or holidays. We will now look at mid-range options for those travelers who want a little more comfort than hostels can provide but at a more reasonable price than hotels.

If you think you are up to the task, I would recommend trying Priceline when booking accommodations because it allows you the chance to place bids on the price of a hotel room.  However, if you don’t like taking risks, then I would suggest trying aggregator websites like Home AwayVRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and AirBnB.  They list homes, rooms, guesthouses and cabins owned by people who want to rent them out to vacationers for a set daily, weekly or even longer rate.

Some of the aggregators will charge a service fee that will not be refunded should you cancel.  However, you should always note what the owner’s cancellation policy is because you are usually charged for the full stay as soon as you book it.  Most will refund your money if you cancel well in advance of your stay; some are generous enough to refund in full with one day’s notice.READ MORE


Newbie How-to's, Travel Advice

The Newbie’s Guide to Booking Accommodations – Part 1 | Booking On A Budget

September 16, 2013 • By

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Booking Accommodations on a Budget

Today marks the beginning of a three part series that breaks down the choices one has in selecting accommodations for vacations or holidays. We will begin with our most economical offerings and work our way to the more expensive options.
When it comes to finding accommodations while traveling, I’m somewhat of a pragmatist.  I don’t require 5* stays mostly because I see it as a colossal waste of money.  When I travel, I see my hotel room as somewhere to lay my head at night.  I didn’t travel so that I could stay in a room, I plan to spend as little time there as possible!  But this is just my budget conscious opinion and when it comes to securing accommodations, preferences are never one size fits all.

Still, half the fun of searching for somewhere to stay is in realizing how many strange and unusual places to choose from that will make your visit more enjoyable.  Hotels are the default accommodations of choice, but how interesting would it be to stay in a monastery, an igloo or even a log cabin?

How do you find not only standard hotel rooms but find unique places to stay while you are on vacation?

I’m on a strict budget.  What is the best type of accommodation for me? READ MORE


Budget Tips, Travel Advice

Eight Sure-Fire Ways To Stretch Your Housing Dollars Now!

December 28, 2009 • By

Your Housing Dollars

With the US dollar growing seemingly weaker by the day, it’s important to figure out inventive ways to stretch your hard earned and sometimes hard to come by housing dollars. Whether traveling overseas or to the next town over, everyone wants to feel as though they are getting the most for their money.

When searching for affordable accommodations, consider booking housing alternatives like:

1)  Hostels where you share basic accommodations with fellow travelers, usually students.   Hostels are usually run like college dormitories,  where the sleeping area consist of bunk or twin beds for several people (usually 4-8) who share one room and a common bath.  Occasionally, some will offer private rooms/baths with double beds at a slightly higher price.  Hostels have come a long way, you will find that some (not all!) offer certain amenities, like breakfast, shuttle service, WI-FI lounges, community kitchens and cable as standard fare.  Some are specialized where only females are allowed to stay there.  Hostelworld is a great resource to research which ones rate the best.READ MORE


Budget Tips, Travel Advice

The Spendthrift’s Guide to Traveling on the Cheap – Tip #1

November 1, 2009 • By

The Spendthrifts Guide Tip One

This economy has forced most of us to step back and re-evaluate our finances, particularly when it comes to discretionary spending. Most of us have been forced to tighten our belts and carefully consider every dollar that leaves our bank accounts.   However, there is still a way to be fiscally responsible and satisfy your wanderlust.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing tried and true tips that will help you to get the biggest bang for your traveling buck. Feel free to add your own suggestions as well.

Plan ahead!

The sooner that you decide where you want to go, the more likely you are to realize your best deals. Visit travel-oriented websites like Frommers, Fodors, Priceline, Virtual Tourist, IgoUgo and Rick Steves among others to get solid ideas of where you want to travel. Once that has been established, start looking for airfare and hotel deals to the destination.

The further out you plan your itinerary, the more lead-time you will have to locate deals, especially during that destination’s off-season. While there are last minute deals to be had via sites like Last Minute or Last Minute Travel, it’s prudent to take a proactive approach and plan early.

Once, I missed out on a great deal to Paris because I hadn’t decided if I really wanted to go there until much later, which meant that I had missed an opportunity to save a lot of money because I was not decisive. If you take nothing else from this tip, just remember that you must be ready to pull the trigger once a cheap fare or cheap hotel rates come along, because you will never know when a great deal will come your way.

Stay tuned for more Spendthrifts Guide Tips that can help you travel without having to drain your bank account!


Budget Tips, Newbie How-to's, Travel Advice

How to Bid on Priceline

December 29, 2008 • By

A Step by Step Primer On How to Bid on Priceline

 

Priceline logo

Priceline is tricky, but it can be a very rewarding experience for those who are looking for great deals on hotels.  I’m not fond of using them for airfare that much because you may find yourself on flights that have the most undesirable departure times.  While I am pretty flexible with flight times, they offer too much of a mixed bag for me.

But if you are looking to try your luck at securing a great price on a hotel room, by all means, try Priceline!  In December 2005, I was planning for my trip to Vancouver for March 2006 and decided to see if I could luck up on a room at a good price.I was aware that it was pretty early to be looking for a room because Priceline typically sells excess inventory for Hotels at almost the last minute.

So, booking it early didn’t exactly heighten my chances of getting a good deal.However, I’d noticed that a couple of people had already booked great deals for that location on Priceline according to their posts on www.biddingfortravel.com.  So, I threw caution to the wind and decided to go for it.READ MORE