Finding Cheap Hotels
By Hugh Goble
Cheap hotels for your travels can be easy to find if you know where to look. In every town there are cheap hotels that can make the difference between having a vacation or not. Where should you look for these hotels? Accommodation costs are a significant chunk of the total vacation expenditure and by staying in cheap hotels vacationers can afford to experience more of what a holiday destination has to offer.
Start by talking to friends or business associates who have recently travelled to the area. They may have good suggestions for you, especially if you believe that their budget was similar to what you're prepared to spend. They may not have stayed at cheap hotels but they can probably give excellent advice about where you may try. In larger cities they'll almost certainly be able to guide you as to suitable areas in which to find cheap hotels.
It's important to understand that the costs of hotel accommodation can vary by the time of year that you plan to travel, and even by the days of the week that you'll be staying. A winter trip to a popular summer destination will be much cheaper than if you made the same trip during the summer months and vice versa.
Weekend trips can often be more expensive than weekday trips to the same hotel as well. Where possible try to book your vacation trips during the week, and at the very beginning of the season that the area is particularly known for. Depending on what you plan on doing on your trip, you may want to visit the area completely off season to make sure that you get the best rates possible.
If your friends or business colleagues can't help you with details of cheap hotels then you'll need to begin your search for these on your own. The first problem that you'll experience is trying to get the names and contact details of hotels in the area you want to visit. Here your best bet is the Internet. Search any of the Search Engines or Directories using something like - cheap hotels [followed by the area you want to visit]. Once you have contact details for at least 1 hotel in the area make contact with them and request rates for the planned dates of your visit. Even if their rates don't suit you most hotels will be glad to give you details of more suitable accommodation based on your needs and budget.
Some hotels even have Special Offers specifically for Internet bookings. In order to find cheap hotels it's important to plan and book your vacation as early as possible. Even cheap hotels will often increase their rates as they begin to book up. The fewer rooms available in a particular area, the more expensive the available ones are going to be. For that reason, as soon as you know that you are going to want to travel to a particular location, and you know the dates of you travels try to go ahead and find a hotel and make reservations. That way you can ensure that you are getting the best rate possible for your trip.
Cheap hotels are not difficult to locate as long as you're doing your research properly. You should definitely look at all the options available to you so that you can be sure of getting the best accommodation possible for your trip. Remember cheap hotels can provide just as many pleasant memories as expensive ones.
About The Author
Hugh Goble loves travelling but the money never seems to go far enough so he spends his time looking for travel bargains.