If you want a holiday that isn’t going to eat away your budget before you’ve even started, you’ll want to make sure you get the best value accommodation. This will be one of your biggest expenses on your trip, but this post can help you to get the best value for money!
Compare on Travel Sites
Start off by comparing deals on travel sites. Looking on individual sites can also help, and on the site of the actual accommodation you’re considering. However, travel sites will do most of the hard work for you, so you can see the sort of price you’re looking at.
Although price matters, that isn’t all. Compare features and see what you’re getting for your money. For instance, one deal might be cheaper, but it might be self catering. If you can find a deal that costs slightly more with breakfast included, it could be worth it when you think of the money you’ll save on food.
Reviews is the only way you’ll find out if a place is worth staying at. There are lots of impartial sites online where you can read reviews, so make sure you take a look before you part with your cash. Just bear in mind, no place will be 100% positive. They are unable to please everybody, so you’ll want to go for a place that has a majority of good reviews. Make sure you keep an eye out for make or break deals that will affect your stay.
Test Customer Service
If you’re thinking of booking somewhere, maybe try testing out the customer service first. You can call them up and ask a question, and see how they respond to you. If they can’t help you enough, you know you’ve found a great place! If they aren’t very helpful and appear uninterested, it may not be a good idea. This isn’t always the case, but it doesn’t hurt to try. If you don’t want any restrictions on your holiday, you may prefer to look at villas and holiday rental accommodation. They won’t always have staff/customer service staff to call, so you’ll have to call the owner of the villa instead if it’s private.
Take Into Account Travel to and From
If you’re going to be travelling to a certain place for the majority of your stay, then take travel into account. Will you get buses, trains, or taxis? The closer the accommodation, the more money you’ll save. You’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons to work out whether it’s best staying somewhere closer or not. Research how you can save money on transport too - you might be able to buy a travelcard or something similar in advance.
If you want the best value accommodation, this is the only way to do it. Follow these steps and you’ll end up with a great place to stay and lots of your budget left over for the rest of your trip. Any tips you’d like to add? Leave a comment below!