Budget Accommodation


One of the biggest expenses you have when travelling is for accommodation, especially if you are planning to travel for a longer period of time as I have. Learn here some tips and recommendations on how to get great hotel deals and safe money! Note: Some of them are affiliated to support this blog and some are not. All of them are the websites and portals I personally use.


Tip 1: What’s your budget per night

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Know how much money you can spend per night before you look for hotels! It is important as you will otherwise get carried away with “nicer looking rooms” that go beyond your budget. This in turn can affect your travel experience as you may need to cut costs for other things such as tours or restaurant visits!


Tip 2: How to score the best hotel prices

Hotels set their rates according to the season, special events, school holidays and any other reason as to why more people would travel. When a lot of people travel the rates go up and can double and sometimes even triple in prices. Events like these are New Years Eve, Easter or School Holidays. These specific periods of time are also known as  PEAK SEASON and should be avoided.

During the times when people do not travel much, the hotel set their prices low as they want to fill the hotel as much as they can. This is the time when you can score really great deals for hotels you could normally not afford! This is also known as OFF PEAK SEASON!

So you want to travel during off peak season to save the most money and to stay at the best hotels! Of cause every country and city has different Peak and Off Peak seasons, so you need to do some research before you choose the time of travel. But ion general here are some pointers to look out for:

Example of hotel peak season [High Hotel Prices]

  • Weekends [Friday and Saturday]
  • New Years Eve, especially the week before and after in major cities like Sydney, Paris or New York
  • School Holidays especially Summerbreak (check for dates in your own and destination country!)
  • Public Holidays such as Easter or Christmas
  • Special Events such as in Sydney the Mardi Gras in March or the Yoga Festival in Bali

Example of hotels off peak season [Low Hotel Prices]

  • Plan your holiday in advance! If you plan at least 8-12 month ahead you find great “early bird” deals!
  • Sundays/Mondays are the hardest days to fill for hotels so you find the best deals
  • Winter Month & Christmas 
  • January is always low season in Western Countries
  • Right after school holidays
  • In Australia May- August unless there is a special event
  • In Europe January to March and in November


Tip 3: The location of your hotel determines the price

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The location is another price factor! The closer to the “action” the hotel is located the more expensive the hotel!

The best example are major cities. If you want to stay right in the center of Paris or New York you pay top prices for the hotels, even if the hotel is only a 2-3 star hotel! But if you research [Google or Bing] the surrounding areas with great train or bus connections then you can save a lot of money per night!

Once I know my suburb compare prices with Booking.com, Agoda.com or Trivago.com and add the location into the filter.


Tip 4: Choose your room facilities to lower prices

You can also lower your prices when selecting room types and room facilities. So its important to know prior what is important to you! This helps to refine your search and make it easier to find great priced stays! For example:

  • Free WIFI
  • Private bathroom or shared bathroom [shared is cheaper]
  • Air-condition or Fan? [Fan is cheaper]
  • Outdoor Pool [the ones without pool are cheaper]
  • Minibar or Fridge
  • Balcony or Views [no views are cheaper]


Tip 5: Use the right booking portals

Every booking portal has its advantage and disadvantage, depending on where you go and what you are looking for!  Here are tips for what I use and when I use…



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Countries to use

Booking.com really is a one fits all portal. That’s why its truly my favorite and my affiliate. I have been using it myself for many years for hotel bookings around the world .

Advantage of booking.com

  1. Easy to navigate platform
  2. Search functions for price, locations & facilities
  3. Offers Hostels, Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Resorts and Apartment Hotels
  4. Genuine Guest Feedback to help you to get a true idea of the hotel
  5. Save to use for payments
  6. Ability to Call or Email booking.com ANYTIME and ANYWHERE
  7. Easy to cancel bookings unless it’s non-refundable!
  8. Create your own profile which saves the hotels you stayed in

Disadvantage of booking.com

  1. The page goes to the default currency of the country you are in at the time. Just check the top!
  2. Watch out for NON-Refundable bookings as you can’t cancel them!
  3. Check if booking is to be paid BEFORE via credit card or if  pay the hotel DIRECTLY.

Find Hotel Deals Here BOOKING.COM/Homepage




Countries to use

I use this booking portal mostly when booking hotel rooms in Australia and Asia as it offers a wider choice of Guesthouses and Bed & Breakfasts. However Agoda.com is also widely used in Europe as it offers Hostels, Bed&Breakfast, Hotels or Resorts.

Advantage of Agoda

  1. They have a wide variety of hostels, Bed & Breakfast and Hotels for Asia
  2. Selections of Hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, Apartments, Hotels and Resort
  3. Offer the best prices for Asian hotel rooms!
  4. Genuine Guest feedback which helps you to get a true idea of the hotel
  5. Create your own profile which saves your hotels you stayed in!

Disadvantage of Agoda

  1. The page goes to default currency depending on which country you are in [Check the top]
  2. They show prices PER NIGHT not for the WHOLE stay!
  3. Watch out for Non-Refundable bookings as they can not be cancelled
  4. Messy page & little harder to navigate

Find Hotel Deals Here Agoda.com/Homepage



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AIRBNB let’s you stay in someone else’s home. So if you don’t like this idea, then just skip this part 🙂

Countries to use for

Major Cities, Little island, Australia, Europe, US, Canada, UK

Advantage of AIRBNB

  1. Very cheap stays for expensive cities or small towns and Islands such as Paris, Sydney or Capri
  2. Offers Whole Houses, Apartments, Campervans, shared rooms in Apartment etc
  3. Offer fully equipped apartments/houses with kitchen and washing machine
  4. Great for long stay’s as it’s fully furnished & lower prices can be negotiated directly with host!

Disadvantage of AIRBNB

  1. Do not use it for Asia because you can find cheaper stays on booking portals
  2. You are staying in someone else’s home which can be uncomfortable
  3. It’s complicated to get the keys and leave your luggage as opposed to hotels
  4. Ability to book a room takes time as you need to wait for hosts approval/response
  5. No Hotel service such as luggage storage, easy check in/out, wake up call, concierge etc

Find Rooms HerAIRBNB/HomepageAIRBNB



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Expedia offers hotels, flights, cruises, car hires and packages that include all that and more. So if you are looking just of the single item or if you want to book packaged that include flights and hotel Expedia is the page to go. I personally use Expedia mostly for flights as they do not charge additional booking fees. More about flights Here

Countries to use: Like Booking.com, Expedia is used ANYWHERE in the world

Advantage of Expedia

  1. Able to book packages: hotels with flights or car hire
  2. Able to book multi layovers at the flight section
  3. Able to book cruises as well
  4. Add on of insurance
  5. Ability to search by price per night, location or facilities
  6. Offers Hotels, Resorts, Holiday homes, Apartments, Hostels or Guesthouses
  7. Shows TripAdvisor guest feedback

Disadvantage of Expedia

  1. The page goes to default currency depending on which country you are in [Check the top]
  2. They show prices PER NIGHT not for the WHOLE stay!
  3. Watch out for Non-Refundable bookings as they can not be cancelled
  4. Messy page & little harder to navigate

Find bookings and packags here Expedia/Homepage


Walk into hotels

Walk-In hotel in Ubud Bali!

In Asia I also love to walk into any hotel and ask for prices and see rooms. Often hotels are much cheaper when you walk in OR they do not even exist online because they do not like to pay commissions. It’s absolutely worth your time to walk around and check out guesthouses/hotels by foot, especially if you stay for longer periods of time 🙂 Do not do this in capital cities like Sydney or Paris though, here you pay double!


That’s it! These are a few tips on how you can save a lot of money when looking to search for the cheapest and best hotel rooms around the world Just make sure you “google” the locations peak and off peak seasons as well as special events in that specific area to save the most money!


Help me Continue Blogging!

If you like some of the hotels or locations I suggest and want to book a little “Getaway” please do so via using the links to my affiliate programs such as booking.com  or agoda.com to support me.  I will then earn a little bit of money per booking. This will enable me to travel for longer to more places around the world and blog about it 🙂


Caught the Travel bug?

Are you ready to fly to exciting countries and discover delicious food? Check out this page to find cheap flights or start search now and compare cheap flight tickets between Skyscanner Flight Engine Search or Expedia!

Ready to book your hotel rooms? Then compare prices between the two most used hotel booking platforms AGODA.COM and Booking.com!


Happy Travels!


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