In today’s weekly video, I am outline the process I use for finding cheap places to stay while adventuring. The system is a little messy but it travel tested which makes me confident it will work for you!
My Process For Finding Cheap Places To Stay
Here we go!
- Use Facebook’s Graph Search to find forgotten friends who live in cool places
- Search Airbnb for great deals in cool cities. I LOVE this service and it is how I do most of my travels. Through it, I have met tons of really cool, people, saved a ton of money and had the opportunity to live as a local in dozens of cities around the world. The only downside is that after staying in one spot for a month, the economics break down and it is cheaper to stay in another source.
- Scorer VRBO.com for vacation rentals. This is best for when you are looking to stay in one spot more than one month.
- Use Hipmunk.com to search Hotels, Motels, B&Bs, Airbnb’s and little known lodging options. It also includes an ecstasy score to help you figure out the best places as gauged by walking distance to cool things! :-)
- Do research on TripAdvisor. I have found that this site is the single best resource fo researching lodging options online. Specifically, I am a fan of their filterable top 100 lists by city.
- Priceline. This is where I have found most of my killer deals on lodging. It is very hit or miss but everyone once in a while it has some crazy good deals on hotels.
- Lastly, if you find yourself in a random major city without a place to stay, you are doing something right. :-) If this happens to you check out the HotelTonight app. It has saved my butt a few times!
That is the process that I use when traveling but I am sure it is not yet perfect. What tips, tools or ideas do all of you use? Please share so that all of us can save a few bucks.
Update! I had some great comments from a bunch of you. Other great resources include:
- Couchsurfing. A oldie but a goodie! My experiences have been mediocre the last person I talked to, a solo female traveler, used it to travel all the way across Australia and loved it! Thanks Himanshu, Simon, John!
- Hotels.com – A signature resource for when you need to find a hotel. I used to use them a lot but now focus more on Airbnb as an alternative (I liked the social aspect of the latter option)