Tips for sourcing last-minute accommodation

Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed costs of travelling regardless of your tastes. Fact is, nobody wants to pay a fortune for a roof over their head and reducing this cost can save you a lot of money on the total cost of your trip. Short of finding a cheap flight, inexpensive lodging can massively impact your budget.

If you’re still planning a trip overseas this summer but haven’t booked just yet, there are some tips for shaving the cost of your accommodation. Travel during the holidays is never cheap, but it is still possible to getaway and stay in comfort for less.

Comparison websites

Found the perfect hotel for you? Use hotel comparison sites to see if you can book the same room at a cheaper price.

Travel just slightly out of season

Look for early or end of season breaks to enjoy nice weather just outside of the peak season at a reduced price. For example, if you’d like to travel during the school summer break, plan your trip at the end of August when hoteliers want to make the most of the seasonal footfall.

Name your price

Heading to the USA? Use Priceline’s ‘name your price’ system to find a 5-star hotel at 3-star prices.

Use group travel to your advantage

If you’re travelling as a family or with friends, renting a villa can work out considerably cheaper and often gives you exclusive, more private facilities like a pool/ Jacuzzi.

Don’t skip out on package deals

If you’re booking flights and hotel, sites like Expedia and Ebookers can give extra discounts. If you’re visiting a traditional touristy area then don’t shy away from package holidays – plus there is added protection in case things don’t go to plan!

Consider a homestay

Use sites like AirBnB to find a room to stay in – I used it for the first time in Rio de Janeiro with great results.

Do you have any tips for travellers seeking last minute accommodation?

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