Traveling is one of the best ways to broaden our horizons and experience different cultures, but it can be expensive. If you want to avoid going over your budget, consider staying at hotels rather than hostels or Airbnb’s. But beware of hotels that are more expensive than their rating would suggest. It could be because of a view, location or amenities and it is important to find out exactly what you’re paying for.
If you’re traveling with children, make sure that the hotel you choose is child-friendly. This is not just about having cribs and hypoallergenic bedding but also about providing services that families might need such as babysitting, discounted kid’s meals and play areas. It’s also worth checking whether the hotel is a member of any loyalty programs that reward frequent guests with free stays or other benefits.
In poorer countries, book locally-owned hotels as much as possible. This will ensure that more of your money circulates in the local economy, rather than being sent to an international hotel chain.
Before you make your reservation, always check the hotel website to see if there are any hidden fees. Fees can include everything from airport shuttles to staff gratuities and internet connection charges. Beware of hotels that advertise a low room rate but then add in a bunch of extra fees at checkout. It’s also a good idea to read reviews on accommodation websites but don’t focus solely on them. Some of the reviews may be false or biased so it is a good idea to contact the hotel directly and ask any questions.