Affordable Travel: Finding a Good Deal on Accommodations

by Gina Blitstein · 1 comment

Now that Summer’s here, thoughts turn to hitting the road and getting away from it all for a while. Whether you go by car, plane, train or pack mule, you still want to find a pleasant, affordable place to stay while you’re away from home sweet home. Lodging is easily the most costly part of travel. Where and how can affordable accommodations be found for your getaway?

Check the Web

These websites help you find suitable accommodations and book online. You can locate a place to stay according to a particular location or you can search for lodging by price, date, amenities, interests or desired activities. Many of these sites provide recommendations and/or reviews to assist your decision-making. Most send email notifications of deals, enabling you to plan a spontaneous, affordable getaway or take advantage of a good deal for a future trip.

Keep these tips in mind when using these websites:

  • Most discounted deals are advertised on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
  • Many deals on lodging are contingent on also booking a flight or renting a vehicle.
  • Many deals require a minimum stay or a stay which includes or excludes certain days

Think Outside the Motel

Accommodations can be had at places besides motels. Look into these alternatives that may fit your lodging needs:

Bed and Breakfasts/Lodges – Proprietors of bed and breakfasts and lodges work for themselves and can offer specials at their discretion. They frequently offer discounts for multiple night stays or in the “off season” to stimulate business for their establishment. As a destination in and of themselves, if you’re looking for a “get away” more than a “go-to” vacation, a bed and breakfast or lodge may fit the bill by offering quaint surroundings, quiet atmosphere and food prepared on site in a homey environment. Do be aware, however, that some bed and breakfasts and lodges don’t allow children to stay. Find a bed and breakfast for your getaway at

Vacation Rentals – Some people have the luxury of owning property precisely where you’d like to stay. When they’re away from home, they may be willing to rent their home, condo or apartment to you. Because people live there, these places feature all the comforts of home, like a kitchen, laundry facilities and a generally “homey” environment. This is a good choice families, large groups or reunions because there are common areas for gathering and entertaining. Oftentimes these rentals have yards, beach access and are close to other attractions while offering more privacy and space than a motel. Many websites, including will put you in touch with places to rent, deals and suggestions based upon your interests and budget.

House Swapping – Similar to a vacation rental is the option of house swapping – in other words, you stay in another person’s home while they stay in yours. Whether it’s across the country or across the globe, you enjoy free accommodations by providing free accommodations. The advantage of house swapping – other than the fact that there’s no cost involved – is that you often get the opportunity to stay in a neighborhood, rather than a town or city, which may enhance your experience as a tourist. Check it out at

There are lodging deals to be had – if know where to find them. Peruse lodging websites, sign up to receive email notifications of deals, keep your options open and remember that accommodations away from home don’t necessarily have to be at a motel.

What techniques do you use to find affordable lodging?

Bonus Tip:

Another way to save on your monthly Internet and TV costs is to find a current ATT U-Verse coupon code or at least a promotion to knock down your home service bill.

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pbrower2a August 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Traveling long distances? Unless the Big City is the destination, use motels out in the sticks, as rural real estate is far cheaper.

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