Everybody deserves a break and I mean everyone, no exceptions. Remember how Jack becomes dull with all work and no play? Yep, we don’t want that happening to us.
I am working online full time for over a year now and I take breaks in between months of serious work. Otherwise my productivity suffers; I become dull, bored and ineffective. So it’s very important for me to take mini breaks, to bask in the sun and go for adventures and new thrills. Do you feel the same way I do?
Going for vacations open doors for you and allows you to experience new things, take delight in new surroundings, taste exotic food and local delicacies, and generally have a good time. But taking vacations comes with a price so unless your parents are rich and give you huge allowances, you need to save before taking your well-deserved break.
Saving ahead is especially true in my case since usually my sister and my brother tags along when I’m on an out of town travels. That adds up to the expenses, ouch. But it’s okay, I love having them come with me and share the experience in discovering new places and hidden wonders.
To save on money on airfare, we usually book our plane tickets in advance, especially if there are good airline deals and promo. For food, we usually bring some snacks and junk food with us so that we would not have to buy snacks from the hotel’s convenience store which tend to be more expensive than what you can get from the local mart.
Aside from food and transportation costs, hotel accommodations top our travel expense list. We all need a clean and secure hotel room during our trips, for who would want to travel and spend your vacations in a rundown place where your things are not secure and the toilets are not clean. I wouldn’t want that and you shouldn’t too.
As for hotels, here are some tips that I want to share with you that works not only here in the Philippines but in most countries as well. These handy tips can make your travels and vacations more fun and more affordable.
Fun Tips to Book Great Hotel rooms and accommodations at affordable prices:
- Travel during Off Peak Season
Here in the Philippines, the rainy months of August to November are the off-peak season for tourists and airlines. In Europe, I’ve read that October and November are the best time to get deals from airlines.
Same is true with hotels and beach resorts. With fewer visitors during off-peak season, these establishments usually offer their rooms and services at affordable prices, giving you access to awesome discounts. Sometimes, you can even get a good hotel room at 50% discount during these months! Great!
- Book for Several Nights
A single night stay on a hotel usually means paying the regular price, while a longer stay say about 3 days to a week can sometimes lead you to enjoy freebies like a free night’s stay or discounted room rates for the duration of your stay. Always remember to check if the hotel you are planning to stay in has special deals for longer staying guests.
- Travel with a Group
There are many hotels and resorts that offer discounts or freebies like free breakfast if you are checking in with a big group. Don’t be shy to ask if there are available group discounts; there is no harm in asking.
- Book Ahead
Plan your trips months in advance. Plan your destinations carefully and book your hotel rooms early on. I’ve heard that many great hotels in the US and countries in Europe like Spain and Switzerland gives early bird discounts for guests who booked and paid for their hotel rooms in advance. You should not pass this up since booking ahead translates to savings.
Booking Your Hotel Room Early usually means Discounts!
- Book Online
Book your hotel rooms at trusted hotel booking websites like www.HostelWorld.com. This site features world class hotels at affordable rates. If you book way ahead of your travel dates, you’ll get access to hot deals and room discounts. This is awesome! You’ll enjoy your vacation more by staying in a great hotel, enjoying its facilities and amenities at the same time save some of your vacation funds. You can use this savings to splurge on souvenirs to bring back home!
As much as possible I always plan ahead my vacation dates, the destinations, the airfares and the hotel reservations. This allows me to save more from all the discounts I’ll get for early bookings both for airline tickets and hotel accommodations.
You can do this too! So if you are planning on having a grand vacation with your friends and family, check out these tips, one or two or all might be very useful for you too.