When you travel, your choice of lodging has a big impact on how you feel and how the trip goes. Whether it’s an opulent and iconic hotel, a cozy boutique that feels like a dream, or a picturesque inn straight out of a storybook, you can find accommodations to fit every budget. In addition, there are plenty of unique options, such as hostels and Airbnb, that offer more than just a bed to sleep in.
If you’re looking for a hotel to stay at while on a budget, consider checking prices with the hotel directly before booking through an aggregate website or app. Many hotels now pledge to honor the lowest price they see on a competing site, and booking directly can save you commissions charged by sites that aggregate deals. Plus, you may be able to score discounts by searching for specific dates or booking on less-popular days of the week.
It’s also worth considering what type of accommodations you’re most interested in and the types of trips you’ll be taking. Some people don’t want to shack up with strangers in rooms with shared bathrooms (think that one movie where everyone got butchered). Hostels are typically geared toward young travelers, but some chains such as YHA and HI host all ages, and even cater to families, tour groups, and individuals who just prefer a private room. Similarly, Airbnb offers a number of different experiences, from luxury properties to homes in more suburban areas that appeal to families and retirees.