Even if you just got a great deal on one of the condos for sale Indianapolis or a home in any city, you’re probably a bit stretched when it comes to extra cash for a vacation. But you may also need a break after all it took to move into that new place, and no matter where you’re dreaming of traveling to, there are ways to make it work, with plenty of opportunities for find discounted for even free accommodation these days.
Travel in the Off Season
For most destinations, summer is peak season, which means higher accommodation rates. If you can, plan to travel during the shoulder seasons like spring or fall if you’re looking for decent weather and a more budget-friendly trip. The opposite is true for many tropical destinations like the Caribbean, where summer is the offseason as most visitors tend to arrive in the winter.
Go in July and August and you’ll get the same wonderful temperatures that typically hover around 80 degrees year-round, without the crowds or the high prices. No matter when you plan to go, avoid holiday periods or times when special events like big festivals are hosted in the area.
Take Time to Compare Rates on Multiple Sites
When booking hotel or resort rooms, be sure to check rates directly as well as on various third-party booking sites. You can even type “hotels in (your desired destination)” and Google will bring a map of hotels and the rates.
Be aware booking with properties directly oftentimes brings the best deal as the hotel won’t have to pay any commission fees to a third-party, which is why it can often save you quite a bit by looking at rates on multiple sites.
Consider Alternative Accommodation Options
You have a lot more accommodation options to consider these days than resorts or hotels. Savvy travelers check sites like VRBO, Airbnb and HomeExchange too. You might not only score a great deal, but you may have your own place, complete with a kitchen so you can save on dining out.
There are even options for free accommodation thanks to sites like CouchSurfing, which lists over 400,000 hosts around the world. It’s a great opportunity to meet the locals, enjoy a cultural exchange and an insider’s look at any destination where typically, you’ll pick up some groceries for your host, perhaps a bottle or wine or even arrange to bring dinner in exchange for a place to say.
It’s usually not just a couch, many hosts offer private rooms. The site takes numerous steps to ensure security and allows users to rate their experiences and leave comments on the hosts’ profiles so that you can feel comfortable about your stay.
You might even consider volunteering in exchange for your stay, another great way to meet friendly people from across the globe, save money and get an in-depth look at a different culture.
Sites like Helpx and WWOOF offer listings with all sorts of opportunities, which typically including working around four hours a day, five days a week, so you’ll have plenty of time for exploring the sights. And even the work can be fun, with options like picking grapes at a vineyard in Italy or feeding the chickens and milking goats on a farm.