Traveling on a Budget: Places to Stay

One of the biggest costs you will encounter while traveling is lodging.

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First and foremost–even before affordable price–you want some place clean.
Your lodging is maintained well.
 Be it a campground, a cabin, or a hotel, you don’t want to be in a  place that makes your skin crawl.

There are so many different options for looking for affordable places to stay.  This part of your planning could be extremely fun.

Once you have made a list of places you want to stay, check into them.  Read reviews, take to the owner or manager.  If anything about the lodging option makes you feel uneasy, don’t pursue it.  Even for a good price.

You need to be comfortable on your vacation.  Vacations are for relaxing.  If you aren’t at ease in your lodging, your vacation will be headed for disaster.

Great stories to tell in the future?
Yes.

Comfort during your stay?
Not so much.

With that said, here are a list of places you can consider when deciding on your lodging.

  1. Do they have colleges in the area that offer summer housing?  Here in the Twin Cities, Northwestern College offers their dorm rooms as rental rooms in the summer.  You are probably thinking why would I want to stay in a dorm room?  Well, at Northwestern College, each room has it’s own complete bathroom and kitchenette.  Fresh sheets and pillows are provided.  Children 10 and under stay for free.  A single person can stay for $48 per night and up to 3 adults can stay for $60.  And that is just the traditional dorms.  NWC offers other options as well. 
  2. Check out Homeaway.com  for affordable homes in which to stay.  Homeaway.com is a trusted website that has great reviews. Staying in a furnished home makes eating and relaxing together so much more enjoyable. Homeaway.com is everywhere.  Do you want to go to Idaho?  Boom!  Here’s a list.  Do you want to go to Costa Rica?  Voila!  Here you go!  Are you going to England?  No problem!  While they do not anything listed in China or Mongolia–you will be able to find places in Kenya and Dubai. You never know what you can find on Homeaway.com.
  3. Does someone you know live in the region to which you are traveling?  If so, they may know of some possibilities.  We have friends who live in Orlando.  When we travel there–hopefully next summer–I plan on contacting them before we book any rooms.  We also have friends in California and family in North Carolina.  Getting in touch with someone who has an insiders scoop can be extremely helpful!
  4. Go to the cities’ chamber of commerces websites to see if they have links to local properties.  Real estate agents may know of different possibilities.
Finding a place to stay can be very stressful, but if you are creative, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you may find.

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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