With travelling comes a lot of things to sort out for each trip. From the flights, to the rental cars, visas, potential injections and hotels, it’s quite the expense. Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to put more than a few miles of travelling in, and for the road trip that I’m planning through California this September, I’ve been really focussed on how to get everything booked, with the same great quality as if I was paying a lot more – but for a lot less.
This is especially true for accommodation, as you all know how expensive hotels can be. Finding cheap accommodation along your route can seem like an impossible task, especially if you’re constantly moving from place to place and unable to throw your net as wide as possible: which is why I’m so happy to have found this super quick, and great trick that I’ve literally used time (and time, and time, and t i m e) again throughout our California adventure.
There’s No Business Like Search Business
Okay, this is my first part to it: but if you guys aren’t using search engines like Trivago, then it’s time to start. Scott and I have been using Trivago for as long as I can remember, and it’s usually always my first port of call for strictly-hotel-only bookings. If I need a place ASAP, I head straight over there and wrangle that price button until I find a choice that doesn’t make my wallet cry in fear.
Another great site to use is Booking.com – I rely on Booking for more than just hotels, it’s great to use both for flights and cars (especially if you’re under 25 and looking for the best deal when renting a car), too (similar to Expedia). My preference with Booking.com however, is that if you’re booking multiple places (aka you’re planning a road trip or simply coming back to the site again and again), once you book 5 places, whether those are flights or hotels, you qualify for their ‘Genius’ programme that grants you 10% off select hotels/flights/excursions, including a bunch of freebies like free breakfast at certain places, complimentary airport pick ups and drop offs, as well as quite a few other perks. These perks not only make your trip a lot cheaper in general because you’re getting more for your money, but they’re a great incentive to search around the site and find places and things you want to book in your price range!
Home Sweet AirBnB
Guys. AirBnB is the best. I’m late to the party, I know – but with a referral code (which is even better) that gives you money OFF (£25 to be exact!), and the incredible quality of AirBnB homes across their site, this place is a match made in heaven for me. I am going to quickly pause and reiterate that this post is not sponsored in any way, shape or form, mostly because I know that I’m gushing in every given way about them, but AirBnB are seriously the best.
They’re so good in fact, that we committed to making California an AirBnB-only holiday, and all of the places we’re staying at throughout our journey are no more than £30 each per night. That’s less than a night at a Premier Inn, and look at the quality of places we’re staying at. These. Are. All. BEAUTIFUL!
If you are dipping your toe into AirBnB, I highly recommend using a referral code (here’s mine) which will give you £25 off your first booking, and then you’ll be granted a referral code that if it is used after your own booking – you’ll receive another complimentary £25 off the following booking you do!
When you’re searching for places to stay, I definitely recommend using their map feature so you can figure out how close (or far) off the beaten track each of your stops are. This is especially important if you’re road tripping, because the last thing you want to be doing is going back on yourself after driving for hours.
I’d love to know what your tips and tricks for securing cheap accommodation are, if you want to leave them in the comments below. As always, thank-you so much for reading today’s post, if you’re interested in more of my travel blog posts, be sure to click here.
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