Hunter Valley Escape

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Spending an unforgettable vacation doesn’t come for free. But that doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.

 

So how do we make it more affordable?

 

One way is to cut down on accommodation costs.

 

Next to flight, accommodation is the biggest expense travellers have. So cutting down on lodging costs means more money in your pocket for activities and happenings.  And this doesn’t always mean finding the cheapest place possible. Of course, it’s always best to find accommodation that offers the best value at a price you’re happy with.

 

 

 

Before you book your next holiday, consider these 7 strategies to find the perfect accommodation that fits within the budget.

 

1.      TRAVEL IN THE SHOULDER SEASONS

 

Try travelling in the shoulder season – just before and after peak season. It is a great time to travel because rates have started to drop and landowners are willing to lower their prices to make their properties more appealing to travellers. There are also smaller crowds so the vibe is more relaxed. And the weather is favourable for travel too.

 

 

 

2.      CONSIDER HOUSE RENTALS/APARTMENTS

 

Renting a house or an apartment is cheaper and more practical than a hotel. It is getting the comforts of your own home without spending so much.  You can cook your own meals instead of going out each time which can be really expensive. It is similar to staying at a hotel; only, it has added benefits- larger space, more privacy and a lot more comfortable because of its homey feel. This is perfect for a large group because renting a house gets you far more space for your dollar while sharing all the cost.

 

For exciting and unbeatable offers on beautiful rental houses, try Holiday House Deals.

 

3.      STAY MIDWEEK

 

Stay midweek. If you can’t, travel Saturday to Monday rather than Friday to Sunday because Sunday is generally cheaper than Friday night stays.

 

 

4.      STAY OUTSIDE OF CITY CENTERS

 

Try looking for accommodation in comfortable neighbourhoods slightly outside of the city centre but are still accessible. Research the area’s transportation system as there’s no point in staying outside of the city if you’ll pay for higher transportation and parking costs.

 

 

 

5.      JOIN REWARDS PROGRAMS-MEMBERSHIPS

 

Use reward programs if you plan on getting a hotel. If you stick with the same hotel chain, you can avail of its perks and discounts when you subscribe to memberships and join reward programs.

 

 

6.       KEEP AN EYE OUT OF DEALS AND COUPONS

 

Try subscribing to sites Holiday House Deals that offer low deals for house rentals. You can also ask your favourite hotel to keep you updated on deals and discounts. 

 

 

 

7.      NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL

 

When business is slow, no property will turn down a reasonable offer. Competition is stiff in the travel industry as people are finding smarter ways to travel cheaper. So, negotiate. Ask if the holiday house owners offers any super saver rates or discounts. You can ask a discount when paying in cash or when traveling with a group. You can also ask discounts for longer accommodation stays. By learning to negotiate and knowing what to ask for, you can lower your holiday costs significantly.