I have accumulated a few tips and tricks throughout my travels over the years on how to save money when staying at hotels. Here are just a few of them as I think many people will be jetting off for their Summer holidays in the next few weeks so hopefully I can save you some money too if that’s what you’re doing.
Firstly I always ensure that I take cash with me on my holidays. Even if it involves drawing it out of an ATM when I get to the hotel. Be aware that there amy be an extra charge for doing this, though. Never ever use your credit or debit card for everyday spending when on holiday and staying in a hotel. The transactions will soon mount up and you will have no way of keeping track of how much you’ve spent if you can’t physically see – especially those drinks you buy when you’re a bit non- compos mentis at 2am at the hotel bar! Also it’s only polite to tip hotel staff and you can’t do this with an atm card. You don’t want to upset the hotel staff when you’re on holiday – even if you don’t mean to.
Take your own travel adaptors. While most hotels have these available to buy or rent, they are seldom included for free in the rooms (because people steal them). You can buy travel adaptors in the pound shop in the UK and they can cost as much as £10 when you’re on holiday so it’s easy to save money there. You can buy multi-regional travel adaptors that you can leave in your suitcase so you’ll always have them to hand – and they don’t take up much space.
When booking your holiday, if it’s not too much more to do so, book all-inclusive if you don’t intend on leaving the hotel much. Even if you’re not a big drinker those Colas and ice creams soon add up especially if you’re in a family or party with children. In some cases you can absorb the extra cost of booking all-inclusive in as little as 2 days.
Using websites such as Lastminute.com can also save you money if you’re flexible on date sand times. You can also get extras to sweaten the deal such as by receiving spending money or credits or free flight transfers etc. Booking direct with hotel websites can also save you money as you can take advantage of the seasonal promotions and discounts that they offer – escpecially at the last minute whent they are desperate to fill those empty rooms that nobody has booked just yet.