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Finding Hotels that Fit Your travel Budget

Updated on December 4, 2011

One of the challenges for tourists traveling to foreign countries is finding a hotel with the cheapest rates so it can fit within a limited budget. For those who travel frequently we all know that a hotel accommodations comprise a significant portion of your travel budget. Finding the right type of accommodations is a key component when travelling on a tight budget.

It's usually not difficult to book a budget hotel in cities like Milan or Paris because these cities are better known. Now what about places considered off the beaten track, those not generally known as a popular and frequently visited destination? Let's say for the sake of an example that we plan to visit Pattaya

Where exactly is Pattaya? It is a small city located in the eastern region of Thailand. It is not as well known like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, among other towns and cities in Thailand, for example, but Pattaya has gained its reputation among millions of tourists for its beautiful beaches as well as its exciting nightlife.

Even though there are many accommodations in Pattaya, hotel types range from cheap, ordinary guesthouses to more exclusive five-star hotels. However, for some people, there is a preference for finding affordable accommodations at the cheapest possible rates. In a city like Pattaya, good and affordable hotel accommodation can cost about 1,000-1,500 Baht. (About $35-$40 USD)

In this price range, you will find a suitable level of accommodation that offers amenities such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and sometimes even breakfast.

Unfortunately, when looking for hotels most hotel websites provides information for mostly exclusive and branded hotels, not smaller, lesser-known ones. These hotel websites get a 10% discount from the rack rates to make a profit. For instance, if a hotel's rate is $100, it will give a retail of $90, which the website can sell to the user for about $95, which will be 5% cheaper than full hotel rates. However, the number of discounts does not necessarily have to be fixed at the above discount rate. It can also depend on a negotiation deal between the hotel owner and the website; the more sales they make, the greater the discount.

In essence, not too many website owners advertise budget hotels because it isn't that profitable for them to do so. So if you're looking for a budget hotel, especially in more lesser known locations such as Pattaya, you might want to broaden your sources for information. Pattaya is just used as an example, but this is applicable as well to other places and locales that aren't universally known tourist destinations.

For alternative sources or references for affordable hotel accommodations, you might want to check travel magazines or look for articles and reviews online about Pattaya, or the place you intend to visit. Travel guides and books, especially those aimed at budget travelers and backpackers is another useful source for information.

Also, though this may sound outdated, you might also wish to book your travel plans through a travel agency. They might have a package available that is within your budget or they can put one together for you. An advantage and convenience of engaging a travel agency is that they will do all the work of finding the best possible deal for you.

So the next time you have travel plans, especially if your destination is off the beaten track so to speak, plan accordingly and use other means of obtaining information for accommodations that would fit your budget.


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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Derdriu, I'm glad you found the article helpful. Travelling is such a wonderful and enlightening experience, I figured I'd share some of the things useful things I learned to make travelling practical and convenient. Thank you for your comments.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Moira Gallaga: What an informative, practical, succinct identification of how to find the bargain hotels in lower price ranges! It is most helpful the way in which you explain the limitations and motivations of hotel websites. It also is much appreciated the way in which you pinpoint such effective alternative information sources as travel agencies and publications.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,