How to Find a Cheap Motel or Hostel

Finding inexpensive accommodations may take a bit of work, but it is possible.

Steps

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    Get a travel guide for your destination. Publishers like Rough Guide, Let's Go and Lonely Planet usually write travel books targeted to younger (read: poorer) travelers and include lists of cheap places to stay.
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    Check out Hostelling International online. They run affordable, comfortable hostels worldwide.
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    See if there is a YWCA or YMCA at your destination that provides beds for travelers.
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    Some schools offer accommodations to their alumni, such as the Harvard Club, the worldwide network of Sacred Heart schools etc. Check to see if your college does the same.
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    Try discount travel sites like Orbitz, Travelocity etc.
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    Subscribe to weekly travel discount online mailing lists such as Sherman's or Travelzoo.
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    Read Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel.
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    Google "cheap hotels [name of destination]".
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    Look at travel blogs and travel wikis.

Tips

  • When searching for cheap rooms, use words like last-minute or last minute to get the cheapest accommodations available.

Warnings

  • Make sure the hotel isn't dirty because of something unsanitary or something wrong with the building in general, such as a cockroach infestation!

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