Sometimes, when you travel, the logistics of getting from point A to point B can really add up. Thankfully, many hotels actually offer free or discounted shuttle services to important places such as the airport, city center, or even tourist attractions.
Because hotels are transferring groups, the rates for these shuttle services (if they aren’t free) are typically less than if you were to book them privately. It is also a lot less stressful to coordinate as you literally just have to go outside of the hotel.
Airbnb Isn’t Always Cheaper
Yes, we know we might ruffle a few feathers of loyal Airbnb customers, but the truth is that the popular travel website isn’t actually always the cheapest option. Depending on the season or how far ahead you book your stay, you may actually find a decent hotel for less than the average Airbnb booking.
Considering many Airbnbs tack on an additional cleaning fee or other added costs, a hotel may be cheaper especially if it comes with benefits such as free breakfast or shuttles to the airport. Never just assume that vacation rental companies are cheaper.
Look Up Local Freebies
When we travel, we often want to get the most out of our trip … for the least amount of money possible. Luckily, many cities actually offer tons of free (or close to free) activities to do. Some cities have weeks or days when museums or other attractions are free or heavily discounted.
Some cities even have exciting local fairs, celebrations, or other exhibits open to the public that are also free of charge. Before you travel, you should join local groups on social media pages where these free activities are often advertised.
Stay Next to Public Transportation
While clicking on the cheapest hotel option on a vacation booking site may be tempting, do a little digging. Many cheaper hotels are actually further from the city center, especially further from public transportation.
A good rule of thumb is to stay about a 15-minute walk away from a bus stop or a train station. Being so far from public transportation can not only mean long and expensive taxi rides every time you want to enter the city, but it can also be dangerous to walk around an unfamiliar place, especially late at night.
Be Green While Saving Some Green
Staying hydrated while traveling is very important, but sometimes finding bottled water can be difficult or even expensive. In addition to that, many of us are aware of the environmental consequences of using single-use plastic water bottles every time we get thirsty.
A better solution is to bring a reusable water bottle with you especially if you are traveling somewhere where the tap water is safe to drink, or clean water is easy to find. If you’re worried about having to hold a clunky heavy bottle, there are now collapsible reusable bottles available.