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Tips of finding a safe, affordable and reliable accommodation

There are a tons of hostel right there. But how do we choose if the hostel is good or bad.

I usually take a few steps to determine if the hostel is good or not by checking all this issue. The more information on publicity. The more reliable they have. Don't forget It's very important to check the reviews.

Check Reviews

Google the hostel

Good location

Thanks god, the google invented the Google streetmap that would really save us lots of time! Some hostel are really cheap and they are inside the city center! You will going to live inside the city. So, you don't have to walk far away from here to the city.

Activity on social media

Check their Social Media page (FB, instagram, etc…)

The more active on their FB page, they means they have making money and hire some staff for managing FB page.

Facilities include

=============Does your hotel have free WiFi, free airport shuttle, free breakfast, free cable TV, laundry facilities, a pool, BBQ areas, private rooms with en-suites, a tour booking desk, 24-hour reception?

Is there a fridge, microwave, coffee machine? A fridge and microwave can be great for storing and reheating leftovers which saves you money on eating out. This is great for families storing milk, juice, and yogurts and other kids breakfast items to have on hand first thing in the morning.

All these features add up when you’re trying to save money!=============

Traveling during the shoulder-season

Book rooms that offer free cancellation

Points Rewards program ( Use Credit Card Reward Points)

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How to save money while traveling

How to save money while traveling

Food and Drinks

1. Eat what local eat.

The best way to save money and know about a country is doing what local do, eat what local eat. That's what I always learn from the local and saved a ton of money by follow what local do. Most tourist place is expensive, go a little outside the city/tourist attraction. You will find cheap local food there.

2. Cook yourself

If you want to know about local, this is not really recommend because you will cook the way you already knew and eat something you already tried before. For money saving, cooking by yourself probably save you tons of money on traveling.

3. Bring bottle for water

Water can be very expensive if you drink a lot likes me. In most of Europe country, their water is clean. You can even drink the tap water directly without boiling it. If you have a few bottles, you could save some money on buying water.

Accommodation Tips

1. Agoda

Agoda is one of my favorite accommodation booking place. I have books a ton of the hostel in this website other than Booking.com. Compare to other accommodation booking website, this is more reliable and cheaper than any other else in the market, especially they have their own mobile app for this, I always book a great hostel from here.

2. Airbnb

Airbnb is fairly good but it can be expensive sometimes, some accommodation have an extra charge on cleaning. You will need to pay an extra, be-careful when booking the room. They are more on private room, an apartment or a whole building. If you need your own space, Airbnb is not a bad choice.

3. Couchsurfing

Some countries accommodations are expensive. But with Couchsurfing, you can get free accommodation from local people. But you will need to spend some time on joining their event or party or any discussion. I don't tried before, but it seems good for many people.

Transportation

Google Flights

There are many difference kind of flight Airfare Search Sites on internet. This is the one I always use. It's easy to use, and I booked a lot of cheap flights on this site too.

Buy things from Supermarket Chains

In almost all the world, a small grocery store is always a little expensive that supermarket. If you'd like to save money, always search for the popular supermarket chain in the country you visited.

Collect Credit Card points and any related points program

Many companies giving out free points for the loyalty program if you are using their credit cards or any related program. Just sign up for it, nothing to lose. It's an extra benefits!

Money Exchanging Tips

No matter you are exchanging the currency or withdrawing the money from ATM. It's always recommend going to the actual bank that located inside the bank. Never use ATM that doesn't locate inside the bank.

Budgeting

Always set your budget and keep track of your expenses whenever it's possible. When you spent the money, be sure to take note. I always take a photo when I have spent my money on traveling. So, I can keep track where all my money goes.