Traveling and staying in hotels can be both stressful and expensive. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing...right? Use these hacks the next time you stay in a hotel for less stress!
Like this one: If you’re planning to stay in one place for more than a week at a time, contact the hotel and ask if you can get a discount. Since it’s less work and resources for the hotel to keep one guest rather than turning over several, it’s likely that they’ll negotiate something with you. You could end up saving a ton of money with this method.
Having a AAA membership is great for anyone with a car, but it can even save you an average of five to ten percent on each hotel stay. What’s more, you can even cancel your reservations up until the day you arrive, which can allow for a lot more flexibility in your travels. Ahh, AAA...is there anything you can't do?
It’s pretty much inevitable that when you travel, you’ll get to the hotel, open your suitcase and immediately realize you forgot something (or if you're us, somethings). Instead of running out to the nearest convenience store, check to see if the hotel will lend you whatever you forgot. You’ll save some money and have some peace of mind!
Hotel hallways always seem extra bright and noisy when you’re trying to sleep, don’t they? All you need to do in order to block out some of the unwanted light and noise is to roll up a towel and wedge it at the bottom of the door. (A college roommate of mine used to do the exact same thing but for a completely different reason.)
It’s tempting to go out to eat for every meal when you’re traveling, but if you’re just not in the mood to spend money, you can use the little coffee maker in your hotel room to make things like instant ramen or oatmeal. It certainly won’t be the best meal you’ve ever had, but it is quick, and very cheap!
We’ve all been in that position where the hotel room we booked only has one bed. While spooning can be great, if you’re just not that into cuddling your friend, you can ask the hotel’s front desk for some extra pillows and make a bed divider out of them.
It can be really stressful when your phone’s battery dies, especially while you’re in an unfamiliar part of the world. If you happen not to have a wall charger for your phone or your computer handy, make a charger out of your hotel room’s TV. Just plug in your USB cable into the slot on the back of the TV.
If you’re in desperate need of clean clothes while staying in a hotel, don’t have someone do your laundry for you - instead, do it yourself in your hotel’s bathroom by filling up the bathtub with warm water and soap and hand-washing your clothes. It might be kind of a pain, but it will definitely save you money!
You can keep your dirty shoes in the same suitcase as your clean clothes - just use the complimentary shower cap that the hotel provides and wrap it around your dirty shoes. It’s perfect for days when you get caught in the rain and mud while traveling. You weren't gonna use that shower cap for its intended use, anyway.
Nobody has time for wrinkled clothes while traveling. In order to get rid of them when you don’t have access to an iron, just hang the clothes up in the shower. Then, you can smooth out the wrinkles by hand.