A considerable portion of your vacation cost is the price of your accommodation. One of the popular ways to reduce its cost is holiday packages. Tour operators that book hotels in bulk get considerable discounts for popular holiday destinations and are able to pass them on to their clients.
If you are tired of package holidays and are willing to explore other options to get a reasonably priced accommodation for your vacation, you might check agencies that offer holiday rentals. On http://www.holiday-rentals.uk.com/ you can find a luxury villa in Andalusia that accommodates 6 people for as low as €350 or a cosy romantic cottage in England for £180 per week. Rental of a 3 bedroom house in Egypt will cost you €35 per day at www.holiday-home.com. Real Adventures at http://www.realadventures.com/tours-vacation-packages.htm offers a comprehensive directory of hotels, bed and breakfast and villa rentals around the world to accommodate any budget, as well as other travel resources. On http://www.accommodation.de/ you can book a house in Europe for as low as €20 per 2 persons per day. On www.easyHotel.com you will find listings of inexpensive hotels and self-catering vacation property worldwide.
www.hotels-and-discounts.com will save you up to 70% off your hotel bookings.
A popular way of getting your vacation accommodation for free is joining the Vacation Exchange Network at http://www.thevacationexchange.com. If you own a vacation property you can now travel lodging free by exchanging a stay at your vacation property for a stay at another vacation home. Whether you want to ski, golf, or just relax on the beach, you can choose from over a thousand properties in every major resort area. Similar sites are www.homebase-hols.com/info.shtml and www.holswap.com, www.singleshomeexchange.com and www.swapeo.com. "Home-exchange isn't for everyone," admits Caroline Connolly of HomeLink. "I think it tends to attract people who are adventurous, open-minded and pragmatic. Parents and teachers tend to enjoy these holidays because the price of accommodation is much higher during the school holidays, which is the only time that these groups can get away. Those who are wealthy enough to retire early also form part of the mix." Swapping homes is a good experience for those who want to see the country and its culture "from inside", those who plan to immigrate or buy a property in a foreign country.
Booking a hostel is an ideal variant for young travelers on a budget. You can book a dorm or a private room in European hostels starting from €15 and will have enough money left to have fun. It's an excellent way to travel and make new friends from around the world.