It's getting to be that time of year when the kids are home from school and families start planning that summer road trip. It can be a great time of memory-making for a family, but it can also add up to be quite the expense.
More than likely, you'll need to stay in a hotel during your trip. But, don't fret. Hotels are like other commodities – their prices tend to fluctuate based on supply/demand. When you are ready to rest for the night, make sure you look for a city/town with more than one hotel. Preferably, several right next to each other. Pick one out and go to the front desk and ask their rate for the night. If they ask you if you'd like to book a room, just tell them you're shopping around. Move on to the next hotel and check their prices out and so forth. You'll want to have visited at least 3-5 to get a good range.
Of course, some hotels are going to be cheaper than others just based on quality. Some are newer and offer more ammenities. But, if you are willing to live on the thrift, this is a great way to get the best possible rate on the fly. And, oftentimes, that newer hotel will match the lower priced one – just to have a room booked for the night. Don't forget to mention your AAA membership if you have it.
How else have you saved on hotels when traveling?