Managing Lodging Expense on the Road

People often ask us how we travel the world on so little.

As readers of our website and blog know, there are 4 categories of highest spending: housing, transportation, taxes and food.

Lodging on the road can be a massive expense but if you are savvy, you will be able to bargain for better rates. As the photo shows you, this hotel in Guatemala charges 300 Quetzales for one night’s stay. That currently translates into about $38USD. But we have purchased a monthly rate and bargained hard. What do we pay? 54 Quetzales – less than $7USD a night.

room rate

What would you rather pay? $38 or $7 for the same room?

That’s a big difference.

The longer you stay, the better the rate.

You can also offer to have the maid clean your room every other day or buy your own toilet paper and soap to sweeten the deal. Be creative! Save money.

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About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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