How to Save Money Staying in Cheap Motels Without Sacrificing Comfort – Cheap Business Travel |

I used to work for a big company with an expense account and ample budget to stay in great hotels. Since I recently starting working for myself and traveling by car more than plane I’ve found I need to find a way to go everywhere and do as much as I used to for my old boss but on a shoestring budget. I’ve found the best way to do this is to lower my previous standards and accept 2 star motels and Motel 6 type quality in place of Hilton and Marriott. You can usually cut your bill by a bundle. Where I stay I typically pay in the range of $32 on the low end to a top of $50 on the high end of the range. Over the course of a multiple day trip you can save a lot of cash. The cost savings is the upside but there are downsides. Compared to the brand name hotels you are likely to encounter poorly cleaned rooms, razor thin and undersized bath towels, a noisier environment, and the potential for bedbugs and germs.

I have come up with a routine some would say is crazy but if your used to staying in the best like I was it will let you save your money without sacrificing all your comfort or your health. When I travel I always carry with me my own pillow, a top sheet, a lightweight sleeping bag, a spray can of disinfectant, 2 towels and washcloths, and some plastic bags. Additionally slippers or flip flops to protect your feet from dirty carpets and a pair of earplugs in case you have some rowdy neighbors.

The first thing I do upon arrival to my room is to take one of the motel washcloths and spray some disinfectant on it. With the disinfectant and rag I wipe down the remote control for the TV, the telephone receiver and buttons, ail lamp switches and light switches, and the door knobs. Next I take the bedspread, blanket, pillow and top sheets off the bed and pitch them in the corner. I put my top sheet on the bed, then my sleeping bag and pillow. Lastly I turn my attention to the bathroom. The towels and wash cloths they provide are usually wafer thin and inadequate to bath with so use them to clean with.

I disinfectant the faucet handles in sink and shower/bath, wipe down the tub or shower and the toilet. Place the dirty cleaning towels in the corner and hang my towels and facecloth up. I know this all sounds like a lot of work but it actually only takes about 15 minutes and is well worth the peace of mind. Make sure you notify the front desk you don’t want maid service during your stay and hang the do not disturb sign out the next day so the maid doesn’t try to undo your hard work, When your ready to leave place your towels and top sheet in a plastic bag and tie it up securely to be washed thoroughly when you return home.

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