Cheap Hotels


  • 4-star resort in Angkor Wat, Cambodia: $50.
  • 5-star resort in Agra, India: $60.
  • 4-star treetop resort on Phi Phi Island, Thailand: $32.
  • Secluded bungalows in Ubud, Bali: $35.

Catch the trend, here?

I scored all of these amazing deals by doing one thing, and one thing only.

I traveled off season.

Traveling off season or during the low season, simply put, is the time of year when a destination gets the fewest visitors. As a result, amazing hotels are plentiful as they tend to offer the lowest prices to attract customers and fill rooms. Scheduling some of my travel during this season has been the easiest way for me to secure the best resorts, vacation packages and flight deals. People always say that the weather off-season in most places is horrendous (hot, cold or rainy), but often, it’s quite the contrary. If you’re ok with a day or so of possible shoddy weather, traveling when there aren’t many other tourists around is an attractive option for many. During my stay at each of these locations, the weather didn’t hint at anything out of the ordinary (with the exception of Bali). In fact, I couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Agoda is my absolute favorite resource for booking travel accommodations abroad. It treats me right every time.

What has been your most unbelievable off-season deal?

Zim Ugochukwu

Zim Ugochukwu

Zim is an avid photographer, visual storyteller, classically trained pianist, junk foodie, vegetarian, and occasional building climber. She is the founder & CEO of Travel Noire.


  • Reply October 4, 2013


    Lovely. I just love this website with all of my heart. Thanks for the resource!

  • Reply December 4, 2013


    wonderful tip. What exactly is considered off-season for the above mentioned locations. Thailand and Bali are on our honeymoon ideas list and would appreciate your input. Thanks

    • Zim Ugochukwu
      Reply December 4, 2013

      Zim Ugochukwu

      Bali is AMAZING, Ubud to be entirely specific. It’s like a tropical wonderland. I highly recommend. For off season, Thailand: Usually summer. I visited the hotel at the end of June. India: Summer as well. I visited the hotel in early June. Cambodia: Around April/May until September. I went Mid/late April. Hope this helps! Peak tourist season starts around October and ends in December/January for most Southeast Asian countries.

  • Reply November 28, 2014


    Thanks for the reply. I had not realized that you did. Weird, because i’m always on this site if not daily. Since we last spoke i booked both bali and thailand trip. Ridic?!?! Could you please share the name of the tree top resort in phiphi island? Thanks a bunch!

  • Reply March 6, 2015


    Good day Zim! I absolutely love the travel moment you have going here, my boyfriend and I just planned our first trip with the wonderful tips and insight you have blessed us with. Would like to ask you this- where do you go to find these great deals? On the hotel site, you are sure to look for days to find that lucky price, but what sites would you recommend to find these awesome deals?

  • Reply March 7, 2015


    Good day Zim! Thank you for all of your help. My boyfriend and I just planned our first trip using the great techniques mentioned in previous posts regarding discounted airfare which worked perfectly- but I must ask you this… Where do you go to find these amazing hotel deals? I have searched the hotel sites and numerous booking sites high and low and have not been successful with finding deals like the ones mentioned above. What sites would you recommend to snag such great prices?

  • Reply July 2, 2015


    Great post, Zim! I’d never ever heard of Agoda before so I’ll definitely be checking that out.


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