Remember that hotels are not the only places to stay. You may be able to save money that can be better spent on activities or other interests by shopping around. In Europe, check out if there are any hostels you could stay at during your trip. In American and many countries abroad, a bed & breakfast may not only be cheaper, but more in keeping with your personality and the nature of your trip. Also look into the idea of trading houses with someone else who is heading out on vacation or, especially if you are student, getting accommodations in a dorm room on a college campus. For more extravagant vacations, consider vacation packages that include the cost of hotels along with local activities and recreation. You may even be able to get a price break on the touristy things you are looking to do.