OK this is a crappy post I think, but It is so simple that you might not even think of it. It also usually works better if you are making an extended stay. Simply look on the the net for place names and hotels at your intended destination and also find your target hotel. Get yourself a local skype number, act confident and call your target hotel. Tell them that you are currently staying at [place name other hotel] and that you would like to book a room in your target hotel at local rates. I recently saved about 32 Dollars a night at a hotel in Hong Kong, it worked a treat! So remember this if you are on a tight budget and or plan to do a Tim Ferris mini retirement!