Where you stay whilst travelling can make or break a trip. From swanky resorts in the luxury part of town to hostels and homestays, working out what’s right for you can be tough. Each kind of accommodation has its positives but also has its drawbacks. Read on for some tips about choosing the right places and how to spot the wrong ones…
Pre-Book vs Chance Your Luck
The first thing you need to decide is if you’re pre-booking accommodation, or you’re going to wait until you get to your destination. Making this decision really depends on where you’re going, what your budget is, and why you’re traveling.
If you’re going on holiday for a short break or a planned week-long getaway, pre-booking is best. No doubt you’ll have carefully budgeted your break and scheduled time off work. It makes sense to get your accommodation right or your trip could be ruined. If you’re heading to destinations like the Caribbean, you can browse for condos here, or take a look at travel comparison websites, and online reviews of properties to find the right place.
If you’re planning an extended trip, and your trip is about culture and experience, rather than just relaxation, try chancing it. Book your first hotel for each new place you stay. That way you’ll definitely have a bed on your first night. Research hostels and homestays before you leave and make a list of reputable accommodation. On your trip allow yourself the flexibility of having an ever-changing itinerary depending on where you like and where you don’t. You still need to set a budget and stick to it. But ask the locals and other holidaymakers for advice about where to stay.
For longer trips which span more than three weeks, consider camping. Hiring a campervan is a great way to get from a to b and you don’t need to worry about hotels. It can sometimes be cheaper to rent a van than pay for accommodation for the length of your trip. Countries like New Zealand and Australia are great for campervanning. They have long stretches of road where you’ll need your own car. Plus there are lots of interesting places to stop along the way. Having a camper van gives you the freedom of choice, but the security of knowing you have a bed for the night.
There are lots of campervan companies out there with different vans and budgets. They range from budget models with a travel cooker and a bed to more luxury designs. Some campers have cooking facilities, toilets, and even tables to eat at. Chose what suits your style, budget, and length of the trip.
Hotels vs Hostels
Quite simply, hotels offer luxury and comfort, whereas hostels offer affordability. If you’re not fussed about getting a plump pillow and a private bathroom, choose hostels. Particularly if you’re backpacking. If you want a more laid-back, stress-free trip, choose a hotel.
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