There are many reasons why we want a certain accommodation, whether it is price, location, ease of booking, types of facilities, etc. But to make this choice, we need to understand our options and how they differ from each other. One of the best ways to keep your travel budget under control is to choose the right accommodation to suit your needs at the best possible price!
Here are some of the most common types of accommodation you can choose from for your next trip. These are arranged from (usually) the most expensive to the cheapest.
This is the most popular type of accommodation. Although it is commonly perceived that hotels are expensive, the truth is that hotels can be a cheap option. When looking for a hotel, it is important to use and compare different search engines and agencies. You will see that it is very common to find different rates for the same hotel on each search engine. Even though hotels tend to exceed the typical budget of the pocket, it is still possible to find a cheap hotel. Almost all hotels have free internet access so they can visit xxx pages.
Be careful, as it may be far from the city center or have undesirable conditions. Sometimes hotels can be a cheap option when traveling in a group, as costs can be shared between all travelers.
If you live in a city for a long time, looking for a rental is a good choice. At a rental you have most or all the facilities of an apartment for less than the price of a hotel. You can rent from companies as well as from people who have a place available for rent. Usually, people rent their apartments when they are not using them. It is a way for the landlord to generate an income while the traveler saves money because he pays only part of the rent, as agreed. Today, the site for rooms or apartment rentals anywhere in the world is Airbnb. Alternatively, you can find rentals anywhere in the world by searching on Google
These properties are usually available in luxury resorts, but can be a very cost-effective option, especially for group travelers. The timeshare units are very similar to hotel apartments, except for the bedroom being separated from the living room by a door. They are also equipped with full kitchens, which include a fridge, stove, cooking utensils and plates / glasses, which can be a great way to save money without having to eat at the restaurant all the time.
Bed and Breakfast (B & B)
Bed and breakfasts are generally cheaper than hotels, but not as cheap as guesthouses. This is a good option for couples and families. B & Bs come in all forms, from ordinary houses and apartments transformed into a unit, to larger accommodation, offering their “hotel” services and breakfast to a larger number of travelers. Houses offer more privacy than most guesthouses, and the quality and trend tend to be “warm and comfortable”. Usually, with the little ones (the houses), you get to interact with the family that runs the business, because they often live there too.
Hostels are the cheapest and most affordable accommodation for budget travelers. Hostels have a variety of rooms ranging from private to 30+ mixed bed groups. The bigger the room, the more people sleep, the cheaper the costs. Even though pensions are very cheap, they are well known to be safe and secure.
Toilets and showers are usually shared. If you are not comfortable using a shared bathroom, you can rent private rooms with private bathrooms, but they are a bit more expensive. You pay less when you stay in a common or mixed room, but obviously you won’t have too much privacy. But don’t worry, in the common rooms you have a closet to make sure. It is common to see a lot of young travelers, because it is a really “relaxed” environment in which you can meet new travelers. Most guesthouses have common areas with kitchen, TV, games, wi-fi, sitting area, etc., and many of them even include breakfast in your price.
One of the best qualities of hostelling is that it is easy to interact with people, to find a friendly company to walk around the city, and even travel companions for part or the rest of your trip.
Sleeping trains are a good option to spend a night or a few nights while traveling. The best thing about sleeping trains is that you travel from one place to another, saving time and money. Why? First of all, don’t pay for a night at a boarding house, hotel, etc. Second, you save some of your precious day while traveling at night.
Trains offer you different levels of accommodation ranging from private rooms, semi-private sofas, to adjustable seats. Although this is a great choice for travel and accommodation, it is best to use only when necessary, as many trains have showers and toilets that are not very desirable, to say the least (if you are not in first class).
If you are traveling in the “wilderness” or looking for a more sustainable approach to traveling, then camping is an option for you. In fact, some countries or regions, such as Patagonia, Iceland and the Himalayas, among others, are best explored at hiking and camping. Camping is usually done in the default camping areas. Some of them require a small “camping” fee to allow you to set up your tent for a set period of days. However, there is also “wild camping”, which is when you camp for free wherever you go at night, as long as it is legal to stay there.
Also, camping doesn’t have to be that “raw” experience in the middle of nowhere. There is also a “medium budget” for “high-end” camping or “glamping”. These are more expensive than traditional camping, but are an excellent gateway to the camping experience for people who are not ready to fully enter a campsite to be supported.
Another good option for cheap accommodation is the exchange of housing. The name says it all; change places with another person or family in another country. This is common among older travelers who exchange homes because they are most likely to own a home. It is also a great way to live cheaply in another country.
One of the biggest fears of moving home is the security of their home, but think about it, the other family entrusts their home to you in the same way you entrust yours. Also, sites that facilitate the exchange of homes have different levels of security and verification, which let you know that you are dealing with someone real.
Similar to moving houses, staying at someone’s home for free, but in this case you do not change houses. Just stay at someone’s house as long as you take care of them, feed them and walk with pets (if they have any), water their plants, etc.
The conditions are discussed between you and the homeowner before hiring. And in some cases, you are even paid to do the necessary work while staying at their place for free. Victory!
Couchsurfing, in addition to being free, is one of the richest ways to stay in a country. This works by contacting someone in the country you are visiting and asking if they can host you. Depending on your host, they can provide you with a room with a bed, or you can share a room with them, or a mattress, or a sofa, etc. One of the best things about Couchsurfing is direct exposure to the local culture with the help of your host. Many hosts spend their time with their guests showing them around the city and indicating good places and not so touristy to go. You are usually asked how safe it is to stay at a stranger’s house in another country. The people who greet you at home are quite open and are also travelers. These are for the cultural exchange and the pleasure of good company.
The safest way to do this is by accessing couchsurfing.org and setting up a profile. It is mandatory to fill in all the information about you (such as interest, hobbies, a little about you, etc.), because your host will want to know a little about you before committing to hosting you. At the same time, you’ll want to see your potential host’s information to get an idea of who it is. It is even more desirable if the person is verified using an address, a credit card or by other travelers.
The site also displays reviews of the host from previous trips. These reviews can give you an idea if this person can be an option to stay.
Again, most young people do couchsurfing, although you can find couchsurfers of all ages around the world.
Stay with friends and family
Well, now is a good time to get in touch with family and distant friends to find the free stay you want. Just make sure you contact them beforehand, be grateful if you stay with them and keep in touch after you leave. I do you a big favor, so it’s kind of us to send a thank you note from somewhere else on the trip or after you’ve finished the trip.
These are some of the most common accommodation options. What do you think is best for your travel style and budget?