With so many options for travel accommodations out there, have you ever asked yourself, "What kind of accommodation style fits me the best?" We each have our own travel style, and there isn't just one right answer, but whether it's couchsurfing, camping, hostels, RVs, hotels, motels, luxury hotels, cruise ships, house sitting or house exchanges, there's something for everyone.
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My Favorite Accommodations Tip!
As usual, there were a lot of great tips from other world travelers, but this one tops the cake for me. This tip just seemed to resonate with my travel style, and gave me a lot to think about.
This travel tip comes from Talon of 1Dad1Kid who says he prefers "Housesitting, renting an apartment or room in a place via AirBnB, and occasionally couchsurfing."
When asked why, he explains further, "Housesitting is one of my favorites for not only the financial savings but because you can live in a community of locals and get a much better feel for what the culture is like, get off the tourist track, etc. "
"We also often get temporary pets this way which is really nice since we travel full time. Getting an apartment or renting a room in someone's home offers similar benefits, but I also get to have a kitchen which saves us a ton of money on food since I can prepare most of our meals. We've also made some great friends this way."
"I should probably add housesitting also can give you experiences you might not have otherwise. We lived on an oasis in southern Morocco for 2 months which was an absolutely incredible experience made possibly only through housesitting."
In regards to Couchsurfing he says, "It helps us see an area through a local's eyes and make new friends, as well as give us a little boost to our budget."
There is so much to love about this travel tip. Getting to know the locals is one of my number one priorities when it comes to traveling. It's just no fun if you don't make connections there.
Saving money is also a plus. For those of us who travel on a tight budget, (raises hand sheepishly,) tips like these are gold!
But what really got me was when he mentioned having temporary pets while traveling! I grew up on a natural subsistence farm in Hawaii with chickens, ducks, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, goats, yup...you name it, we had it. Having animals around me is a way of life, but something hard to do when living abroad. For that reason alone, this was my top travel tip pick!
But What About Tips From Other Globe Drifters?
What style of travel accommodations do they prefer and why? How do those types of accommodations fit in with your personal travel style?
I took the time to ask a few of my fellow travel bloggers and expats for their thoughts and suggestion on this, and they gave me some great insight into their very own "smart travel" drifter tips.
Travel Accommodation Tips From Other Travelers
Meagan from Life Outside of Texas says, "We are expats living in Korea. My boyfriend works extremely hard and we spend all of his leave and holidays on trips. To minimize burnout and exhaustion, we tend to stay in luxury hotels. We always try to make time for sleep-ins and if it's a long enough trip, we always splurge on a massage at the spa. It's a way we have found to make so much travel work for us. And with all of the hotel points we've earned, we were able to book free accommodation in the Maldives for a week (usually $1400/night)."
Marielle of Blazing Speed of Light Machines says, "Haha. "Preferred" is the keyword here. I've been too long away from college dorm life, so I like budget hotels. My boyfriend and I found some good deals on Agoda when we were traveling in China/SE Asia. But for more remote or hard to get around places, or just saving some more money, international hostels are the best to get tips and have some unforgettable conversations."
Sharon from Where's Sharon? says, "I prefer serviced apartments, preferably in a complex with a pool, playground etc. With two little kids, the extra space is a life saver for all of our sanity levels. The kids are also very messy, so I love it when there is someone else to clean up after us!!"
Erin of Welcome to Erin's World says, "We have lived in Malaysia for the past year and decided when we got here that we wanted to see as many countries as possible. So, when we travel we like to go cheap, which means we stay in the hotels the locals stay in. Our philosophy is that the hotel is just somewhere for us to sleep and store our stuff. If we spend more money on a fancy place to sleep, we are spending less on activities and transportation. Yes, the rooms are a bit small and the bathrooms are local standard, but the beds are still comfortable and the showers get us clean."
Kirsty of Kathmandu & Beyond says, "When we’re travelling we tend to stretch our budget as much as possible and that usually means staying in guest houses (or in hostels in countries like China, Japan or Argentina). We look for those that are small and family run and most importantly quiet and clean. I prefer a private bathroom but if it’s an expensive destination that’s something I will compromise on. Cleanliness is something we won’t comprise on! For a long stay our priorities are a little different - somewhere with more space and decent facilities, good wifi and, ideally, some kitchen facilities. Somewhere that can feel more like a home, albeit a temporary one. And because rates for longer stays usually provide good savings, our average nightly rate is similar to more basic on the road places."
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I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...