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Booking Rooms on a Budget
Today marks the beginning of a two-part series that breaks down the choices one has in booking rooms on a budget for vacations or holidays. We will begin with our most economical offerings and work our way to the more expensive options.
When it comes to finding accommodations while traveling, I’m somewhat of a pragmatist. I don’t require 5* stays because I see it as a colossal waste of money. When I travel, I see my hotel room as somewhere to lay my head at night.
I didn’t travel so that I could stay in a room; I plan to spend as little time there as possible! But this is just my budget-conscious opinion. When it comes to securing accommodations, preferences are never one size fits all. I prefer to stick to booking on a budget.
Half the fun of searching for somewhere to stay is realizing how many strange and unusual places to choose from. That almost always will make your visit more enjoyable. Hotels are the default accommodations of choice, but how interesting would it be to stay in a monastery, an igloo or even a log cabin?
I’m on a strict budget. What is the best type of accommodation for me?
If you are on a strict budget and willing to forego creature comforts in exchange for saving big bucks, you should check out hostels.
There are two major clearinghouses will allow you to search, review and book hostel rooms throughout the world. Hostels.com and Hostelworld.com are the best sites which also lists some B&Bs and Guesthouses. You are required to pay a 10% refundable deposit when booking.
I have to say that hostels have come a long way. Almost every hostel has private rooms available for rent. Some may have private baths to go along with them, though in rare circumstances. For the most part, you can count on a dormitory type arrangement where 4-12 people sleep on bunks. You can expect to share a common suite of showers and toilets.
This is an ideal situation if you are planning on traveling alone or with a group of friends, not so much if you are traveling with a family. Still, this is the option for booking rooms on a budget since some beds can be had for as little as eight bucks per night.
Stay tuned for our next installment where I will discuss the ins and outs of booking vacation homes or apartments via hotel booking sites.