Where to sleep when traveling? The possibilities are endless. Hotel 5 stars, basic hotel, youth hostel, camping, couchsurfing, guest houses… Before making a choice, you have to think about different things: what’s your budget? Do you mind to share a room with other people? Do you want to discover the local culture? In this article I give you the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of accomodations.
Advantages: the hotels are, in general, the coziest places to sleep in. You’ll normally have bigger rooms and private bathrooms.
Disadvantages: depending on the country and the city, hotels might be super expensive. Don’t forget to have a close look at the price: is the breakfast included? And the taxes? Can you cancel your booking easily and for free?
I book my hotels with Booking. It’s easy, fast and you’ll have lots of advantages. I booked a lot of accomodations with Booking and I became a “Genius client”. I have now some benefits: discounts, early check-in, late check-out etc.
Advantages: it’s usually as confortable as a hotel and very often, it’s cheaper! Plus the hosts can help you and give you some tips about the things to visit in the area.
Disadvantages: I don’t have any in mind…
I also use Booking to book a room in a guest house.
Advantages: staying in a flat can be quite cool. You have everything you need in only one place: bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. You can cook for yourself during your stay and doing so, spending less money in eating outside.
Disadvantages: sometimes, the reception is not open the whole day and you have to arrange with the landlord to get the keys.
When I want to stay in a flat, I usually book with Airbnb. The accomodations available on Airbnb can be shared as well with other people. If you want to be alone, make sure to have a look at the description before booking.
Advantages: the price, obviously. Youth hostels are cheap accomodations. It’s also a great way to meet other travelers. You will never feel alone in youth hostels!
Disadvantages: it might be super noisy at night and you have to share your room with people that you don’t know. You also have to share the bathroom.
Advantages: it’s super cheap, you usually have to pay only a few euros to put your tent on a camping. Sometimes it’s even free!
Disadvantages: the lack of confort, obviously. You sleep on the ground in a tiny place. The toilet and showers might be dirty, and last but not least, THE INSECTS!
You can book your nights in campings with Booking.
For the ones who don’t know what Couchsurfing is, it’s sleeping on the couch of a local.
Advantages: it’s FREE! That’s the best way to save money when traveling. It also allows you to be closer to the locals. Maybe your host will tell you about the hidden gems to see in the area, maybe he will cook a local dish for you! That’s a unique opportunity to live like the locals.
Disadvantages: well, sleeping at someone’s place if you don’t know this person… Could be kind of dangerous.
And you, where do you usually sleep when you travel?