The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Travel Accomodation

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Ah, the thrill of being in a new country. The stress of almost missing your flight (again). Oh how I love travelling… To me, it’s the ultimate form of freedom.

Throughout the past three years, I’ve stayed in five-star suites bigger than my entire apartment and I’ve squeezed into tiny little shoebox rooms with no windows. When it comes to accommodation I feel at this point I’ve pretty much experienced it all – whether as a solo traveller, friend or better half of a loved up twosome.

If you’re new to booking travel accommodation I know it can be overwhelming trying to determine where to stay and how to land the best deal. You’ll be pleased to know among my friends I’m the one who can always be relied on for the discount codes, ways to get gratis food or just luxe vibes for less. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance I’d consider you my friend too. So here it is – the ultimate guide to booking the best travel accommodation.

Assess your budget
Although many parts of your trip are out of your control one thing that you can pre-determine is your travel digs. Before you do slot77 anything work out your budget and be honest with yourself. How much can you afford for X amount of days? Do you have any wiggle room? What are your non-negotiables (other than a bed, hopefully)?

Have realistic expectations
Get ready for some truth bombs you might not wanna hear (sorry). If your budget is minimal adjust your expectations. The lower the budget often the bigger the compromise. Personally, I think there’s a time and place for being tight with money and cutting corners in a foreign country isn’t always the smartest choice. A few years ago I was travelling in Thailand and chose to stay at one of the hostels on the higher end of the scale.

My friend proudly rocked up and told me how he’d managed to find somewhere for half the price. Though I was initially envious that was quickly replaced with smug I told you so’s when he learned that though the hostel WAS ridiculously cheap there was no aircon to provide respite from the unrelenting thirty-degree Bangkok heat. Sucks to be you, Ben. Sucks to be you.

It’s not always in the budget to get the nicest accommodation every time, but what I’m trying to say is don’t screw yourself over for the sake of a few pounds. It just isn’t worth it in the long run.

What’s in a location?
Sure you could get a nice hotel room with a window, but if you have to drive 30 minutes just to get to the nearest restaurant is it really worth it? On the flip side, if you’re going to be working while you’re travelling it cannot be done in a shithole. It just can’t. My recent trip to LA saw me alternating between my friend’s couch, Airbnbs and hostel rooms.

The days I stayed in the hostel I got next to no work done and on top of already being sleep deprived was incredibly frustrated. If you’re going to be alternating between work and pleasure bare in mind that your environment really makes all the difference.

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