When planning a trip, whether domestically or internationally, you know that you're going to need a place to stay. Sometimes it is for one night, sometimes a week, and perhaps even longer. However, instead of sticking to hotels, why not try something new?
Apartments: Most individuals do not even consider apartments to be a feasible accommodation while on a trip or vacation. However, if you plan on being in a destination for four nights or more, an apartment can truly be a home away from home, and a huge money saver. Generally, apartments can be rented through sites such as Homeaway and can be significantly less expensive than area hotels. The best part? Being able to cook! You will be able to save a ton of money on food alone just by going to the local grocery store and eating meals in. Most apartments also come equipped with washer and dryer (meaning you can pack less) and wireless internet.
Hostels: No, hostels are nothing like what is depicted in the movie "Hostel." Instead, hostels offer extremely affordable accommodations in destinations throughout the world. Hostels are also a fantastic way to meet people who are traveling just like you are. While although hostels usually have single-sex rooms of up to 16 beds with shared restroom facilities, many hostels also offer private rooms for couples with private bathrooms. In this instance, the cost may be a little more but still considerably more affordable than most hotels. Many hostels also offer free breakfast, affordable dinners, and discounted tickets to local events and entertainment.
Bed and Breakfast: The often forgotten Bed and Breakfast is a great option for individuals who want the comforts of home while traveling. At a Bed and Breakfast, you can get a private room complete with a desk, large closet, king-sized bed, private bathroom, and sometimes even a fireplace. In the mornings, you can join other guests for breakfast made to order. Bed and Breakfasts may also be a quieter option if you're looking to get work done throughout the day and evening, in comparison to a hotel or hostel.
One-room rentals: One-room rentals are not as common as the options mentioned above. However, if you are in a budget pinch, they are a great alternative. On websites such as AirBnB, you can find rentals from individuals who have a private bedroom available that they are looking to rent out. The cost can vary, but many of these options are as cheap as $30 a night. The benefit of this option is having a local insider available to you. If you have questions regarding the city, need transportation tips, or just directions to the local pharmacy, the owner of the unit is available to assist you.
Next time you begin to plan a trip, consider these options as more affordable and sensible alternatives to hotel stays. You not only will feel more at home is these accommodations, but you will also have the advantage of being able to meet and mingle with others.