We stayed in all sort of apartment in a lot of Countries so far. We have been in hostels, Air BnB, Top Luxury Hotels, bad places and beautiful with a great view. So, now is the time to understand and let you know how we choose our place abroad.
We know to choose the apartment for your next holiday is a part of the organization more frustrating than to book the ticket. We know you spend a lot of time looking for the perfect amenities, position, size of the room and the bed, good feedback, friends accommodations, guest opinions and your general sense.
But there are some things you need to have a look closely if you want to have well stayed and avoided bad surprise.
Obviously stay in a Hotel is always the best solution, even if the breakfast is not included, but you know it is pricey. We have been in a dozen Hotels, we know the amenities, but it takes of a part of the adventure a backpacker want.
On the other side, if you choose for a stay in a hostel, you get your privacy over, especially when you choose a low rate, low price, too many beds in a room with completely unknown random people, doing bad rumours at night, and we will not talk about smells. But this is another case if you want you can visit our guide to the Hostel.
In the middle of the choice between the amenities of a hotel and the chance to make new friends of a Hostel, you can choose for your privacy in an Air BnB.
It is a good choice in the middle, for the price, privacy and amenities. On the other side, you need to reorganize the bed sheets by yourself, think about where do the breakfast, and it is not a solution for lazy people. Even, booking an air bnb, entire place, you don’t have the chance to make new friends during the common breakfast, or with a beer at the pub of the hostel during a Friday night. But at least, booking with Air Bnb you are staying in your own place with your privacy.
Like you can see, you need to choose the mood of your holiday and take the decision about the accommodation. All the places have the good and bad side, is up to you to decide which is the better one.
BOOKING AN HOTEL
If you want a kind of holiday devoted to the relax and without being overwhelmed by duties, you need to take a hotel. This allows you to think just to go to the beach and drink a beer, have rest and enjoy every minute of your holiday, the service room think about the rest. Better if you get a breakfast with it, and the lunch as well. For this amenities, you need to afford more money, obviously. But there are some hotels, like the Holiday Inn Express giving the breakfast included.
BOOKING AN AIR BNB
If you want a holiday with privacy, take the entire place with Air Bnb. Put the choice of the place on their mobile app refined to “Entire Place” and if you are lucky, you can find a cosy place for few pounds. We have been in a lot of Air Bnb, now we have our way to evaluate the places.
First of all, we have a look at the price, we don’t want places overpriced just because is high season, otherwise, we will go to a Hotel. Also, we check the photos, if there are less than 3 and are not really good on quality, we swipe it away. The third things we see is the position, if it is close to some attraction we will see it is close to the city centre, the distance to the beach and others.
After all of it, we look about the amenities and the review. The amenities are really important, because if we are planning a road trip, we have a car and we need a parking, or could be about the late check-in. Some owner hasn’t cleared the time of the check-in and the checkout, but if you have a strange landing or departure, you need to have a look at this important things.
Last, but not for importance, just because if you are arrived till here, maybe you really like the place. So, look all the review, not all, but a lot, and understand if the general satisfaction is good or not, check if there are main issues, if there are, be clear with your host and ask to them if they have fixed it.
BOOKING AN HOSTEL
There two many kind of Hostels in the whole World, everytime you are on the point to place a booking, stand a minute, have a look about everything: Location, amenities, opportunity to get city tour, reviews and feedback, check some suggestions online, how the place is decorated (Yes, this give you the chance to know if the place is well maintained or not, you don’t want to be in a building decadent).
Stay in a hostel is a good choice for a backpacker, solo traveller and few kinds of couples. It is not the best solution suitable for a couple, because is out basically intimate, sometimes you need to share the bathroom. If you are taking a hostel with en-suite bathroom, why you didn’t take an express hotel?
Even that it is a good solution to get new friends, to find good suggestion to visit in the place you are stying. The best experience we had was for me, Toti to be in a hostel, one of the best and busy of London, in the first solo trip in the big European city.
I met a lot of friend in the common areas, like the kitchen, in the morning for the breakfast or for a beer at night at the pub, playing ping pong or others activity. It was a nice experience.
HAVE A LOOK ABOUT OUR GUIDE TO WHY STAY IN A HOSTEL IS THE BEST IDEA FOR BACKPACKER.