No two travelers are the same. So, if you are a traveler looking for the best accommodations for your budget and preferences, take a look. You have several options depending on where you are departing from and what type of traveler you are. This article will dissect what those options are and what makes each one worth considering.
When deciding where to stay, there are two key factors to consider: your priorities and the type of trip you want to make. Please choose the right accommodations based on a clear idea of the purpose of your trip, whether it is for work, play, or both. This will determine your travel priorities regarding location, service, and facilities.
Please stay tuned for more information on choosing the best accommodations for your upcoming trip.
Identify your priorities when planning your trip.
Before embarking on a trip, the first thing to consider is, “What am I looking for in accommodations?” Ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of trip are you planning?
- How important is the location?
- Is being more than 5 km from the city center a deciding factor?
- What is the need and importance of internet access?
- Do you need special considerations?
- What are your budget limits?
What are your limits for socializing while traveling? Do you mind staying in crowded places?
The answers to these questions will help you focus your decision and better understand what you need concerning the trip you are going on.
Narrow down the type of travel.
Traveling while working and traveling for leisure or entertainment will make a difference in your choice of accommodations. For example, a business traveler will likely have different needs than a backpacker embarking on a new journey to explore and experience a new culture. If you are a digital nomad, you will need a comfortable place to work without distractions and a place to unwind after a long day.
Here are some of the best solutions for different types of travel.
Backpackers travel light and, most importantly, on a limited budget. If you are a backpacker, prioritize facilities, cleanliness, and comfort over the location. You will want to have appliances, gadgets, and kitchen and bathroom facilities close at hand. Choose a place with a well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, washer, and dryer.
If your goal is to get as much experience as possible, a hostel is the best option, whether a shared dorm or a hostel room. They are relatively inexpensive, offer the opportunity to get to know people from all over the world, and are generally the most common accommodation for backpackers.
Beach bungalows, camping, and rentals are viable options for the adventurous backpacker.
For backpackers on a tight budget, Couchsurfing is a great option that saves money and gives you a chance to get to know the locals. However, it is often difficult to sustain for longer stays, and the Reddit Couchsurfing community notes that while some hosts are open to hosting backpackers for more than three days, this is not common.
Long-term residents need a place to stay for a few weeks or months. They may be digital nomads, but not necessarily. There are two main categories of long-term travelers: those looking for low-cost accommodations and those with a flexible budget.
If you fall into the first category, a private room in a hostel or a small shared dormitory may be an option unless you are a long-term traveler.
Most hostels can accommodate stays from one day to six months. Student dormitories are a good choice if you like a lively atmosphere, don’t mind the noise, and want to see a different face every day. However, since long-term travelers often stay in one place for a month or more, shared housing can become overwhelming unless it is small and generally quiet.
For this reason, rentals and flats are the best options. Although they can be costly, they allow you to experience city life as freely as the locals do and to enjoy living abroad as if it were your own home.
Short-term leisure travelers
Short-term travelers looking to enjoy their leisure time can maximize their trip by choosing accommodations that guarantee maximum comfort and relaxation. For this reason, rentals and hotels are the most popular options: half-board hotels usually include a bed and breakfast or dinner, while full-board hotels include a bed.
Flats and rented houses are ideal for those looking for a quiet place to rest and relax and where self-catering is not a problem. However, some rental properties offer a half-board option, especially if they are part of a larger rental complex. In addition, some hotels offer additional amenities such as spas, swimming pools, and recreational activities if they fit your budget.
Customized locations, such as well-appointed bungalow resorts and boutique hotels, can also provide maximum enjoyment, especially if you insist on staying in one location.
Adventure and Adrenaline Travelers
If you are an adventurer, your focus should be on how much adventure you want and how much comfort you are willing to sacrifice. Adventure travel emphasizes raw experience, contact with nature, and extreme sports; your accommodations should be commensurate with that.
Camping, the least expensive option, will open the door for you to experience nature to the fullest. If you don’t mind the lack of facilities and have your own tent and campsite, then that is the way to go.
First-time campers should look for campgrounds with basic sanitary facilities. Some campgrounds offer tents for rent, but you will need to provide your tent and camping equipment in most cases.
Authentic log cabins, treehouses, and bungalows are also great options, especially for couples or small groups traveling together. Many are near lakes, hiking and biking trails, and ski and snowboard slopes. They are pricey but offer the best comfort.
Finally, you can also rent a motorhome, especially if you want to travel and explore some areas.
For a stress-free business trip, you need accommodations that guarantee comfort and the best connectivity. You need a secure space with the technology and the Internet and a quiet place to get work done and rest properly after a busy day.
Business travelers need good connectivity, fast Wi-Fi, and a good location. Look for a location that meets these requirements and consider available transportation options, especially proximity to a station on the public transportation network and accessibility of a rental car.
In this regard, a hotel is the safest and most efficient option, as it will likely have everything you need, from food to a workspace with high-speed Internet, close at hand.
Guesthouses, such as Airbnb and apartments for rent are also good options. Make sure they meet your criteria and needs regarding technology, location, and comfort.
Like the previous group, a digital nomad needs excellent connectivity and internet access
Experienced travelers and Redditors discussed What is the best accommodation for digital nomads? Not surprisingly, the most popular choices are short-term flats, shared flats, private hostels, and hostel rooms with shared bathrooms. Privacy and Wi-Fi stability are important.
Some hostels prioritize peace and may be a good short-term travel option for digital nomads. Hostel dorms are another option but are unsuitable for long-term stays unless they have a workspace and portable Internet equipment.
No two trips are the same. Our goal was to provide a reliable overview and help you find the best and most practical solution based on your trip.
These are not clear-cut rules but tips based on the needs and requirements of each group of experienced travelers looking for accommodation. In such cases, accommodation should offer the best of both worlds.
After all, the choice is always yours. Of course, accommodations will depend on personal preferences, likes, and dislikes, but these should always be the main guidelines.