I have thought long and hard about these words. They are Budget Travel Talk’s byline and each are considered with a view to the budget. I’ve been thinking about this subject because I’m in the throes of planning our ten week trip to Sicily, Croatia and Slovenia. We leave in a matter of days yet all is not planned. While this is not necessarily a bad thing there is one area that I do like to have organised…
There is nothing worse (I find) than arriving at a destination and trying to find accommodation while jet-lagged, hot and hauling luggage. Occasionally accommodation is cheaper on the spot but at what cost to the sanity? Finding a place where we will feel relaxed; that is visually appealing; has a great view or friendly helpful hosts is much more effective on-line! At times the stars align and a place materialises that ticks all my boxes. Accommodation has a huge affect on my travel experience and can colour my view of a destination.
The cost of accommodation is important on a long journey and apartments or private rooms are comparable price-wise to a hostel when travelling as a couple. In our case, money saved on accommodation is earmarked for dining out or a Saharan Experience.
Increasingly we find ourselves staying at Airbnb apartments. The Airbnb site is extremely user friendly and it can take as little or as long as you like to find a place to stay. I have found it very rewarding on this upcoming trip through Italy, Croatia and Slovenia and in past trips to Spain and Portugal, but have never used it in Asia, although Anna from Slightly Astray has. I just love her Day in the Life posts.
I should state now that Airbnb and I are not affiliated in any way.
In my current planning I’ve been looking for and finding places around the 80AUD mark per night. Some are whole apartments while others offer a private bedroom with the host present in the apartment. Both of these choices work well and I try to alternate the two – after a bit of alone time it is nice to stay with a local, have a natter and pick up some tips . Hosts enjoy sharing their home and we’ve had only positive experiences – some were hardly ever home, while others invited us to lunch or sorted out our lost luggage problems. A shared room is a third Airbnb option which we have not tried.
Our Barcelona live-in host met us for lunch at a cafe with an interesting view.
Staying with Airbnb hosts means rubbing shoulders with a local.
Some apartments are just Irresistible
Although Starigrad was originally the town of choice for our upcoming visit to Hvar Island in Croatia, we will instead be staying five days in Hvar Town – playground of the rich and famous – and all because I fell in love.
Although Hvar Town is more expensive than Starigrad we will be able to prepare meals in our atmospheric kitchen and eat them alfresco with a view of Hvar harbour…
Follow our Journey
I hope not to lose our MacBook Air on the first leg of our journey (as we did on our Turkey/CAMBODIA trip in 2013) and will be posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the occasional blog post too.
If you haven’t already – join us on your choice of media – we will be sharing photos of our Journey, Destinations and Experiences. I’ll be sure to share the view from our Terrace in Hvar Town.
Do you think accommodation that makes you feel good is vital to your travel experience?
This post is linked to Nancie’s Budget Travelers Sandbox for Travel Photo Thursday