Why Scrimping on Accommodation During Your Travels is not a Good Thing

Traveling has become a common entry in most individual’s bucket lists these days. Whether it is just within the vicinity of your city, or going to the next continent to explore, everyone has a dream place to see. On when did this start, we cannot really say. But who can blame who? Not only does this provide a temporary relief from your busy schedule every day, it also enables you to satisfy your inner wanderlust. This is why it is not anymore surprising that people do their best to not only find the time but the money as well to explore many different places.

Money is one of the greatest considerations when traveling. Not everyone has enough resources to sustain them during their trips. As such, there are times when scrimping on everything is absolutely required. But although it is important to live within a budget during your travels, there are some aspects that you should never compromise, namely – a good and comfortable accommodation.

There are many reasons why people choose not to splurge on accommodation when they are on travel. One is that they just use it to store their bags. Two, they are just barely in it, having to get to the hotel only after exploring the whole city the whole day. Finally, it is just used to sleep before going out the next day. Sounds reasonable but these reasons also should be your motivation to spend a little.

Oh, when I say ‘splurge’ I don’t mean going over the top by getting a 1000$ per night accommodation. There are many rooms, hostels, and bread and breakfast that offer comfort without needing to rob your bank. You just need to be patient and resourceful in outsourcing them. Many online sites already allow you to do this on your mobile phones. So you don’t even need to scout each and every hotel to compare and contrast. You can already find every detail on the page when you look closely. It’s like having a simulator on your phone (see simulatorpro.com for more details), you don’t need to imagine what you are dealing with because it is already spread before you. Less hassle, less effort, no inconvenience.

What you should keep in mind when you are choosing for your accommodation is that what ‘cheap’ entails. If it compromises your safety and security, then it may not be worth your while. How can you have the peace of mind to leave your belongings there if you cannot ensure the security? Worse, are you sure you can even sleep the night knowing that break-in is possible throughout your slumber party? Maybe, by upgrading your budget for a room you may even be saving more especially if it comes with perks such as free breakfast.

Traveling is never cheap. But nobody is hurt by splurging a little. You just have to weigh when you should splurge and when you should scrimp.

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL

Some people are born with wanderlust and spend their lives seeking new experiences. Others plan yearly vacations, enjoy weekend day trips or tack a few extra days onto a business trip to explore their destination.

No matter what your travel style, there are many reasons we need to get out of your Tucson garage door and go to new locations. Here are a few:

  1. You feel more rested and restored.

Getting away from everyday stress helps restore both body and mind, and having new experiences takes your mind away from the day-to-day problems and allows it to concentrate on taking in new sights, smells, tastes and sounds. After a couple of days, you can actually feel your body start to relax.

  1. You get to play.

We have far too little play in our lives, so travel lets us channel our inner child and see the world with fresh eyes. Do something you haven’t done since childhood, like ride a carousel or swim in the cool blue ocean. You’ll find yourself smiling as the stress melts away.

  1. You get a break from work.

Some of your best ideas come to you when you’re doing something other than working. Try to forget about work when you travel and immerse yourself in the new experiences all around you. Be sure to unplug: check emails once in the morning, or only as necessary, and assign someone else to take on the responsibilities while you’re gone.

  1. You create quality time with loved ones.

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often forget to make time for quality interactions with friends and family. Traveling together allows you to share and enjoy experiences together, plus it creates precious memories that will be recalled over and over again throughout the years to come. Be sure to take pictures for visual touchstones of special times.

  1. You find yourself again.

When you’re out in the world, you see things in a new light, and with the stimulation of new surroundings, you can often have flashes of inspiration or insights into your own soul. You might be inspired to renew your interest in painting after visiting an art gallery or sitting by a mountain lake, or you might remember a long-forgotten goal that suddenly becomes a new focus.

How to choose your travel destinations

You’ve made the decision you want to travel more this year. You’ve realised experiences are more important than possessions and you’ve put together a plan to start saving for your next big trip.

But how are you going to decide where to actually go?

Budget and time will undoubtedly play a part in the decision making process but with so many amazing places in the world, how do you whittle it down?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll just want to go EVERYWHERE and explore as much of the world as possible! But unless you’re taking a few years out to travel, this really isn’t an option. While some people want to go everywhere, other people don’t have one place on their wish list and they’re not sure how to discover new places to go.

Whichever situation you’re in, here are my top tips to help you choose your travel destinations.

#1. Be open-minded

Haven’t heard a place? Can’t even pronounce a place? Have no idea where a place is? But you’ve found suspiciously cheap flights to said place…? Google the hell out of it, check it’s safe and book that flight! Sometimes you’ll have the best adventures in places you can’t pronounce. Ljubljana, I’m talking to you.

#2. Be creative

You want to travel to a certain destination but flights are really expensive? Don’t let this put you off, find an alternative. Using the example of Ljubljana again, it’s really expensive to fly direct but flights to Venice are cheap and then there’s a 2 hour shuttle bus from Venice into Ljubljana. Problem solved.

#3. Consider the underdog

Every country has a ‘second city’ and it’s often a much cheaper and a more unique alternative to the capital city.

#4. Be decisive

You’ve found a place you want to go. Book it now. Go on, book it. Don’t think about it for 3 weeks and then think a bit more and then realise you’ve missed the opportunity.

#5. Ask yourself ‘why’?

Why do you want to travel? Do you want to relax, have fun with your mates, reconnect with a loved one, switch off from work, learn something new, get a tan or have an adventure? It’s easier to decide where you’re going when you know why you’re going there.

#6. Remember, remember…

You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do.

I always think about this when I need a kick up the arse to be a little more adventurous.

#7. Safe choices aren’t bad choices

Yes, I like to be adventurous in my travel choices but a good old weekend in Paris or an all-inclusive beach holiday should never been sneered at. So what if a million people have done it before you. If you have a good time, that’s all that matters.

#8. Go Solo

You’ve found somewhere you REALLY want to go but no one wants to go with you? Don’t let this stop you, go solo!

#9. Don’t dismiss your own backyard

Who said travelling has to include long flights? Search a little closer to home, you’d be surprised by the hidden gems you might find.

#10. There’s always a budget option

Don’t let your budget stop you from travelling somewhere. Even the most expensive countries have budget options like hostels where you can cook your own food, free city tours and public transport. You’re going to need to be creative but that often makes it more fun.