Accommodation when traveling
What to consider
Air BnB accommodation
She has fond memories of a historic apartment in Italy, right by the town square. I am amazed at the prices, which range from outrageous to economical. I have not used them as yet, but she says it is the way to go. http://www.airbnb.com/
Backpackers Facilities as accommodation
Backpacker Tenting as accommodation
Bed and Breakfast accommodation
Sometimes a nice stop in between camping or low budget accommodation. Also, no point paying for breakfast if it is bacon and eggs and you are vegetarian, so ask.
Book your first two nights accommodation
If you book one night and arrive late, you might have to vacate by 10 a.m. and carry your luggage all day or leave in dubious places.
Campervans and RV’s to buy and use as accommodation
Others I know have purchased in the USA and driven right down on a tip of South America. The possibilities are there and alternative accommodation when traveling.
You have cooking and sleeping facilities on board. Your child has long-term stability. You will, however, have to consider breakdown costs; safety with breakdowns in remote or seedy areas; accessing parts, and fuel.
Campervans and RV’s to hire and use as accommodation
Campervans and RV’s to drive for free or with low cost as accommodation
You can register on websites to relocate RV’s. Select your destination and be able to pick up the vehicle on the day agreed on and deliver it within the allocated time.
Sometimes you are given a week to deliver it, and sometimes only a few days – but it enables you to travel vast distances for almost nothing.
It allows you to stop and take breaks and photographs and play tourist a bit more, but not always giving you complete leisurely time.
Pricing and mileage rates vary widely around the world for relocation so you must check this out first.
Please keep in mind the age requirement for a child to be allowed to travel in the front seat of a van, or even if a child seat is required.
Tents, and camp mattresses – not sleeping bags (unless new), are sometimes sold by other travelers. So keep your eyes open for this too.
You can Google some more yourself too.
Check it out before you arrive – Being wise re accommodation
Ok – time to share a little personal experience I had. I stayed in a lovely out of the way boutique hotel in Bali. Double wood doors led to our thatched cottage with sunken bed, and huts that surrounded the swim up bar/pool, and was only a few doors down from the beach.
Got there – this is not the place?? No – the original place had burnt down; so another ‘two-bit hotel’ of some 100+ huts took their name.
Checking out and Problems with accommodation
Visitors in the day and night – of the four-legged variety to your accommodation
Make sure there are no holes in the roof or walls – stray animals are not your friends when they land on you at night. I had a cat jump on me because a love panel was missing in the window. I was dead to the world, and it was a creepy fright, and I then ran around chasing it out of the room like a mad woman!
Well, I managed on my last trip, but I was not too kind; because there is no way those sticky paws were landing on me or my child!
Well, it was a big mouse, as I refuse to think it was a rat!
Volunteering for aid and accommodation
May not be so practical with a child, so please do ask first, and keep in mind disease and cleanliness.
Websites and Google to find accommodation
Women Welcome Women World Wide (5W)
Wwoofing for accommodation
Word of Mouth re-accommodation
Try to get a name of a staff member working at the place as well the name of the person who recommended it to you.
Last time we went overseas, we stayed at two resorts. At the first resort, a couple (who had the ‘All you can eat and drink option’ – and used it to the max ) called us to tell us that the second resort was ‘dead’; there was no children’s facility, and one restaurant was shut. They advised us to cancel and stay elsewhere. Thus, I worked myself into a ‘right lather’.
I called the Travel Agent and wasted about half an hour and call costs trying to change resorts. Well, we got there and I expressed my concerns. They promised to help us.
We made new friends – as it was so quiet, all the guests mingled and talked, we went out on day trips, hired cars together, went on walks, rode local buses, went out to dinner, and all became friends who now keep in touch.
YMCA (the Y) and YWCA for accommodation
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