Who said that travelling alone couldn’t be fun? Holidays don’t always have to involve groups of people or your family, and it’s perfectly fine to go out on a vacation by yourself to visit some places that are unique or special to you. After all, not everyone has the same tastes when it comes to entertainment abroad; what you find interesting could be incredibly boring for the next person. However, one of the most expensive considerations when it comes to travelling solo is accommodation. Getting a hotel is already quite expensive even when split between friends and family members, so how do you go about travelling and cutting down on these expenses?
In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the best accommodation options for adventurous solo travellers and how you can save a lot of money by examining your options first before you decide to book a hotel.
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Every country has its own niche when it comes to cheap and affordable accommodation. A good example would be Japan; a country that allows you to sleep at a net café overnight for an incredibly small and affordable price. They’ve also got unique capsule hotels which are essentially like private bunk beds that come with their own TV and storage units. There’s also Airbnb which will be specific to the country in terms of pricing, hence why researching your options and comparing them is very important.
Be hotel-savvy when you book accommodation
While booking a hotel can be relatively expensive, there are some ways to drastically cut down on the cost of a hotel booking if you’re smart about it. The first is to use a discount site to help you find huge savings for bookings during certain periods. Many hotels have deals with these discount sites to give customers a much lower price or they bundle in extras such as a nicer room or included breakfast for the cost of a regular room, making it a great value.
However, you should also consider looking at the costs of hotel chains and also locally-owned hotel options such as bed and breakfasts. Many local locations offer hotel-like accommodation for a very low price, but the catch is that they’re often limited when it comes to vacancies and rooms. Hotel chains are typically quite cheap especially if they’re well-established in the area, but prices can always vary and it’s vital that you do some research.
Have you considered couchsurfing?
If you want free accommodation then one of the only options is to consider couchsurfing. You’re essentially going to be connecting with locals, sharing stories and hanging out, then crashing on their couch. Some couchsurfing hosts will offer you an actual bed and a guest room, but in most cases, you’re going to be sleeping on their sofa. This is a good option if you love meeting new people and want to meet some friendly faces, but if you’re the type that prefers to wander around and explore on their own then this might not be a great option.
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