7 travel accommodation myths: busted
Stereotypes run rampant – but that’s no reason to let them ruin your travel plans. People love to throw out claims concerning travel accommodations.
Why this type of accommodation is better then that type.
Or why that place is only for those people and you’d be much better off with . . . [fill in the blank]
Let’s kick the most common travel accommodation myths off the playing field. There’s no reason to lose money and opportunities by buying into them.
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And now for the top 7 travel accommodation myths: let’s bust these babies once and for all.
1. Hostels are the cheapest type of travel accommodation
While a great budget option in their own right, hostels are not always the cheapest option. Before assuming you’re stuck with one accommodation type, be sure to look around online to search for other accommodation alternatives. Location affects prices drastically, so a hostel in the city center may actually be a similar price to an Airbnb slightly off the grid. If you have your own car, or don’t mind public transport, you can savor a bit more high class amenities without breaking the bank.
2. The higher the accommodation cost, the better the value
I always hesitate when applying the “you get what you pay for” rule to travel. Sure, high class places will cost more generally, but never assume just because you’re paying a lot that a place will be nice. That mindset is much more likely to leave you feeling ripped off, or at least disappointed. Avoid disappointment by studying Trip Advisor reviews before you book a room – even a “nice” one!
3. Hostels are only for students and young people
A hostel is not the foreign equivalent of a frat house (. . . in most cases, check Trip Advisor if you’re really trying to avoid a party place). Some of the coolest people I’ve met in hostels were actually middle aged folks, some even traveling with families. [There’s nothing like bonding with a mom from New Zealand as you both try to squeeze out something resembling breakfast from a hostel kitchen in London, while your travel parties are still scrambling to get ready . . .]
Booking private rooms in hostels can be an excellent budget solution for traveling in touristy (aka: expensive) destinations, no matter one’s age.
4. Stay in a hostel dormitory room, and you’re asking for somebody to steal your belongings
If people were constantly being ripped off in hostels, said hostels wouldn’t get very good reviews now would they? For extra peace of mind, there’s always the affordable option of renting a hostel locker to store your important belongings.
5. Waiting until the last minute will get you the best deals
Careful here – as we talked about before, there are some great opportunities available if you’re willing to play it risky and wait for the last minute deals. However (a big however) there is absolutely no guarantee that you will be able to find something to suit your needs. By all means, use last minute deals, but don’t rely on them when you’re under pressure.
6. No way I’d sleep on somebody’s sofa! Couchsurfing is unsafe
There is a common misconception that couchsurfing is totally unsafe, when in fact travelers can choose their hosts based on past travelers’ reviews. Couchsurfing sites allow hosts to become verified in order to provide an even greater depth of security. For even more peace of mind, consider an alternative hospitality exchange: sites like Trampolinn require users to first host travelers in order to stay with others. (See more hospitality exchange sites here.)
7. Travel accommodation is so expensive
After all out budget travel accommodations this week, I think we can safely assert that booking travel accommodations does not have to break the bank. From the plethora of free travel accommodation opportunities to tricks to booking great deals, there’s truly opportunities to suit every traveler’s budget. The trick? Flexibility. No, you may not be able to afford a 5-star luxury resort, but you can certainly see the world. Keep an open mind to new possibilities, and you’re ready to explore.
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The globetrotting wordsmith behind Take Me With You, Sierra specializes in sustainable, smart blogging strategies for part-time travel bloggers. Her wanderlust has taken her across 3 continents and 11 countries. She is the creator of the free ecourse, Travel Blog In 5.