The type of accommodation that you choose for your travels can affect almost every aspect of your trip. From your level of comfort to the amount of money you spend, and from the location of the hotel to the people that you meet, the place you stay can have a huge impact on every aspect of your trip.
If your financial situation will not allow you to stay at a nice hotel, many budget options are often available depending on the destination. If hostels aren't your style, a cheap hotel or independently owned bed and breakfast may be more affordable than a larger luxury chain hotel. Shop around both online, in guidebooks, and through your travel agent for all possible options.
Furthermore, choosing a cheaper hotel option could allow you to stretch your money over a longer period of time, or even spend money on other activities or better restaurants. If you stayed in a hotel that was half the price, you could stay twice as long. Or, you could eat twice as much!
Location is also extremely important. Saving money by staying on the outskirts of town might seem like a good idea at first, but think about the cost of transportation and the amount of time you will spend commuting into the city every day. If you do stay away from the fun, make sure that your transportation options are affordable and efficient.
Some hotels, hostels, and bed and breakfasts are more social than others. While traditional hotels separate their guests at all times, many others invite everyone to breakfast or dinner. Or, they provide common areas or cafes with televisions, computers, books, and kitchens for guests to mingle. These social options, which tend to be bed and breakfasts at the higher end or hostels at the lower end, allow guests to meet other like-minded travelers from all over the world. Sharing tips about the city's attractions or restaurants is just one way to start up a conversation with your fellow guests.
The articles below delve into more details about specific locations and travel styles. They recommend specific places to stay based on a variety of options. Bon voyage!