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Alternative Accommodation When Travelling Overseas


NEED TO SAVE? A large chunk of the budget for overseas travel is spent on accommodation. While many still want the luxury and comfort of booking into a hotel where it can be guaranteed that food will be available (almost) anytime, there will be hot water, a clean bathroom, a comfortable bed and other creature comforts. However, there are also travellers that still want all of this but do not want to pay a fortune for accommodation. They would rather seek alternative accommodation to cut down costs. It is a good thing that there are many types of accommodation facilities today that accord a decent place to stay at reduced costs. Here are some great examples:



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For budget travellers, staying in a hostel is quite a good option. Rooms available are dormitory-style, where guests share all the facilities. There are international chains today, such as the Hostelling International and YHA (Youth Hostels International) that focus not only on young travellers but also on older and group travellers.

What they provide:

• Inexpensive. The estimated rate ranges from $10 to $40 per night, per person.
• Easy access to information about the rooms and availability.
• Located in accessible areas in major cities around the world.
• Breakfast is included in the room rate (this may vary).
• Fun activities are offered.
• Secure & some private rooms are available depending on the facility
• Higher chance of meeting and interacting with people from different cultures because of shared rooms.
• Great for people travelling in larger groups.

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This is a marketplace where people with houses or extra rooms to spare list their accommodations and availability. The organization has a wide list of properties worldwide, providing a cheaper alternative to staying in hotels, with travellers able to choose where they want to stay according to their budget and personal preferences. Requirements are available from the Airbnb website. Airbnb has listings in about 192 countries.

What they provide:

• Cheaper than staying in a hotel. For example, the average regular hotel room rate in New York is about $245. You can rent an Airbnb apartment at an average cost of $180 per day and an Airbnb room for about $105 per day.
• Personalized service is available.
• More listings and locations worldwide
• Can be used by business travellers for retreats, meetings and conferences.
• Greater chance of interacting with the locals (hosts).

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Homestays in Southeast Asia

South East Asia

Opting to avail of homestays when travelling in Southeast Asia provides many chances for culture immersion, a chance to be living with a local family that makes you feel safer and less lonely. Homestays are best for students who will have to stay in one place for a longer period.

What they could provide:

• What makes homestays attractive is the cost. On the average, a contract in Malaysia is about $808.44. In Bangkok, Thailand, the average is $686.33 while in Vietnam, it goes for only $498. This includes guaranteed number of meals, laundry facilities and light cleaning.
• Cultural immersion is greater because you will be living with locals.
• Great way to practice local language skills.
• Students will have a temporary home.
• You will find more local friends.


Ryokans in Japan

Japan homestay
A Ryokan or Japanese style inn is perfect for travellers wanting to experience the comforts of Japanese service and hospitality and learn about Japanese culture. The average rate per night, per person is 15,000 yen exclusive of tax. An additional 150 yen tax is added per person per night if the Ryokan has an onsen or a hot spring bath.

What they can provide:

• Experience authentic Japanese sleeping traditions.
• Breakfast served in the room.
• Most Ryokans have onsens onsite or are located near one.

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Mr and Mrs Smith

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Mr and Mrs Smith provides a listing of boutique hotels around the world, just like Airbnb. It allows travellers to find and book cheaper accommodation with hotel-like amenities and facilities.

What they can provide:

• The rates could be lower than hotels and hostels but dependent on the hotel and its location.
• The living space is usually creative and artistic with décor and furnishings that are unique. Many of the boutique hotels have themes focused on design and art.
• Service can be customised and personalised.
• Better location because these are smaller.

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