I used to be all about hotels and hostels when I travelled but now if I am not flog solo I am always looking for an alternative. It is true that there are some great hotels out there but think about how much quality time you spend there because you get bored of the room or feel that you should be out exploring? My solution is to hire an apartment or a home from a local person – I know that this sounds tough but it really couldn’t be simpler when you do it online. You only have to take a look at the HomeAway model to see that you can choose nearly any major location the world and you can get a condo instead of a hotel for your stay.
I hear you say ‘but hotels are so convenient’, that they are but I want to tell you what I genuinely believe you will have more fun and quality time with your travel companions if you choose one of the thousands of friendly rentals available from locals across the globe. I first used this idea when I was in Istanbul, Turkey, with 3 friends and since that day I have never looked back. We had such an amazing time that we didn’t want to leave!
Here are my 3 reasons you should get your own home way from home on your next trip:
There’s so much more space!
That’s right, the amount of space you get for your money beats a hotel hands down every time. My friends and I had a two floor apartment with 4 bedrooms, living room, dining room, garden, ocean view and barbecue area. The price we paid per head would not have even got us into one of the top hotels. During the day if we didn’t feel like going out we could all lounge around without tripping over each other and we all felt very relaxed.
Meet the locals
You will be staying in an area surrounded by locals which means you will get more of an insight into the daily life of people. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be in prime position in the city, you will often find that your apartment is fantastically located and to make sure of this you can see the location online using the map function. You will of course meet the owner or person taking care of the rental for the owner, this means that you get to pick the brains of the person about what’s good to see and do. Our man told us some real hidden gems that added to our Istanbul experience. You will also be able to read about the owner before you book – what’s not to like about this?
As I have told you a few times already, you will certainly save money if you were to try and find similar accommodation in a hotel. Then there’s also the fact that you can cook for yourself, of course travelling is about tasting the local food but that isn’t always what you want. Waking up when you want doesn’t mean you have to stick to fixed breakfast times, you can also have a great meal when you try your hand at cooking local food. We had been on the road for 5 weeks when we hit Istanbul, so it was a great treat being able to cook for ourselves and sit round and chat without all the hustle and bustle.