The 5 Golden Rules for Choosing Your Accommodation
It's no secret to my friends and family that I am an organisational freak. Even when travelling, I feel the need to organise all that can be organised beforehand, with as much attention to detail as possible.
If you're anything like me, you'll know that there is much more to planning a holiday than finding the cheapest flight or the perfect nightlife (although they're undoubtedly important too). It takes meticulous planning to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Choosing where you'll be sleeping and keeping your belongings safe is crucial to enjoying your adventures abroad and avoiding holiday hell! In my opinion, accommodation can make or break the entire trip, which is why it's so important to get it right.
I've decided to share my own personal guidelines to scoring the right accommodation for my trip - they've never failed me! Use them wisely, and you'll be able to enjoy your dream trip without worry.
1. Establish your Budget
This is an essential first step. Will you be giving accommodation financial priority, or are you just looking for somewhere to sleep and store your luggage while out exploring? If you know that you'll be spending most of your time outside exploring, don't bother with splurging on a luxury 5 star establishment. If on the other hand your priority is a good pamper, you know where your money has to go!
|Comfort, privacy and style at On the Rocks in Ios, Greece|
2. Decide on the Type of Accommodation
There was once a simpler time when choosing accommodation just revolved around finding the best hotel you could within your budget. Whilst I do still consider prices (see 1), nowadays things aren't quite so straightforward. From boutique hotels to youth hostels, designer resorts to spa retreats, there is a whole host of alternative accommodation options out there that may suit your needs down to the ground. Research them all before making your decision. You may want to stay in a luxury resort during one trip or in one destination, but decide that a cosy family B&B would be best for another. It's all down to personal preference and your own sense of adventure.
|Staying at Luxurios was definitely a great option in Ios, Greece!|
3. Go Through a Third Party Website
Now that you've chosen your kind of accommodation and decided on your budget, you should aim to book through a third party organization. For example, vacation rentals at Roomorama.com have to maintain a very high standard if they want to keep their rooms displayed on the site. You're far less likely to have a bad experience if people know that their actions will ultimately be punished. There are also other benefits to this, such as plentiful reviews and photos. Which brings me onto my next rule...
4. Learn From Other People's Experiences
The internet is a wonderful tool. There is a wealth of knowledge available to us with just a few clicks of the mouse. Use it wisely. You can find out pretty much everything you need to know about a certain place with a simple search. Check out reviews. While they aren't always the most reliable source, they will bring things to your attention. It's also worth scrutinizing photos to pick out any possible things that may be lacking. Trust me on this one, I learnt it the hard way.
5. Location, Location, Location!
I cannot stress this enough. You may have found the perfect accommodation for the right price, but that means nothing if it's situated in the wrong area. It could be that the incredible room you've found at a bargain price is situated in a noisy neighbourhood, or, worse still, in the middle of nowhere. The last thing you want is to find that you're stuck and facing a long trip to find local amenities. Do your research before you commit to any booking. Take a look at your itinerary and choose a base that is within a reasonable distance of the activities you will be undertaking. Then again, if you want to escape from everyone and everything, make sure you do find somewhere in the middle of nowhere!
|Middle of nowhere is just fine when it's the Bakucha. Swoon!|
And there you have it - that's how I plan and organize my travel accommodation in 5 simple steps! How do you go about it? Is there anything else I should do? Let me know :D