Tips on accommodation while traveling, for the budget conscious

When you travel, accommodation is an important consideration in your preparation of your budget and can be a significant percentage of the finances you set aside. The amount you allocate for accommodation is dependant on what facilities you prefer. There are so many choices you have in today’s world, you are not limited to the old fashion hotel room. Here are some of the popular choices you have, Airbnb, hostels, home stays, hotels, motels, time share, B&B’s, villa’s, apartments and house swaps just to name a few.

Over the 15 years we have been traveling overseas we have stayed in many varied types of accommodation, ranging from very cheap to quite expensive. We have found that the amount of time we stay in our hotel room is minimal, so we tend to look for cheaper accommodation that has the facilities we need. For us, below is a list of the main facilities we look for when booking our accommodation. We don’t necessarily find hotels that have everything on our list.

  • Queen Bed (but would take 2 singles, if the room was cheaper, or we got an upgrade, there has to be a bonus, for not having a Queen bed)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi in room
  • Free breakfast (save on food costs, but only take this option if the whole deal is a good one, we don’t pay extra for it)
  • Safe in room
  • Free airport shuttle (when coming or going by plane)
  • Close to public transport
  • Clean
  • Safe area
  • Onsite coin operated guest laundry
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Free cancellation (but sometimes you get a better deal, if there is no free cancellation, so if our plans are set in stone, we will opt for the better deal).

Your accommodation can have a major bearing on how enjoyable your holiday is, or it can be a source of great angst, so getting this right is of high priority. Here at Travel is Sweet our aim is to give you as much information as possible to help you plan your holiday. We will review the hotels we stay at, which we hope may help you in your accommodation booking decisions.

Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila

Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila

The Days Inn Seattle South Tukwila is situated 8.5 kilometres from SeaTac Airport and 17 kilometres to Downtown Seattle. We found this hotel to be suitable for our requirements, but it was not as close to the airport as we thought. The hotel room was very nice, clean...

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Pacific Marina Inn

Pacific Marina Inn

The Pacific Marina Inn is situated 2.2 kilometres form the Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) International Airport and 12.5 kilometres to the International Market Place Waikiki. We found this hotel to be very convenient as we were using Hawaii as a stop over to break up the...

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