Nuts & Bolts. Lodging, for the Weary Traveler.

Hosteling

Hostels can be very comfortable, and you will have no shortage of friends.
Hostels can be very comfortable, and you will have no shortage of friends.

Hostels often offer private ensuites for a fraction of the cost, especially in off season, that one could find at a budget hotel. Staying in dorm-style rooms is inexpensive, at the cost of your privacy. You will make friends.

Hostelworld

Hostels

Booking

Hostelbookers

Hostel proprietors often provide: trip itineraries, night-life recommendations, walking tours, pub crawls, and bike hiring, to name just a few possibilities. This is an excellent opportunity to leave your comfort zone, in a friendly atmosphere.

Surfing and B&B

Couchsurfing

Airbnb

CouchSurfing, and AirBnb offer a inexpensive, or free in the case of Couchsurfing, opportunity to meet and hang out with the locals. Gaining this sort of perspective on a new city is worth more than money can buy. Additionally, while some scoff at the idea of couch surfing, I have to report that a couch in a private home can be a welcome respite from the otherwise terribly low hotel standards of some countries.

A shady place for only a few euro. I discovered underwear in this tree that did not belong to me: another story.
A shady place for only a few euro. I discovered underwear in this tree that did not belong to me: another story.

Camp!

Perhaps we’d like to rough it even further, to the edges of civilized comfort. Why not explore Camping ? One of my favorite European adventures revolved around camping out at night, providing an unforgettable, mostly positive, experience.  More on this trip in later features.

Hotels

If you MUST have a hotel room, there are tons of sites devoted to finding them.
Booking being just one.

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2 thoughts on “Nuts & Bolts. Lodging, for the Weary Traveler.

  1. Some good ideas here! I’m definitely a fan of hosteling and camping, and I’m looking to do more couch surfing in the future. I appreciated the picture of the tent; that’s a Eureka Solitaire, right? They’re not all that common, but they’re great little tents. Mine has done some 3000 miles or so with me.

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