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1. Posted by kitbit (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hello

I have just joined this forum. I am 37 and have decided to take a career break of upto a year. My partner and I own a house that we have almost paid the mortgage on. The idea is to rent the house out which will net approx £400 per month and use this plus savings to travel the world. We have not yet decided exactly where we want to go yet, but this will include the Far East, Australia and New Zealand and the US.

I have of course a whole range of questions and a lot of research to do. My first question is about accomodation. Obviously the budget will only allow cheap accomodation but I do not want to stay in dorms. Are there "hostels" that have private rooms? Obviously the cost will be higher than a dorm bed but how much?

I don't want to sound like I am expecting luxury en-suite facilities, I just want my own room to sleep in.

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks

2. Posted by jamirva (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

travelling with someone has a great advantage in accomodation... there are a lot of hostels which also offer private rooms... some of them they cost is almost the same as if you rented 2 dorms... other it will be a bit higher... but nothing major....
good luck

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Most hostel advertisements I've seen have "dorm" or "private room" rates. Look under "accommodation" at the top of this page. Yes, private rooms will cost more, but not much more. But be aware that you sometimes (hopefully not that many times) might be forced to use shared accommodations if no other is available. You never know what you'll find on the road. Flexibility is a must.

Sounds like an awesome trip and a good idea. Hope the two of you have fun. Take care !!

4. Posted by TomT (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi Kitbit

I'm in a very similar situation as you. Job is getting bit stale so taken a 3 months sabbatical (could have taken longer, but my mortgage provider still needs to be paid!).

I've planned a RTW trip with my gf, and have used various websites for hostels and hotels recommendations :
http://www.bugaustralia.com
http://www.hostelz.com/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/

Luckily, I've accumulated quite a fair few Marriott and AMEX points from my business travels which will provide free hotels and car hire in the major cities, but I will be staying in various hostels during my travel, many of which have private ensuite rooms. Hope the above sites helps with your accomodation search.

regards
Tom

5. Posted by kitbit (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thanks for the links Tom

They have now been added to my favourites