Since i'm in the early stages of planning my trip for the summer and fall i was wondering what the best place to stay is?
There are really only a hand full of hotels that i would pay extra to stay in if i were in that city, other then that i'm not too picky on hotels or location.
What about hostels? Do they have private rooms, or is it just a large general area?
What type of accomodations do you guys and girls usually look for?
In my view, hotels are a bad waste of money that you could put to much better use, for instance to pay for your next bus, boat or what have you.
Many hostels have both dorms and 2-4 person rooms, the latter obviously being (much) more expensive (in non-western countries often coming close to pension prices, which offer more luxury but no contact with other travellers). As a rule of thumb, the larger the dorm, the lower the price per bunk. If a place to crash is all you care about, then staying at hostels will do just fine for you.
I usually get a cheap bed, in a dorm. It is more than adequate, if all u want to do there is sleep.
Sometimes hostels have private rooms, but these can often be as expensive as hotel rooms.
I think in a lot of places, camping has become as expensive as hostels. So unless u really like camping, hostels are better, because u dont have to carry a tent, etc.
Where are u planning to go, anyway? European countries, I presume.
Private hotel rooms can be very cheap, in some parts, of the world.
Well if i have my way i would love to travel the Ho Chi Minh trail by motorcycle. Then when that part is over, go to Angkor Wat to see the ruins and some of the beautyful parts of the country.
The motorcycle trip is organized by an outfitter. I'm not sure if you guys would consider that vacation or traveling, but i like to add some multisport, extreme sport, activities to my travels.
I got the bug when i drove the Baja 1000 trail (not in the actual race) with the Ultralight buggies. The scenery, the locations, the locals.
Oh, and don't let me forget the torilla soup we got in Loreto Baja, Mexico. That was the best soup i have ever had.
I'm a big fan of hostels. Hotel are too sterile. In hostels you get to met people, even if you stay in a private room, you will met peole about the hostel. Camping can be like hotels in that you live in you own private world.
Some of the best mates I hve around the world I have met in Hostels. And if you want to hear some good stories about travelling, the hostel kitchen is the place to be.
I haven't stayed in a hotel while travelling for over 4 years and can't imagine a reason why I would spend money on hotels. If you don't want a dorm room (we all have times when we want some space) then go to a hostel that does private rooms. There are some great hostels about the place and I can't think of one reason to stay in a hotel.
As for camping, good fun but you enjoy it more if you have some one to do it with.