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1. Posted by the BFG (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Does traveling as a couple reduce accommodation costs? if so by how much? thank you.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3913 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you stay in a double room in a hostel you would end up paying more per person than you would in a dorm, but its worth it to not have to stay in dorms! For instance (i've just had a quick look) the YHA in sydney charges $35 for a dorm bed and $100 for a double room. hope this helps.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5234 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Note that those prices are the highly expensive big city prices. Most places further out, the rates would be something like $25 for a bed in a small dorm room, $55 for a twin room (two single beds), and $60 for a double (although there's plenty of places where a twin/double cost the exact same too). So you still pay slightly more for the privacy, but not nearly as much so.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you're 2, sometimes it's cheaper to stay in a hotel than a hostel. For example, in Paris a dorm bed is about 25 Euro each per night, whereas a hotel can be had for 40 Euro for the both of you.

5. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Accomodated tours are cheaper!! If you are on your own you often have to pay a single supplement!!

6. Posted by meli1984 (Full Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My experience from travelling with my boyfriend in Asia: if you want the cheapest of the cheap then travelling as a couple may not make a difference as you may be best off sleeping in dorms anyway.. BUT if you are willing to pay even a little bit more (for example in Thailand about 400-500 baht a night which is just over 10 US dollars) you will get much better value for money (a bathroom, a/c if your lucky). So basically for us it boiled down to this: we didn't spend less than we would have each paid individually but we had a much more enjoyable experience for the same amount - private room, private bathroom, often a/c etc.

I think this would apply to many countries - pay the same amount but get a better deal.. though you may find you can pay less too (we certainly could have, but a room with a shared bathroom in a mangy guesthouse didnt appeal)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello BFG:)

This depends on the country and the type of accomodation u are using.
For example
I have just been travelling in Thailand. If u travel as a couple, your accomodation is almost the same price between 2 people sharing, as it would be for one person. Sometimes it costs the same, for 1 person as it would for a 2 people sharing. I was able to get wooden bungalows and hotel rooms, with double beds, for me and my daugher to share, for just 3 euros per night. The bungalows also had bathrooms and balconies. U usually rent the room/bungalow, not accomodation per person.

Where are u planning to travel? It would help people give u particular information, if u say which countries.

8. Posted by alyssa_ann (Inactive 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You can only save cost in accommodation if both of you will share 1 bed.
Yeah, that's pretty romantic...

Even if we reserved for a twin/double, it wasn't too costly because the hotel has the best rates online when you book direct to their website.

[ Edit: no promos in the forums thanks ]

9. Posted by the BFG (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm traveling NZ, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and china to those of you who ask. does booking online make a major price difference in Asia? I'm assuming it will in Australia and NZ.

10. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

when I was travelling with my (now) husband, we slept in dorms a lot and inbetween, depending where we were, as a treat we'd take a double bed room.

that turned out not too expensive and we still could have some private time.