• BeyondBlighty

    I’m a hostel girl myself. I like that it’s way easier to meet people, and saving money on accommodation means I can spend it on seeing the sights. I did get jealous in South America though, when couples could get private rooms for less per person than I was paying for a 12-bed dorm!

    • http://twitter.com/OCDemon Eytan Levy

      That’s why you get yourself a travel “buddy” and team up for the greater good. It’s like a Green Card marriage!

      • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

        got a point there.. lol. yes, do it for the greater good!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I totally agree. G and I some times choose to stay in a hostel for that social setting to meet other travelers. :)

  • BeyondBlighty

    I’m a hostel girl myself. I like that it’s way easier to meet people, and saving money on accommodation means I can spend it on seeing the sights. I did get jealous in South America though, when couples could get private rooms for less per person than I was paying for a 12-bed dorm!

    • SnarkyNomad

      That’s why you get yourself a travel “buddy” and team up for the greater good. It’s like a Green Card marriage!

      • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

        got a point there.. lol. yes, do it for the greater good!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I totally agree. G and I some times choose to stay in a hostel for that social setting to meet other travelers. :)

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.blogspot.com/ Rika at Cubicle Throwdown

    I haven’t graduated to staying in apartments while traveling yet (I feel like it’s a good deal for couples, but solo it can be a bit more expensive) but it looks like you guys have had some awesome ones!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’re right, it can be expensive if you’re alone but we found some offer private rooms that are comparable to hostel dorm stays in some city so could be a good reason for you to ‘graduate’. Hehe.

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/ Rika – Cubicle Throwdown

    I haven’t graduated to staying in apartments while traveling yet (I feel like it’s a good deal for couples, but solo it can be a bit more expensive) but it looks like you guys have had some awesome ones!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’re right, it can be expensive if you’re alone but we found some offer private rooms that are comparable to hostel dorm stays in some city so could be a good reason for you to ‘graduate’. Hehe.

  • http://twitter.com/ThisWorldRocks This World Rocks

    We use airbnb and similar sites to find spare rooms in people’s apartments. You get the luxury of a real home, like you mentioned, plus we’ve been lucky with hosts who take us out or at least point us in the direction of non-touristy sights and eats!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree. We had a great host in Ljubljana, Slovenia who did just that. I love those who go out of their way to show us their city.. it’s not like they have to but those who do makes our experience that much more memorable. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ThisWorldRocks Alissa @This World Rocks

    We use airbnb and similar sites to find spare rooms in people’s apartments. You get the luxury of a real home, like you mentioned, plus we’ve been lucky with hosts who take us out or at least point us in the direction of non-touristy sights and eats!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree. We had a great host in Ljubljana, Slovenia who did just that. I love those who go out of their way to show us their city.. it’s not like they have to but those who do makes our experience that much more memorable. :)

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    Great list of pros and cons! I have yet to stay in a hostel – though that’s happening this weekend, so I’ll let you know how it goes. :) I also cannot wait to stay in an apartment one of these days…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Ooooh.. let us know how that hostel stay goes. Where is it?

  • The World Wanderer

    Great list of pros and cons! I have yet to stay in a hostel – though that’s happening this weekend, so I’ll let you know how it goes. :) I also cannot wait to stay in an apartment one of these days…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Ooooh.. let us know how that hostel stay goes. Where is it?

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Great points…I’ve done all 3, and it’s no surprise I love hotels. Although by the looks of that 7Sages, I might have to broaden my horizons to include swanky hostels:)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha I don’t blame you. I’ve seen your hotel stays.. lol

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Great points…I’ve done all 3, and it’s no surprise I love hotels. Although by the looks of that 7Sages, I might have to broaden my horizons to include swanky hostels:)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha I don’t blame you. I’ve seen your hotel stays.. lol

  • http://roamingkonos.com/ Kara

    We’ve been using airbnb to rent rooms or even full apartments and are loving it. We find it cheaper than hostels, get to use the kitchen, wifi, living space, etc. and as This World Rocks mentions we get great local recommendations from hosts.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Totally agree! We had a wonderful experience recently in Slovenia where our host picked us up from the train station, took us to dinner and gave us wonderful tips to enjoy Ljubljana as a local. Such a great experience. :)

  • http://roamingkonos.com/ Kara

    We’ve been using airbnb to rent rooms or even full apartments and are loving it. We find it cheaper than hostels, get to use the kitchen, wifi, living space, etc. and as This World Rocks mentions we get great local recommendations from hosts.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Totally agree! We had a wonderful experience recently in Slovenia where our host picked us up from the train station, took us to dinner and gave us wonderful tips to enjoy Ljubljana as a local. Such a great experience. :)

  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    I’ve never stayed at a hostel, something I’m ok with. I do really like apartment stays. I think they’re totally underrated.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised with hostels but yes, apartment rentals are totally underrated. Not a bad thing for us though, aye?

  • Leah Travels

    I’ve never stayed at a hostel, something I’m ok with. I do really like apartment stays. I think they’re totally underrated.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised with hostels but yes, apartment rentals are totally underrated. Not a bad thing for us though, aye?

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    i love a good hotel as much as the next girl, but after seven weeks on the road, i have to say: apartment rentals are the way of my future. love the freedom we get “living” in a short term apartment and LOOOOOOVE having our own kitchen!

    i do agree that hostels get a widely unnecessary bad rap, though :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree – hostels do get a bad rap. We have had our fair share of good ones and bad but overall, a positive experience.. and we’ve stayed at a lot of them all around the world. LOL

  • Lazy Travelers

    i love a good hotel as much as the next girl, but after seven weeks on the road, i have to say: apartment rentals are the way of my future. love the freedom we get “living” in a short term apartment and LOOOOOOVE having our own kitchen!

    i do agree that hostels get a widely unnecessary bad rap, though :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I agree – hostels do get a bad rap. We have had our fair share of good ones and bad but overall, a positive experience.. and we’ve stayed at a lot of them all around the world. LOL

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    Great analysis of the different options while traveling. I like doing a mixture myself, but I would do an apartment if I had to choose because you can shop for food and beer and it is not as expensive as a hotel.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. the beer, booze in general, for sure is more affordable.

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    Great analysis of the different options while traveling. I like doing a mixture myself, but I would do an apartment if I had to choose because you can shop for food and beer and it is not as expensive as a hotel.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahaha.. the beer, booze in general, for sure is more affordable.

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Excellent sum-up of the lodging options! I discovered apartment rentals many years ago and they are the best for me on 3+ day stays. I’ve planned trips and sidetrips using one place as a base. Once in Rome, keeping the apt rented while we saunted over to Malta for 3 days was more cost effective than 2 hotel stays in Rome (1 prior-to-, and 1 post- Malta)!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Ohhh, I love the idea of having the apt-base. Will keep that in mind next time.

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Excellent sum-up of the lodging options! I discovered apartment rentals many years ago and they are the best for me on 3+ day stays. I’ve planned trips and sidetrips using one place as a base. Once in Rome, keeping the apt rented while we saunted over to Malta for 3 days was more cost effective than 2 hotel stays in Rome (1 prior-to-, and 1 post- Malta)!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Ohhh, I love the idea of having the apt-base. Will keep that in mind next time.

  • lola

    Love giving the pros/cons of different stays. i’ve done all 3 but most prefer the hotel route. what can i say?! i’m a poshaholic :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha nothing wrong with that. I love hotels for the luxury. It does complete the vacation package, doesn’t it.

  • lola

    Love giving the pros/cons of different stays. i’ve done all 3 but most prefer the hotel route. what can i say?! i’m a poshaholic :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha nothing wrong with that. I love hotels for the luxury. It does complete the vacation package, doesn’t it.

  • http://twitter.com/travel_edits TravelEdits

    I think there’s accommodation to suit every type of trip and traveller! Hostels offer the chance to get to know other travellers, hotels equal luxury and apartments give you freedom:)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. :)

  • TravelEdits

    I think there’s accommodation to suit every type of trip and traveller! Hostels offer the chance to get to know other travellers, hotels equal luxury and apartments give you freedom:)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. :)

  • Pamela Walker

    I like your post and I do agree with you in all of your saying. Of course if something is good then there exist some disadvantages in it. As you told about hostels, hotels and apartments. But It depends on the person which accommodation he want to stay and in what he feels good.

  • Pamela Walker

    I like your post and I do agree with you in all of your saying. Of course if something is good then there exist some disadvantages in it. As you told about hostels, hotels and apartments. But It depends on the person which accommodation he want to stay and in what he feels good.

  • Jan

    Do you recall the name of the resort you splurged on in Cambodia? It looks lovely.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yup! It was Borei Angkor Resort & Spa.

      • Jan

        Thank you!

  • Jan

    Do you recall the name of the resort you splurged on in Cambodia? It looks lovely.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yup! It was Borei Angkor Resort & Spa.

      • Jan

        Thank you!

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