Away From Usual: Lodging

Hey Y’all!

I decided, once again, to try something new (because it seems like all I have been writing about is the “What If Travels”). One thing that I hear a lot of people complain about is the lodging while overseas on vacation. My thoughts…Why can’t your Lodging be as much of an adventure as the rest of your trip? So here are just a few ideas on how to go outside the box a bit with lodging.

One classic choice is staying in a Hostel while overseas. If you don’t know what this it is, it is basically a very cheap hotel that you share with a lot of people. With hostels, a lot of times they reflect the culture itself, therefor they would be completely different if you are in China opposed to Spain. This is one problem I have with hotels, they are the same everywhere you go. They aim to make it just like home when that is exactly not what you are there for. You are there for another world and a new experience. With a hostel, you will get the chance to meet new people that might have things in common with, as well as getting well needed knowledge about where you are. Did I mention that these are extremely cheap, so you will be able to spend more money on what you really want. The countries with the best hostels are China, Spain, Germany, and Italy. The Picture Featured is a hostel in Sabai Dee, Thailand.10

A hostel in Copenhagen, Denmark

If you have a bit of time before your trip, you could try to find a pen-pal or a host family to stay with where you are going. I would only recommend this if you are going in a small group however, just as a safety precaution. With this, you would be paying almost nothing to stay there (unless you would like to pay them back which would be nice) and you would also get some recommendations on where to visit in that area. When staying with a host family, you will get to see how people live in other countries, get to try some real family meals from normal people, and have a homey place to stay that is still out of your norm. If you are learning a foreign language, I would suggest this as you can then try to speak with a person and learn from that experience. If you are wanting to try this, I would recommend finding people on sites such as or searching Google for similar sites to find willing hosts.

Another option you could look at is a retreat. When it comes to a retreat, it is exactly what it sounds like. You basically are escaping from the normal life and experiencing a whole new world (que Aladdin). These can be anywhere and for any kind of person. If you are used to the city life, maybe find a retreat in the Savannah of Africa. If you cannot find a retreat for a specific place you are wanting, maybe make your own. Find a location and take a camping trip while there. It may not be very relaxing when you are setting up, but I can guarantee you, looking out into a clear night sky can be one of the most peaceful experiences you would ever know. The cost of this is what you are wanting, meaning you can choose the quality yourself. If you signed up for a pre-planned retreat, it will have a flat rate, though if you choose your own, you can choose yourself what you will need and want.76389

Starry Night in the Savannah, Africa

I hope this is enough to give you a few new ideas. I do encourage you to avoid the hotels next time you are abroad. I understand they can be convenient, especially with a family or large group, but you went abroad for an adventure, why should that end at the hotel?

Ni Mingtian Jian!

Gavin Williamson


Photo Credit: Thailand Hostel:

Copenhagen hostel:



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