Accommodation and the Distance of a Dollar

Hostel, London, England

The view from my window at St. Paul’s YHA, London. Yes, it is just around the corner from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

As you may remember, I conducted a Reader Survey last month. You can read the full results here. I asked what more you would like from Solo Traveler. Solo travel tips? Safety advice? Stories? Yes to all but you also led me in another direction. You want more information on how to save travel dollars so that you can travel more.

You want to get more distance from your travel dollar.

You asked, and I’m responding. I’m now working with Hostelworld to help you find high-quality budget accommodation. There’s a booking engine on the right sidebar where you can check out the options PLUS, for the next six months, newsletter subscribers will be able to get a free Hostelworld Gold Card from the Solo Traveler Advisory.

Budget accommodation – FREE Gold Card

Accommodation is a major travel cost. Personally, I’d rather travel farther staying in budget accommodation than cut my travels short by staying in expensive accommodation. I’ll also save money by staying in budget accommodation on occasion so that I can splurge on other occasions. As a result, I stay in all kinds of accommodation from budget to luxury.

The Hostelworld booking engine gives you access to hostels, B&Bs, guest houses and budget hotels around the world. Before you book, you can check out the accommodation carefully as each Hostelworld listing gives you a description of the property, its facilities, a map with directions so that you can see where it is situated in town, rates and, thanks to the huge Hostelworld community, reviews. They also have a blog that shares great tips, videos and podcasts. All this information helps me choose my accommodation for I only stay in places that are impeccably clean and well maintained, whether a hotel or a hostel.

The dining room at the St. Paul’s Hostel.

It’s not just about saving money.

The great thing about budget accommodation is that it’s not just about saving money. Hostels, B&Bs and Guest Houses all offer a more social atmosphere than a hotel. Whether it’s at breakfast in a B&B or the lounge in a hostel, I meet people, wonderful people, who travel as I do. This makes for great conversation in general but, in addition, these people become sources of travel information. They offer opinions on what’s worth it and what’s not. Where the freebies are and what restaurants offer the best food.

If you’re looking for budget accommodation, the Hostelworld booking widget on the right is the place to start. I hope this relationship with Hostelworld helps you travel better and longer.


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  • Nola~New Take Travel

    Great work, Janice! I, too, mix up my travel, looking for ways to save comfortably and affordably (mostly via home exchanging) and then splurging on some luxury accommodation with the savings, too. One of the hostels in the Hostel World network is Hostelling International New York. Sitting in the lobby for a few minutes is testament to its quality, with business people, retirees and backpackers alike passing through.

    Here’s the best NY/Hostel tip I know: Jerry’s Tour. It’s an all-day walking tour of New York (13 hours!) led by Jerry himself and essentially he guides until the last people just can’t walk anymore. I don’t think you could go wrong paying $50 for it, but it’s a mere $10. My husband and I will literally plan our next trip to NY around the days he’s doing it.

    Happy travels everyone!


    I agree about hostel world. I used them to book an entire trip through Asia for 5 weeks where I was travelling with 4-7 people at any one time. It was so affordable and a really good forum to compare all of the accommodation options.