5 Accommodation Choices for your trips

All travellers are unique and they want different things from a trip. Some seek adventure in Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, while others want a relaxing weekend in an Italian winery. No matter what kind of traveller you are, you will need a place to stay. From great deals on luxurious hotels to camping, you need to find what works for you and your budget.

1. Try Couchsurf

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Couchsurfing has been becoming more and more popular, especially for those who travel alone or find hotels a waste of money. Couchsurfing is free. All you have to do is make an online profile by adding as many information as possible about yourself (for safety issues) and then contact possible ‘renters’ to impress them and seal the deal.

2. Worldpackers for longer trips

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Worldpackers is probably the most interesting kind of accommodation. I came across the website by accident and I found it a great opportunity for people who want to travel from 2 weeks and more. What makes it special is that you stay anywhere for free, in exchange for work. For example, you may be asked to work 3 days per week for 5 hours each day. By doing so, you pay for your accommodation by working, you gain experience and you are left with lots of time to explore the city.

3. Flight & Hotel Deals

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Choose any accommodation booking site you wish (ex. Expedia). Most of them will have an option for booking your flight and hotel together in an offer. Trust me!! They are good offers. Having tried multiple times, I have realised that trying to book a flight and hotel separately, takes a lot of time, organisation and I will definitely end up spending more.

4. Airbnb

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One of the most growing communities lately. Even though there have been some problems between all parties, it still remains one of the best ways to find either cheap or luxurious accommodation. You can find the cheapest place in Barcelona, but you can also book a villa for one night.

5. Hostels

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All time classic!!! Hostels never seem to disappoint. They are cheap and a great way to meet other people, especially if you are travelling alone. Make sure to always read the reviews before booking a hostel, since there are many with awful living conditions.

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5 Things you Should Avoid Touching in a Hotel Room

5 items you must not touch in a hotel room when you travel and you arrive at your hotel, you expect everything to be clean and pretty much perfect. Or at the very least to look decent. But you can never know how truly clean a hotel room is unless you have cleaned it yourself.

The truth is that hotels rooms are not really clean. If you have high cleaning standards, then you will definitely be disappointed. Cleaning services cannot spend over a specific amount of time in each hotel room (30 minutes). Just know you have every right to ask for someone to clean your room again, in case you find hair in the bathroom or stained sheets.

No matter what, there will always be some things that are filthy and full of bacteria since they are probably never cleaned.

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Remote Control: Imagine thousands of people before you going to the bathroom without washing their hands and then touching the remote control. Statistically, the TV control has one of the highest contamination percentages of bacteria and possible infections, such as E-coli, than anything else in the room.

Light Switches: Same as the remote, it is a room item that everybody will touch during their stay. It is the first thing you open you enter a room and the last thing before you leave, and that is the reason why it is considered to be one of the most contaminated items in a hotel room. 

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Door knobs: Bathroom door knob? That was your first thought, right? Nope. Actually, the bathroom doorknob is the safest and most clean one to touch. When people usually come out of the bathroom, they have either washed their hands or had a bath. All the other doorknobs, however, have NEVER been cleaned before. Although they may not look dirty, they really are filthy.

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Glasses and coffee cups: It has been found that maids, only rinse the glasses and cups and put them back to their place. They might be washed once per week or month. Definitely making it the most disgusting item in a hotel room. There are always exceptions, such as five-star hotels. Let´s hope.

Floor: By far, the dirtiest part of your hotel room. What happens is that the maids have one cleaning mop for all the rooms. So basically, without knowing it, they transfer bacteria from one room to another. Your room floor will never be clean since it has all the dirt from all the other rooms in the hotel.

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What to do:

1. Use antiseptic wipes for the door knobs and remote. Many say it is better to wrap the remote in a plastic bag and use it without touching it at all.

2. Do not use any glass, plate or cup in the room. Bring your own bottles of water and order your coffee from the hotel bar.

3. Always have slippers with you in order to walk on the floor or even better shower with them. The best choice would be an extremely cheap pair of slippers (1-2 euros) that you can use once and then throw them out.