5 Accommodation Choices for your trips

All travellers are unique and they want different things from a trip. Some seek for 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

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.

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2. Worldpackers for longer trips

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.

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3. Flight & Hotel Deals

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.

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4. Airbnb

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.

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5. Hostels

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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Summer in Santorini

Trying to decide where to go for my summer vacation, I started researching about the best destination in Europe. Santorini is among the 10 best in Europe, and among the 20 best ones in the whole world.

It was a no-brainer at this point. Why not visit my country, since it has to offer one the islands you have to visit once in your life?

We booked the hotel for 7 days and rented a Smart, so that we could go explore the whole island. To be honest with you 7 days in Santorini is too much. If I had to it all over again, I would go for 4 days in Santorini and then visit one of the islands around it.

I have to say that the flight from my hometown was 55 minutes long, but the worst one I have had in my life. The plane was small and therefore you could feel every movement. We finally arrive in Santorini and we go pick up our car.

Our hotel was about 10 minutes away. It had great reviews online and it was located in one of the island’s villages, Kamari. We arrive at ‘Acropole Sunrise Hotel’ and I was blown away by the view. The hotel was located in a high point in the mountain (not very high, it is within walking distance) and the view of the sea was amazing.

It was not one of those expensive, luxurious hotels you will mostly find in Santorini. It was a family business, run by the most helpful and nice people. The moment we arrived, the owner, Petros, offered us juice and cookies and gave us a map. For about an hour he was telling us where to go and how, and what to eat and the prices of each place.

Our room was simple, but thankfully it had air condition (when visiting Greece during the summer you ALWAYS need air condition). We had a private balcony, which allowed us to look at the view day and night. The breakfast had very basic choices, but it was free.

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Breakfast Time: Juice, Coffee, Eggs, Toast, Marmelade, Nutella

And from the next day, we began exploring.

I will not get into detail right now. There are so many things you need to know when it comes to beaches, food, and sights. I will analyze each part of Santorini in different posts.

It is great if you visit for 3-4 days as I have mentioned before, since the island it not as big as it seems. We went everywhere within 3 days, and after that, we were just sitting for hours on the beach drinking cocktails (no, I do not complain about that).

The food is top notch anywhere you go. In some places, they are a bit overpriced, but you can find cheap ones all over. ‘To Pinakio’ in Kamari, is the best food I’ve had on the island. It is mid-range when it comes to prices. The menu has a few items and they are all delicious and cooked perfectly. I recommend this place 1000%. If you do not like sweet foods, you can skip it. Be sure to call them a few hours before you go, so they book you a table because it is always full.