Larger Space, Better Value
Traveling without any lodging reservations can be considered adventurous for some people. When I traveled through Europe, there were several places on my itinerary where I had no reservations for a place to sleep that night. Often times, I would get off the train and head to the tourist office and see what they had available in the area.
It always worked out as there are so many lodging opportunities in most of the bigger tourist spots. Occasionally, I’d take a room from a stranger off the street.
One of my favorite places I rested my head was in Cinque Terre, Italy. Jumping off the train into the first “terre” of the “cinque” towns – Riomaggiore – a man who looked to be in his early 60’s approached us. In his broken English, he said the words, “Do you need a room?”
Well, he must have read our minds. Sergio lead us to his two bedroom condo only minutes from the train. We loved it. And it was cheap. The experiences of him cooking authentic Italian food and bringing out Grappa that had been soaking since the previous millennium was something that will always be treasured.
There is a certain charm and uniqueness that apartments offer that you can’t often find when you stay at a hotel. Spending your vacation in an apartment makes you feel like you are part of the community, instead of a tourist. Each apartment is distinct from any other and offers far more space than a typical hotel room with a couple beds.
While a hotel may offer free breakfast and room service, you probably won’t get a full kitchen to create a meal of your own. Shopping in the local market and whipping up an authentic local dish adds to whole traveling experience.
If you are not the adventurous type and would prefer to have a reservation instead of hoping a kind gentleman will meet you at the train, you may want to check out places that book ahead of time.
ApartmentsApart offers vacation apartments as an alternative to hotels for your vacation. While the site includes apartments all over Europe, Asia and the U.S., most apartments are in Brussels, Rome, London, Barcelona, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Krakow, and Madrid.
Whether you are looking for deals on London apartments or to stay in a place in Rome, renting an apartment can give you the vacation you are looking for, close to the center of town and tourist attractions. Often times, this is a cheaper route if you are traveling with a small group or as a family with children. Why not rent an apartment for your next vacation?