Friday, December 14, 2012

Travel by Accommodation

We've been lucky to travel to some a wide variety of places and the accommodation we've used has varied from the luxuriousness to the basic. They each have there advantage and disadvantages. Sometimes when all your doing is sleeping at the place basic is all you need, other times there's not a lot of option. Glamping has become a newer thing in Australia, which I personally love because it has the advantages of camping with a touch (or two) of luxury! So these are our favourites by "category"

Hands down it has to be Lord Howe Island and the Capella Lodge.

The Bay of Fires lodge used during the Bay of Fires Walk is a close second.

This is a toss up between Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay (which reminds I'll have to blog about that sometime soon) and Wilson Island, which is well know for it's "Ship wreaked in Style" feel.

We haven't done a lot of this lately, but the place we slept on day 1 of the Inca Trail had a spectacular view, and someone else set up your tent for you.

This one is difficult we've staying in quite a few small, boutique places, including the Islington Hotel in Hobart.

This is the prime example of where to stay when you want to spend little money, and there's one country that does them extremely well - New Zealand. The room we stayed in in Te Anau to base ourselves for our Sound cruises was clean, private (you can choose private rooms with or without private baths) and inexpensive.

We haven't done a lot of this, cruising isn't really our thing, but there are some places that are better seen by boat, such as our cruise on Doubtful Sound or our cruise in the Galapagos. Our boat in the Galapagos was our favourite, mainly due to the low number of guests (16).

Some trips we've been on a tight budget, so it can be a mater of how to we find budget accommodation without a tent and without staying in a hostel? One good example of this is the cabins we stayed at in Kings Canyon National Park in California, they were a great low cost option right in the park.

This is a bit of a broad group, and maybe should be other. I guess out of everything left the Hotel Bristol in Opatija with it's gorgeous sea views also belongs on this list.

Where is your favourite accommodation? Do you tend to stick to the same style?


  1. Too funny, I wrote an accommodations post last month but have been bogged down with holiday cooking ones that it has gotten lost in the shuffle! Hopefully I'll post it soon.

    The snob in me is going to say luxury for my favorite type of accommodations, however, as my travel funds are not unlimited and I like to take more than one trip a year, a decent hotel that is clean, in a good location usually garners a vote of approval from me. My two ghastly accommodations experiences were both at hostels-no surprise in some instances. Other than that, I go with the flow (camping excluded-I don't camp ha).

  2. You would be surprised by the hostels in NZ, seem to be a totally different experience from say Europe and Sth America! Looking forward to reading your post soon.