If you are a wise traveler, you know that getting the most out of any accommodation is one of the best way for you to enjoy your travels.
Note that this doesn’t mean you have to get the most expensive accommodations. As a matter of fact, even the simplest and cheapest accommodations can offer you a wide variety of experiences. Try to look at it this way, hundreds of people don’t go for the 5-star treatment on their travels but they still end up with memorable vacations. How is that possible?
Well, the secret is in being creative and resourceful. Getting the most out of any accommodation is not exactly easy. Most beginners enjoy it by happenstance but most don’t even know how to do it. To help you out, here are some things you can do to get the most out of any accommodation.
- Talk to the owner/manager – Unless you have a very strict itinerary, ask the owner/manager and even the maintenance guy about the place. While this is not applicable to all kinds of accomodations, it can do wonders for certain areas with old and historical sites. Asking the owner or manager can give you good insight on what you can do in the place.
- Ask the locals – If you have the time, ask a local on what they do for fun. One time I did this, a local pointed me to a park full of chess players, while I am not the best chess player in town, I enjoyed talking to people who enjoyed a game I was playing.
- Taste the food – Ask the manager about the food and find out what is best for somebody like you. They can either prepare the food for you or they can give you directions on the best place to get it. Food can be a totally different adventure for you if you know how to maximize it.
- Scout the area online – Most of the people I know nowadays book their accomodations online. For websites such as wastay.com.au, they can give you not only the exact address but the surrounding buildings and area. Check out what places or spots might fancy you and allot a little time to check it out.
One last thing before you follow what I have written. Please remember that your safety is always the first priority while traveling so please make sure that you are safe first before going to places you are not familiar. Either get a guide or ask the local authorities if said areas are safe.