Traveling is wonderful but as most know, it can get expensive quickly with lodging, food, gas, attractions, etc. Camping is an alternative but not a good one when it gets cold or if you’re the type that feels like even a motel is your idea of roughing it! I decided to run a lodging experiment on my last excursion. I booked a night at a “Guesthouse” where I paid $65 inc. tax for a room with a double bed in a lovely three story house in the middle of a precious historic town within walking distance to all the main attractions. The going rate nearby elsewhere was $135+ per night without tax. My savings was over half!
What did I receive for $65? Well, I was able to stay in a very clean 1800′s home where I had my own private good sized bedroom with a double bed, two windows, nightstands with lamps, a floor mirror, trunk, closet, plenty of blankets and a small space heater and cooling fan. The main drawback was that my restroom was on the floor below me but I considered the trek good exercise. If the only other room on my floor would have been occupied, I would have had to share the bathroom but fortunately it wasn’t.
Additionally, I was given full access to the living room, dining room and fully stocked kitchen where I prepared my own breakfast and late night snack. There were plenty of reading materials lying around and the three ladies staying in a big room on the second floor proved to be good company Saturday night when we all sat on sofas laughing and sharing stories. Would I seek out this experience again? Sure! All of the money I saved in lodging paid for ALL of the tours I took as well as an appetizer and drink on the veranda of the nearby B & B mansion!!!