For those of us who solo travel, there are three main things we look for in our travel accommodation. We typically want it to be:
For some, solo travel is about solitude. But for most of us it’s about the opportunities that solo travel presents for meeting locals and other travellers. Your choice in accommodation greatly affects your ability to meet the latter. Hotels with casual lounges, hostels with common rooms and cafes, B&B’s where everyone shares breakfast… all present chances to chat with other travellers, learn from them and possibly spend a day or evening together. Look through the The Solo Traveller Accommodation Guide and you’ll find that most of the recommendations deliver on the social front.
Safe: Safety must take a high priority when choosing your accommodation. Again, there are three aspects to safety:
Personal safety inside your lodging
Personal safety outside your lodging
The safety of your things.
Whether you’re staying in a hostel or a hotel, B&B or a resort, you can check out the safety before booking. Go onto Google’s Streetview to confirm that it is in a safe area. Is the area buzzing and in good shape or is it in a sketchy neighbourhood? Ask about the security at your preferred lodging. Is there front door security? Do people have access to all floors or just the floor that their room is on? Is there a deadbolt on your door? Is there a safe in the room? If it’s a hostel, do you have a locker in your room?
Central: Central means that your accommodation is near your destination’s main attractions. The farther you have to travel in a city the greater the range of neighbourhoods you’ll travel through. Going it alone, it’s better to be exploring near your temporary home than far away.