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Finding Accommodation When Travelling Abroad

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Gap Year AccommodationWhen you decide on a gap year destination it is important to consider accommodation for when you arrive as well as what accommodation you will book and stay in while travelling. Some travellers find it an area of anxiety as it is something that they have no prior knowledge of. We can all understand that if the accommodation is right it can help settle you in, but if it isn’t it will mean a gap year abroad getting off to a bumpy start.

So, how is accommodation found when travelling abroad and how do you know it is right for you?

Here are three handy tips:

1) Decide before you travel what type of accommodation you want to stay in and then only look for this type of accommodation. By knowing this you will reduce down your options and give your accommodation search focus. Remember there are many different places to stay such as hotel and hostels as well as staying with a local family or renting your own or shared property on a long or short stay contract.

2) Know where to look for accommodation. The best places to find accommodation when abroad is through newly made friends as well as looking through local newspapers and on noticeboards. You can also look to use agents (who may charge a fee) to help you find accommodation. Agents may be useful if you are new to an area and require some advice.

3) When you are looking at the accommodation remember there are some key pieces of information that you need to ascertain about the accommodation to ensure that it is right for you. Don’t forget to ask important questions such as:

  • Is a deposit on the accommodation required?
  • How is the rent paid? Weekly or Monthly – and can I afford to pay this way?
  • Are other bills included in the rental price?
  • Is there a notice period when I want to leave? How long is it?
  • What is the area like? Would I feel safe living here?

For more advice then visit our plan your gap year section of our website and specifically our page gap year accommodation where we look at the different types of accommodation available and how to choose the right accommodation for you.