Cheap London Travel; Lodging

No matter who you are, or whether you are traveling alone as a couple or with your family, one of the single most expensive costs when traveling has to be finding the right place to stay. If you are traveling alone, you may have to pay extra for your room, or end up sharing a guest room with a perfect stranger. If you have a family, then you have to consider that you will have no privacy from your kids, or you will have to purchase and extra room for them, costing you valuable money. There are much cheaper alternatives, but you have to know what you’re looking for.

If you are a single person visiting London or a traveling student, you may want to consider renting a room at one of London’s many hostels. Youth hostels started out in the early part of the 20th century in Germany by a teacher named Richard Schirrminn. After traveling the countryside with his students and finding little or no safe haven for him or his pupils, he decided that what was needed was an affordable, safe, and nurturing environment for youths and other traveling students to stay. What once started from a humble necessity has now become one of the most popular but least known accommodations around Europe.

London not only has a wide selection of hostels to choose from, many university and college campuses open their student halls during the summer to offer affordable accommodations. Now you can stay at one of these famous academies, without having to actually be enrolled.  These hostels and dorms have limited availability and tend to fill up quickly so it’s a good idea to book early.

If you have a family, you know how expensive it can be to stay at a hotel, no matter what special features they have, like children that stay or eat free. That is often a bunch of hype, because there are many hidden restrictions that may apply. It can be a total disaster at times also, like after the day is done, and most of the family attractions have shut their doors for the evening. You are all stuck in one room or MAYBE, if you’re lucky, a suite. The kids are still all wound up and haven’t been able to wind down. You and your spouse may want your own ‘private’ time as well. There is no way that either of you can get in the mood if you are always wondering when your kids will get back from the pool or some other in hotel activities.

So what do you do? You book a holiday apartment of course! This is just like living at home, and depending on how many days you stay, can average half the cost of renting a hotel for the same amount of time.  You have your own cooking and eating facilities, saving you tons of money over going out all the time. You can book one, two, and three bedroom units, many with all the modern conveniences, so you will have plenty of private time all around, plus many other extras.

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