Perhaps Lionel Messi, 29, and his crew very much more comfortable!
There’re other places to meet people apart from by staying at a hostel -eg, It’s true that it can be isolating. I stayed in a Oh Barcelona apartment for 2 weeks in a local neighborhood near Sagrada Familia. I’m sure you heard about this. I had ample time to explore my quiet little neighborhood and critically look at the benefits and downfalls of staying in an apartment while traveling. Needless to say, what a great idea for really getting to know a place. Then again, I’m assuming that short term apartment rentals offer a similar experience. You’ll be saving money but still introducing yourself to the culture. Venture out into the neighborhood for dinner. I’ve rented condos at the beach. One way to escape the dining isolation that you mentioned is to dine in for breakfast as well as lunch. There’s some more info about it on this website. It’s a great way to slow down, save money, and feel part of a community that is very foreign to you.
You’ll connect more with the country and the people. Overall I will absolutely recommend this lodging type for travelers -especially long time or career break travelers. In my future travels that’s the in the p option! We rented apartments a few times while traveling and loved it for all the reasons you outline. We always made sure the apartment was near public transit so we could easily get into wn or the urist areas. So in case I had a group or a family and was staying somewhere for at least a week I’d definitely rent again. Consequently, agreed, we just rented our first apt. We were in the Netherlands for a week and we had a tal of 5 people meeting up to make Amsterdam our home base. We always ate breakfast there. Basically, the kitchen was fully stocked with dishes, flatware, and pans. We could all come and go as we please and meet up when we needed to. Will probably pick up another apartment a bit later in my trip for some chill out time though.
I’m looking forward to some forced socialising next week.
a small room with two single beds and a bathroom was 300 euro a month…split between two people, that’s dirt cheap.
Yup, my friends and I rented 3 apartments in Santorini, Greece last summer in Perissa Beach. Cheap. Most amazing summer ever. Great advice Donna. I absolutely love having breakfast at the apartment -a real easy way to save money and it doesn’t require preparing to the market daily to get our food was a truly European experience.
We had wifi access. Like yourself we rented an apt in Sicily or specifically Siracusa and it was fabulous you got to know the locals and felt like you were living there permanently. Hi Sherry -I’m so glad this worked out for you. One tip for apartment hunting.
With all that said… Google Street View. Nonetheless, yES we loved staying in Barcelona in an apartment, I’m quite sure I read employ the kitchen and laundry and save money by purchasing my own groceries.
I don’t know if I will do it for just a couple of days though. -to really save money I believe a minimum of one month is the sweet spot. Now pay attention please. I’d say in case it was just a week I reckon it going to be valuable for simply being able to have a couple of dinners indoors and your breakfast in the premises and quite a bit of the time out. This is the case. That’s what most people see when they come to Barcelona.
Las Ramblas is loud, packed to capacity, and lined with Burger Kings and Starbucks among Zara’s and HM’ The place is heaving with excitement, people attempting to sell you things, and simultaneously take things. Contrast this with the Las Ramblas -the Times Square of Barcelona where most visitors to the city stay near. Just being able to kick back of a night on a lounge and turn on a TV for 5 mins before bed made a huge difference can’t wait to get back over all the way from oz and do it again! Was better 3 a weeks 2 month trip! I rented an apartment in Rome and in Prague. Of course I’ve done hostels, housesitting, couchsurfing, guest houses, and regular hotels. Where I sleep is quite for ages period of long long time traveler and nomad. Now look. Over the past few years I was experimenting with various kinds of accommodations types when I travel. With my recent trip to Spain I decided to try one more sort of accommodation -short term apartment rental.
I sat outside in my neighborhood in Barcelona at amidst the many outdoor cafes on Avenue de Gaudi.
Everyone was protected under the café’s tents, the sun was shining.
I was surrounded by locals of all ages at other tables drinking coffee enthusiastically and talking to each other in Spanish at a rapid pace. Hundreds of the people were clearly friends or neighbors catching up with ourselves this morning before running their errands to the market. Then the atmosphere seemed lazy and laid back. Avenue was lined with little shoe and fashion shops I had never heard of, coffee shops, mobile phone retailers, and some small tapas cafes. Urists eating paella or tapas on Las Ramblas are paying obscene costs for poor food, not resembling Catalan cuisine.