After roughly blocking out our itinerary, the actual dates at each place is really dependent on getting the accommodation I want.
I don't really enjoy hotels. Actually I hate being stuck in them. The one room. Dank corridors. No kitchen. Crappy tea bags and tiny tea cups. Minuscule fridges crammed full of overpriced drinks, leaving no room for your own drinks. Having to go out for breakfast. I don't mind hotels when I'm on my own for work but staying in the one hotel room with more than one person is the pits.
Mr S and I like to have a kitchen Even if we plan to eat out most days, we like to be able to make our own breakfast. We like having a lounge room, separate from the bedroom so we don't disturb one another with our different sleep patterns. And we like a lounge room so we can hang out and relax – read, watch tele, doze, have a drink, surf the 'net. We like having a washing machine so we don't have to pack so many clothes and we don't have to search for a laundromat.
We don't just see accommodation as a place to sleep. Our aim isn't to get the cheapest place. We want nice surroundings. We want different types of places. But we also like staying out for a bit, not having to rush and pack and move on every day. And while it's nice having someone make the bed, it's a task I'd trade in for privacy and space of a self-contained accommodation.
That's why AirBnB works really well for us. We get a whole house – and we get to see what it looks like – for pretty good prices.
That said, we have booked some BnBs and hotels. Mix it up, I say.
Our first night will be in a BnB opposite Monet's gardens. Our second night is in Honfleur. Look at this place:
After one night in two different places, it's time for us to settle down. We'll spend six nights at the next town, St Malo. I can imagine myself sitting here and not wanting to move!
Here's a few more of the AirBnB places we've booked.
Sarlat-la-Canéda. I don't think three nights will be enough here.
Tours. We'll be here for two nights.
And our last five nights will be spent in this apartment in Paris.
What do you think? Gorgeous, aren't they?
So what's your preferred accommodation choices when travelling? Do you go for lux or savings?