Traveling is one of life’s greatest joys, but can become a little more challenging as you age. That’s why it’s important to choose accommodation that’s really going to support you and work well for the type of trip you’re going on. I’ve traveled to over 50 countries and stayed in numerous types of accommodation, from hostels to five star hotels, and more recently a bunch of Airbnbs. Here are my top 3 tips for choosing accommodation when you go away:

1. Make Sure It’s Accessible

If you’ve ever been to Europe, then you will know how uncommon lifts can be in the older buildings, which can be a nightmare if you’re traveling with older family members, have mobility issues yourself, or are traveling with a lot of luggage. Choosing an accessible hotel or Airbnb will make all the difference as you’ll be able to get up and down to your room easily, without straining yourself. If you’re an Airbnb host yourself, why not get a curved stair lift installed, so that your guests can move around easily. It will open up your property to even more guests.

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2. Consider the Benefits of a Kitchen

I personally love staying in Airbnbs or furnished apartments that have a kitchen. Eating when traveling can get very expensive fast, so by having a kitchen you can easily cook a few meals at home to cut costs. I love making breakfast “at home” so I can save my money for lunches and dinners which I think show off the local flare a bit more. If I’m on a real budget when traveling, I’ll cook twice daily and just eat out once a day it’s a great way to cut down costs and also ensure that you’re not packing on too much weight!

3. Check Out the Location

Choosing accommodation in a good area is very important, as it can be an easy way to save on transport costs. Seeing a city by foot is also a nice slow pace, meaning that you can really take in your surroundings and engage with wherever you are. If you’re traveling to a really big city, choosing accommodation that is near a metro stop or a bus line can help reduce costs. Sometimes it can even work out better to stay a little further out, but super close to a metro station, so that you spend less in accommodation but have the whole city at your fingertips.

Choosing accommodation that suits you will ensure that your trip is as comfortable as possible. Use these three tips the next time you’re booking your holiday!