The One Ting’ Travelers Must Look For When Booking Accommodation

When it comes to booking accommodation…

Bad advice can be found all over the interwebs.

That’s not news to anyone familiar with the term “fake news” these days.

When it comes to travel, some of the worst shows up first.

I’m looking at you TripAdvisor.

Lonely Planet.

Anything in Forbes is generally dogsh*t, too.

Alas, the intrepid explorers amongst us are left to dive through pages of search results to get some decent information about where we’re thinking about going.

Now, this certainly isn’t a travesty. No need to be dramatic.

It just means one thing…

It’s hard to find legit travel tips and tricks on the first page of Google.

That’s fine. Luckily, that’s what I’m here for, fam.

They ain’t call me Nomadic Jake for nothing.

Ok, I call myself that. But semantics.

For all the noobs out there thinking about hitting the road sometime soon, I’ve got one tip that’s sure to make your next trip is even better.

Now, this isn’t for the resort goers. That’s not my type of travel. If that’s you, make it do what it do. But I’m talking about something different here.

About interacting with locals. About living in a different country.

Making cross-cultural connections that last.



Barranco in Lima, Peru.

The One Ting’ Travelers Must Look For When Booking Accommodation

If that’s the style of travel you’re into, then pay attention here quick fast.

I’m about to put ya on game.

Even if you ain’t know what that means due to your suburban upbringing.

So here’s the situation:

You’re heading to a new country. Flight is booked. You’ve got a set amount of days.

You’re hyped up and ready to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Instagram bout’ to be the envy of all ya followers.

But you’ve still got to plan out the details, which is where your trip can turn from heaven to hell…

If you don’t know how to plan and book accommodation properly.

The good news? That’s easier than ever before. You’ve just gots to avoid one common mistake and you’re good to go.

What’s that?

P.S: I lied. There’s more than one ting’ you must do. There’s two.

  • Numero Uno: Stay Put

I get people asking me about their trips each and every week. From random Internet hombres to buddies back home.

9 times out of 10…

I ask them this question:

“Where are you staying? How long are you going?”

And the answer is almost always staying in a plethora of different cities for a few days each.


You’ll have a far better experience staying in a city for a week to a month than trying to city-hop every 3-5 days.

This is the number one mistake I see so many noob travelers make.

Then they come back home and tell me:

“I dunno how you do it, man. Traveling is exhausting. I couldn’t do that for more than a few weeks.”

No shit, Sherlock!

You don’t know how to travel. You moved around like a chicken with his head cut off snapping Instagram photos without actually experiencing the place fully.

Don’t be this dude or gal.

Stay in the same places for as long as possible. If you get bored exploring a place like Mexico City or Lima, Peru after a week…

Well, that’s an even bigger problem.

Views from Sky Bar @ Posada Freeman in Mazatlan, Mexico.

  • Numero Dos: Walk It Out

Moving forward.

When booking accommodation, the absolute most important thing to look for as a city traveler…


You want to stay in a hotel or Airbnb that offers insane walkability.

You should be able to walk outside and within 10 minutes be at:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Bars
  • Clubs
  • Gyms
  • Yoga studios
  • Grocery stores
  • Parks
  • Coworking spaces

Everything you’d need to live a great day-to-day life should be walkable from your accommodation.

Renting a car in a foreign country is a massive pain in the arse.

Unless you’re in the USA or Patagonia, you’re far better off finding a walkable neighborhood and enjoying the life of an upper class local.

Te lo juro.

When traveling like this, you get to experience a culture far more than staying in a hostel, getting sloppy drunk on cheap beer, and then bumping uglies with a fellow foreigner with suspect hostel hygiene.

Don’t ask me how I know.

One more thing…

If you can afford it, renting a private, personal apartment all to yourself on Airbnb is the absolute best way to go when renting on the road.

Something like this.

While it may seem anti-social at first, you’ll find yourself spending more time outside the apartment when traveling like this.

Aka the whole point you hit the road in the first place…

To experience a new country and culture.

Good times in Havana, Cuba.

Don’t Make Rookie Travel Mistakes, Y’all

With that…

I’m about done with this one.

Following the few tips above while booking accommodation will ensure your travels are one hell of a good time.

Sure, they’re simple.

But they work, and you’ll find yourself experiencing a new culture in a way you never imagined.

And personally, that’s one of the main reasons I travel.

Que te vaya bien,
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Jake D

Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.

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