YOU DESERVE A ONCE-A-MONTH 5-STAR HOTEL SPLURGE
Long-term budget travel can be strenuous and take its toll. In addition to the long bus rides, the heat, and the constantly-changing environments, your accommodations will generally be modest and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Many budget travelers try to keep to a $1,000-a-month budget, which comes out to about $30 a day, accounting for cross-border flights and visa fees. When considering this budget, it is generally wise to keep accommodation around $10/day, which will allow for a modest guesthouse or dormitory, depending on the country.
When budget allows, I recommend finding a sweet deal on a luxury hotel, arranging a 10 a.m. check-in and just spending the next 26 hours relaxing on the premises. It will give you the chance to take a steaming bath, clear your head, get excellent sleep and even wear a damn robe. You will likely get a big greasy breakfast buffet to boot.
One night shouldn’t burst your budget, and it’ll recharge your battery. You will leave feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the basics.
If you’ve been spontaneous and indulged in the minibar, remember to re-stock what you took with replacements from the nearby grocery store. Be sure to do this before you check-out and get hit with a $15 bill for beer and Diet Coke.
Here are some luxury hotel rooms I’ve recently indulged in. I found great deals on these and pulled the trigger. Can’t resist some pampering along the road. And the rate is still a fraction of what these high-caliber hotels would cost back in North America.
Holiday Inn; Guangzhou, China $56
JW Marriott; Medan, Indonesia $55
The Strand; Yangon, Burma (a special offer from the hotel manager, who I met at the bar) $70
Crowne Plaza; Hangzhou, China (paid for with credit card ‘thank you’ points)
Royal Angkor Resort and Spa; Siem Reap, Cambodia $56 via agoda.com