Most readers of this blog, and BoardingArea in general, probably enjoy collecting miles and points so as to enjoy travel in a style you might not otherwise be able to enjoy.
That is, more luxuriously than if you didn’t utilize miles and points.
And that’s great.
But over on the TravBuddy forums members are discussing their preferences with regard to roughing it or traveling in luxury and it’s interesting to read how different travelers approach this question.
taking the allocated budget, you can either spend it all on a 5-star hotel, or spend part of it on cheaper accomodation and spend the balance on making your own home comfortable. I prefer living in my house with a garden and sleep in hostels and two-star hotels to spending two weeks a year in a 5-star resort and the other 50 weeks in a Spartan condo. ~marc_mtl73
I must have my own room and bathroom, then I compare the prices for different locations and luxuries. I tend to spend more on activities and experiences. I try to think of it as “If I’m only here once, what would I regret not doing”. ~jenbob12
I prefer Airbnb over hotels, enjoy trying out local places to eat and drink, use public transport to get around and book economy for very cheap or free on miles or fire sales and might upgrade depending on cost ~MNMark
well most of my trip in the rough part, because if it’s luxury I tend not to going anywhere to explore the destination :p too lazy because too comfort ~mmeymey
That last comment by mmeymey really caught my attention – probably because I can relate. Having stayed at some nicer properties, I do sometimes feel like I have fallen into a trap whereby we stay at the hotel longer in the morning because the breakfast is so good and everything is nice and comfortable, and we return from sightseeing earlier to take advantage of the lounge in the evening, or to sit on the deck and enjoy a dinner, or what have you.
And naturally, this leads to less time out and about exploring.
Perhaps less nice, though still clean, accomodations would be a better approach.
What about you? Do you tend to travel in style, or on a shoestring? And if you have done both, which do you find more appealing?
Read the thread in its entirety: Rough it out or luxury?