With the biggest necessity, beer, out of the way, let’s move onto to shelter.
Accommodation varies a lot around the world, but also in each city. In most places you visit you’ll almost always find an expensive place to rest your head. It’s the cheaper, but still nice places that are hard to find.
The good thing about accommodation is that sometimes you won’t even have to pay for it. These days organizations like WWOOF or Couchsurfing, even house sitting websites, can help travelers find a free place to crash anywhere in the world.
This option may not be for everyone though. For those who prefer their own rented space, here is the price of a good night’s rest around the world. Take note that the prices below are for an array of budget accommodation, from campgrounds to hostels to affordable hotels.
Accommodation world price guide
|Australia||AUD$26-110 ($27-115)||yTravel Blog|
|New Zealand||NZD$25-30 ($20-24)||BackpackingMatt|
|England||£20 ($32)||The Aussie Nomad|
|Spain||€15-40 ($19-50)||Christine in Spain|
|Germany||€10-20 ($12-25)||Travels of Adam|
|Turkey||TRY25-75 ($14-42)||Iced Chai|
|India||INR250-900 ($4.50-16)||Globetrotter Girls|
|Egypt||EGP40-100 ($6.50-16.50)||Iced Chai|
|Iran||IRR306,000 ($25)||Iced Chai|
|Indonesia (Bali)||IDR100,000 ($10.50)||Sit Down Disco|
|Thailand||THB150-800 ($5-25)||Nomadic Matt|
|South Korea||KRW11,300-90,500 ($10-80)||Waegook-Tom|
|Colombia||COP19,000-58,000 ($10.50-32)||20-Something Travel|
Additional information from participating bloggers on the price of accommodation around the world:
- Runaway Juno went into more detail about accommodation in the USA, saying campgrounds cost between $25-30, hostels; $30-35; and older motels; $55-70.
- Caz at yTravel Blog says a bed in a hostel dorm in Australia will cost about AUD$26 and a private room, AUD$80-110.
- Backpacking Matt’s price range is for your average hostel in New Zealand. He says, “New Zealand offers up a range of budget accommodation for the discerning traveler. Shy away from the chains of Nomads or Base and rather look for BBH member hostels for comfortable, clean and character-filled hostels. “
- Chris, The Aussie Nomad, says hostels are by far the cheapest option in England. The price he gave is an average, so he advises people to check out prices on sites like Hostelworld and Hostelbookers for a better idea.
- Christine from Christine in Spain offers price points for a shared hostel room, €15, and a private “hostal” room, €30-40, which is a no-frills hotel.
- On Travels of Adam, Adam offers further advice on finding a cheap room in Germany. “Most of the big name hostels (those mentioned in the guidebooks) run about €20,” he says. “But you can find cheaper dorms in the city as well, usually around 10-12 euro.” He wrote a post about Wombats in Berlin and high recommends it out of the “big name hostels”.
- Lavanya of Iced Chai, who provided information for Iran, Egypt and Turkey adds that the price given for Iran is for a budget room that sometimes comes with a shared bathroom and sometimes a private bathroom, and that accommodation in the other two countries varies tremendously. She says she paid anywhere from EGP40 for a private room with private bathroom, but no air con in Luxor to EGP100 for a private room with shared bathroom in Alexandria. She says in Turkey, Istanbul has its own price points, but for the rest of the country a budget private room costs between TRY25-75.
- In India, Danni and Jess of Globetrotter Girls say, “A double room in a guesthouse usually runs between 250 and 500 Rupees, the highest price for a budget hotel room we have seen was 900 Rupees.”
- Adam at Sit Down Disco gave the price for a private guesthouse room with cold water and a fan in Bali, but adds that visitors can find even cheaper rooms if cleanliness is not a concern.
- On his site, Nomadic Matt notes that hostel dorms range between THB150 and 600 depending on location. He says private rooms in a guesthouse start at THB200. Budget hotel rooms cost THB400-800 per night. All these prices are based on Bangkok.
- Waegook-Tom adds some really great information on finding accommodation in South Korea. The prices given above are based on cities like Seoul and Busan. Outside the country’s cities, hostels are almost non-existent. He says visitors can choose between a yeogwan, “love motel”, which costs $US40-80 per night for a private room, or a jimjilbang, traditional Korean bath-house, which costs $10 per night for a mat and spot on the shared floor to sleep. “These are everywhere in Korea,” he says. “When you pay, you’ll be given a special outfit to wear, and then go to your designated area (male or female). Here, you can either change into the outfit and go into the (mixed sex) sleeping area, or choose to use the sauna facilities first, which I’d recommend, as this functions as your shower in a jjimjilbang. However, you do have to be completely naked.”
- The prices Stephanie of Twenty-Something Travel provided ranges from a shared dorm room to private room. She adds that this price goes up in more touristy areas.
Note: Exchange rates were calculated on 21 August 2012 using XE and are the approximate conversion. These rates change constantly, so check the most current exchange rate before any trip.
Also, prices vary throughout a country, especially larger ones like the USA. If you do not agree with the price provided, please write about it below and we’ll adjust our chart.
Finally, each price above is based on per night rates. When these rates apply to hostel dorms, the price is per person, per night. When a private room, guest house, hotel or motel is mentioned, the price is per room, not per person. Accommodations have different policies on how many people can stay in one room per night.
Is there another country you would like to see in this post? It’s an open post, so share the price of a room in another country of the world in our comments section and we’ll add your tip to the chart.