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Does anybody else change hotels everyday?

 

by @waylandchin | 4yr  | 44 comments

I work at night so I have free time during the day. Every day, I would change hotels. This lets me experience a different part of town every day. At around 1pm, I would check out, then load up the hotels.com app and find the next 3-Star hotel under $40. Then Iโ€™d grab an Uber and make my way to the new hotel. And then repeat the next day until Iโ€™ve lived in every 3-Star hotel within my budget in the city. Does anybody else do this?

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@borowis | 4yr

This sounds crazy : ) But dude, if it works for you, thatโ€™s cool. I doubt anyone else does this. Get a wife and a kid and changing hotels everyday would be so less fun)))

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@waylandchin | 4yr

Getting a wife and kid would be less fun too. haha!

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@borowis | 4yr

ha ha :slight_smile: weโ€™re just different people)

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

you donโ€™t have to keep defending your choice. you probably wonโ€™t find many people who donโ€™t think youโ€™re crazy for changing daily, but it is your choice whether we agree with it or not, and thatโ€™s fine.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

Itโ€™s not something Iโ€™d ever do. Too much bother, but if you enjoy it then why not? Sometimes Iโ€™ll book a cheap apartment but go stay at a nice hotel for a few nights just to enjoy it.

As for cleaning, just do it yourself. How much cleaning do you need, especially if you arenโ€™t cooking? Itโ€™s not that difficult :smile: I actually hate having other people clean and only get my room serviced when absolutely necessary if Iโ€™m staying at a hotel because I hate having someone in my space and moving my stuff.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

Iโ€™m the same. I loathe having people in my private space so I just let the cleaner in weekly to change my sheets and clean the bathroom when Iโ€™m in a hotel.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

Yep, if Iโ€™m forking out for a hotel, Iโ€™m usually in my room working during the day anyway and itโ€™d be a hassle to have to leave just for cleaning. Itโ€™s not like Iโ€™d change my sheets more than once a week anyway :slightly_smiling:

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I hate changing sheets. HATE it. Itโ€™s a 2 person job and itโ€™s even worse if I have to do it alone. Itโ€™s fine to change sheets once a week to keep the stink away, but sometimes, the sheets need to be changed more often. Itโ€™s nice to know in a hotel that you will get clean sheets the next day.

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@poppyjikko | 4yr

If you shower every night before bed it shouldโ€™t stink after 1 week ^^ยฐ

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@waylandchin | 4yr

Sheets should really be changed more often. If you think about it, if you sleep naked, they are like underwear. Exposed to sweat, saliva, sperm, vagina juice, and blood, they stink up pretty quick.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

And donโ€™t walk around in bare feet!

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@poppyjikko | 4yr

I do but my place is clean and I shower before sleep

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@waylandchin | 4yr

When I use to live in an apartment, I use to throw house parties and my place would get trashed and I would spend an hour or two cleaning the next day. In a hotel, itโ€™s nice to know somebody else will take care of that the next day.

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@kathrynoh | 4yr

There are places you can do that and they actually clean up after you. They are called bars :smile:

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@antonioevans | 4yr

Animals with cage? That is a very different way of looking at your travels. I just hire a cleaning person in most places I visit. I usually just ask the host for a cleaning person. If they do not know of one I just get one on a Craigslist or even ask a neighbor. @wanderingdev is 100% correct about knowing a place. You cannot know a city or a town in 1 day. Nothing upsets me more then when I hear someone โ€œseenโ€ europe over the course of a week in a tour bus. Actually I am wrong, tourists that just snap selfies at every major monument and say they have been there. That irks me.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

The task of hiring a cleaning person is time consuming, if Iโ€™m going to have to do that anyway, I might as well stay at a place where house keeping is in house and already included.

About knowing a place, Iโ€™m not changing cities every day. I stay in the same city for 1 - 3 months. I just simply change hotels every day, but stay in the same city. That way I get to explore more of the city and get to know the ENTIRE city more intimately. If thereโ€™s a particular part of town that I find more interesting, I can choose to stay at that particular hotel more often.

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@antonioevans | 4yr

You can just airbnb. Same thing. But each their own. I cook usually do 2+ bedrooms, have massive outdoor areas, so we are different types of travelers.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

BTW, there is a lot of value in actually knowing and experiencing a place, not just seeing a bunch of stuff that I think you are missing out on. But perhaps that isnโ€™t important to you.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I would argue that I would have experienced more of the city and know it more intimately because Iโ€™ve stayed in more places.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

Youโ€™ve seen more. That doesnโ€™t mean youโ€™ve experienced more. To experience something generally takes time - which you arenโ€™t spending.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

3 months in the same city is plenty of time for me.

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@antonioevans | 4yr

Hotels? Why not rent a house/apartment. Cheaper and better experience.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I choose hotels because I can leave anytime at 24 hours notice. With a house/apartment you have to sign contracts for 6 months or 1 year. At that point, you are no longer a nomad. You are an expat. Also somebody to clean after me daily is nice. We are just animals that pay for our own cages. If the cage does not get cleaned, the cage would start to smell. If Iโ€™m going to pay for a cage anyway, I might as well pay for a cage that comes with daily cleaning.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

That isnโ€™t correct. Iโ€™ve not sigrd a 6-12 month lease in the 7 years Iโ€™ve been doing this. Some places rent by the week, many by the month.

You could spend a lot more time exploring a city without the logistics of packing and moving and checking in and out daily. You do know that you can explore areas even if you arenโ€™t staying in them right?

And if you are only in an area for 24 hours before moving, 8 if which you are sleeping, 8 working, 1-2 eating, and 1-2 moving, you only end up with 4-5 hours to really explore, assuming no relaxation time. By doing this, youโ€™re giving up literally 1-3 days a week of exploration time so I donโ€™t see how that lets you see more of a place. Not to mention limiting your ability to build relationships.

More power to you, but it seems like a colossal waste of time, money, and energy to me and, judging from the responses, pretty much everyone else.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

Yes, I know I can get weekly or monthly rentals on Airbnb, but at the prices they want to charge, itโ€™s a better deal for me to live in a hotel. I get standardized white bedsheets that can be bleached so I know itโ€™s clean. Most Airbnb places use colored bedsheets, and I donโ€™t really know if itโ€™s clean.

It takes me 10 minutes to pack. I travel light. Yes, you can explore other areas even if you arenโ€™t staying in them, but you waste round trip time and money. So you save on the packing, check-in, check-out time, but you lose on the round trip commute.

I work at night from 10pm to 7am, so my social life is pretty much shot, except on the weekends. Thatโ€™s ok though Iโ€™ve partied enough to last 3 lifetimes. As for building relationships, if thereโ€™s somebody I find interesting in or near a particular hotel, I could choose to stay at that hotel more often.

Itโ€™s a shift in mindset though. Instead of thinking of living in a specific part of town, I view the ENTIRE city as my home, so for example in Ho Chi Minh City, in any given day there are about 70 hotels that are within my budget. So itโ€™s like having 70 homes spread throughout the city and I can choose to spend the night in any one of them. This provides for maximum flexibility.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

whatever works for youโ€ฆcouldnโ€™t pay me to do that. :slight_smile:

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@blueblueocean | 4yr

I can understand this strategy if you donโ€™t like your living space or you donโ€™t like the city/location once you get there (and first time there) so you change. But Iโ€™d find this tiring too, probably comes with age :smile:

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I do this once a day, I see it as a daily commute. Some people stay in the same hotel but commute to their co-location places to work daily. I enjoy solitary work, and donโ€™t go to co-location spots. I donโ€™t think thereโ€™s not a huge difference.

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@geonomad | 4yr

You miss out on the advantages of getting to know the hotel staff. After even a few days at the same hotel it feels like coming home to old friends who greet you by name in the hallways, restaurant, etc.

And you can usually negotiate a really good weekly rate if you know you are going to stay a while. They also start giving you more tips on good cheap local places to eat, etc.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I guess I can start doing that after Iโ€™ve found a hotel I really like. But I wonโ€™t know which one I really like until Iโ€™ve seen all of them.

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@nomadicnotes | 4yr

I have done it a couple of times, but as @andreainthai said I was doing it for a hotel review series. It was ok as I had a purpose, but not something I would want to do as a leisure activity!

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@andrea | 4yr

Thatโ€™s a good start to becoming a hotel review blogger. But personally I would never go through the hassle of changing hotel at all - except for when the place I picked turns out to be awful :joy:

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@bobz_zg | 4yr

You have a strange fetish man.
I change hotel only if I donโ€™t like my room, if itโ€™s not clean, to small room, or similar.
But in general same place for entire stay.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

In Vietnam, thereโ€™s always something wrong with the room. Either itโ€™s a 2-star hotel when it was advertised as 3-star, or the room is 15 m2, when it was advertised as 30 m2.

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@nomadic-geek | 4yr

Not every day no, is that not a chore? I have stayed in a lot of hotels but thatโ€™s seriously hardcore! done 4 countries in the last 7 days though and still managed to keep the clients happy :smile:

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@waylandchin | 4yr

This is how I blanket an entire city when I first visit. Over a period of time I would have seen almost every nook and cranny and would know which hotel is good for what. ie. if I want to go clubbing on Friday night, then I would book a hotel walking distance from club. If I wanted to eat at a particular restaurant, I could book a hotel near the restaurant.

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@poppyjikko | 4yr

Noooooooo
I guess youโ€™re super minimalist with your luggages :slight_smile:

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@waylandchin | 4yr

I have a small suitcase about 11 kg and an almost empty backpack that I donโ€™t really need.

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@poppyjikko | 4yr

What is your packing method ? Bundle ? Packing cubes ? Other ?

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@waylandchin | 4yr

Just a small suitcase and I roll all my clothes.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

good god no. that sounds miserable. i donโ€™t even like to change cities more than once a month or so if it can be avoided.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

But it IS exploring the city. I largely stay within walking distance of the hotel. Each hotel has itโ€™s own unique mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, massage parlors, and shops. After one is done exploring all the touristy stuff, this is the best way to explore local stuff.

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@waylandchin | 4yr

Iโ€™ve been in the Ho Chi Minh City for almost 3 months, but thereโ€™s enough hotels here to allow me to never sleep in the same place twice!

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

what is the point in this besides wasting time moving from place to place that you could spend exploring the city?

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Has anybody encountered a travel gear mfr that intentionally makes crappy-looking gear?


by @octavient | 3yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Has anybody ever encountered a travel gear manufacturer that makes gear that is solid and durable, but that is intentionally designed to look old and crappy? For international travel, I want good, durable gear, but Iโ€™m uncomfortable walking around with slick, brand-new-looking, expensive-looking gear (especially with my family in tow). Iโ€™m happy to snatch up any good used gear (reduce, reuse, recycle) that weโ€™re lucky enough to encounter, but selection is limited, and durability is often compromised. Seems like thereโ€™d be a decent market for some durable but ragged-looking travel gear. What i have in mind is luggage, backpacks, laptop cases, smartphone cases, camera bags, infant/toddler carriers, etc. Iโ€™m sensitive to the preppy fad of clueless, well-off westerners dressing up like the poor in naive but trendy mockery, but thatโ€™s not what Iโ€™m after, here. I just want good gear that doesnโ€™t put a target on my back as we traipse around various parts of the world. Anybody have any thoughts on thisโ€ฆ?

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Anybody around Europe over the next few months?


by @paulrose | 3yr 3 years ago | 9 comments

Hi All

Soโ€ฆ a few months ago when I was in Asia, for some reason I decided that it was gonna be too hot over the summer months and I wanted to mix it up with a few months touring Europe. So I had the idea to buy and RV and drive round for a few months.

Meet Teagan :slight_smile:

Itโ€™s taken a few months going through the process of getting my license to drive the RV, because itโ€™s so large it wasnโ€™t covered on my standard driving license. Add to that, I had some solar panels fitted for unlimited power, and a massive satellite dish for internet wherever I go.

Iโ€™ve now got my ferry booked out of the UK for September 11th and at the moment have no plans past the first few weeks.

Has anyone on here done anything similar before? Any places recommended, or anyone around Europe over the next few months?

Iโ€™m doing about 3 months worth before heading to Vegas for NYE and around the states for a few months after that before back to Asia for a bit.

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Has anybody with a Hong Kong company been through an Offshore Profits claim?

 

in Hong Kong by @prof | 3yr 3 years ago | 23 comments

Iโ€™ve just hit the 18-month mark of business in Hong Kong ready to submit by first Profit Tax Return. I also have the option of filing an Offshore Profits claim.

The Offshore Profits claim itself seems to be a convoluted, long drawn-out process with significant costs to bare in working with a certified CPA to answer Inland Revenue Department questioning.

Iโ€™d love it if somebody who has been through this already were able to answer the following questions:

  • How long did it take for the claim to be accepted or denied?
  • What was the end result?
  • How much did the IRD dig into each transaction?
  • How much did you pay your agent to deal with the offshore claim?

Any insights are much appreciated! :slightly_smiling:

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Are there guesthouses or hotels with fast internet in Vientiane, Laos?


in Vientiane, Laos by @walkertraylor | 4yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Does anyone have experience staying somewhere with fast internet in Vientiane, Laos? I am going for only a few days for a visa run, and in the past I found decent places with barely adequate internet for checking email sometimes, but had to work from coffee shops. Would be nicer to be able to work from the hotel / guesthouse and work in the evening.

Alternatively, does anyone have experience with Laotian 3G/4G providers, how well do they actually work, which provider is good, etc. Thanks!

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