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Does anybody else change hotels everyday?

 

by @waylandchin6yr  | 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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@borowiis6yr

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

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@borowiis6yr

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

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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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@kathrynoh6yr

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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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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@kathrynoh6yr

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

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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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@kathrynoh6yr

And donโ€™t walk around in bare feet!

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

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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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@kathrynoh6yr

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

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

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

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

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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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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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@geonomad6yr

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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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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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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@andrea6yr

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_zg6yr

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

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

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

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Just a small suitcase and I roll all my clothes.

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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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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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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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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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Does anybody have experience with setting up an offshore company and bank account in Labuan (Malaysia)


in Malaysia by @nomads_and_drifters5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

Hi there,
We are a husband and wife who travel a lot and have a small company set up in Fiji. We offer services to clients all over the world, but the Fijian banking system isnโ€™t very accommodating for a digital based business with a lot of overseas expenses.

To make our life easier we are planning to set up an offshore company and bank account in Labuan.
We have a Fijian, Belgium and Uk passport but have residency in Fiji.

Does anybody have experience with a situation like this? and any advice how to go about setting up an offshore company and bank account ideally in Labuan (or Singapore)?

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Anybody living (or that used to live) in Aruba?


in Aruba by @erikahlehmann6yr 5 years ago | 8 comments

Hi there!

Iโ€™m doing my research on nice places in SA/CA. Iโ€™ve been living in Argentina for the past 4 years and Iโ€™ve only been at the beach for 2 weeks (in Rio) almost 2 years ago. I know, itโ€™s sad :confused:

I want my next home to be close to the beach, and Iโ€™ve been hearing great things about Aruba. Iโ€™m not planning on staying another 4 years at the new location, but at least a few months.

Has anyone lived and worked from there? Do they have fast and reliable internet? Is it affordable?

If not Aruba, which other places would you recommend to spend a few months close to the beach that are affordable and with high speed Wi-Fi?

Iโ€™m thinking about staying in SA/CA because of the time zones. I work for an American company, so I think Iโ€™d rather stay in a time zone thatโ€™s not to far away from theirs.

Some other places that have crossed my mind are Guatemala City or Antigua, Quito, Costa Rica (although Iโ€™ve heard itโ€™s expensive)โ€ฆ

I still have a few months to think about it while I finish some paperwork in Buenos Aires, but Iโ€™d like to leave around August/September.

Thanks in advance for your help! :smiley:

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Has anybody tried the Surface Pro?


by @creative_nomad_6yr 6 years ago | 2 comments

Hi All,

I am a freelance graphic designer. My biggest hassle with traveling is carrying around my Mac. I always carry a tablet (for reading) and a computer for work. The Surface Pro combines these and has the power to run my Adobe design programs. The extra space it would enable would be great.

There are a few things that worry me. The small screen, getting use to Windows and not Mac, the large price tag and just knowing if it will really be powerful enough to run my Adobe programs.

Has anyone had experience using the Surface pro? Could you recommend anything that might be better.

Any advice would be appreciated

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Does anybody work for an NGO, charity or social project remotely?


by @gpestana6yr 6 years ago | 2 comments

Whatโ€™s up there?
Is there anyone working for/running a social innovation project while on the road?

:smile:

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Does anybody have a home base?


by @ld6yr 6 years ago | 19 comments

My boyfriend and I, from California, are starting our travels first around the USA. Weโ€™ve only stayed in a few locations, California and Colorado with Airbnb, and basically an entire semi-decent place to ourselves is $2k a month. And with payment securing our next monthโ€™s place - rent comes to $4k a month. Obviously not sustainable, and not to mention a place missing most functional items to live comfortably is not ideal.

Unfortunately, this has turned my boyfriend off to traveling in general. He proposed we get a โ€œhome baseโ€, live cheap and travel out from there.

Do any of you do something similar? Have a home that you stay in for a certain amount of time, and do trips out from there? My worry is that normal life will settle in and no traveling will happen. But we are thinking if we can be on the winning side of Airbnb (the renters) then we can rent our place while we travel, and come back as needed.

I appreciate your thoughts and input!

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Has anybody worked from Ulaanbaatar?


in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by @replay6yr 6 years ago | 15 comments

I have been travelling and working from quite a few of the common places in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America over the past two years and Iโ€™m looking for areas that are a little more off the common path of DNs.

Two years ago I was supposed to go to Mongolia for some trip, I already had my visa ready, but then I ended up not going because of some other incident. Since then Mongolia is a place that I really wanted to go to, and basically do some of the things Iโ€™ve planned to do two years ago:).

I donโ€™t care much about the pollution in the city or (some people say) high crime rate, but Iโ€™m quite worried about the quality of the internet connections there. The speed of the connection is not that important for me, but the reliability is, so I would be very interested in hearing experiences of people who have tried to work from there.

Has anybody here tried working from Ulaanbaatar before?

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Can anybody recommend a cheap, good accountant for Hong Kong?


in Hong Kong by @rich5yr 5yr | 0 comments

Need a cheap accountant to help with PTR, tax query letter (to justify offshore status), and maybe even shutting down my company there. Iโ€™m with startupregistry.hk and tired of the โ€œOh and then there is also this costโ€ฆ And this oneโ€ฆ And this oneโ€ฆโ€ game. Thank you!

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