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Published on December 12th, 2018 | by admin

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Budget Travel: How to Ensure You Have a Comfy Night’s Sleep

Having an awesome travel experience on a shoestring budget is a fairly easy task, but doing so in comfort is slightly more challenging. We’ve all lived through the experience of couch surfing on a half-collapsed air mattress or roughing it in the kind of hostel that looks like something straight out of a horror movie. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With a little bit of foresight and savvy, anyone can travel the globe on a budget and still bank on having a comfortable night’s sleep. Here’s how.

Come Prepared

Some essential steps to ensuring you grab those all-important eight hours of shuteye can be taken before you’ve even left for the airport. The last thing you want is to spend six months traversing Asia living with perpetual jet lag, so it’s important to come prepared with everything you need to help you sleep.

Earplugs are an absolute necessity, especially if you’re planning on crashing in rowdy youth hostels and dorm rooms. Noise-cancelling headphones work even better. If you can squeeze one into your backpack, make sure to also bring a neck pillow in case your lodgings don’t offer much by way of neck support.

Learn How to Spot a Comfy Couch

The experienced globetrotter has a trained eye for comfy furnishings. If you’re opting for the couch-surfing route, you should know how to spot a sofa that you’ll be able to spend a peaceful night sleeping on. Before booking accommodation do some field research, so you know how to tell the cushy sofas from the truly dire ones.

Check out option from reputable brands – Furniture Village sofas come in a wide variety – see how the sleeping arrangements in your prospective couch surfing destination compare. You’ll be grateful for the research you did when you’re not being kept awake all night from trying to sleep on what feels like a church pew.

Become a Review Expert

Savvy travellers do more than just read the reviews for their potential accommodation. They go through them with a fine tooth comb and know exactly what to watch out for. If you’re looking at booking through major platforms like Tripadvisor or Booking.com, you can filter the reviews to see which ones mention how comfy the beds and sofas are. Do this and you’ll be able to confidently guarantee yourself a refreshing night’s sleep.

Ask and You Shall Receive

A shy backpacker gets little in life. Although a high tolerance for poor conditions is the hallmark of the perpetual globetrotter, you should never be afraid to ask for something better. You’d be surprised at the lengths hostels or hosts are willing to go through to ensure they don’t have a complaint or a bad review on their hands.

If your sleeping arrangements are not up to scratch, simply ask your accommodation provider what can be done to for you, as you’ve paid for a good night’s sleep and are entitled to one. Chances are you’ll be in for an upgrade or at least a few extra pillows.

Slumming it is part of the travel experience, but that doesn’t mean your wellbeing should suffer. You won’t be able to enjoy the experience of a lifetime if you’re constantly tired, so follow these steps to ensure you get the most out of your experience.


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  • About Brooke


    Hello fellow travellers! My name is Brooke and I’m an avid, solo female traveler.

    About a year ago, I finally decided that enough was enough. I was sick of sitting back watching, reading and dreaming about living an adventurous life. So I started to save every penny I had

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