What is the destination fastest being abandoned by budget travellers? Where are the new hotspots? In which city can you find wifi in every hotel and hostel?
There are some surprises in the figures I’ve been sent by budget accommodation experts HostelBookers.
HostelBookers* don’t limit themselves to backpacker accommodation – as well as hostels they also offer affordable hotels – but they do cater to travellers looking for maximum value for minimum moolah.
They’ve compiled the statistics on the cheapest and most expensive cities in the world, as well as the most booked destinations, the fastest growing new meccas and the ones which used to be popular but which are now (sigh) ‘so 2011.’ It makes for interesting reading.
The most expensive places to stay are Zermatt (Switzerland) and New York City, where a hundred quid will only buy you a bed for 3.1 and 3.4 nights respectively. They’re about ten times the cost of Chiang Mai (Thailand), where you can stay 33 nights for that money, or Siem Reap (Cambodia) which will give you 38.9. I suppose they kick you out just before dawn on the 39th night – you’ll want to see the sun come up on Ankor Wat anyway.
Places sinking fastest in the budget travel rankings are Hong Kong, Alicante in Spain and Italy’s Cinque Terra. “Nobody goes there any more – it’s way too crowded.” Unfortunately for the Greeks who have enough troubles as it is, Santorini and Athens are also on the ‘formerly popular’ list.
New hotspots include Geneva (surprising, because I bet it’s not cheap), Manila, Chicago, Tokyo, Brazil’s Ilha Grande and Cairns in Australia.
There are few shocks in the list of top five destinations by bookings: (in order) London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and Rome.
And where do 100% of hotels and hostels have wifi? Answer: Singapore. Istanbul and Ho Chi Minh City are next, both with 99%.
Over to you. Where have you found the best value for money in accommodation? Where was the place you had to run out of before your cash did?
*HostelBookers have given me some free accommodation this year. No strings were attached and it was much appreciated.