Even the most budget conscious traveler has to splurge a bit everyone once in a while. So, my discussion question for this week asks: what’s your guilt pleasure when traveling?
For me, while I enjoy a nice meal or shopping for souvenirs, my ultimate guilty travel pleasure is a nice hotel room. While I enjoy staying in hostels, and will often stay in cheap hotels to save money, it’s relaxing to stay in a nice hotel room every once in a while.
That’s not to say that I do it often, as I usually make my lodging decisions based on prices (as an example, 7 nights in a hostel for the price of 1 night in a Toronto hotel). However, when I do bite the bullet and stay somewhere nice, I always really enjoy it.
Take for example, my time in Moscow. Booking a hostel for two people was going to cost around $100. Instead, we stayed in the very nice Moscow Hilton for around $150 a night. That’s a mark up I can deal with!
Housed in a beautiful Soviet-era skyscraper, the Hilton was a fantastic place to stay, though after four straight nights on a train, anywhere would have seemed nice. In my opinion, having a nice bed and a tv was a great way to unwind after months on the road.
What about you? Is it a fancy local meal, food from your home country, a nice hotel room, or something else entirely? Scroll down to the comment section below, and let me know what your favorite guilty pleasure is when you travel.