I’m all about the high-low mix. I love pairing thrift-store finds with statement pieces, decorating with a blend of garage-sale treasures and saved-for furniture, and shopping on Craigslist one day, Neiman Marcus the next. Life’s more interesting that way, don’t you think?
I like to use this approach with hotels as well. There are some amazing places where you can’t stay on points.
I’m in the process of planning a 31-night family vacation for this summer, and so far I’ve found numerous spots that offer incredible value in terms of saving cash, as well as piling on cool experiences. I wrote about one of these places yesterday, the UHostel in Madrid. For 25 Euros per person/per night (around $35), you can stay in a room like this:
If you are traveling as a family, you can stay in one of their family rooms for 22 Euros ($30) per person/per night:
I’ve also found some really cool-looking places in Japan such as the Oil Street Guest House in Kyoto (20,000 Yen per night – around $190)…
…and the Pongyi Guest House in Kanazawa (2,700 Yen per person/per night – around $25!)
Honestly, although we are staying at some incredible five-star hotels during this trip, I think I might be looking forward to these local cheapies more. I know from past experience that places like this are rich with character, or at least stocked with great storytelling material.
What is your preference? Do you mix high and low – or do you stick to one sort?