It’s surprising how many people don’t bother to invest in a good guest bed. While writing about various destinations and countries is all well and good, there are many other aspects of travel, such as accommodation and insurance to think about. When you think about accommodation, you probably think of a hotel or hostel, somewhere you pay to stay for a comfortable nights’ sleep – but these aren’t the only places people stay on holiday – on the contrary, it’s far from it.
For many travellers, both young and old, home stay holidays are becoming a viable option when travelling – many do an exchange of sorts, staying with a host family and then having a member or that family, or in the case of friends even the entire family return and visit their own home as well. While this is most commonly something aimed at students, there is no reason adults cannot do similar exchanges with friends, providing a bed and place to stay with a little organisation.
While it is especially important for students looking for a bed to make sure that a host family can be trusted, there are home stay services which can help you to locate a trusted family or individual willing to let you stay at their home. This can greatly reduce or even nullify the cost of accommodation if you are staying with family friends, for example, and even adds the advantage of having a local person familiar with the area close by, who will be more than happy to direct you to landmarks or give you advice on sights to see as well as giving you a guest bed to sleep in.
But what if you want to let others stay at your own home? Most people have stayed with friends or family in a foreign country at some point, and most people have probably also experienced the unfortunate situation where you are endlessly grateful for the roof over your head and have no qualms expressing that gratitude, but you there is one definite complaint: the guest bed. Often you end up sleeping on a flimsy inflatable mattress, your feet hanging off the end and if you so much as roll over in your sleep, you find yourself on the hard floor with aching joints when you get up.
Everyone should own a reliable, sturdy guest bed for times when visitors stay for a few nights. Even if you’re limited for space, there are folding guest beds available to address this issue. Everyone knows the feeling of having to sleep on a worn out mattress on the living room floor but knowing they don’t have the right to complain; surely it isn’t hard to see the point in making the effort to ensure any guests, be they family or friends have a comfortable place to sleep if they visit in future? It’s guaranteed that they will be even more grateful for your hospitality if they can get a decent nights’ sleep on a well constructed guest bed with a comfortable mattress. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market, there are plenty of very affordable options if one looks in the right places and for any future visitors to your home, this can make a world of difference.