Clarksville, Tn — Traveling as much as I do, I’m constantly trying to refine how I find a hotel/motel for the night. Somewhere near the interstate or somewhere in town?
In the beginning, since I travel alone, I was content with one of the major brands, on the lower end of the rate chain. Certainly not one of the high end facilities. Preferably a motel where I can park the bike outside the front door.
I’ve had good luck with America’s Best, Super 8, and my favorite, Econo-Lodge. Usually finding a rate between $55-$70. It’s a roll of the dice really, since they’re independently owned, so you really never know.
Many blogs I follow recommend that you make reservations ahead of time at a particular destination, then you’re set. Maybe use one of the booking “apps” and not worry about it.
I personally never know how far I’m going to travel in a day and prefer to wait until I’m ready to call it a night, then find a room. That approach HAS caused some problems on occasion, but for the most part, I’ve had good results. I’ve also had some luck negotiating a lower rate if I’m dealing with someone “face to face.”
It’s a mixed bag.
The other variable in this equation is getting a good clean room.
The best hotel I’ve found while traveling alone is the Econo-Lodge in Foley, Alabama.
The worst was a Motel 6 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
I find that I’m sort of unique in the travel department, because I DO travel alone most of the time. A lot of people find that to be a little “curious” and “unsafe” but I don’t see anything wrong with it. Plus, I LOVE the solitude of being on my own and “away from it all” including other people.
How do you travel? Do you travel alone? Any suggestions?
I love this journey I’m on and finding a good hotel/motel for the night is just part of the adventure.