People travel across the world for various reasons, such as work related trips or for fun and adventure. During such journeys, one of the biggest concern is securing a place to rest and spend the night when the business of the day is done. The choice of where to spend the night depends on various factors such as an individual’s financial capability and personal taste (Field Trips 12). Also, the choice of accommodation depends on whether the traveler prefers five star hotels or informal street accommodation. Both five star hotels and the streets have features that make them appealing or undesirable. Spending a night in the streets is desirable because the experience is adventurous and fun. It also exposes a person to the culture of a city and offers the individual an opportunity for meeting its natives.
Five star hotels are usually associated with wealthy and sophisticated people. Therefore, most of the individuals who frequent such places are classy and reserved. As a result, the cost of accommodation in hotels is considerably high. Nonetheless, they offer complementary services such as meals and room services that include laundry and breakfast among others (Hales and Antonis 89). Furthermore, the hotels provides a safe and comfortable experience that is characterized by features such as a king size beds, air conditioned rooms, and security for personal valuables such as laptops and cameras.
Despite all these advantages, five star hotels have some drawbacks. For example, this type of accommodation has a limited sense of fun because recreational activities in a hotel room are restricted to mundane activities such as watching television. Also, there is little or no chance of meeting, socializing, and having fun with the locals (Hales and Antonis 91). As a visitor from a different town or country, it would be exciting to meet new people, learn their culture and language, drink local brews, and make new friends. A traveler cannot engage in these activities in the confines of a five star hotel and hence their patrons miss out on some memorable experiences.
Additionally, five star hotels are reserved for a certain type of individuals who can afford their hefty prices. On the other hand, informal street accommodation is less expensive and hence travelers of any caliber can sleep there regardless of their place in society. Also, due to the dynamic composition of people that coalesce in the streets, there is a rich cultural diversity that consists of individuals from various professions and geographical regions. Furthermore, the people who spend time on the streets are usually affable and welcoming and hence they are usually eager to share their life stories and experiences, which makes the experience worthwhile. As a result, a traveler cannot get lonely as he or she can easily make acquaintances and learn from the natives and fellow guests. Besides, visitors, together with the locals, can organize impromptu parties where they can exchange ideas, discuss contemporary issues such as politics, and learn the basics of a new language (Keyes 31). Interacting with local people in such parties also offers a person a learning opportunity on their way of life with regard to issues such as religious beliefs, cultural practices, state of the economy, and favorite sports among others. Therefore, it can be concluded that the benefits of street accommodation outweigh the merits of five star hotels.
Security is the main concern associated with spending a night on the streets due to the risks involved. However, once a traveler has struck a friendship with the local people, they are likely to protect him or her from well-known dangers that are prevalent in certain locations (Keyes 43). Also, the natives can offer advice on the streets or places to avoid for the sake of one’s security. Nevertheless, the streets may pose some challenges too. For example, some locals might masquerade as friend with the intention of stealing from visitors, although such incidences are rare. Due to the heavy influx of visitors, street spaces my not be properly cleaned and maintained. As a result, the sleeping conditions may pose health risks such as flu and other communicable diseases.
In summary, streets are fascinating, fun, full of life, and cheaper as compared to five star hotels which make visitors feel isolated and lonely. For a traveler, the best experience is meeting new people and learning about their way of life. Such experiences can only be found in the streets. Conversely, five star hotels offer comfort and security, which a traveler can enjoy conveniently at home. For a visitor, street stay offers a unique and memorable experience that is worth sacrificing the mundane comfort offered by hotels.
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