A hotel room is only just that for us—a state of familiarity for a tourist in any place in the world with the Internet. Where can “travelers” find meaning in lodging that offers culture, learning, new perspectives, storytelling, authenticity, exploring, and possibly a change of awareness?
In our 60s we backpacked for a year around the world, but now we want to embed ourselves in deeper dives rather than reporting back that we kissed the Blarney Stone and then stopping at every must-see castle on a tour. We like free-wheeling and using public transit and “being” in a new space. So no scary right hand drives on skinny roads.
This is not to dismiss those who desire to tour, but at our older age we want to immerse ourselves in the place we happen to be. Perhaps a pub with regulars who live life differently and will tell us what need to see. If an alien landed in Montana, we would invite them to absorb a new grasp of life here but also open our minds.
VRBO and Airbnb work for a general search for availability, pricing, and location, but we want to explore guesthouses, b&bs, homestays, or other lodging? Thx for reading and appreciation for comments.