It’s summer and it’s time to be traveling. There are a lot of differences between people when they travel or when they join tours. The majority of people would go some place that fits a generic description. They would not go out of their comfort zone. They would want to keep their creature comforts such as leather sofa beds to crash on. In short, they want to see and enjoy something new but still be living their daily life and have their amenities with them. These people would find lodgings at hotels with a television, a shower and bath in their hotel room. On the other hand, there are those who try to skimp on their travels, and they don’t mind getting lodging at less than stellar accommodations.
The difference is also evident in the destinations. Most of those who liked sleeping on leather sofa beds normally don’t stray too far from home. The farther the destination, the more likely they would spend more on the travel costs. On the other hand, those who go farther away from home get to see more of the world, and have a less convenient time with hotels. For them, as long as they get to the other side of the world, they would be very happy sleeping on any bed, even storage beds would do.
This is not a dichotomy, but a simple comparison. There are other factors, which a traveler has to consider. The above comparison only takes into account a fixed budget. It does not take into account the kind of people traveling. Those who try to find reasonable lodgings also usually travel with their families. They know that going to another country would be very expensive, and that traveling with the whole family multiplies the costs. Those who backpack are usually individuals or friends who are in their teens or early twenties. They are single young adults that don’t mind the inconvenience of sleeping on the beach or experiencing the luxury of comfortble hotel rooms.
Young adults out in the world were a cliché during the 1970s and 1980s. With a more affluent lifestyle and are less of a hippy culture, there are less of these tourists and travelers who would want to crash into the couch even for just a night. For the older generation, sleeping on a leather sofa bed is a luxury.
Most cheap accommodations around the world have small rooms, with a mattress or a cot. Those on a very tight budget would still consider hostels or pension houses as good options. In some places, like the Santiago de Compostela trail, there are dormitory type accommodations. With a lot of people walking the pilgrimage, the pilgrims get their sleep wherever they can. It is not like hostels can ring up a sofa bed sale for more available lodging for anyone who drops by.
The world is a wonderful place, and there are a lot of places to see and visit. Ultimately, it is the acceptable comfort, which determines how far afield anyone would go. Safety is always paramount, as a traveler is always a foreigner and ignorant of unsafe possibilities while traveling.