We will be staying in a wide variety of accommodation types during our trip. It's important to be aware that our accommodations may differ very significantly from what you are used to at home, as we tend to stay in local style accommodations in order to experience the local culture. (Otherwise we'd just stay in a Marriott wherever we went... and where's the fun in that?)
Below is a list of accommodation types by location. Depending on transportation schedules, we may need to stay the night in a hotel by an airport as well.
We'll stay in a shared house with
shared bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. This should be no different than what you are used to at home.Tuscany:
We'll stay in a private Villa with shared bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. Think of it like a large, Italian house... because that's basically what it is.Switzerland:
We'll stay in shared bedrooms in a hostel with bunk beds and public bathrooms with shower stalls. (Note that you'll share sleeping rooms with other WanderRock travelers, but the bathrooms will be shared with everyone else staying at the hostel).Erding:
We'll stay in hotel rooms with multiple beds & at least 1 bathroom per hotel room. (This is as close as we get to a traditional, western style hotel room while on the road, and is exactly what you'd expect when you think of a standard hotel room).Munich:
We'll stay in shared rooms in a hostel with bunk beds and public bathrooms with shower stalls. (Note that you'll share sleeping rooms with other WanderRock travelers, but the bathrooms will be shared with everyone else staying at the hostel).Tokyo:
You'll get your own "pod" style room
with a large bed, side table, and under bed storage. Bathrooms are shared between everyone at our pod hotel and have individual shower stalls.Koya-San:
We'll stay in a buddhist monastery in Tatami rooms
with roll-away futon on the floor. These beds are traditional Japanese accommodations, and can be a bit firmer than you are used to. There are no private showers in the buddhist monastery and only a public Onsen (hot spring), with some stools and low shower heads to rinse yourself. This is a great way to experience a different culture, but also means other travelers will probably see you naked.Nara:
We'll stay in a Ryokan
, a traditional Japanese Inn, which includes a Tatami room (like the one above), public common areas for lounging and dining, and an Onsen. Travelers will be expected to wear a Yukata,
which is a traditional Japanese summer kimono while on property.Portland, OR:
We'll end in a shared house with shared bedrooms and semi-private bathrooms. This should be no different than what you are used to back home.