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4 Tips for Choosing Accommodations in the Northern Mariana Islands

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If you’re looking for a tropical getaway, the Northern Mariana Islands are a great place to visit. Sometimes known as the “best kept secret” of the US, this commonwealth in the Pacifiicis known for its stunning beaches, delectable local cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re an avid traveler or an expat looking for a place to stay in for the time being, there’s a thing or two you need to keep in when it comes to booking your stay. Here are a few of them.

Consider Getting Alternative Forms of Accommodation

While hotels are a popular choice when it comes to places to stay in while you’re traveling, they’re far from your only options. If the high costs and availability of hotels is one aspect of traveling that you constantly worry about, you can opt to book a homestay or a bed-and-breakfast place via the appropriate apps.

A property rental can provide you with the basic necessities that a hotel can with a more homey and cozy feel to it. Moreover, they are usually more cost-effective compared to booking a hotel. Since many alternate options for accommodation are usually managed by regular homeowners, they tend to be more personable and hospitable towards guests. It can feel like you’re staying in someone else’s home and being taken care of, which can make your trip much more memorable.

Think About Location When It Comes to Finding the Right Hotel

Hotels in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands can go from offering the most basic amenities to being the ultimate of luxury stays. No matter what kind of hotel you’re looking for, you should put importance in where the hotel is going to be. If you have a list of things you want to do and places that you want to visit, it’s a good idea to book a hotel where you can easily access those activities and tourist spots.

After all, spending time commuting to different places or taking long walks from one place to another can be tiring and time-consuming. You should be spending as much time as possible having fun on your trip, not going from one place to another! You can look at the addresses of different hotels and do a quick online search to see how far the hotels you’re interested in are to the places you intend to visit.

Look at Amenities as Well

 Whether you’re going to the Northern Mariana Islands for a vacation or you plan to stay there long-term, make sure to look at the amenities of the property rental or hotel. If you plan to keep fit while you’re in the area, you need to make sure that there is an indoor gym, a large area you can jog in, or a pool that is available year-round in the premises.

Another aspect that is often overlooked by most people is the bathroom in the place you plan to stay in. Does it have a heater? How is the bathroom interior constructed? Are there windows in the bathroom? These details may seem small, but considering how often you’ll be using the bathroom to shower in between your activities, they’re worth looking into. Your stay doesn’t have to be luxurious, but you need to be comfortable.

Think About the Cost of Living in the Area, Not Just the Rent

 If you’re a digital nomad who is thinking of making the Northern Mariana Islands your base or plan to move there permanently, you have to think about more than rent. While there are a lot of nice apartments and houses that you can rent for a relatively low price (depending where you plan to stay), you also need to think about utilities, food, and more.

Take note that while buying groceries and eating out is quite affordable, other things like fuel and doctor’s visits can cost a lot. If you already have a job (remote work or freelance projects), you need to make sure that the apartment you want to rent has a stable wifi connection or is near places where you can access the internet so you can continue working.

Living on a tropical island can seem like an ideal and enjoyable setup for most people, but it’s not for everyone. There will always be non-negotiables when it comes to your needs and lifestyle. Before moving to the Northern Mariana Islands, you need to make sure that everyday living there is possible and suitable for you.

When you plan to travel to another place for a short-term or long-term stay, the accommodation you choose to stay in can make or break your whole experience. It can be hard to find the right place to stay in if you don’t know where to look or what to consider. Hopefully with these tips, you can find the right place to stay in to make your time in the Northern Mariana Islands worthwhile and memorable!

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