Slow travel. It definitely is not for everyone.
We started renting houses when our now-married daughter was a toddler and have been avoiding hotels ever since. Instead of constantly moving around, we stay longer and get to know places on foot.
Finding a comfortable spot in the right location is time-consuming but so worthwhile. Being able to have breakfast in robes and slippers while reading the paper and planning the day ahead suits our personalities. Plus, we tend to eat a large lunch after major walks and generally don’t want another meal out. Homemade soup, fresh salads or panini often serve as our dinners, and having a pleasant place to make margaritas or enjoy a bottle of wine is relaxing and saves fortunes.
In San Cristobal de las Casas, we were in the heart of things but on a quiet street. Columbine right outside the window where we ate breakfast attracted a wide assortment of hummingbirds throughout the morning, and the garden even had a “margarita tree” providing fresh lime juice.