Updated: Oct 31, 2018
When our friend got married in Virginia Beach, lodging for myself and my sister cost cost less than my dinner. How is that possible in such a high dollar destination? Through the power of accessing the Navy Lodge.
When looking at a target destination, I sometimes forget to check to see if there is a military base nearby. This is a terrible oversight on my part. After all, base services and amenities allow us many opportunities to stretch our money and enjoy a higher standard of traveling.
One of those amenities is the availability of DoD Lodging. For example, Navy Lodges are a wide network of hotel-like accommodations at affordable rates. As a woman who sometimes travels alone in unfamiliar territory, it adds a sense of security to be located on or just outside military bases. I've stayed in Navy Lodges in several states, never paying more than sixty-ish bucks a night. Generally speaking, adjusting my route slightly to stay at a Navy Lodge over a comparable (but more expensive) hotel is totally worth it.
Check out the offerings:
California: El Centro Lemoore Moffett (San Francisco) Monterey North Island Port Hueneme San Diego
Florida: Jacksonville Key West Mayport Pensacola
Georgia: King's Bay
Hawaii: Hawaii Inn (Schofield Army Base)
Illinois: Great Lakes NTC
Maryland: Annapolis Bethesda Paxtuxent River
Connecticut: New London
New York: New York City
Rhode Island: Newport
Texas: Corpus Christi Fort Worth
Virginia: Little Creek/Fort Story Norfolk Oceana/Dam Neck
Washington State: Bangor Everett Whidbey Island
Cuba: Guantanamo Bay (no thanks)
Italy: Sigonella Naples
Japan: Yokosuka Atsugi Sasebo
But that's just the Navy Lodge. Also available to military members and retirees: Inns of the Corps, Navy Gateway Inns, Army Lodging.. the list goes on. And believe it or not, the government actually has a force-wide site to organize all the information. If you've been with/in/around the military for a while, you'll recognize what a rare treasure this is!
https://www.dodlodging.com/html/namerica.htm Check it out!
Coming up in the Military Travelers series, we'll talk about MWR, ITT, USO, TLF, and any other alphabet soup you could think of!