Holiday Accommodation Options For International Travelers
There are as many types of holiday accommodation as there are types of travelers. You want to travel, but you’ve got to have a place to sleep, so now it’s time for some decisions.
Make up your mind that your holiday accommodation is not going to be just like home. (If you want that… you might as well STAY home.)
What do you want or need in the way of a room? Your choices can go from having a reservation in a big hotel to just finding a room in a local village as you travel.
What makes you comfortable when you travel? Do you want lots of luxury, a big room and a concierge to get you tickets to the latest play?
Are you an adventurous traveler who carries a backpack and wants to find an inexpensive local place when looking for holiday accommodation?
Let’s look at your holiday accommodation options.
You can stay in big name brand hotels, or big hotels that are famous in the city you are visiting.
You can find luxury spas where they will pamper you or help you lose weight or get you exercising.
You can find resorts of all kinds… like beach resorts, ski resorts, or golf resorts.
You can stay at a dude ranch and ride horses and play cowboy.
Many countries in Europe have castles that have been turned into hotels. A similar option are grand old manor houses that have rooms to rent.
There are small but luxurious boutique hotels.
There are small local hotels that have all the basic amenities and lots of local charm.
There are B&B’s and other Bed-and-Breakfast options almost everywhere.
There are also cheap hotels almost everywhere. These can be very basic. If you’re on a tight budget and you’ll almost never be in your room, these can work. Only you can decide if these will do for your holiday.
Hostels are probably the cheapest accommodation you will find… especially in cities. These are generally for younger travelers, but they have changed through the years, and travelers of all ages stay in them now.
If you’re traveling to wildlife areas there are safari lodges or jungle lodges. These may be just like city hotels, or you may find bungalows or tented camps.
When you’re trying to decide on the type of holiday accommodation that will serve you best, you can take a look at some of them on the Internet. Just remember, they will post pictures to make themselves look good. A wide angle shot may make that room look bigger than it really is.
If you are going on a tour, look at the types of holiday accommodation they use as well as the itinerary. If that tour looks like it’s a bargain price, maybe it’s because you’ll be staying in cheap hotels that you’d rather not put up with.
If you are an independent traveler, decide if you want to book your hotels in advance or find them while you are on the road.
You may be able to book on the Internet, but if all the web sites you check say there are no rooms available, and there is a hotel you really want to stay in, consider calling the hotel direct. We have done that and come up with just the hotel we wanted.
Some cute little places are not on the Internet, or you won’t easily find them. If you can deal with finding a place to sleep as you go along, these can be real little jewels.
Some trips will call for a certain type of holiday accommodation… like a city hotel or a jungle lodge. Sometimes it’s up to you to decide what kind of holiday accommodation you want. If you think about what you want and need while you are planning your trip, then finding that room will be easier.