There are ever more options available when it comes to choosing a type of travel accommodation. The accommodation you choose should depend on a wide variety of your personal travel needs such as budget, location, and the number of people accompanying you on your trip. With all this in mind, how do you know which accommodation is the right one for you? Well, worry not. Your friends at Travilous have got you covered. Read below to find out which travel accommodation you should consider for your next trip.
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Hotels are establishments with lots of rooms that provide accommodations for those who are traveling. They are usually run in chains and have numerous establishments in major cities around the world. There are many different types of hotels that cater to the specific needs of different customers, like budget hotels for the money-conscious traveler, or luxury hotels for travelers who want a high-quality experience.
Hotel rooms are private and have a private bathroom. They also come with amenities like room and laundry service. Some hotels may also offer access to shared facilities like a gym, pool, PC room, and restaurants where you can enjoy gourmet meals.
Hotels are rated by stars and strive to offer their patrons high-quality service no matter the budget. They are great for families and those who may be traveling with children. If you value the hotel experience just as much as your actual trip, then this is the accommodation for you.
Hostels provide inexpensive room and board for travelers on a budget. Hostels don’t have private rooms, instead opting for shared rooms with several beds or bunk beds.
Hostels offer shared living facilities for occupants such as shared bathrooms, a kitchen, and a lounge area. They may also have shared appliances such as a washing/drying machine.
Despite the lack of privacy, cramped living space, and varying degrees of quality, hostels are a great choice for travelers looking to save money that can go towards other parts of their travel budget. They’re also great for those who want to meet new people from all over the world! So, if you’re looking to save a buck on your next trip while making new friends, consider a stay at a hostel!
Cost: $ – $$$
Airbnb is “an online marketplace connecting those who want to rent out their home or apartment to those who need a place to stay.” Think of Airbnb as a home broker. Some families may have extra rooms in their house or apartment that they’re not using, so they instead turn it into a guest room and invite travelers from the website to stay there for a nightly fee. Airbnb is not only a great option for those looking for great quality rooms without the price of a traditional hotel but is also great for those looking to travel to lesser-known or more rural cities that don’t have many accommodation options nearby. Airbnb are located practically anywhere in the world. Some Airbnb also allow you to utilize the rest of the rooms in the house including the kitchen, and lounge area. Although quality and price may vary with an Airbnb, this accommodation is good for those traveling in groups, as you can split the nightly fee equally between occupants.
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Back in medieval times, before there were modern-day chain hotels, travelers used inns. Inns not only provided a room and a place to sleep for the night but also provided accommodation for horses as that was the main form of transportation back then. Nowadays, inns are still going strong and are a great option for travelers. Unlike hotels that have lots of different kinds of rooms, inns are a lot smaller and are not a part of a chan. They are usually privately owned and operated by locals. In addition to room and board, inns may also have kitchens to serve food to occupants. Inns are great for those traveling to rural areas and provide a “homier” atmosphere for those who may feel uncomfortable staying in a traditional hotel. They are also a good budget option depending on where you stay. So, if you’re looking for somewhere that reminds you of home sweet home, consider an inn!
Cafés are small establishments that have open-area private rooms separated by dividers. Japan is more well-known for their cafés as they usually cater to businessmen who work long hours late into the night and may miss the train home, or for those who may be too drunk and need a place to sleep for the night. There are many different kinds of cafés, such as PC cafés and manga cafés.
The great thing about cafés is that you don’t have to book them in advance, and they offer cheap nightly rates usually under $20. They also offer shared facilities like showers and a bathroom, but don’t offer too much more in amenities. The sleeping area may also be small, and there may not be a lot of privacy as most “rooms” are situated in an open area. Despite these things, they are a great budget option for those who don’t want to break the bank but want a little more privacy than hostels have to offer.
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Lodges are housing on park grounds that are managed by the park’s attendants. Lodges are great for travelers who love the outdoors. There are many different types of lodges depending on where you plan to stay such as park lodges, mountain lodges, and even beach lodges. Lodges usually have a set of cabins that are similar to cottages or vacation homes. They come with multiple rooms, a living area, a kitchen, bathrooms, and others. Lodges are a great choice for those who will be spending most of their time outdoors doing activities like trekking, hiking, camping, and fishing. Lodges are also great for those traveling in groups, as the nightly rate can be split amongst each member and everyone can get their own room and/or bed.
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A homestay is a stay spent in the home of a local family in a foreign area. Homestays are usually included as a part of a study abroad or a foreign exchange program for students. However, nowadays homestays are offered not just for students but also for those looking for a more authentic travel experience. A great place to look is homestay.com, a website that connects travelers and students alike to welcoming families across the globe. Homestays include a room and board and can include cooked meals by the family, laundry, and/or transportation. They can be for as short as a week or as long as a year. Homestays are a great option for those who want a more authentic, quality experience and are great for travelers who want to engage in language and culture exchange with their host families.
Capsule Hotels are hotels that have rows of small-sized rooms called “capsules,” which are essentially pods with a sleeping area. Capsules can be a really fun experience and usually come with amenities like a small TV, air conditioning, and sockets to charge your electronics. Capsule hotels also offer shared facilities like a shower area and some vending machines to buy snacks and drinks. However, capsule hotels usually lack space to store your luggage, so if you have bigger luggage you may need to pay for a luggage storage locker outside of the facility. They may not offer any meal options either, but if you were going to eat out anyways, then capsule hotels may be the accommodation for you!
Resorts offer accommodation for popular destinations like amusement parks or specific recreations like skiing and vacationing.
Resort rooms usually offer the amenities as traditional hotels, and because of their proximity to the resort, they may be a great option for travelers looking to visit amusement parks or go on ski trips!
Resorts also offer high-quality service and are an experience in themselves. So, if you value the experience of an accommodation just as you do the trip itself, a resort stay may be right for you!
Stay with a Friend
Cost: Free – $
Lastly, you can always stay with a friend. Bunking with a friend for a short period during your travel may be able to save you some money on accommodation costs, and is even better if the friend is a local and can show you around to all the good restaurant and entertainment options an area has to offer. If you want an authentic travel experience for not a lot of money, then hit up your friends!
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