Hotel? Hostel? Villas? Or Apartments? Finding hard to decide on a suitable accommodation for your holiday? Wondering how much you should spend on your rooms? Fret not, consider these factors before deciding on where to stay for your next trip.
1. Your Destination
Are you traveling domestically or internationally? To a familiar city or one you’ve never been to before? What is the geography like—urban, coastal, mountainous? Your destination will play a large role in where you choose to stay. If you’re visiting open countryside or a small beachside village, there may be fewer feasible options for hotels, but there might be a wider selection of home rentals. If you’re visiting a large city, your options will be numerous.
Don’t forget to take into consideration the safety factor of the place you plan to visit. If an area is notorious for its higher crime rates, a well-established hotel may be a better option than a shared hostel dorm or home rental. If the area is widely regarded as safe and hospitable, then renting a room in an apartment with a local host will be a more immersive, authentic experience.
2. Your Budget
The budget will likely play the largest role in influencing where you want to stay during a vacation. Consider the total amount of money you are able and willing to spend during your travels. How much of that money do you feel comfortable allocating toward lodging? How much of your money will it require for you to feel safe, comfortable, and content? If you have a lower budget, opt for hostels or a rented room in an apartment or home. If your budget is larger, perhaps you can afford a luxurious hotel experience or an entire home rental.
3. Your Desire for Convenience
When you travel, how important to you is convenience? Different accommodations come with different amenities and services. Hotels offer amenities like in-room dining, laundry, toiletry access, medical help, WiFi, airport transfers, and access to concierges, who can facilitate booking and reservation processes. Apartment or home rentals might not guarantee WiFi, but they often include gestures from the host like homemade cake, wine, or a book of recommendations, in addition to basics like towels and linen. Hostels generally don’t provide their guests with toiletries or towels, but they do offer city maps, family-style dinners, and incredible discounts on activities like guided tours, bar crawls, adventure sports, or concerts.
4. Your Travel Companions
Your travel companions—or lack thereof—can have a big effect on where you will want to stay. If solo travel is your thing, you might find it more affordable to stay in a shared dorm at a hostel rather than reserve a hotel room. If you crave company but still want privacy, renting a room in an apartment is a fantastic alternative. If you’re with friends but each want your own beds, a hostel is ideal. If you’re traveling with a large family or organized group and want to share the same space, a rental is probably the best option. If you’ll be with your significant other and want a romantic, secluded space, an upscale hotel or private apartment would work best.
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