February 1, 2018

Hotels? Who Needs Em'! Check Out These Alternative Accomodation Options




Wherever you go away, you always look for places to stay. More often than not, most of you reading this will search for hotels. They’re seen as the most convenient option, but are they the best? Hotels are rarely the cheapest or most complete accommodation choice out there, and you could be missing out on a better travel experience by booking one.

So, let’s wave goodbye to hotels, and say hello to these alternative options:


Hostels
Instead of a hotel, you can strip down all the expensive extras and stay in a hostel instead. Often, you will share a room with many other travelers, meaning it’s not ideal if you’re going abroad with your family! However, for people going on a gap year or just traveling on their own, this is a fantastic alternative to a typical hotel. Sometimes, the hostel provides food as well, making it even better value for money. This is the cheapest option out there for solo travelers and is perfect for all those typical ‘gap year’ countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, and so on. 


Vacation Condos
For those that might not know, condos are like apartment buildings in a big complex all grouped together. There are plenty of vacation condos out there, mainly placed near beaches or close to island resorts. You can check out Christopher Columbus Condos if you want more visual examples of what they look like and how they work. In short, you can move into a vacation condo for the duration of your trip, and enjoy independent living in prime locations. Also, they’re one of the few options you can actually buy yourself, meaning you own the property and can use it whenever you want. They’re not available everywhere, but some of the most popular tourist island destinations have them, as do many countries with beaches. 


Airbnb
Now, some of you may choose to go on holiday and want a little bit of private time away from other families and tourists. If so, then the previous two options won’t suit you, neither will the typical idea of a hotel. Your best bet is to find an Airbnb close to where you’re traveling to. The huge benefit of this accommodation option is peace and quiet. You’re essentially living in a home for the duration of your stay. There’s no complex filled with other tourists and no busy hotel lobbies. You get all the home comforts, making it ideal for families. Plus, it’s way more affordable to stay in an Airbnb compared to a hotel in the same area.


You see, there are other options out there aside from a boring old hotel. Some of these options are way cheaper, while others are more practical and just provide a better standard of living while you’re away. I guess my point here is that you shouldn’t be put off if you want to travel somewhere and can’t find a hotel. Loads of people choose not to travel as they can’t see a reasonably priced hotel nearby. Look out for these different options if you want an - arguably - better experience on the whole.

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