When heading out on a travelling adventure, there is a list of things to think about, from what to pack to where to go. And one of the most significant things you need to think about (hopefully in advance) is where to stay. The levels of accommodation you can utilise differs depending on location and your personal budget. Obviously, if you’re heading out on a student bank account for your gap year, what you can afford will differ from a millionaire island hopping. What you want out of where you’re staying will be a big part of deciding where to stay – if you’re looking for an authentic, cultural holiday or want an all-inclusive, sun, sea and beach deal.
Travelling might mean that you’re visiting every state in America, or every island in the Indian Ocean one after the other. Or it could just be a week-long break, and you’re taking the opportunity to go somewhere new. ‘Travelling’ is about seeing different cultures and seeing places, not just sitting in a hotel all week. Venture out and see the world, there are some fantastic places to see, and a wide range of places to stay while doing it.
Here we’ll look at some of the different types of travel accommodation you can get, and the various levels within each category.
Camping can be a great way to see a new country, being out in the mountains, forest, open land, it can be truly beautiful. However you do need to be aware of the laws around camping in that country – some places let you pitch up anywhere, and some have strict rules about that sort of thing. If you don’t fancy erecting a tent, but like the idea, then why not go glamping? Glamourous-camping has been on the rise for years and can be a great way to combine comforts with the great outdoors. There are fantastic glamping options in safari lodges and reservations, allowing you to maintain your creature comforts while being in the middle of nature.
Hostels have had a reboot over the past few years and don’t have the same, lousy reputation that they used to have. Hostels are the top choice for backpackers of all ages – they are easy to find all over the world, and are pretty cheap no matter where you go. The only differences you will find with hostels is whether they use communal dorm rooms with or without an en-suite. Some places, like Rome, use four-man tents, fitted with bunk beds and power sockets – so at least you can keep your devices charged. A lot of glamping-type hostels have a campus feel to them, with a basic restaurant, shop and pool. Dorm ones, especially in a city, tend to be more of a B&B, or just B, set up.
Everyone is used to the star system hotels use, and it’s a pretty good indicator of the level of the hotel. The best, of course, is a five-star rating, and a one star should probably be avoided at all costs. Hotels are a great option while travelling if you have a little more to spend and are going to be staying in one location for longer than a couple of days. You can go B&B – which will include a large range of smaller locations, and can be a bit more of a reflection of the local culture. Or half-board (breakfast and dinner included,) or all-inclusive, where everything – including the bar – is included in the price. If you’re going all-inclusive, it might be worth opting for the higher rated hotels, so that you know that the service you’re paying for, for the majority of your holiday time, will be excellent.
Renting a room
Thanks to sites like Airbnb, renting a room has become a lot more popular. Whether it’s in your country or state, or somewhere halfway across the globe. Plus, with these sites, it feels a lot safer to be staying at some stranger’s house. Yes, tit still has it’s dangers, and Airbnb did receive some backlash over incidents a couple of years ago. But it can be so simple, and cheap to do. The difference with booking a room through this sort of avenue, rather than with a travel agency, means that you don’t have to pay for the middle man. But you also have to book your flights and transport yourself – so if you’re someone who likes everything sorted in one place, then you might want to consider a different option.
Renting a house
Apartments, houses, villas, chalet – they all fall into this category. The different levels all depend on how much you want to spend. Renting a one-bed flat in Germany will be cheaper than a villa in the Maldives, for example. You also need to consider what facilities you’ll want – wifi, driveway, in a town or out in the sticks? All these will affect what you can get for your money. But if the price isn’t an issue, there are some amazing places you can look into renting; Old Town in Prague feels like you’re stepping back in time, and offer some historical locations to rent. House rental in Singapore is high on the list with its extensive mix of cultures, it can be a great option. Glass Igloos in Finland to watch the Aurora Borealis every night. Or even classic medieval castles across England.