Exciting, eye-opening, soul-enriching – there are many words we can use to try to describe what traveling is, but you only get to discover its true meaning once you experience it firsthand.
Regardless of the destination, you are planning on visiting after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, ensuring the right accommodation is essential for travelling comfortably, and it all starts with determining your travel style and exploring all the different options that are being offered.
Perfect Accommodation for frequent travelers
Hotels are best for weekend breaks and luxury travels
This is a traditional accommodation option that is also on the pricier side.
That said, luxurious hotels offer a plethora of services and features that can really justify the high price and result in an experience that’s worth every penny.
From being served breakfast in bed to having access to luxe swimming pools to enjoying the full spa-like experience in bathrooms fully equipped with an enormous bathtub, fuzzy slippers and a comfy robe, features like these can make any hotel guest feel like royalty.
Hotels are ideal for weekend breaks and travellers seeking luxurious travel experiences, providing the guests with privacy, luxuries, and comfort you can’t find at the two or three-star hotels, which makes them especially attractive to big spenders looking for extravagant, lavish experiences.
Private house rentals are great for families and groups
This is one of the accommodation options that are suitable for different types of travellers, but especially for those travelling in groups or with their families. The way it works is you rent a person’s house while they are staying with someone else or spending time abroad.
The homeowner gets to put their empty house to good use while you get great accommodation and a house that actually feels like home – it’s a win-win situation. Private houses can be rented either short-term or long-term, depending on how long you plan on staying.
The best part? Private house rentals come at various prices, which means they work for different budgets, and they can be easily found on popular websites such as Airbnb.
This type of accommodation isn’t completely risk-free, though, as the listings are created by hosts who may or may not be completely honest when it comes to advertising their properties, so be wary and check for comments before booking.
Studio apartments – perfect for business people and millennial solo travelers
If you’re looking for a perfect accommodation option that offers all the benefits of a hotel without necessarily breaking the bank, studio apartments can be the ideal solution.
The cozy, homey experience combined with affordable prices and services such as housekeeping and linen change makes these apartments especially attractive to business people and millennial solo travelers who value privacy, security, and convenience.
One of the best things about all-inclusive studios for rent is the fact that they’re designed to bring people together while also providing the guests with space of their own.
That way, you can easily have some peace and quiet while also having the option to head to communal spaces such as the rooftop, the kitchen, or the lounge where you can mingle with other residents and get to know more about new cultures.
Whether you’re staying long-term or short-term, one thing’s for sure – you’ll be feeling at home the moment you enter your studio apartment.
Hostels are great for solo travelers on a budget
Whether you’re a backpacker looking for an inexpensive accommodation option or a solo traveler looking to meet new people and make some friends while on the go, hostels can be a great way to save some extra money you can splurge elsewhere while also making valuable human connections and enriching your travel experience.
Although they are usually on the cheaper side, there are more luxurious options such as boutique hostels where you’re offered private rooms.
Depending on your budget, you can go for pricier options such as these, but if you’re looking to lower your costs as much as possible, you can always opt for super budget hostels. As long as sharing space with multiple people and snoring don’t appear on your list of pet peeves, you should be fine.
House sitting as a convenient option for flexible travelers
This type of accommodation can be pretty convenient for individuals with a flexible lifestyle looking to travel on a budget.
It’s especially appealing to individuals such as traveling nomads whose job is not location-dependent, meaning they can take their work with them wherever they go.
What makes this accommodation option attractive is the fact that you get to live rent-free. The only thing you need to do is tackle a couple of simple tasks while the homeowner is away working or on a vacation. This can mean doing housework, maintaining the garden, or simply pet sitting.
House sitting is also very beneficial for the homeowner as they can rely on someone to take care of their home and/or pets. Get some good references, join a website for house sitting, and keep a watchful eye for that dream opportunity.
Couchsurfing is ideal for traveling on the cheap and meeting local culture
Finally, if sticking to a strict budget is very important to you (or you’re simply working with a smaller budget) but you also want to travel and get immersed in a different culture, then couchsurfing could be one of the best options to travel on the cheap.
The way it works is you join an online community which you then use to find like-minded individuals offering free accommodation. It can be a spare room or simply – you guessed it – a couch (hence the term ‘Couchsurfing’). There’s no monetary exchange, which makes Couchsurfing different from its predecessor – home staying, which normally involves paying fees to the host.
It’s much cheaper than a hostel and you also get a chance to explore local culture while the host shows you around town. The drawbacks include hosts canceling at the last minute, lack of privacy or comfort, and the fact that it takes a long time to find a host.
And even though you get to stay at someone’s house rent-free, you’re expected to contribute one way or another, whether it means buying food or drinks or helping around the house.
If that sounds like something you could do, the only thing left to do is to apply and start looking for your potential host.
Finding the perfect place to stay is crucial for ensuring a fun and safe trip. Keep in mind your travel style and you will have no trouble finding an accommodation option that suits you best.