The perfect accommodation, while travelling abroad, is not merely a space to store your belongings and hit the bed. It should serve your purpose and should support those activities you want to indulge in, all in your budget while ensuring maximum comfort.
The type of accommodation you choose should not be:
- Too expensive or too cheap
- Lacking essential amenities important for you
- Too sophisticated
- Too remote
- Too rustic or unrefined
It’s particularly important to choose the right accommodation while you travel, especially overseas. That’s because the wrong accommodation can mar an otherwise exceptional holiday experience.
There are several factors to take into consideration before zeroing on a particular type of accommodation. The standout factor here is the purpose and type of travel. Is it a business visit? Are you planning a holiday with your family? Is honeymoon on the cards? Are you on an adventure trip?Looking at travelling solo?
A Quick-List of Preferred Accommodations based on Purpose of Visit
- Business Visit – Hotel
- Leisure – Resort, Service Apartment, Villa
- Adventure & Exploration – Bed & Breakfast, Motel, Cabin
- Spa Holiday – Resort with rejuvenating spa options
- Safari & Wildlife – Caravan, Cottage, tent
- Honeymoon –Hotel, Resort, Private Apartment
- Family Holiday – Service apartment, Villa
Your Budget is a Deciding Factor
The type of accommodation you choose can have a substantial impact on your budget. That is because, apart from the price of the accommodation, the location of tourist hotspots from a specific accommodation decides your commute expenses. Doing complete research before booking one helps save time and reduces stress. Other leading factors playing a crucial role in deciding the type of accommodation are:
- The length of your stay
- What time you arrive
- How many people you are travelling with
- Are you looking for cooking facilities
- Do you want to stay in the city centre
- Access to public transport
- Gastronomy options
Accommodation Based on Destination Type
Big metro cities
If you are visiting the big metro cities, hotels will be the perfect choice for your stay. Hotels in big cities often are contemporary in style and are the perfect backdrop to commute conveniently. Hotels in big cities are usually located close to public transport spots and, is well-connected to the city. Some hotels can be costlier than others. Check out the features and amenities of multiple hotels before booking one.
Are you staying in a city for a prolonged time? Choose to stay in apartments that are much cheaper than hotels. What’s more? Apartment rentals have nearly all the facilities and amenities of a hotel. It’s a great way to save money for other important aspects of the tour.
Most of these popular apartments are offered by Airbnb.
A stay amidst natural beauty welcomes bliss and peace with rejuvenation and relaxation. A backdrop of the blue sea, vast landscapes, towering mountains and other natural beauty ensures an elevated mood. Resorts offer a laid-back ambience with a cosy atmosphere and the warmth to make for a tranquil experience. Most resorts will have a pool often facing nature’s marvel.
Adventure and wildlife travel
This will always be the most exciting holiday experience amidst wildlife with loads of adventure. This is where you look for budget-friendly options. A cabin accommodation packs all essential facilities where you can have the best of both the worlds. Cabins for a couple and also for a whole family are available across such destinations. You will have access to your own microwave, kitchen & dining area, washing machine and other items.
Enjoy privacy in the self-contained accommodation or enjoy a drink while relaxing on the deck. Cabins serve the purpose if you are planning to go hiking, canoeing and other self-exploration journey.
If staying overnight at allotted spaces across campsites is your cup of tea, check for a caravan. These recreational vehicles provide camping options with limited, but convenient facilities. They make for a cosy stay where you can move from one place to another without hassles.
The camping facilities will usually have a barbecue area, a dump station, golf courses, restrooms, picnic spots, swimming pool, bath houses and more.
Staying on the Highway Covering Long Drives
Hopping from one place to another is sure an adventurous undertaking, exposing you to unique cultures of the world. Very often, you need to halt and retire for a day. A short stay at bed & breakfast accommodation provides the much-needed comfort. A meal is provided in the night with breakfast in the morning before you continue your dream journey.
Airbnb again rules in this department too.
Motoring across the Countryside
Biking with a troop across the majestic countryside gives you a new lease of life and induces a profound transformation. The destinations are not your choice but mandatory ones where you drive for 8 to 9 hours. A short stay probably for a night is what’s most required. Motels provide that comfort, running in blocks with the essential facilities. Parking facilities are provided outside just in front of your room. Tired of driving and want to take a break? Stop at the nearest motel and just check-in.
Life on the wild side
Rather should we say holiday on the wild side.Camping is the ideal way to stay in pre-determined camping areas. Offering a sustainable approach to travel, camps let you take a break from the adventures of the unknown and relax amidst nature.
Accommodation Based on Your Eating Habits
What are your food preferences? Are you game to experience the food of a new culture you are embarking on? Do you prefer dining out every time? Whatever your gastronomy options, the right accommodation makes every effort to meet your food expectations. If cooking easy and enjoying your meal fascinates you, then hostels will be the ideal choice.
You love sharing and enjoying homemade meals? Don’t look beyond a bed & breakfast accommodation. Travelling with food restrictions means apartment rentals with a fully equipped kitchen will do the job.Hotel accommodation is for those who dine out regularly, either at the hotel’s restaurant or one nearby.
Accommodation Based on Your Travel Companions
Who you travel with or without will have a major influence on where you choose to stay. Solo travelling, a trending travel option, calls for a stay at a hostel or a motel. You can also go for shared accommodation in a dorm. A family trip is enjoyed with privacy at apartment rentals. It’s also perfect for a large family planning to stay together.
A romantic outing on your mind? Head to an upscale hotel or a private apartment for maximum privacy.
Accommodation Based on Your Activities
Do you want to explore the outdoors? Camping or private cabins keep you close to the adventurous outdoors. It’s perfect where you can spend the majority of your time exploring the outdoor wonders. Check into a resort if relaxing by the pool and sunbathing is your choice. A business trip calls for hotel accommodation that has access to business facilities and convenient commuting options.
A Note on Airbnb
Bed and Breakfast, private rentals and homestays are fast becoming the preferred accommodation choices among millions of travellers. These vacation spaces keep a tab on the budget and pack all the essential facilities to ensure a home away from home experience.
Airbnb (short for AirBedandBreakfast.com) is the global leader and an online marketplace to book budget-friendly accommodations that don’t compromise on comfort and quality. Travellers can book their choice of accommodation for domestic and international holidays.
Airbnb is a popular broker that receives a commission from every booking made. It does not own any of the accommodations. Guests can choose their dream accommodation across 100,000+ cities spread across 191 countries.
Airbnb leverages technology to make for an effortless holiday experience for its guests. Its unique model benefits the hosts, the travellers, its employees and all stakeholders. It’s the company’s innovative solution to enable homeowners across the world to monetize their unused spaces and explore the field of hospitality.
A Final Word
Travelling is an exciting undertaking, sometimes a daunting task, given the multitude of options and the destination chosen. Planning can often become an overwhelming process and, this calls for an organized approach while keeping the purpose of travel in mind.
A careful study of your preferences and with extensive researching, your travel experience should be a smooth and memorable affair worth cherishing.