Hotels are great, they provide pretty much everything you need while you’re away. You get a nice clean room with maid service complete with fresh towels and toiletries, there are facilities like a bar, restaurant and sometimes gym on-site and there are hotels in lots of places in the world at different budgets.
So when you’re looking to go away, finding a hotel in the area is often your first thought. However, there are other options out there, and depending on your budget and the type of trip you’re going on they could be a better choice.
Maybe you’re on a very small budget, or perhaps you’re travelling as a big group? You might be staying in a very rural or remote location where there simply aren’t any hotels. Maybe you just want to try something different- travel should always be about doing new things and broadening your horizons, and pushing out of your comfort zone can be as simple as booking different accommodation.
Here are some of your options.
Go camping or glamping
If you’re a fan of the outdoors then camping is your ideal break away. Its cheap, cheerful and fun for all of the family. It’s a chance to get outside and connect with nature- you can go hiking, fishing, boating, orienteering and so much more. In terms of cost it’s ideal if you’re on a budget too.
There are a number of different ways you could camp- you could find a campsite or you could pitch anywhere that’s safe and legal. Scenic woods, fields and countryside would make good spots. You could sleep in a tent or hire a caravan or RV.
If you want something a bit more comfortable then glamping ‘pods’ and other structures are available in lots of places. If you’re after a trip that will allow you to get plenty of fresh air and activity, spend time in nature and not cost you a lot then this would be ideal.
Stay at a motel
Love getting out in the car and exploring the open roads? Motels are cheap and convenient, and are an especially great option if you’re going on a road trip type vacation as they’re often right on the roadside. You’ll get a frills-free experience but if all you need is a place to wash up and sleep then it could be right for your trip.
Even if you don’t get a particularly nice one, bad motel rooms are always talking points- it’s something you’ll remember and laugh about when you think back on your trip! If camping or glamping is a little too rustic for you, at the very least you have four walls and a roof to shelter you at a motel! You’ll have a real bed and running water to get a shower which is sometimes more than campsite facilities offer.
Rent out a holiday home
There’s now a huge market for holiday homes, and you can rent out rooms or entire properties in most places in the world. Check out sites like AirBnB for this, or you could look for the specific country you’re going to.
For example, if you were going to Asia you could look into Malaysia property guides. These kinds of things are ideal for bigger groups, if you want to spend time together and not have to pay for lots of hotel rooms then it would be perfect.
A holiday home could be anything from a trendy apartment in a city to a villa on the beach to a log cabin in the mountains. These will be self catering but really give you that ‘home away from home’ experience, particularly nice if you’re going to be away for quite a while or if you’re travelling with kids.
There’s more to your trip than your accommodation, but finding the right place to rest is important. Have a think about the options and figure out what would be best for you and the type of holiday you’re planning.