choosing the right accommodation

Choosing the right holiday accommodation for you

Travelling is something which broadens the mind and helps you to escape from the daily rat race of normal life. Whether you decide to go off and explore the world, one city at a time; or you choose to simply get away for a week and relax by the pool with a good book. We always put so much effort into deciding where we want to go and the things we’d like to experience, but the one thing which is often neglected is the accommodation. Sure, many of us will try to pick the best hotel with an excellent rating and a room with a view; but do we ever consider the other options out there?

Today we are going to delve into the world of holiday accommodation and discover some of the different options for you and your loved ones in the holiday season.


The first and most common type of accommodation we are going to take a look at are hotels. They are the first port of call for most holidaymakers, and they offer a range of different packages for families as well as single parties. Most package holidays will include all of your flights, and hotel stays for the duration of your vacation. In a standard hotel room, you will usually get a bed, en-suite bathroom and maybe a kettle for the odd cup of tea. There are different types of packages you can choose when staying in a hotel. The first of those is all-inclusive. With this, you will get your breakfast and dinner included in the price of your holiday. This is a great option for saving money on dining out, but the only downside is there are set times for the meals each day. If you’d rather have the option to go out for dinner, you can alternatively choose half-board, which allows you to have breakfast. Of course, if neither appeals to you, you can opt for no food and enjoy dining out for the week instead.


Don’t worry about this being like the Bates Motel; you won’t have a visit from any serial killers when you stay here! Like a hotel, you will get a small room with a bathroom and the essentials for a short stay. It is a good option if you are on a budget.


Contrary to popular belief, staying in a hostel isn’t only for teenagers and university students on their gap year. Hostels actually offer a very affordable way to travel, and if you plan to stay there for a longer term, you can get yourself a part-time job to pay for your living expenses as you go.

Cottages/ Houses

Staying in a rented house or cottage has plenty of great benefits over staying in a hotel or hostel. Firstly, you get a lot more privacy than if you were to rent a room in a large complex with families and strangers around. Secondly, there are a lot more facilities available to you, and you can have a fully catered holiday. It is a popular choice for those who choose to stay in the same country and travel more locally, or those who want to stay more long-term, such those who decide to rent a house for a few months and enjoy life in a new place and experience a different culture for a chunk of the year.


The perfect option for those who love to explore, lodges are quaint and offer a more rustic feel to your trip. Usually situated in beautiful national parks and around scenic spots on the countryside. They are a popular choice for romantic getaways as they offer the privacy and scenery which sets the tone for a quiet getaway.


If you are looking for a more VIP style holiday, you could always opt for a private villa in an exotic location by the sea. Many of these homes will come with all of the facilities you could possibly need as well as the privacy to enjoy your retreat in peace. Many fancy villas even come with an infinity pool, so you can get the perfect Instagram shots while you’re there!


There are many benefits to camping; one of those being that it’s a cheaper way to travel. Campsites will usually rent out land and all you need to do is book a plot and camp out. Alternatively, if you want to go all out and rough it fully, you can just pack up the car, trek into the woods and find a clear spot to set up camp! Camping is an accommodation option which isn’t for the faint-hearted but is an excellent way to teach the kids about the simplicity of life. They could learn to cook smores on the open fire and find out more about wildlife and nature.


If the thought of having no shower or working toilet sends a shiver down your spine; we don’t blame you. You can still enjoy the experience of camping without having to bath in the nearest river. Glamping offers you the basic amenities which camping does not, making it a little pricier but still a great option for families. Sit under the stars and watch the world pass by as you enjoy life in a posh tent.

Finding the perfect place to spend your holiday time can be tricky, but it all depends on the experience you want from your trip and how long you plan to stay. If a resort holiday with plenty of time reading by the pool is what you are after; then choosing a hotel is probably the best route for you. If you are someone who wants to trek around the world and explore different cultures; then staying in a hostel and bagging yourself a simple part-time job is an inexpensive way to live. But you can see that there are so many more options out there than meets the eye.

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