You have finally chosen the locale of your holiday, organized the time off and booked your tickets. Now the only thing left to manage is where you’ll lay your head at night. But what kind of lodging will suit you? You don’t want to plan the perfect vacation and wind up in a hotel that’s too small, a house that’s too far from the city, a hostel that’s not really your scene or a room that comes in way over budget.
So what’s the right choice for you and yours on your next get away? Here’s a helpful list to make that decision less painful, so you can enjoy your time-off – stress free.
1. For the luxury lover on a budget – The Boutique Hotel
A boutique hotel is a great option if you’re looking for a personal, one-of-a-kind experience without having the hefty price tag of a luxury resort. The small scale of these eclectic locales gives you and your travel companions an experience in a unique setting, personal attention from the staff and a pampered experience for a fraction of the price. There are so many options to choose from. You’ll love this list of great stays for your next adventure.
2. For those who love the city, but need a longer stay – An ‘Aparthotel’
A longer vacation can be a little harder to organize. You want the ease of a hotel setting, but also the comforts of feeling at home. One of the best solutions if you’re this type of vacationer, is to find an ‘aparthotel.’ You have the services of a hotel, but the offer of studio and one-bedroom style living for long-term stays.
A great and affordable example (especially for the center of Paris) is the Hotel Citadines, which has several locations around the city, provides excellent accommodation for a fantastic price and easy access to all the urban delights the city has to offer.
3. For the home-away-from-home traveler – ArrangeYourVacation
One of the best options for those who love to feel ‘at home’ wherever they are is to find an Air BnB. In most cases, you’ll get an optimal location in an urban area for less than the cost of a premier hotel, but you’ll also have the comforts of your own apartment – which is great for larger groups as well. On top of that option, if you’re dying for a spot in the country you can even rent an entire house or villa. The site literally gives you the options you’re looking for in a ‘home’ while you’re traveling. You can’t go wrong!
4. For the perpetual backpacker – A Hostel Stay
Sometimes hostels get a bad rap, and while some of that reputation is true, there are actually some really great places out there to satisfy your backpacker spirits. Not only to do you save a bit in your piggy bank, but you also get the opportunity to meet people from all over the world – which is why the perpetual backpacker prefers this method of travel. Check out the Hoscars 2015 on Hostel World to find out which type of hostel is best to satisfy your backpacking needs.
5. For the experience and connection traveler – Couchsurfing
You may also be the type of traveler that requires the immersion experience. This can be tricky if you’ve got a large party, but if it’s just you and a couple of your closest friends, you should try Couchsurfing. This social community of travelers gives you the opportunity to ‘surf’ a local’s couch in whatever destination you’re headed to for no cost. They’ll host you, and most likely take you to their favorite insider places, as well as introduce you to life in that destination. In some ways it seems almost too good to be true, but chances are, you’ll return home life-long friends.
6. For the habitual vacationer – Buying Property
You may also be the type of traveler that enjoys returning to the comforts of the same destination. If that’s the case buying property might be your best option. There are actually several ways to you can go about acquiring vacation property – timeshares, auctions or traditional real estate – it all depends on the type of vacation home you’re looking for. If you do venture into auction, make sure you know what you’re getting into with expert FAQs that are available to you.
7. For the full-experience voyager –A Home Exchange
Home exchange allows you to actually exchange your home with the home of another in some other part of the world. Now this might seem a bit like a risky endeavor, but say you live in a condo in Manhattan. Chances are, there is someone in another location that would love to see New York City – and that person lives in a villa in Tuscany.
Home exchange is a great opportunity to have a full living experience in a place you’ve maybe always wanted to live (without the commitment of leaving everything behind). It’s an experience for the traveler that is curious about ‘living’ in another place without all the hang ups that come with relocation.
Whatever your preferred lodging is when you travel, there is surely something out there to suit your needs. Whether you’re a backpacker, comfort or immersion type, finding the perfect spot to enjoy your planned travels is possible. You won’t have to look too hard to make sure that your time off is both stress-free and exciting.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.