Choosing the best travel accommodation

The time has come to book your travel accommodation for your all- important holiday. But before making a firm booking, there are a few points that have to be taken into consideration. Get it wrong, you’ll end up spending a miserable or an unpleasant time at your destination. Get it right, you’ll enjoy yourself immensely, not to mention the possibility of saving some money in the process.

1. The first rule is to book as early as possible. Generally, the more popular the accommodation, the earlier you’ll need to book. Don’t risk it by leaving the accommodation booking until the last moment. After travel, accommodation should be the next priority.

2. What type of accommodation? If you’re intending to spend most of your time sight seeing, chances are that all you require is a place to put your head down at night. On the other hand, if you intend to spend more time at your accommodation, then you’ll need to pay more attention to the amenities that are provided.

3. The most convenient type of accommodation is the hotel, where depending on the type of hotel, the majority of your needs will be taken care of. If you don’t feel very adventurous, then stick to the brand name hotels. The large chains deliberately set out to decorate all their hotels to look he same. So by sticking to that kind hotels, you’ll know what to expect, regardless of where in the world you’ll be going.

4. Hotels basically come in two types: business hotels tourist hotels. Make no mistake- both types of hotels are suitable for everyone. It’s just that if you’re on a tight budget, staying at a business hotel will not be your best option. Business hotels also provide services such as fax machines, which are not a lot of use to a typical tourist.

5. Peaks and troughs. If at all possible, try and avoid traveling during national and school holidays. For, during those times, due to the natural increase in demand, prices of tickets and accommodation rises considerably.

6. If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll want to know whether your resort provides a kids’ club for the all important few hours peace for the adults. Other amenities such as suitable swing pool is also agreeable to most kids.

7. For very young children, some hotels provide cots (often free of charge) in order that children may sleep in the same room as their parents. But that is not provided as a matter of course. You’ll need to ask.

8. Self catering. Self catering is ideal for visitors that enjoy cooking, have more spare time, or have special dietary requirements. The obvious advantage to this type of accommodation is because you’re not tied to a menu, you’ve got more choice in what and when to eat. However, you’ll need to wash up afterwards!

9. Camping. If you intend to stay in open spaces, or are going hiking, then camping may be the right choice for you. Provided the weather is reasonable, camping is favored by many.

10. Hostels. If you’re on a very tight budget such as students.

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