What are the different types of accommodation available for your trips?

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced most of us to stay home, making us think less about travel. We rarely consider our needs and travel style when planning vacations. Most of the time, we stick to what we know and play it safe.

But a world of possibilities awaits us, offering new perspectives and unique experiences that could be better for our tourists. Each type of travel accommodation offers distinct amenities and experiences. This article discusses hostels, guesthouses, apartments, and hotels based on their amenities.

Here are some of the best travel accommodations you can enjoy!

  1. Serviced apartments

The apartments were once intended for families with children and groups of friends looking for affordable accommodation. Tourism has changed, especially in Asian cities. Many places like Hong Kong have many short and long term rentals.

Lots of luxury serviced apartments include private bedrooms, kitchen, living room, laundry room and chill out area. These apartments are perfect for millennial work trips and solo trips, as they allow you to make friends and see different cultures while maintaining your privacy.

  1. Independent accommodation

For longer stays or if you want your own cooking space, apartments, cottages, chalets and villas are ideal. Many self-catering properties have superb furnishings and fittings, allowing you to stay as long as needed. In warmer countries, villas may have their own swimming pool so you can relax in the sun.

Look for apartments on VRBO or Airbnb. VRBO has villas, cottages and self-catering accommodation in 190 countries.

Home-sitting allows for flexible long-term travel. When a homeowner is gone, someone has to take care of their house. This arrangement includes housework, pet sitting, and other duties. Homeowners can rest easy knowing their home is safe, while the traveler enjoys free, comfortable accommodation.

Home-guarding travelers need experience and references and may need to spend more time on websites and social media. CouchSurfing is similar, but the hosts are at home and may be local guides.

  1. Hotels

Most people stay in hotels and they can vary in size. Independent hotels or hotel chains can operate them. Hotel complexes exist.

  1. Guest rooms

Bed and breakfasts offer bed and breakfast service to travelers. Bed and breakfasts are a kind of guesthouse or homestay. Owners usually reside in the accommodation and share their space with that of the guests. An English-style breakfast is served.

  1. Lodges

Luxury lodges are welcoming and cater to sophisticated guests. Enjoy delicious meals, top notch service and one of the best luxury vacation rentals experiences you will ever have.

Unique hotels offer spa treatments, private golf, helicopter rides, nature activities, and more. A beautiful lodge offers an incredible vacation.

  1. Resorts

In addition to hotels, resorts are a viable alternative for a place to stay. Family vacations are best spent at all-inclusive, self-contained resorts. They can be found near cities or in more rural and secluded areas that are perfect for romantic getaways like honeymoons.

  1. Boutique hotel

Exquisite establishments are usually housed in venerable old structures. Their services are on par with those offered by 5-star hotels. They tend to be modest and comfortable, with a one-of-a-kind layout and perhaps a rich historical past.

  1. Motel

Conveniently located next to the highway, this hotel enjoys a convenient location. Parking spaces are a necessity for these establishments. There must be at least 10 rooms in the motel, most of them double or single. Catering services are also available. Most motels are in the suburbs or along major highways.

  1. Camping

Facilities with security guards where visitors can park their motorhomes, motorhomes and other mobile homes are all available. Campers are encouraged to bring their own food and park their vehicle on site. Bungalows are a popular accommodation choice in some hotels (camping houses).

  1. Cottages on the farm

If you’re looking for a truly unique way to experience rural areas, a farm is the way to go. Your guests will stay with the host, much like a Bed & Breakfast, but with the added bonus of participating in a variety of hands-on activities.

In a small group (two adults and up to four children), a farm stay will make you feel like you’re staying with a local farmer and his family.


Here are some common travel accommodation types that we know and use frequently. We hope the above guide will serve to spread the good knowledge you are looking for. Have a good trip !

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