Holiday Accommodation 101

Holiday Accommodation 101

Going on holiday or deciding to travel brings a whole host of different questions: Where shall you go? What activities do you want to do? What’s on your bucket list?

But of course, the main question on everyone’s lips as they embark on a journey across cities or continents is what type of accommodation do we want to stay in. Are you looking for a fancy 5-Star Hotel, or is a tent in the middle of the woods what you are looking for? There are so many different types of accommodation you can choose on your trip: and we are going to talk through them a little bit now. And if you are looking to add to your ultimate bucket list, why not check out this post:

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The first thing most people think of when looking for a place to stay is a hotel. They are usually located in town centers, in busy tourist areas or as part of a resort. Staying in a hotel gives you the freedom to go out and enjoy the local area, and can come in two different forms. First up, all inclusive. You will have all food, drink, and activities available at no extra cost- but the package is a little more pricey, and you are stuck to set mealtimes. Half board is the other option; which means you get breakfast and dinner and can eat within certain hours. The last way to enjoy your stay is by opting for no food. This means you will fork out for your food but gives you the opportunity to eat somewhere different each night.


Youth Hostels are popular amongst College and University students who opt to take a gap year for travel. It offers a simple form of accommodation and basic amenities. Apart from that, many people choose to find a part time job to fuel living expenses for the duration of the stay. This isn’t as much of a ‘holiday’ per say, but more of a travel experience.


Staying in a cottage has many benefits, first of all, it is private to you, and you have your own facilities to hand. Secondly, it is self-catering which means you have total control of what you eat and when; and lastly it is a great way to explore your own country without forking out for flights.



Lodges are a form of accommodation which offers many great features. Similar to cottages, you have rental of the property and can choose what you eat and when. offer a great selection of lodges across the country from different owners. This is a cheaper option and is perfect for if you want to go out and explore your local country or go on a hiking adventure.

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Lastly, if you are the seasoned adventurer like Bear Grylls, camping is a good way to make the most of the nature and really put your skills to the test. You’ll have to live with only the basics, cook s’mores on the open fire and sleep under the stars, but it is a unique and gratifying experience. If you can’t handle the thought of not having a proper toilet though, Glamping is your other option. Stay in a kitted out tent with facilities, but still experience the great outdoors.

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14 thoughts on “Holiday Accommodation 101

  1. I feel like I’ve tried everything, with the exception of a hostel and sleeping on a boat. But last week, I stayed at a B & B on a goat farm! There’s so much out there, and it’s nice to have a variety, isn’t it?

  2. A nice low down on the staying options while traveling. I too check out sites like and hostelsworld along with the regular hotel websites. Hostels sometimes are better and cheaper than most hotels!

  3. Cottages and self contained apartments at hotels are where I look first when going on holidays. Airbnb has opened up a world of options too. At the start of this year I spent a week driving from Canberra, Australia to the Whitsundays. We stayed in a cottage, at someones house, a barn, a tent and a caravan. It was incredible to experience so much. Helped having access to the locals who would point us in the right direction of a good feed, markets or beer stops. 🙂

  4. I love camping when I travel on my long distance cycling trips for several reasons. It is part of the adventure (naturally), brings you close to nature, and also means you can travel further for longer. Adding in Couchsurfing to the list is something I might suggest – it’s not just a great form of accommodation in cities, but it also helps you get to know the locals.

  5. I’m mostly a camping kind of girl (I’d love for Bear Grylls to join me haha) but these days I also try hotels more and more. The glamping idea I love but have not yet tried myself …

  6. Camping and AirBNBs are my favorite travel options. I love that you can stay in a home and cook. I think it saves a tremendous amount of money. Cant say I ever stayed in a hostel. Maybe one day 🙂

  7. Yes Accommodation is indeed one of the most important components of travel.We are generally very particular about where we stay. Most of the times we stay in hotels which are pre-booked. We also do a lot of research so that we get the best deals and value for money.

  8. I guess it differs from country to country. Also, it depends on the nature of the traveller. Hostels are a boon for backpackers. They save money and you can meet new people. But families can’t stay in hostels. I personally prefer homestays with local families, wherever available. That offers the best local experience.

  9. Great breakdown of different types of accommodations! We love camping, but don’t do it enough internationally–I guess it’s so much easier to do when we are on road trips so we usually avoid it if we fly. Hotels and cabins are always nice to have a bit of privacy and sometime luxury, but we love AirBNBs too!

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