HOTEL ALTERNATIVES

Hotels and motels are the traditional mainstays of the travel industry and an abundance of hotel information is readily available on the Internet. However, many alternatives to hotels exist that may inspire a sense of adventure or better meet the needs and special requirements of the independent traveler.

B & Bs, Home Stays, Farm Stays and Hospitality Exchanges

Apartments, Villas, Resort condominiums, Houseboats, Home exchanges

Bargain Accommodations

Unique Accommodations

B & Bs, Home Stays, Farm Stays and Hospitality Exchanges

The most basic accommodation is a simple room in someone's home. Rooms in modest homes are rarely advertised and are usually found locally by asking around. Rooms in upscale homes are more likely to be advertised at local tourist information offices and on the Internet. This option has become popular worldwide because visitors are able to experience local life from a host's perspective. How better to discover a country than with friends? There are extensive listings of B&Bs, Home Stays and Farm Stays on the Internet and these are best found using a search engine. Here are some resources for Hospitality Exchanges:

Apartments, Villas, Resort condominiums, Houseboats, Home exchanges

The rental of an apartment, villa, resort condominium or houseboat is another option that is suitable for lengthier stays of a week or more in a single location, families or small groups and for those who prefer privacy. While we are not advocating the purchase of a timeshare, such facilities usually make their unused units available to the public on a nightly and/or weekly basis at competitive rates. Information is easily located through travel agents, newspaper ads and the Internet and will not be duplicated here. A home exchange offers similar benefits without the associated cost. Listed here are some Home Exchange organizations:

 

Bargain Accommodations

Hostels and Campgrounds are traditional choices for the low budget traveler. Once limited to students, hostels now cater to families and some even offer facilities that are associated with more expensive lodging. Here are some resources for locating hostels worldwide but other bargain accommodations such as convents and student dormitories are also listed under Unique Accommodations.

 


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