July is my month with birthdays and vacation, it is time to hit the road. Where to stay is a big part of vacation planning and besides airfare is your second biggest decision. As a confessed hotel snob, I am always on the hunt for a cute place to stay. But hotels are not your only option. Here five options for your next getaway…
Alternatives To Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts or B&Bs are small homes that have been converted for guests. With this experience you get a cozy place to stay and you can mix and mingle with other guests at meals or in common areas like a yard or patio.
Recreational Vehicles or RVs is basically a house on wheels. They include many of the comforts and convenience of home like a kitchen, bed, and a bathroom. RV’s come in many shapes and sizes from the tow version that hooks up to your truck or SUV to massive coaches.
Vacation rentals are a nice home away from home. You get the full run of the house including kitchen, living/sleeping spaces, laundry facilities and sometimes extras like a hot tub, grill, pool table, and games like PlayStation 2/ X-Box or vintage arcade games. You can also rent a condominium with similar accommodations.
Capsule hotels a small room for one person. Expect usually a bed or mattress, radio, and TV. This is a no frills, inexpensive option. Rent more than one for the family.
Villa a big estate usually tucked away in the countryside of your destination. You will typically have a well appointed kitchen, living/dining areas, multiple bedrooms and a swimming pool, patio, or garden. Some villas also come with a service staff.
There are good alternatives to hotel stays in the full range of pricing from cheap to luxury. If you’re not feeling adventurous, TripAdvisor is a good resource for lodging. Which one would you try for your next vacation?
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