Five Alternative Accommodations Offer
a Welcome Change to Hotels and Resorts
There is more to accommodations that just hotels and resorts. While
these make up for the bulk of lodging choices, there are some
interesting alternatives that can help turn your travels into more
memorable experiences. Let's take a brief look at the pros and cons of
five alternative accommodations that are becoming more and more popular
with each passing day.
Contrary to popular belief, apartments can be rented for as little as
one night. While providing greater physical space, a fully-equipped
kitchen and a "home away from home" atmosphere, the cost of a serviced
apartment can be as much as 15-30% less that an equivalent hotel.
While staying at a serviced apartment has some advantages, finding one
for many travel destinations is not that easy. The best place to start
is Apartment Service
. This is a UK based company with serviced apartments in over 700 locations worldwide.
Bed and Breakfast
Cozy is the perfect word to describe a bed and breakfast establishment.
Usually, bed and breakfast owners live on the premises and, therefore,
offer a personal touch to your lodging experience. Just ask and you'll
pick up some helpful tips on places to see and things to do.
While most bed and breakfasts cater to couples, there are a few that
accept children and allow pets. There are many romantic bed and
breakfasts and even a few "haunted" ones.
Staying in a castle is a unique and unforgettable experience. Walk the
halls of these fantastic structures that are thousands of years old and
imagine yourself among kings and queens, dukes and duchesses.
Castle accommodations are usually not cheap but you can sometimes find
a good deal. If you have the opportunity, it is definitely worth
cutting back on other expenses to have this experience.
Experience the Old West on a Dude Ranch vacation. While you'll get
hands-on experience in such ranch activities as cattle drive, hayride,
cook-outs and horseback riding, many ranches offer a lot of the
amenities and comforts you would find at a nice hotel.
You can play golf or tennis, swim in the pool and relax in the hot tub
or sauna. Of course, if you really want to "rough it", you can find
dude ranches with far less amenities and far more authenticity.
Accommodations at a ranch house can vary. Some only offer a room in the
main house where all guests stay. Others offer a separate cabin for
each family. Of course, the latter is more expensive.
Home exchange programs have experienced exponential growth over the
past few years. It's no wonder with the many benefits a home exchange
offers. You get a home instead of a room and a yard instead of a lobby.
Better yet, there are no rental fees. Your accommodations are
practically free. I say "practically" because you will have to allow
complete strangers to stay in your home in exchange for the right to
stay in theirs.
In addition, most home exchanges include car swaps. There is no need to
rent a car. The savings for some has been as much as $2000. You can
read a more detailed description of home exchanges in our report Travel More for Less
. (Right click the link to save the report.)
One of the most popular home exchange programs on the internet is Home for Exchange
. They have been called the eBay of home exchange by Travel & Leisure magazine. Visit Home for Exchange
for more information.
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