Traveling and hotels
Even as the global travel industry continues to rebound post-pandemic, lodging remains a big part of your overall trip budget. Fortunately, there are many options for accommodation that can save you money and give you more flexibility to enjoy your destination.
Airbnb, extended stay brands and homestays have become popular alternatives to traditional hotels. These options offer more personal, flexible accommodations with the ability to cook in your own room, for instance. The accommodation is typically more homey than the hotel, while still providing all the amenities a business traveler or vacationer needs like USB outlets and fast Wi-Fi connections. Younger generations of travelers (Gen Z and Millennials) are increasingly demanding this kind of flexibility in their travel and lodging choices, too.
Boutique hotels are often design-driven, trendy, or theme-based. They may also have exclusive perks, like fitness clubs or spas. Some of these independent properties are affiliated with hotel chains, so you can earn loyalty points as you stay and get discounts for future stays.
Camping involves staying in a tent or similar shelter overnight, usually in a designated recreation area such as a national park. Campsites can be rented at campgrounds or purchased through commercial operators. A more primitive form of accommodation is wilderness camping, which requires you to bring your own tent and supplies. Alternatively, you can sleep under the stars in unstructured settings such as national parks or private land. Another popular option is to stay at a bed and breakfast or B&B. These are converted family homes that can have a few rooms for overnight guests, while providing a full breakfast and other amenities.