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8 Helpful Tips for Choosing Your Next Travel Accommodation

April, 23, 2020 |  Guest Post: Geraldine Mills


Traveling is a lot of fun because it's an opportunity to explore new places while relaxing and living a life away from your usual. Although it's quite fun, it doesn't mean that there isn't any planning that you need to do beforehand.

One of the first things that you should plan out would be your travel accommodation. Once you've figured out where you plan to go, it's time to assess the right travel accommodation for you and any people going with you.

Given the number of options available to you, it's hard to discern the best place to stay during your time in a specific area. On that note, here are eight helpful tips for choosing the next travel accommodation that you should book:


Cozy hotel room with white bed and curtains drawn

#1 Choose the Right Location

Choosing the right location of your accommodation is crucial primarily if you picked your destination based on the activities you plan to do during your vacation.

If you are traveling for leisure, then you can narrow your accommodation purposes into two. If you only plan on staying in, then you want a location that has a lot of amenities. Meanwhile, if you plan on sightseeing, then all you need to do is book an accommodation that is in the hub of the area for your convenience.

The right location will also differ if you plan on traveling because of work. You want an accommodation that will make it easy for you to move back and forth between appropriate locations where you do your job.

Simply put, the right place differs depending on the purpose of your travel.


#2 Choose the Rating and the Price

Booking online is one of the best ways to find your next travel accommodation. One of the main reasons why it's good to book your accommodation online is because you can see how good the accommodation is through user ratings.

At the same time, you can see the price of each room, including all the expenses possible.

You don't have to go for five stars all the time when it comes to your accommodation. If you only plan on backpacking a lot, then you don't have to stay at a fancy place. However, if you do plan on being more luxurious during your travel, then you need to find high-ranking places where you can stay.

Some accommodations are an excellent middle ground. They offer suitable accommodation, which isn't too expensive. As long as you do your research, you can find affordable housing based on your requirements.


#3 Duration of Stay

Another way you can dial down your choice of travel accommodation is by figuring out how long you plan on staying.

If you're going to be staying at a specific place for a long time, then you might want to choose the more affordable option for you. A shorter trip can be a way for you to splurge a little more on your accommodations.

One other thing you have to consider is whether or not you’re going to be traveling from place to place. If you're going to hop from one location to the next, then it's not a good idea to book a place for a long time. Otherwise, it's going to be inconvenient.

Planning is critical to be able to pull it off seamlessly. Thus, make sure that you do your research.


Free wifi inside sign at a restaurant

#4 Check on Amenities

You have to check on the amenities available to you based on your travel accommodation. Checking on your facilities is especially crucial if you plan on being in your chosen stay for a relatively long time. Also important, you'll want to check out alternative and sustainable accommodation options, such as some of these most eco-friendly hotels from around the world with best practices in environmental preservation.

Some amenities are a requirement for any place at the very minimum. On the other hand, other unique amenities will depend on your priorities. If you are looking for luxurious amenities, then a five-star hotel may be the best option for you.

Nowadays, people expect free wi-fi from the site they are booking. If you're traveling for business, then free wi-fi is a non-negotiable for you.

Before you start to book a place, make sure that the amenities that you need are present in the accommodation.


#5 Consider the Scores in All Features

When you're checking the ratings of your chosen accommodation, make sure that you look at the breakdown of the score as well. Even if the overall average rating is stellar, it doesn't mean that accommodation doesn't come with its flaws.

According to Jacky Xu of Maid Sailors Home Cleaning Services NYC, you should check on the overall cleanliness rating of a place. Other ratings to look for would be Comfort, Value for Money, Staff, Location, and many more.


#6 Look for Extra Hidden Costs

When you’re booking your accommodation online, sometimes there are extra hidden costs that you only see at the very end of the checkout process.

Before you set your eyes on a particular stay, make sure that you know the overall cost that it's going to bill you for so that you aren't surprised.


Full breakfast meal with coffee and vase of flowers

#7 Check Out the Food Choices

You should also check out the food choices available to you based on the location of your accommodation.

If you plan on cooking your food while you're there, then make sure you check on the nearby markets and grocery stores. While you're at it, you should look into the local restaurants and cafes near you as well.


#8 Read Guest Reviews

Reading guest reviews of a particular stay is going to give you a good idea of what it's like staying in your chosen accommodation.

You can see which issues you might encounter while you visit there. You will also see how appropriate the staff or the host is when it comes to interacting with its guests.

Don't be discouraged by a few negative reviews here and there if you see that the overall rating is positive. Be wise and discerning with the reviews that you read.


Hopefully, the eight tips listed above can help you choose the right travel accommodation for your next trip. Having excellent accommodations during a trip can make or break your journey, so make sure that you apply these tips for your next trip.


This post was written and contributed by Geraldine Mills, a self-confessed wanderlust, with a passion not only for traveling but also for sharing her travel experiences and tips as a writer. If you want to contribute a Guest Post to The Travelling Souk, please visit our Write for Us page.


Other Planning Resources:

8 International Travel Tips for First-Timers
6 Travel Tips for Efficient Travel
4 Tips to Dress Well & Still Travel Light
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