I suppose even the exclusive luxury travellers at least know about the lodging arrangements of a holiday destination joint such as a backpackers’ hostel, which is symbolic of the general knowledge possessed by all kinds of travellers surrounding the different types of travel destination accommodation. However, I think it’ll make for some interesting reading to explore some of the most common of these types of travel destination accommodation, if only so that different types of travellers might be compelled to try out those accommodation types which they could previously or currently never imagine themselves trying out.
Often referred to either as just a hostel or a backpackers’ in countries where hostels have some negative political and economic connotations, backpacker’s hostels are often associated with budget travellers, because you essentially pay for a bed in a shared space that could very well be equipped with everything else you need. The amenities are communal and hostels have since become a little bit more upmarket in some places, some of which are even referred to as the likes of “poshtels” to demonstrate the attached luxury.
A holiday resort is somewhat of a cocoon from the “real” destination you’re in. For instance, in a destination such as many parts of Mexico, the country itself is considered to be dangerous, but if you were to stay in a holiday resort then those statistics wouldn’t really apply to you, as you enjoy the exclusive use of amenities such as a resident pool and many others befitting what is likely an upmarket traveller.
You’d think that with the emergence of all the other different types of holiday destination accommodations hotels in the traditional sense would be dying out. Nothing could be further from the truth, because if you visit a popular holiday destination such as Phuket during low-season, it’s often just at the other types of accommodation where the occupancy rate warrants reference to it being low-season.
A motel is usually just a cheaper version of a hotel, which means instead of amenities such as daily housekeeping along with being made to use brand new facilities, you’d have to settle for a slightly lower grade. Sometimes things can get all the way dodgy, for lack of a better word, but I gladly stay in motels to save money and to get a good night’s sleep regardless.
Serviced apartments are a favourite up-grade amongst backpackers because they offer the extra little bit of privacy on hostels. These are more expensive than many other accommodation types, bar for resorts and hotels, because it’s basically like having your own apartment which is fully furnished and is cleaned each day, except you’re renting it short term at holiday destination prices.
A homestay is perhaps a holiday destination accommodation option which is synonymous with platforms such as AirBnB and the likes. Here you basically rent a room in someone’s home and pretty much just live with them for the duration of your stay as if you were a regular house guest.