When you book of a vacation, chances are you are thinking of the beach, the activities and the attractions. Many people don't consider where they will stay as it is only secondary to what they will be doing on the vacation itself. However, where you choose to stay will have a big impact on the overall quality of your vacation and your experience in general.
A good hotel will have enough comfort and service to make you feel like home - whether it be a large television, a comfortable Eames Chair or a jetted bathtub. Hotels can range in price and quality, but a good one will have you feeling comfortable and relaxed.
Have you ever considered some of the alternatives to a hotel? There are many that can save you money, time, or both. Venture off your regular hotel booking site and search for vacation home rentals. You can find some great deals when you book through the management company or the homeowner directly. A vacation home will be fully equipped like your own home - usually with a kitchen, linens, a laundry machine. A vacation home will save you money because you can cook all of your own meals at home as opposed to going out to restaurants. You can often fit larger families in such homes too, eliminating the need to pay for multiple hotel rooms.
A bed and breakfast is another popular alternative to a hotel. These are also comfortable like a home, but offer a meal service so you don't need to cook as often. Usually you will wake up to a home-cooked meal at a bed and breakfast.
If you are on a very tight budget, some people stay at a hostel. They are not luxurious by any means, but they are dirt cheap. A hostel will have the bare minimum - a bed, a shared bathroom and shower. You will still have to buy your own food and you will certainly not enjoy privacy.
When booking your travel accommodation, consider what is most important for your vacation experience. The quality of your accommodation could have a huge impact on the overall experience, so do your research and be prepared to spend a little more money on a top-notch stay.