Sometimes we envision ourselves visiting a certain location for weeks, months, or even years. There are a lot of factors that draw us to those places. We dream about new foods, experiencing differing cultures, learning local history, exploring new terrain – the list goes on. No matter the location, we have a list of items on our checklist that we want to see and do. What sometimes takes the back burner to these exciting activates is lodging. Truth be told, though, our nightly accommodations can make or break our travel plans. Focus on your daily activities, but spend some time choosing the perfect location to stay to unwind and get some much-needed rest.

How long are you going to be away?

The type of lodging you end up booking will likely need to be decided based on the length of time you plan on staying in a certain location. Hotels are great and luxurious; often offering many amenities that we all love. Hotels may even offer great deals on short stay packages. But what about for longer trips? Consider looking for apartments or houses on sites such as VRBO and Airbnb. There are surprising locations for rent that can accommodate both short and long stays for reasonable prices.

How many people do you plan on bringing along?

Are you planning a small get away with your significant other or best friend? Maybe you’re planning a big family vacation with 6 siblings and 4 family friends. Regardless of the size of your crew, it’s important to take the volume of people into consideration. There may be the need for multiple hotel rooms if you have a large number of people to accommodate. You can also look into timeshare locations that may offer the opportunity to sleep higher numbers of guests with multi-bedroom accommodations and/or conjoining rooms. Alternatively, for more privacy and the opportunity to spread out, renting whole homes might be the best way to go. This option turns out to be extremely affordable in many cases due to the fact that the bill gets split amongst more people.

Who exactly are you traveling with?

It’s important to consider the crowd you’ll be venturing out with, as tastes and preferences are very subjective. But, these same tastes and preferences can make or break your experience. Be sure that you and your travel companions are on the same page about what types of places you enjoy staying and what you don’t want out of lodging. Additionally, consider the age of travelers. It may be in your best interest to choose either a family friend/oriented location. On the other hand, if everyone traveling is and adult then you may have the option to stay in adult only hotels and areas.


No matter what destination you’re traveling to, be sure to consider the best accommodations for you and your travel companions. Also, consider purchasing travel protection for each of your trips for preparation from the unexpected. You may be entitled to reimbursement should things go wrong. Talk to your travel advisor today or visit our website to learn more. Safe travels!


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