Traveling and Hotels

Traveling and hotels are a vital part of most vacations. A hotel is usually the base from which travellers explore a region, and offers the comforts of home (long hot showers, room service, TV with unlimited channels) at the touch of a button. Hotels can vary greatly, from small “mom and pop” joints with a few rooms to large resorts. Hostels can also range from quiet “digital nomad” spaces to noisy “party hostels”.

Most hotels offer several rate types, depending on the expected use of the room and the time of year. In general, higher rates are offered during popular times and in more desirable locations. Advance purchase rates usually require payment at the time of booking, while others are cancellable until the night before check-in. Cancellation policies and other information can be found on the hotel’s website. Some hotels may also offer special rates to specific groups, such as families and business travelers.

Another thing to consider is the location of the hotel, primarily if it is close to tourist attractions. Hotel descriptions will usually mention this, but it is also a good idea to read reviews of the hotel from other people who have stayed there. While some hotels will try to hide facts that do not flatter them, the opinions of other visitors can be very valuable.

Some hotel chains focus on sustainability and will have a variety of green features to show off, such as solar panels, water-saving toilets and low energy lighting. It is important to note that even a hotel with this kind of green features, still has an impact on the environment. According to Sustainable Travel International, tourism is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. This is due to everything from plane flights and souvenirs, to accommodation.

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