Planning is Half the Fun of Travel: Choosing A Hotel
Planning your vacation is half the fun of travel. As I am setting off on another 4 months around Central Europe and Eastern Europe I thought I would show you the three-step process on how to plan your perfect holiday. Starting with choosing your destination, then choosing a hotel, and finally picking the best things to do when you get to the location! Planning your holiday can boost your happiness for 8 weeks, so step away from that boring work desk and get planning your future travels!
Choosing a hotel
There are a few various aspects you should look for when choosing your accommodation. You should establish a price range you are willing to pay first. This can make the process a lot easier! On Hotels.com you can find a wide range of hotels for everyone’s budget. The good thing about booking on their site is when you make an account, for every 10 nights you book you get one for free! As you book more nights through the website you can gain more and more rewards. On the left sidebar of the hotels.com website, you can change the price range to suit you, which makes it super easy to find somewhere in your budget!
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Location is something often people forget to look at. Most of the time we assume it’s close to the centre of where you want to be, but you should always check on the map where the location of the hotel is before booking. Once I booked a hotel in Singapore which was situated in the red-light district. I had no idea until the taxi driver told me where the hotel was and that I shouldn’t leave my hotel at all! To avoid situations like that always look on a map and do a little research. You can always pick to filter the hotels, so you will only see ones in the centre of where you are going.
Remember the further out you are, it usually means the hotel will be cheaper, BUT don’t forget you may have to pay a taxi to get to where you want to go every day. Make sure you weigh up your options!
What facilities are important to you? Do you have to have a gym while on holiday? Is there tea and coffee available? Are you in absolute need of a hairdryer and ironing table? Make sure you check all the facilities that you would like. For me, if I’m travelling in Asia I always pick somewhere with a pool! As my trip is in Europe in the winter, I always make sure that heating is included in my room. When I was staying Jordan, I picked a room with no heating and it was -3 degrees!
In some cities, the hotels must charge city tax. Make sure you pay close attention to the inclusions of the hotels. A bonus always is breakfast! I always love choosing a hotel where breakfast is included. This means I can start my day the right way and don’t have to go searching for something to eat early in the morning before the real adventuring begins!
A great gauge of what a hotel is going to be like is having a look at the recent reviews. I always read the last 5 reviews that have been left. This is a fantastic sign of whether you should pick that certain hotel. On hotels.com you can choose to filter hotels on their star and guest rating. Take into consideration that new hotels won’t have a good star rating yet so make sure you read the reviews if there is any!
For my upcoming trip to the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe, I am choosing a hotel that is in the mid-range but also includes breakfast and heating of course! What is important to you when choosing a hotel? Tell me below!
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