Traveling and Hotels
Bed and breakfasts are a great alternative to hotels
A bed and breakfast offers a much more personal experience than a hotel does. In a B&B, you’ll have more one-on-one contact with the host family, who are usually local experts. They may even be converted stately homes, which give guests a more unique and individualized experience. Additionally, they are often less expensive than a traditional hotel.
Bed and breakfast accommodations vary in size and price, but most offer an intimate atmosphere. Many have large family-style breakfast tables, while others offer small tables for two people. Guests are encouraged to interact with other guests, and may even receive tips on activities and attractions in the area. Most B&Bs cater to couples, though some also accept children or allow pets. Some B&Bs are even “haunted,” making them even more romantic and unique.
Hostels are social places for solo travelers
If you are a solo traveler, hostels are a great place to meet people. Most hostels have common areas where you can meet people and chat. They also often hold free activities so you can meet new people. While it can be a bit lonely traveling alone, the social atmosphere can be a huge help.
When traveling alone, you might be shy and introverted. In this case, it can be difficult to make friends, but hostels are a great way to make friends. Many hostels hold social events and even bar crawls for its guests.
Airbnbs are a better choice for families
One reason to stay in an Airbnb is that it offers more privacy. Families can spend time together without feeling as though other people are intruding on their personal space. Additionally, guests can interact with their host’s family and guests. If you have young children, you can choose to stay in an Airbnb instead of a hotel room.
An Airbnb is usually a cheaper alternative to hotels. Many Airbnb listings are large enough for large families, allowing the entire group to stay in one place. Moreover, an Airbnb will not require you to pay for extra roommates.
Inclusion initiatives in the travel and hotel industry
As an industry, the travel and hotel industry has a unique role to play in fostering diversity. A survey by Accenture showed that over half of consumers would pay a premium for a company that supports inclusion initiatives. Not only will this benefit consumers, but it will also increase a company’s brand loyalty.
Many hotel companies have begun diversity initiatives. One example is Hyatt, which has long been committed to diversity. In 1967, the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta became the first hotel to welcome Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The hotel also hosted the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and earned the nickname Hotel of Hope. The hotel established a diversity and inclusion council in 1998. Hyatt also linked executive compensation to progress in diversity, creating the “Change Starts Here” initiative.
When traveling, it’s always best to know what the cancellation policies of the different hotels and airlines are. While they might not be flexible on the entire trip, you can always call ahead and ask for details. Most hotels have policies similar to airline cancellation policies, but they may differ in a few ways.
Most hotels allow you to cancel your reservation without a charge as long as you notify them at least 24 hours before arrival. However, some require a longer notice period. Some hotels have altered their cancellation policies following the COVID-19 crisis, which caused mass disruption around the world. However, most of these policies have since been reverted to pre-COVID conditions. Other hotels are now focusing on flexibility moving forward. For example, some hotels in North America allow you to modify your reservation or get a credit voucher that can be used at the same hotel within 18 months.