With so very many places in this world to visit, discover and explore, I often find it difficult to pick out the next holiday destination because I’m spoilt for choice. Sometimes chance will take a hand and you get to visit somewhere because an opportunity comes your way, in fact some of my best holidays have been down to pure chance and happy accident. Over the years I’ve really enjoyed and relished the chance to discover new cultures, cuisines and countries due to the experiences that have come across my path to travel abroad and see more of the world.
Once I’ve decided on my destination, the key things to sort out are how to get there and where to stay. I find a good source of advice on where to stay is The Nomadvisor. A good place to stay can make or break a visit. Here are the key things I look for in terms of accommodation.
- Location – This is so important. Generally I prefer to be in the heart of things and to be within walking distance of good transport links, a selection of bars and restaurants and to have a pleasant area for my temporary home away from home. Sometimes though there are price benefits to being a bit further out of things, especially in a city when there are good links to areas further out. The area of town you pick out can make all the difference to your stay, so it pays to read up a little of the various districts or get a little insider advice.
- Type of accommodation. There are times when a hotel suits better than self catering because it means you can escape the daily chores, but with young children the flexibility of self catering can suit better. Then there’s the question of all inclusive, full board, half board, bed and breakfast or room only to consider.
- Quality level. On some trips you just want somewhere clean and reasonably comfortable to sleep as you are going to be out and busy all day. On other holidays it will be more important to have a great resort with plenty of facilities. Sometimes you might want a greater level of luxury, especially if it’s a trip to celebrate a special birthday or an anniversary.
- Character – I love a place to stay with a bit of character. Sometimes that comes in the shape of an older, interesting or even a quirky building. If you are staying somewhere smaller that character might come from your hosts. Sometimes it will come with the area you are staying in, if its very bohemian or has a particular flavour.
- Facilities. Do you want a pool? Or a beach? Maybe you need to have access to a gym whilst you are away. It’s nice to be able to have something to eat and drink in your hotel too and having those sort of facilities available can make or break a holiday.
What are your priorities when you are considering where to stay on holiday? Do you have key things that you look for in terms of accommodation?