Traveling and hotels are a big part of the tourism industry which encompasses many different segments such as transportation, accommodation and food services. While some topics like globalization, digitalization and the coronavirus pandemic have impacted all travel industries it’s important to remember that each segment is also influenced by its own unique trends.
For example, luxury hotels right on the beach may be a must for some travelers while others are more interested in an Eat, Pray, Love experience at a hostel in Southeast Asia. Regardless of your budget you can find accommodations that meet your needs with a little research. Also don’t be afraid to ask about amenities that are important to you and your party. For example, free breakfast and airport shuttles aren’t always included in a room rate so don’t assume.
When deciding on a hotel always read reviews with a healthy dose of skepticism. It’s not uncommon for overly fawning reviews to be written by employees or super-fussy guests with an axe to grind. However, most traveler reviews are honest and a valuable resource for making an informed decision. Also don’t forget to consider hidden fees as some hotels have been known to charge outrageous taxes and telephone charges. If you are planning to stay for a long period of time, you may want to consider Airbnb rentals which can often offer better prices for longer stays than hotels. They can be more spacious than a typical hotel and offer kitchens which can save you money on meals.