13 Types of Accommodation to Choose From When Traveling

10. Family and Friend’s Houses

Isn’t it great to have family and friends all over the world? When you visit a new destination, you’re not going there only as a tourist, but also to spend time with your loved ones. Most of the time, if they’ve been living there for a while and are practically locals, they can show you the secrets of the place.

It’s always important to remember that you’re not staying in a hotel – no one wants obnoxious guests! You should help with the grocery shopping, do the dishes, and generally clean up after yourself. Ideally, you should finish it off by cooking a great goodbye meal.

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11. Farmstays, Safaris, and Eco Lodges

These types of accommodation cater to those wanting full immersion into nature. It’s not enough to just go on a hike to a beautiful spot and then come back, eco-travelers need to be part of it. They want to be surrounded by green vegetation, birds chirping, and sometimes dangerous animals!

One day, they can be horse riding along a stunning river, another day can be spent birdwatching, and a third one experiencing nature at its best: a lion hunting for food. These places aren’t usually the cheapest, but you definitely get what you pay for.

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12. Retreats

In this era of overworked people, stressful jobs and all-around constant stimulation, the market for those looking to relax their mind and bodies is growing. People are becoming more and more interested in meditation, yoga, and all sorts of holistic treatments.

Imagine spending a week in Bali next to lush green rice paddies. Every day you have different energizing organic food, participate in meditation and yoga classes, and receive bone-cracking massages which eliminate every knot in your body.

Whether you’re looking for a lifestyle detox, to learn more about your body, or even spend a whole 10 days meditating and not being allowed to talk to anyone (Vipassana retreat), there’s a place for you!

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14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.