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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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.