Traveling and Hotels
Traveling and hotels are two vital sectors within the hospitality industry, which is one of the world’s largest service industries. Hotels offer accommodation for travelers and tourists who need a place to stay overnight when visiting a different location. This can range from simple rooms to luxury resorts.
There are many variables that affect hotel rates, including the ability to cancel bookings (which usually has a penalty charge), booking channel (booking sites typically pay hotels a commission for bookings, but sometimes hotels offer lower prices directly through their own websites) and seasonality (most destinations have high seasons when staying there is more desirable due to weather conditions or other events). During these times it is usually easier to book a room, though availability may be limited.
Hotels range from small, “mom-and-pop” establishments with only a few rooms to huge hotels with hundreds of them. The atmosphere of a hotel can vary as well, from a quiet place where people tend to stick to themselves to a rowdy party hostel.
For those on a budget, shared accommodation can be found through services like Airbnb. It can also be arranged through homestays, where people offering their homes as guest accommodation will allow guests to stay in the household in exchange for a fee, or in hostels which provide both mixed and single-gender dormitory accommodation. Camping is another form of sociable accommodation, with people sharing an outdoor space to sleep in tents or similar shelters.