Traveling and hotels are both a big part of the tourism industry. The tourism industry is a broad field that includes travel, hotel management and many other aspects of the service business. It can also include activities like transportation, theme parks and cruise lines.
Whether you’re planning to relax at a resort, cruise on the ocean or stay in a secluded lodge in Alaska, hotels can help you get there. But which one is right for you?
If you prefer privacy and don’t mind sharing space with other guests, a hostel is a good option. Hostels often have kitchens where you can cook meals, but they’re generally smaller than most hotel rooms. They’re geared toward young travelers, but I’ve seen families, tour groups and older people staying in hostels around the world.
For the best deals, book off season. You’ll find lower rates and fewer crowds at European destinations in fall or spring, beach resorts after the suits have departed in late summer or fall, and mountain retreats in winter. Check with the local tourism bureau to find out what activities are available during those times.
Both Airbnb and hotels have cancellation policies, but some offer more flexibility than others. You can also save by booking directly through the hotel, using a rewards program such as Chase or Amex Offers, or signing up for shopping portals like Rakuten. It’s also worth checking to see if you can stack discounts and promo codes.