What Are The Lesser Known Types of Accommodation Styles for Travel Plans?

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The moment you start planning a trip, the first thing that comes to your mind is the accommodation options. In recent years the tourism industry, has seen a rise in several kinds of accommodation styles, starting from hotels to caravans, dormitories, tents, villas, homestays, cottages, etc. with so many options available in one place people find it very confusing to pick the perfect accommodation style.

Many accommodation styles available today are pocket-friendly and there is accommodation for every type of traveler in the world. Hence in this article, we will be talking about the lesser-known accommodation styles you can choose from.

There are two types of accommodations available:

  1. Catered accommodations
  2. Non-catered accommodations

What are Catered Accommodation Styles?

Tourists staying in catered accommodations are provided with lodging. The hotel’s food may or may not be included in the room rate. Any lodging is offered on a ‘room-only’ basis, with the option for the tourist to buy food for an additional fee. This is still considered a catered lodging choice.

Here are Some of the Catered Accommodation Styles

  • Chalets
    Chalets are most often found in ski resorts and can be self-catering or catered. They are frequently available with your very own personal chef! If you’re traveling with a friend, a chalet is ideal. Chalets come in various sizes and can accommodate various numbers of people. If your group is tiny, you can also choose a shared chalet.
  • Homestay And Guest House Accommodation
    A guest house is simply a residence that attracts visitors. The distinction between a guest house and a bed and breakfast is blurry. While there is no hard and fast rule, guest houses are typically larger than bed and breakfast establishments. Breakfast may or may not be included in the price of the hotel room at guest houses.
    A homestay is designed to help you have a more in-depth cultural tourism experience. The goal is for you to live with and immerse yourself in a family’s home. However, many styles of lodging that market themselves as a “home-stay” are really just a guest house with little contact between the hosts/owners and the guests.

What is Non-Catered Accommodation Styles?

Accommodations that do not have meals are known as self-catered or non-catered. Cooking services, such as a small kitchen and cooking equipment, are available in self-catered accommodations. Non-catered lodging is likely to be a room-only facility with no catering facilities.

Here are Some of the Non-Catered Accommodation Styles

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  • Boat Accommodation
    Some people prefer to spend their vacation on a cruise. Exciting isn’t it? But here we’re not talking about vacationing on a cruise ship. We’re talking about renting your own boat and sleeping on it—how cool is that? You can remain on a variety of vessels, including yachts, canal boats, and houseboats.
  • Touring Motorhomes
    A motorhome is just what it sounds like: a house with a motor! A motorhome is a vehicle that can be used for both daytime and nighttime travel. Some motorhomes are the size of small vans and have minimal amenities and capabilities. Other motorhomes are big recreational vehicles (RVs) with all the bells and whistles, such as a kitchen and bathroom. In the United States and Australia, where road trips are common, motorhomes are very popular.


If you are someone who is not afraid to try out new things, then we would highly recommend to choose the lesser known accommodation styles so that you can experience something different than the usual hotels and motels that you have been staying in for years.

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