by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam
Planning a holiday is exciting in theory until you get down to the nitty-gritty of things. It can be challenging to decide what to pack, how much to spend and what resources you’ll need. But it is something that must be done in order for your trip to be the exciting and amazing experience you’d envisaged.
Whether you’re an eco-traveler seeking an eco-friendly log house or a climate-change skeptic looking for the most adventurous lodging, a comfortable accommodation is an indispensable aspect of travelling. It is best to focus on the most important things to consider. Below are the top six things you can’t afford to ignore:
This is one factor you don’t want to take for granted. First, you have to consider the purpose of the trip. If you’re going off on a romantic holiday, an aesthetically-beautiful holiday log house is your best bet. You and your partner will definitely benefit from the serene ambience log-built houses usually have. But if your goal is for leisure and sightseeing, you might do well to stay in a holiday hotel or village very close to the best attractions and festivals. Consider access to transportation, if you’ll be moving around a lot.
Once you decide on your location, take another look at your budget. Can you afford to pay for your preferred accommodation? Can you adjust the price on your budget to get a more comfortable place? How long will you be staying in this accommodation? Also decide if you’ll be moving to a different location after a few days, probably so that you can be closer to a different location, adventure or activity. Knowing what you can afford will help you explore your options better.
If your purpose of going on a vacation is so that you can rest and relax and probably recuperate from a stressful life in the city, then you need to choose an accommodation that will offer you the solitude you need. Avoid hotels. Consider renting a nice holiday home in a quiet area. If you’re attracted to eco-friendly, consider a log house in a beautifully-rustic holiday village. You’re sure to find the peace and serenity you need.
This point is important for people who intend to travel with their families. Choose an accommodation in a location that is great for families. If any member of your family suffers from allergies and asthmatic attacks, you might want to choose a beautiful holiday log house. Studies show that people who live in log houses experienced fewer allergic and asthmatic incidences.
Consider the levels of noise and air pollution in the accommodation you choose. How will it affect your family?
Larger families might benefit more from self-contained holiday homes as well. Ensure that there are amenities and gadgets that will keep your children safe and happy.
Contrary to popular belief, holidays are not for gaining weight. You can still have fun and keep fit at the same time. Find exercises you can do indoors and pack a video playlist to motivate you while you’re away on your vacation.
You may want to choose an accommodation that either has a gym or permits a wide range of indoor exercises. Regular exercise will not only improve your mood, it’ll increase your stress levels.
If you’re travelling with your family, you can include everyone in the exercise routines.
Additional Amenities and Appliances
When choosing a place to stay for the holidays, you must consider all the amenities and facilities that are available and/or lacking.
For instance, if you would like to shop for groceries and cook your meals, ensure that there is not just a nearby store, but also a well-equipped kitchen. Likewise, if you’d like to do your laundry, ensure that there are a functional washing machine and dryer. Also, ensure that the accommodation has constant access to clean water.
If you care about energy efficiency, find a nice log house to live in and you won’t need to bother about spending so much in energy bills.
Bio: Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel, Finding Love Again, was published by Ankara Press. She owns and manages creativewritingnews.net