Have you ever wondered what accommodation options are available when you go travelling? The following is an insight into, and in many cases a definition of, the most common and popular accommodation options available.
Bed and Breakfasts
A traditional Bed and Breakfast, or ‘B & B’ as they are often denoted, is a residence or property where both the owners and guests live under the same roof. A Bed and Breakfast is often a large family home or property which has either been specifically converted, or purpose built, to accommodate guests in their own rooms, and in most cases with private bathrooms. In some cases bathrooms may be shared amongst guests. The hosts live on the same premises as the guests, usually in a separate part of the Bed and Breakfast. As the name suggests this accommodation option includes both bed and a sumptuous breakfast freshly cooked, or prepared, each morning by the hosts.
Self Contained Accommodation
Self Contained Accommodation provides all the facilities you may require to live. Some facilities, such as laundry, may have to be shared but your accommodation will include full cooking facilities and a refrigerator. Self contained accommodation can vary from quaint historic cottages, functional homes, cabins, and modern apartments. The self contained option is ideal for families, groups and those who want a bit more privacy.
Hotel accommodation usually consists of a room with an ensuite bathroom and lounge area, though some hotel rooms are more like large apartments and fully self contained. Many hotels will include and in-house restaurant, swimming pool and may offer conference facilities.
This form of accommodation has evolved from the word combination of ‘Motorist’ and ‘Hotel’ to give a ‘Motel’. Motels are literally accommodations for those people with vehicles who can drive up to the doors of their rooms. The rooms usually consist of a bedroom and an ensuite bathroom, though some motels (or Motor Inns) do offer apartment style, fully self contained options.
Farmstays are located on rural properties and offer guests accommodation and an opportunity to experience day to day farm life and its activities. Farmstays accommodation will usually consist of a purpose built unit or cabin separate from the main farm homestead and may be either fully self contained or at a minimum be a bedroom with ensuite and the opportunity to eat with the hosts.
Houseboats are a popular accommodation option in many areas of Australia. They are literally large floating motel rooms or fully self contained luxurious homes which enable guests to cruise down the river or cruise the lakes whilst enjoying all the benefits of water based holiday.
Caravan parks have evolved into mini resorts, or ‘Tourist Parks’ as many are now called. They may offer all of, or a mixture of permanent onsite caravans available for short term or long term hire, powered and unpowered sites for visiting caravans, camping sites and onsite self contained cabins. Caravan parks will contain an amenities block which will include shared toilet and bathroom facilities and a laundry. Many will also include a camp kitchen, BBQ’s, swimming pools, mini golf, kiosks, open fire places and children’s play grounds.
Backpackers and Youth Hostels
Backpacker and youth hostel accommodation provide a cheap and convenient option for budget travellers. Rooms will nearly always include a shared bathroom, though some Youth Hostel rooms are more like motel rooms. Single and double rooms are often available but more often rooms are dormitory style. Kitchen facilities are shared, as are laundry and lounge rooms. They are a great way to meet and join up with other travellers, to discuss stories and to relax from the sometimes pressures of travelling.