Traveling is a fantastic way to get out of your daily routine and see new places. Not only does it boost happiness levels, but it also helps improve mental and physical health. Whether you are an artist, writer, chef, advertising manager or video game designer, travel can help spark your creativity. Traveling is also known to decrease stress levels, and even offer social benefits, such as strengthening bonds with friends and family.
A hotel is a good choice for most travelers, as they offer consistency in quality and services. Repeat travelers know what to expect at a Hilton, Four Seasons or Residence Inn, while novices can use sorting filters on booking websites to display hotels meeting certain criteria (price, rating, distance, size and brand). Motels, on the other hand, can be less than luxurious – I once checked into one with a lumpy bed and leftover KFC in the fridge.
Another advantage of hotels is that they are often located in the heart of a city, making it easier to explore on foot. Moreover, many hotels offer more facilities than hostels or Couchsurfing, such as a gym, spa and wellness center, restaurants, a concierge service and room service. Lastly, many hotels are more private than hostels and have security measures in place to ensure guests’ safety.