Traveling and Hotels

Traveling and hotels go hand in hand – from opulent and iconic grand hotels, to quirky and cool-minded boutiques. There’s also a wide variety of lodging options in between, from traditional countryside bed-and-breakfasts and Airbnb rentals to extended stay hotel chains and even budget motels.

The online travel giant Expedia is the largest player in the space, offering flight, hotel, car and cruise bookings as well as bundled packages. Its site is easy to use and offers a range of features, including the ability to track prices for a destination over time.

Another popular choice for both business and leisure travelers is the Marriott global network, which offers something for every type of traveler. Its brand roster includes ultra-luxury options like the St. Regis and Ritz Carlton, sleek urban destinations such as JW Marriott and W Hotels, tried-and-true standards like Sheraton and Westin and even budget options such as SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn.

Other options that can cut into the price of a hotel stay include hostels and short-term rental sites such as Airbnb and Tripping. These offer a more personal and often unique experience, but they may be less comfortable or more Spartan than a hotel. For a truly budget-friendly option, hospitality-minded travelers can connect with hosts through the social network Couchsurfing for free stays in their homes. For long-distance travel, sleeper trains provide an affordable alternative to both hotels and flights by combining travel and accommodation in one.

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