7 Fun & Unique Alternatives to Staying in a Hotel

poolIt's time to get the suitcases out of storage, people! March is well underway and that means that spring break is right around the corner. It's pretty safe to say we could all use a vacation right about now. (I know I could.)

But if you're sick and tired of doing the same old trip where you check into a hotel and live in one room for an entire week, there really are some great alternatives out there as far as lodging options go. Actually, choosing to stay somewhere other than a standard hotel can be a whole new vacation experience in itself.


Here are seven great hotel alternatives to mix things up and have a trip to remember.

  1. Vacation home or condo rental -- Sites like HomeAway and VRBO offer thousands of house, cottage, and condo rentals in a huge range of destinations. Why spend a week in a single room if you can spread out and have amenities like multiple bathrooms and a kitchen?
  2. Craigslist rentals -- Want to vacation on the cheap? Check out the rental listings on Craigslist. You may wind up finding a pretty unique spot to call "home."
  3. Book an RV -- Yes, I'm serious. Instead of checking into a hotel, you can simply rent a luxury RV and take your lodging with you on the road.
  4. Pitch a tent -- If you're the outdoorsy type, going the camping route is a much better way to take in the sights than being cooped up in a hotel room.
  5. Try a homestay -- Sites like Tripping offer not only vacation rentals, but also options for staying in people's homes -- even on their couch. Could be fun and exciting, right?
  6. House swap -- Check out HomeExchange.com and score a free place to stay by finding someone who wants to stay in your house in return. It's a great concept that just might work.
  7. Timeshare -- Timeshares have been around forever, and it's not too late to hop on the bandwagon. By investing in a timeshare, you can travel to exciting locations and stay in condo accommodations all over the globe.

Do you prefer to stay in hotels when you travel, or some other type of lodging?


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