An apartment by the sea, a ski chalet, a cabin in the countryside... When it comes to holidaymaking, each and every one of us has his or her own needs, preferences and dreams to honour, and the amount of money put aside for the purpose varies from person to person. A solo traveller's aspirations are, clearly, different from those of a couple travelling with a baby, or of a single parent with teenage kids, or a family contemplating a vacation that would bring together its three generations under one roof. Each traveller category needs some specific type of accommodation, and there is a certain set of services to meet each travel style's requirements.
Spending quality time with one's family to share the present moment and make some beautiful memories together...
An easily adjustable vacation programme will be built based on the age of family members. This often proves to be a good premise for narrowing down the choice of next holiday's destination by resolving the all too common seaside-vs.-mountains dilemma, as well as for picking out an appropriate accommodation style. The idea is, of course, to try and make everyone happy - by squeezing in a whole variety of activities so that each member's tastes could be taken into account. In organising a perfect holiday for a family with young children, the main challenge will be to ensure a carefree stay, with all basic things pre-arranged and no need upon arrival to spend time looking for accommodation or entertainment options. All you've got to do then is to follow the roadmap, savouring every moment of your journey.
For family sojourn, an apartment or a house to rent are, perhaps, the optimum type of accommodation. Such lodgings are usualy spacious enough, and come with a kitchen and, quite often, a garden.
vacationing with friends
For two friends or a band of buddies, holidays are a time for sharing, for joy, for discoveries, for doing things together, for trying out new foods... And, of course, for chilling out...
This travel format has at least one obvious economic advantage: When you choose to go on holiday with a friend rather than on your own, chances are that the two of you will feel quite comfortable sharing a twin room. With the per-person rate normally lower than a single room's, this option will save you and your roommate some money, which could instead be spent on some additional fun activities, restaurant meals, etc. or just be put aside for future investment.
To give you an example, if the price of a twin room (with 2 separate beds) is €30 per night, each person will have to spend just €15 (or €120 for an eight-night stay).
Choice of accommodation
Cleanliness (I may be something of a neat freak, but in my profession it's an asset, actually. And it does work, with my clients often saying in their feedback comments that they found the lodgings I had recommended to them impeccably clean and therefore didn't have to spend their first day on vacation putting things in order;
Good hosts (efficiency, friendliness, and -- most importantly -- integrity)
*All very comfortable, some with a character, the lodgings on offer are sure to make a perfect environment for any traveller's well-being, rest and relaxation.
Ethical tourism: How can it pay off ?
Why should you entrust a professional adhering to the values of socially responsible tourism with the organisation of your vacation? Because this will provide you with benefits such as:
Quality accommodation not at some of the mass tourism sector's chain hotel high-rises, but in houses built to human scale and in harmony with their environment, plus run by families; that kind of lodgings will make your stay more authentic;
A chance to contribute to the well-being of local rural communities, which largely depend on the tourist inflow, as well as to support the local economy by buying services without any go-between (directly from the organiser, the host and the guide);
An opportunity to purchase all hospitality-sector services directly from their providers and thereby to reduce your travel costs without compromising on quality.
Other advantages :
Made-to-measure travel is all about freedom well organised.
The minimum that we can expect of a travel guide is that he or she should be a native or a long-time resident of the country we are visiting.
This seems obvious, but those of you who have ever travelled with a tour agency know that, more often than not, this requirement will be ignored. However efficient, a travel guide who flies into a country a couple of days before yourself will hardly be able to competently tell you about local culture and traditions, or to suggest any interesting excursions (let alone to "guide" you in the literal sense; that is, to help you find your way around the area).
Here is what it takes to be a good travel guide:
knowing his/her country perfectly well (its geography, culture, traditions, etc.);
being cultured and courteous, as well as having the skill and passion to communicate to others his/her knowledge about a place as well as his/her feelings for it;
being an honest and reliable person, whom you could trust and who is sure to do his/her best to make your visit an unforgettable experience, one helping you reconnect with nature, humanity, and your real self.