Traveling and hotels are closely connected, as most people who travel long distances will need somewhere to stay overnight. Hotels are establishments that offer travelers access to beds within private rooms with en suite bathrooms and other facilities, usually in exchange for a fee.
There are many different kinds of hotel, designed to meet the needs of a wide range of travelers. Some are quite familiar, like traditional hotels that provide a high level of service and comfort. Other types of hotel are less familiar, like the turf-roofed Deplar Farm on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, where sheep outnumber humans; or a converted ship that cruises the canals of Amsterdam.
Hotels can be booked directly with the hotel, or through intermediaries such as travel websites (aggregators) and travel agents. Airlines, railways and ferry operators often act as intermediaries as well.
Aside from providing a place to sleep, hotels can offer other amenities that make traveling more enjoyable, such as restaurants and bars, fitness centers, and spas. Many hotels also have concierge services that can arrange tours and activities for their guests.
Traveling can also be an opportunity to expand one’s horizons, by learning about new cultures and experiencing foreign foods and languages. It can also be a great way to build and maintain social connections, such as making new friends or romantic partners. Experiencing new things and pushing outside of one’s comfort zone can all have positive health benefits, too. These are just some of the reasons why so many people love to travel!