Holidays are wonderful: it’s that magical time when you finally get to be more focused on yourself, your friends and family. Holiday spirit is around us and we can finally take some time off work and spend it taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. Sometimes, this means packing a light bag or a suitcase and heading off somewhere new and exciting. For those of you who are thinking of spending your holidays on the road and exploring new places, here are some great accommodation options.



If you are young and traveling on a budget, the best thing for you would be CouchSurfing. The idea behind the concept is that people who have enough space allow strangers to sleep in their homes (on their couch) for free. This means that you will be saving a lot of money and that you will probably make a new friend. A tip for those who are doing it for the first time: bring a small gift to your host, and if you can, buy some groceries and cook dinner. This way you will show that you appreciate their generosity, and they will save a few bucks. It’s easier to start a conversation over dinner than sitting in a living room awkwardly, don’t you think?



Another great option for those who are young and who are trying to save some money. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling alone, with a partner, or with a couple of friends, a hostel is a nice idea. Rooms are not very expensive, but you will have to share it with four or six other people, which is why it’s a good idea to go to a hostel when you’re traveling with a group of friends. Sometimes you get the luxury of having your own private bathroom, or a great breakfast is included, but sometimes the conditions are not great and you look forward to leaving early next day. If you travel often and have high-quality luggage with you, it might be a good idea to ask for a locker so you can keep all your possessions safe.



If you are traveling alone, booking a hotel room is the easiest and safest choice. You can have all-inclusive accommodation which means that you will not have to roam around the city looking for a nice place to eat, and you will have enough clean towels and bed sheets. Hotels are also great for couples because they allow some privacy and a bit of luxury you otherwise would not have. What is more, you can stay in a hotel with small children too, but this means that you should always take a quick look around before you settle in. Look under the bed for anything your child might play with and have a couple of table-corner and outlet covers just in case.


Vacation rentals

If you are traveling with your family, and especially if you have small children, it might be wise to look for a bit more spacious place. With Vacation Rentals you can have anything: a small house near the beach, a huge villa, a small apartment in the city center… Literally anything! Decide what you want and simply rent the place for you and your family. Having an entire apartment or a house to yourselves will make you all feel comfortable and at home, and if you are planning to stay for a bit longer, you can negotiate the price and get a nice discount.

It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling on a budget, alone, with your girlfriend/boyfriend, or with your entire family – the really important thing is to relax and have fun. This trip and the memories you make now will stay with you always, so make sure they are good. Take pictures, laugh often, do something exciting, and try something new every day, even if it’s just a new coffee blend. Explore the world and bond with your loved ones; after all, this is what holiday season is all about.

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@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can focus on 52 unique traits; however, we hope that parents are able to think about each of these ‘traits’ as they are introduced and consider what they are doing to introduce components to their kids.