Summer holiday: Flat, hotel, friend’s house or caravan?
What is more sustainable?
Price, sustainability, location, and awareness. These are factors that need to be taken into account when deciding where to stay when we travel. The possibilities are many and varied, but which is best suited to your needs?
After many intense weeks of work, summer holidays arrive. They are a good opportunity to carry out one of the hobbies we miss the most when work forces us to stay at home: travelling. Far away, nearby, to the mountain, to the beach… The goal is to disconnect for a few days. It is then, probably, that the most recurring question and one of the main dichotomies when it comes to travelling arises: should we stay in a flat or a hotel?
- Hotel, flat, campsite, caravan… where to stay?
It is undeniable that platforms such as Airbnb or Booking offer very competitive prices that put the hotel sector at a clear disadvantage. They can do so precisely because these are websites where anyone can make one of their properties available to the public, and thus each person establishes the price. In this kind of accommodation you won’t find typical hotel services that make your experience more comfortable, but you’ll have a place to live for a few days. Therefore, you won’t have the option of having your breakfast brought to bed, but you can do it yourself and save some money.
Campsites and caravans are cheaper forms of travel that, as a result of coronavirus and its restrictions, have become very fashionable again. Indeed, many families have decided to rent a caravan and travel around the country discovering new spaces closer to home. Knowing this, camping and caravan owners have made very competitive prices available to the public. But be careful: it is better to book in time, because last summer everything was sold out really soon!
- Travel awareness
A survey of ecology by Airbnb in 2016 revealed that staying in flats or, as they call it, home sharing, was more ecological than staying in hotels. To reach this conclusion, they noted that 48% less water and 78% less energy was spent on flats when compared to hotels. They added, moreover, that owners would inculcate recycling to their hosts and thus maintain the sustainability of space. But, as always, everything has its positive and negative side.
The increase in tourism flats has led to touristification and, as a result, unstoppable gentrification. In fact, Barcelona is one of the cities that has suffered most from this effect: residents are kicked out from their rental flats in order to transform them into tourist accommodations. Different Barcelona neighbourhood associations filed complaints explaining that there was less and less room to live in their own city, a fact derived from the ease of making a place available for tourists to spend their holiday, even if this results in the expulsion of a resident.
At this point, it is a matter of establishing preferences and turning your days off into a real experience. Each option brings different advantages, and it depends on the type of travel you want to carry out: relaxed, more autonomous, adventurous… it is in your hands. And once you have chosen your accommodation, you only have to enjoy the much expected holiday!