After you have decided on your destination for your holiday next you have the task of selecting your accommodation. This can make or break a vacation, because if you are not happy with the place you are staying at, it can ruin your entire holiday.
The poll conducted by roomsnet.com this week centered on the topic of which star rating holiday makers were most likely to opt for. It is common knowledge that hotels are given star ratings, ranging from the basic 1 star hotel to the luxury 5 star class.
Hotels and accommodation receive their star ratings based on the facilities and amenities they offer guests. A 5 Star accommodation for instance denotes complete luxury. Four star hotels too offers guests most facilities and amenities and are generally considered to be quality hotels. Offering facilities to ensure a comfortable if not quite a luxurious stay are the 3 Star accommodations, while 2 Star accommodations do offer good standards with basic facilities such as an attached bathroom in most cases. As the name suggests 1 Star hotels offer the minimum facilities and with shared facilities.
According to the results of the poll for which 1286 responses were received, 4 Star hotels came on top polling 70% of the results. This is mainly due to people appreciating a certain amount of pampering while on holiday, while not quite willing spend or being able to afford the high rates of a 5 Star accommodation. While most travelers do look for that ‘home away from home’ feeling, they are not really looking for a totally home experience, but instead for comfort and a little bit of spoiling, where the day to day activities of cooking and cleaning are taken care of, while all the guest has to do is enjoy his/her holiday.
It is for this very reason that 3 Star hotels polled 15% of the votes, as guests can enjoy Star class accommodations on a reasonable budget. Receiving 10% were 5 Star hotels as these luxury accommodations are not within every traveler’s budget.
The lower end accommodations of 2 Star and 1 Star hotels, are mostly popular amongst students and backpackers, traveling on very tight or limited budgets while being comfortable with the concept of ‘roughing it’ while on holiday. These types of travelers simply require a place to lie down for the night, or to keep their belongings while they sight see during the day. According to the roomsnet.com poll however 1 Star accommodations did not receive any votes with 2 Star accommodations polling 5%.
The reasons for travel are immense and various. Sometimes there are compelling reasons such as education, family or business purposes but most often people travel for the sheer thrill of venturing out of their comfort zone and experience something other than the humdrum of everyday life.
Humans have a compelling need for change while harking after the familiar. That is why a vacation is a must, so that daily routine can be put on hold and new sites and sounds can be absorbed for an enriching and refreshing experience.
Seeing the sites 41.67%
Meeting new people 16.67%
Learning about new cultures 16.67%
Traveling with someone 16.67%
Other answer… 8.33%
According to a poll conducted by roomsnet.com for which close to 900 responses were received, what people enjoyed the most about traveling was seeing the sites of a new destination. Gazing upon the wonders of the world, seeing works of architectural beauty, historic monuments and places of natural beauty can be a healing experience for anyone. With 41.67% polling for sightseeing as the most favorite factor for traveling it is easy to see why most opt for holidays where sight seeing options are in abundance.
A very important result of traveling is the experience that the traveler gains, as everyone who travels come back enriched by the experience. Meeting people and learning about new cultures both polled 16.67% each, proving that humans are essentially social creatures and enjoy interaction. Being part of a cultural event or visiting places of cultural importance are experiences we all enjoy, as absorbing new and interesting knowledge is inherent in us.
Of course a main feature of travel is our travel companions. People love to travel in groups or with that special someone which enlivens the whole experience. Polling 16.67% of the results traveling with others was listed as an enjoyable factor. It is during a vacation that families and friends spend uninterrupted time together away from daily stress factors. Daily chores are forgotten, normal schedules are suspended while people indulge in rest and relaxation socializing with each other. Experiencing new sights and sounds together is a perfect way for family, friends and couples to bond.
With 8.33% citing other reasons including sunny beaches the finding of this poll that was conducted recently, re-confirms that over the past decades while travel trends may have changed, the basic reason or need for travel has not. Travelers still look for aesthetic beauty and historic artifacts when making a holiday destination choice, as that is what they enjoy the most when on vacation.