Friday, February 15, 2013

Travel Guest Post by Catherine Lavinia

What Board Basis Suits You?

When booking a hotel - whether it’s part of a package holiday or an independent trip under your own steam - at some point you will need to consider the board basis options. This basically means whether or not you want to dine at the hotel or make your own meal arrangements. When you book Thomas Cook holidays or travel with a similar type of tour operator, you’ll usually be presented with a choice of board basis options, with the corresponding prices shown alongside.
If you opt for an apartment you’ll usually see room-only or self-catering options. This is perfect for those who plan to eat out of an evening and who are happy to take a picnic or grab a quick sandwich for lunch. Self catering is ideal if you fancy cooking whilst on holiday - even if it’s just preparing the odd salad or enjoying some snacks before dinner. In fact, shopping in the local markets and cooking up a storm in the kitchen is a wonderful - and cost-effective - way of immersing yourself in the local culture. 
If however you can’t be bothered to cook and you’re happy to eat out most evenings, a bed and breakfast option should suffice. If you’re planning to be out and about during the day but back at the hotel in time for dinner, and if you’re happy to dine in the hotel, then half board (typically breakfast and dinner) or full board (three meals a day) would probably work best.
Whilst researching holidays you’ll probably see a number of all inclusive holiday deals. All inclusive typically includes three meals a day with snacks, along with soft and alcoholic drinks. This is perfect if you plan to spend your time in or near the hotel, and if you’re happy to dine in for the majority of your time. Most hotel rooms can be upgraded to all inclusive for a supplement, and in some cases it can actually help you to save money in resort.
It’s just a matter of finding the arrangement that works best for you.

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