I hate the signature continental breakfast offered by so many chain hotels. When I´m on the road, whether it be for vacation or business, one of the delights of traveling is experiencing different cuisines and culinary delights. The continental breakfast is nothing more than a bland mixture of ingredients that supposedly represent the “normal” breakfast.
I´m Dr. Foodle, and before I leave home for a vacation or a business trip, I always make sure that I´ll be spending my nights in places where I won´t have to gag my way through another continental breakfast while listening to the mind-numbing conversations of other hotel guests and the background mix of sounds including CNN News on the television and the mellow elevator music that hotels think we like to hear.
The bed and breakfast is an iconic lodging and accommodation option that has been a part of our history for hundreds of years. During colonial times, many people who were traveling across the country to visit distant relatives or who were headed out to the frontier in search of new opportunities would find bed and breakfasts dotting the roadside. These quaint homes would offer the traveler a bed in their homes and a fresh, home-cooked breakfast before they headed out on their way for a modest price. The combination of a cozy room and a heartening, home-cooked meal, gave many the travelers and adventurers the resolve they needed to make it through another grueling day of travel without GPS, air-conditioned cars, or paved interstates.
Recently, the bed and breakfast has been making a comeback. Thousands of people are turning an extra room in their homes into a bed and breakfast. The traveler in today´s world doesn´t have to simply choose between the Best Western and Motel 6. With the help of numerous websites that advertise the best bed and breakfasts around, the traveler can find a lodging option where he or she is guaranteed a comfy bed and a nourishing meal.
One of the most popular websites to help you find your next bed and breakfast is Airbnb. At Airbnb, people can search through over one and half million bed and breakfasts in over 35,000 cities around the world. Airbnb has listings in 190 countries, making it an option for people who are traveling an hour away or to the other side of the globe.
Airbnb is a platform that connects hosts and travelers. People who want to list their home as a bed and breakfast create a profile that describes the type of lodging they offer, the meals they can prepare, and the price they ask. Travelers can compare these options to others on the platform and read through user reviews to discover the best option for them. Reviews and recommendations left by former guests are the best way to create accountability and make sure that you won´t be staying in a rat hole and eating stale Corn Flakes for breakfast. You can also communicate directly with the owner of the bed and breakfast before booking your room.
Next time you´re planning a trip, avoid the misery of sitting through another dreadful continental breakfast at your chain hotel and find a bed and breakfast that´s just right for you!