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Places to Stay on Vacation Besides a Hotel

Yes, hotels are everywhere and super easy to book. However, they are also the same just about everywhere. You can stay at a hotel chain anywhere in the world and the rooms and experiences would be just about the same. I would rather stay somewhere that felt unique and represented the culture. Every location is different, but I have a few suggestions on places to stay besides a typical hotel room.

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Boat

Have you ever thought about renting a night on a boat? Neither had I until I stayed on a boat in Sydney Harbor! This is possibly one of the most unique places to stay while taveling. We did not have keys to drive the boat (which was fine with us as we never intended on driving it). We simply rented it out just like any other hotel room or Air BNB and it acted as our room for two nights. I get very seasick so I was a bit worried about getting sick while on the boat, but that was not a problem at all. Being on a dock where boats have to travel slow kept the waves to a minimum.

Camping

If you really want to dive into the natural beauty of the landscape you’re visiting, there is no better way than to camp. Whether you are tent camping or renting a camper, you are sure to experience what makes your destination unique.

Haridwar, India

Cabin

If you want the outdoor feel without the commitment of packing around camping gear, renting a cabin is a great option. I have rented a cabin in the jungle of India and in the Australian outback, both of which gave me a new perspective on the destination. The sturdiness of a cabin can also make some feel safer if you are staying in an area with a lot of wild animals.

Other location-specific options

Depending on where you go, boat houses, tree houses, igloos, or even underwater hotels are amazing places to stay for an experience you will never forget! Get creative, and do some research about the different options available to you. If you are so lucky to have friends around the world, staying with then can give you a true cultural experience. I previously stayed with a friend in Chile, and it is an experience I will never forget.

Which of these options would you like to try out? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Way to View the Eiffel Tower

Many people around the world dream of visiting the magnificent Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. I have many friends who have made it a life goal to visit the monument. Personally, I never thought much about it. As a traveler I knew it was something I wanted to see eventually, but it never made the top of my list. That changed when I actually got to visit Paris myself.

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I never really appreciated how beautiful this structure was until I saw it in person. It stands much taller than I had ever imagined. I had researched before visiting and learned it was just over 1,000 feet tall, but that did not mean anything to me until I stood under it. My new fascination for the Eiffel Tower was the inspiration to write about the best way to view it.

Seine Boat Tour

A boat tour is the way to go! There are several companies available that tour up and down the Seine which gives a great view of many local attractions, including the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. I recommend taking a tour in the evening when the sun is about to set. Why? Because you get to see the tower in all of its glory. At night, lights on the tower turn on which you can see as the sun sets. Over the course of the night you can also watch the sparkling lights illuminate every hour. This sparkling light show only lasts 5 minutes (1), so don’t miss it! While I was on the boat tour, I saw to tower before it was lit, after it was lit, and I got to see it sparkle!

I recommend booking your boat tour ahead of time. There are several companies that give tours along the Seine, including:

Vadettes de Paris

Bateaux Pairsiens

Batobus Tour Eiffel

Eiffel Tower’s Twinkling Lights

After your boat tour, don’t forget to grab a crepe and take a stroll under the tower. Standing below you really get a sense of how enormous it is, especially when stand next to one of the legs. It’s a truly incredible experience!

Check out other France icons! Of the monuments you have visited, which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower, you’re going to want some pictures. Keep your camera safe in this handy camera bag! It’s the perfect size traveling and fits comfortably as a cross-body bag.

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References

(1) https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/the-monument/lights