Most people have to travel during the holidays to visit family and friends. It’s nice to catch up with loved ones and exchange gifts, especially if you live far from home.
Before you head out of town for the holidays, you’ll need to think about where you’ll stay. People might offer for you to stay with them for various reasons, but that’s not always the most comfortable choice for travelers to make.
If you’re feeling conflicted about staying at someone’s house, read these six reasons to choose a hotel over staying with family. It’s okay to want your own space for any reason you see fit, but these might help you justify booking a hotel room for the holiday season.
1. You Get Into Town Late
Some people like to pretend they have traveling down to a science. If they leave at six minutes past five o’clock, make an eleven-minute stop for lunch and only pause for bathroom breaks twice, they’ll get to their destination on time. In reality, many factors change travel plans unexpectedly.
One reason to stay in a hotel is because you might get into town late. When your flight lands at midnight, you could feel bad waking your host up to let you into their house. Delayed flights and traffic aren’t an issue when you book a hotel, where there’s always someone ready to check you in at any time.
2. There’s No Guest Room
A loved one with good intentions may ask for you to stay with them while you’re in town. The unspoken issue they don’t mention is that they don’t have a guest room. If you stay with them, you’ll get the couch in the living room.
It isn’t fun to sleep on a couch or wait for everyone to go to bed at night to finally get alone time. No one wants to wake up to the sounds of an early bird making coffee on their day off. It’s more comfortable to get a hotel bed to yourself and it’s okay for that to be the reason you book a room in town.
3. You Need “Me” Time
Hotels offer much-needed privacy if you need some “me” time. Depending on your destination, you might stay in a resort with an on-site spa or gym instructor. You could also use the privacy to enjoy DIY facial treatments, where you know you won’t be disturbed. After a day of hanging out with family, you might prefer to unwind with a book by the indoor pool. It all makes traveling a bit easier, especially if you prefer to be on your own.
4. You Want Reliable Internet
Most people have different internet service providers, which means your family might not have the same reliable internet you have where you live. If you don’t have the luxury of leaving your work at the office, you might need constant internet access for any emergency emails. Book a hotel so you always have access to WiFi, but tell your family sooner than later to avoid hurting their feelings. If they know it’s related to work, they’re less likely to get upset about you staying at a hotel.
5. There Are No Expectations
Even if no one says anything, there are underlying expectations when you stay with friends or family. You need to keep your room clean and your dirty laundry tucked away. If you make a mess, it comes across as being an ungrateful or unthoughtful guest. At a hotel, you have room service to restock towels and clean during the day. Fewer expectations create less tension between family members, which can easily build over close quarters.
6. You Need an Escape
Family and friends are great, but there comes a time at the end of every party when you’re tired and want to leave. It’s hard to excuse yourself from the party when everyone knows you’ll be in the next room over. Sometimes people take it personally and feel like you’re avoiding them.
Saying goodbye and heading back to your hotel is something everyone understands. It’s an easy way to excuse yourself from a family gathering without coming across as rude. You can say you don’t want to drive back too late or be on the road when it starts snowing, which everyone can relate to.
Do What Feels Right
Remember that you’re an adult who can make their own decisions. You don’t need to make a case for why you booked a hotel room. If that’s what you’re comfortable with, then go for it. Everyone else will adjust to the plans whether you give them one of these reasons or not.