Traveling and hotels are closely linked, since most people who travel long distances need somewhere to stay overnight. The hotel industry is one of the main sectors within the wider travel and tourism sector, and it covers a wide range of accommodation types.
The most common form of hotel is a private establishment which offers overnight accommodation, meals and other services. Most of these are aimed at travelers or tourists, although locals may also use them. Many have private rooms with en suite bathrooms, but some offer other styles of accommodation.
For example, a hostel is usually a shared accommodation option, with mixed or same-sex dormitories. This is often a cheaper option than staying in a hotel, though some hostels have private rooms available.
There are a range of other forms of accommodation which are used by travelers, such as camping, homestays and bed and breakfasts. Campsites are a form of outdoor accommodation in which tents or other shelters are erected for overnight stays, and can be found in a variety of places, from public conservation areas to private campsites. Homestays are a type of home-based accommodation, in which guests can stay in the homes of local families. These are often cheaper than staying in a hotel, and can provide an opportunity to experience local culture.
Other forms of accommodation include motels, which are a form of hotel accommodation tailored towards motorists and are usually located conveniently by the roadside. Bed and breakfasts are small establishments which offer overnight accommodation with a morning meal included in the price, often converted from private family homes.