Useful Travel Information #23 – Strive for Breakfast-Included Hotels

      Everyone has heard the expression, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I would like to modify the expression to say, “breakfast is the best meal of the day if it’s free.” Many hotels offer free breakfast. Sometimes what is offered is a continental breakfast, basically breakfast rolls or toast and coffee.

     Continental breakfasts in Europe have been the standard for many, many years (and some of these breakfast are quite elaborate). Lately, US hotels have jumped on the band wagon and begun to offer breakfasts, included in the cost of the hotel. This is one of the reasons that we love Hampton Inns (see post #22 above).

     The reasons that it’s so important to get breakfast included are many: it is always wise to get fortified by a good breakfast before a long day of sightseeing; to find and sit down for a breakfast is time-consuming and takes away from your itinerary (having it served right in your hotel saves time and energy); if the breakfast is substantial, as it is in Hampton Inns, you may be able to forego lunch and just eat two meals per day (a very good savings)..

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  • KC

    Hi Gary,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your blog to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

    • Hi KC, I read your comment with interest. I am retired and “old” so my days of backpacking across Europe and the World are long over. However, I would be interested in your “tips” and would love to feature them on my blog as long as I can preview them first. My only concern is that, in today’s world, things are often very different from what they seem. For instance, I do not want my blog to be a vehicle for an advertiser or even for someone to spout their “philosophy of life.” Within those parameters, I would certainly consider allowing you to be a “guest blogger” on my site. It would certainly offer a different perspective to mine. Gary