Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finding the best hotel deals

When it comes to hotels, things boil down to a tradeoff between low cost and convenient location.  In many cases, especially when traveling to major cities and popular attractions, the closer the hotel to the city or attraction the more you can expect to pay.  The best way to save money, particularly in large cities, is often to stay in the suburbs.

Of course, this means that you will spend more time getting to the places you want to visit, and this will mean spending additional money on gasoline, etc.  It is important to compute all these costs to make sure that you will really be spending less on a less convenient hotel room.

There are of course a number of ways to save money on hotels and motels without compromising quality.  For one thing, a membership in an auto club also entitles you to discounts on hotel rooms, as does military service and senior citizen status.  When inquiring about a hotel room, always inquire about discounts that may be available.

The following brief video gives a number of websites to look at for accommodation deals and freebies.

In addition, shopping early for a hotel room can often yield the best deals.  That is because hotels often reserve a block of low cost rooms, and when they are gone they are gone.  Thus the last room at a hotel may be much more costly than the first.  Getting the best hotel room deal is often a matter of timing.

Of course getting a great deal on a hotel will mean nothing if the place is a dump.  Shopping for a budget hotel should not mean settling for a hotel that is dirty, poorly run or in an unsafe location. 

Fortunately, finding a good budget hotel has been made much easier with the help of the internet.  What used to take weeks or even months to research can now be done in a matter of hours or even minutes.  Many hotels, even budget properties, feature pictures of the property and the surrounding area, so be sure to research the property you are considering if you have never stayed there before.

It is important to research the area in which the hotel is located as well.  Be sure to check out things like restaurants and attractions within walking distance of the hotel.  Doing some research on the area will help ensure you do not end up staying in a dangerous neighborhood just to save a couple of bucks.

As shown in the above video, the internet also provides a number of review sites where those who have stayed in various hotels share their experiences and their impressions of the hotel properties.  These review sites can be very useful for travelers, particularly those traveling to a new location for the first time.

In addition, the internet hosts a number of comparison web sites where travelers can easily find and compare hotel properties for their individual dates of stay and destinations.  These web sites offer a number of ways to search, including distance from a particular tourist attraction, price, star level and more.  The only caveat to consider when using such a web site is its independence.  

Some comparison web sites feature only properties that pay an advertising fee, so using a comparison site does not necessarily guarantee the best price.  It is best to use a number of such web sites to get a true picture of the lowest prices available.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Introduction to budget travel

The world of budget travel is one of the most exciting and interesting, and in today’s world traveling on a budget is becoming more and more of a necessity. 

 Keeping costs low while traveling is important, whether you are a solo traveler seeing the world for the first time or a family with a carload full of kids heading for the beach or the theme park. 

When it comes to coming up with a travel budget, the first step should be to decide what is important to you and where you can cut back a bit. For instance, some travelers are comfortable spending a bit more for a better class of hotel, while others prefer to save money by using budget accommodations and spend the money they saved on sightseeing or a special meal for the family.

As with other aspects of finance, it is a good idea to create a travel budget. Determine a budget for the various aspects of your vacation, such as hotel, airfare, rental cars, sightseeing, gasoline, etc. Once you have a good idea of what each element of the vacation should cost, it is time to start shopping around for the best deals. 

Once you have determined what is most important to you, it is time to start determining how to get the best deals. Often, admission deals on area attractions are the easiest to come by, since many theme parks, museums and other destinations run specials to attract out of town guests. 

To score big discounts on area attractions, the best place to start is the web site of the attraction itself. Be sure to check the web site for any specials, such as two for one deals, free admission for children, special reduced admission days, etc. 

If you are a member of the military, a senior citizen or a member of an organization such as AAA, there are often additional discounts available. Most AAA offices sell discount admission tickets to theme parks, museums and other popular attractions within driving distance, and most AAA offices sell discounted admissions to popular attractions like Walt Disney World as well. The key to making your travel budget stretch farther is to ask about, and take advantage of, all discounts that may be available. 

If you are driving to your destination, one great way to make your travel budget go further is to make sure your car is in tip top shape before embarking on your trip. Small details, such as under-inflated tires or worn spark plugs can really eat into your gas mileage and end up costing you a bundle, especially on a long road trip. 

A good map can also be a money saver, since it will keep you from driving around in circles and wasting gas. Finding your way easily to and from the hotel and the surrounding area will make your vacation more pleasant and less costly. 

No matter how you save money on your next vacation, having a budget and sticking to it will help you enjoy your vacation more, and worry less about paying for it. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

This Week's Top 20 Travel Deals

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TOP 20 DEALS * -- 16 April 2014

$159 -- Gold Coast Resort Stay w/Unlimited Theme Park Entry
Source: Sea World Resort & Water Park

$999 -- South Pacific: 5-Star Hotel & Flights ex Sydney
Source: Spacifica Travel

$170 -- Tuscany 7-Night Break w/Wine Tasting & Cooking Class
Source: TravelBird

$219 -- 2-Night Sydney CBD Hotel Stay for 2, 44% Off
Source: Park Regis City Centre

$69 -- 'Exceptional' Waterfront Dining for 2 in Pyrmont
Source: Sugaroom Restaurant & Wine Bar

$299 -- 3-Nt Le Méridien Stay near Phuket w/Extras, 58% Off
Source: Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort

$225 -- Yarra Valley Award-Winning Hotel Stay w/Wine Tasting
Source: Balgownie Estate

$1869 -- 11-Day China Tour w/Meals & Flights, Save $1459
Source: Travman Tours

$108 -- 4-Star Laneway Apartment Stay in Melbourne CBD
Source: SuperSearch

$11 & up -- Tours & Sights in NYC: Deals with up to 55% Off
Source: Various Providers

$176 -- Hotel Stays across England & Wales w/Meals & Wine
Source: Great Little Breaks by hotelshopUK

$29 & up -- Jetstar Australia-wide Easter Sale
Source: Jetstar

$215 -- 3-Nt Bali Stay w/Private Outdoor Jacuzzi & Cocktails
Source: Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar

$489 -- Stay at a Boutique Spa Retreat in Byron Bay, 45% Off
Source: Mullum Sari Holistic Gym & Medi-Spa

$75 -- Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson for 2 in Whitsundays
Source: tourstogo.com

$199 -- 2-Nt Central Coast Stay for 2 w/Breakfast, 45% Off
Source: Forresters Beach Bed and Breakfast

$69 -- Barbados Hotel near Beach w/Daily Breakfast, 50% Off
Source: Time Out Hotel

$370 -- 3-Nt Margaret River Cottage Stay for 2, 30% Off
Source: Bussells Bushland Cottages

$132 & up -- Regional Australia & East Timor Flight Sale
Source: Airnorth

$3243 & up -- For 2: Norway Cruises on Sale, 25% Off
Source: Discover the World Cruising