Showing posts with label Best hotels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Best hotels. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Essential Money-Saving Travel Tips for Beginners



Any plans of taking a break after a few months of stressful work? Then, travelling out of town might be a good idea. To ensure that the hard-earned money will go far, here are some of the budget travel tips to keep in mind:

• Call the hotel first before booking it through the Internet. Though it's convenient to make travel arrangements online, it doesn't guarantee to give travellers the best possible deals. It's recommended to call the hotel depending on the expected time of arrival and speak with a supervisor or manager on duty.

Ask if they can offer an affordable package during the stay. Normally, some hotels would give discounts to travellers who prefer rooms that aren't as coveted as the others. And for those who are celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries, some hotels offer complimentary upgrades for a night.

• Compare prices of airline tickets. People will prefer to purchase tickets online than over the phone because it's more convenient. However, it's essential to make a comparison first by calling the airline and check if the ticket price is similar to what is displayed on the Internet. When purchasing tickets, it's also recommended to consider the extra fees. Once all of this has been made, go for the one that offers a lower rate.

• Book everything alone. Third parties such as travel agents and booking websites offering services to arrange everything seldom work for free. Normally, there's an equivalent fee that will go to them. Travellers will save more money by booking each and every element separately through contacting their preferred hotel and airline. By doing so, they will also have the option to contact other choices for price comparison.

• Ask for repositioning cruises or flights. Airlines and cruise lines usually reposition their trips from time to time. it's cheaper than the traditional trips but also offers similar services to customers. One thing to note though, travel time for repositioned trips may take longer than the usual.

• Avoid travelling during peak seasons. As the number of tourists goes up, the travel cost also does. Though visiting a certain country during Christmas time is a perfect idea, travellers can save hundreds of dollars on flights and hotel accommodations if they can wait to visit once the season is over.

• Share a room with a friend. Stay at the hotel is another essential thing to consider on budget when travelling. There are hotels where room rates for a single person is also the same as the cost of rooms for two persons. Instead taking separate rooms for this situation, why not get a room for two? Aside from the saved money, this will also be a good time to spend bonding moments with a friend while on vacation. Forget about the loud snoring during bedtime though.

• Travel like the locals. As tourists, riding glitzy air-conditioned buses with movies on-board is a convenient option but often comes with a hefty price. Doing this might take away the money that should be spent on exploring other places around the area.

Travelling should not be expensive. All it takes is just the right preparation, timing and budgeting. By keeping all these budget travel tips in mind, everyone can have a wonderful vacation without shedding out too much money from their pockets.

Author: Terence Zweni


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Travel with kids travel prepared




Well, when kids are with you, you need to be more prepared because as we all know they have special needs and we have to respond to such needs. With the tips provided below, it would surely help you get yourself prepared for the entire travel.

You have to bring with you some of the most useful things you could carry with you as you travel and as you reach destinations:

• Band-Aids
• antiseptic hand gel
• small tissue packs
• sunscreen
• Dr.'s phone numbers
• Tylenol - children's & adults
• a rubber door stop can provide extra security for a hotel room door
• small plug-in nightlight - to help find the bathroom in the middle of the night* These things re for the activities you could have together in order not get bored and to get their attention fully
• Crayons
• mechanical pencils
• highlighter - good for word search games
• paper
• deck of cards
• zip lock bags (collecting shells, storing food, wet clothes)* These are other things for travel uses:
• sunglasses
• hats/visors
• lightweight windbreaker
• umbrella
• camera with extra film
• keep a photo of your child in your wallet – in case you lose them in a crowded area 
• extra copy of birth certificates, photo id, travel reservations, airline tickets.

Author: Nicholas Tan


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Hostels – The New Cheap Hotels?


     

Hostels have long been the “dirty” word in the hotel and travel industry, but times are certainly changing for the better as the public realize more and more that hostels and youth hostels are a viable means of accommodation when they travel around the globe.

Despite their low price and somewhat bad reputation, many hostels are of a high standard and have great facilities for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

The budget travel sector, such as backpackers, gap year travelers and also families wanting multi-location holidays, has boomed in the last few years and is driven to a large extent by word-of-mouth recommendation.

With competition in the industry “hotting up” and with millions of customers each and every year choosing cheaper, cost-effective accommodation, the standard, and reputation of these places are ever-increasing.

The major hostel booking companies also have rating systems which, not only helps customers to choose the right accommodation but also helps to push hostel owners to do more to satisfy their customers as their ratings directly affect how much business they will receive from these booking sites.

The most popular hostel destinations are Singapore, London, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and New York and no matter where in the world you are traveling to, you will find a selection of great accommodation to suit both your taste and your budget.

Despite the arrival of budget hotel chains such as Travelodge, Ibis and Jury’s Inns, Hotel 81 chains in Singapore, backpackers still prefer to stay in hostels due to factors such as atmosphere, fun and the social experience of meeting other backpackers.

The hostel industry, once considered a “cottage industry” has now grown rapidly with the entry of new players opening deluxe hostel chains including The Generator, and Hostels in London.

If you are planning to stay in a Hostel in Singapore, make sure you look through our Singapore Hostels Reviews by our editors.


Author: Lee Smith

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Hotels Hotels Hotels...which one do I choose!


Hotels in Las Vegas furnish a guest with the excitement, amenities, and appeal of this wonderful destination. Everyone has heard of Circus Circus. Its appealing restaurants, theme parks, shops, gaming and the world's greatest circus acts guarantees good fun for everyone. Best of all, it continues to be the value leader on the Las Vegas Strip. The possibilities are unlimited in where to stay when you play in Las Vegas! Some things to consider when selecting a hotel are its amenities, restaurants, attractions and more.

Check out the casinos for games, dining and entertainment.
Hotels like Hilton have the hottest entertainment acts performing nightly. From the nightclub center stage to the world famous theater, only the top acts in show business perform on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton. It has spacious accommodations, which provides you a homey atmosphere and makes you feel like a pampered guest. Heck, you can even enjoy yourself in cheap hotels or discount hotels.

Hotel Marriot ----What I really liked about the room was the huge Jacuzzi tub that you could lay down in. That is the ultimate pleasure! There are several restaurants presently at the JW Marriott. The pool is one of the best features at the JW Marriott. It offers a serene environment to host board meetings or romantic weddings, receptions and social affairs. Wedding parties have the opportunity to select a venue sited for rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid's brunches or evening parties when staying at the Marriott.

Author: Mike Yeager     

Monday, 23 April 2018

10 Tips to a Stress Free Holiday


“The stress-free way to enjoy the holidays is to plan, take one step at a time, and have a sense of humor." Beth Tabak

Can you feel the holiday jitters beginning? Suddenly there it is right around the corner. Relax! Take time to plan well now and ease into the holidays with a big smile. Grab a journal and pen, and let’s get started.

Reminisce over previous holidays- In your journal create a column for What Works and another for Not That Again. Under What Works list the activities that bring you joy, come naturally, and click into place. Under Not That Again list your challenges. Jot down the things that drain your energy and bring you down. What can you do to delegate, dump, or change the items in the Not That Again column and embrace more of the activities in the What Works column? What changes need to be made?

Choose a theme you can be excited about- What is important to you this holiday? Base your theme on that. If you want to stay home instead of travelling your theme could be “Home for the Holidays". If your budget is tight consider “Simply Sensational". Your theme helps you stay focused. A theme that honors your spirituality could be 'Faith and Family First'. Or choose a favourite quote such as Mahatma Gandhi's “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World". Get creative, have fun, and write it down.

Set your top 4 priorities- Base them on what you really want which should connect with your theme. Get crystal clear. Write them down. When you know your priorities you are able to respond easily to a request and set boundaries. When someone asks you to get involved request 24 hours to respond. Look at your priorities and see if it serves them. If it does, consider it. If not, the answer is likely no.

Create a Map- What if you took a big trip without planning? You would likely get lost, waste time, and experience anxiety.

It makes sense to plan at the holidays when so many areas of our lives are effected: time, energy, personal care, relationships, physical environment, and finances. Consider creating a task list thru the end of the year. It takes a block of time but will save you time and stress. It will rescue you from running in circles, going back and forth to the same place, and trying to remember what’s next. In the past I've had hundreds of items on my task list. No wonder we get stressed when we attempt this in our heads. Here's a tool to help.

Create your own task list. On your computer create a chart with 4 columns. Use your theme for the header. Under your theme list your priorities horizontally. Label the columns in a way that is helpful to you. I use Business, Personal, Holiday, and Need List. Use small font and minimal margin space to fit as many rows as possible. Print your map. List your tasks and add on as they come to you. Keep your map with you at all times. Schedule time to carry out the tasks. Have fun and build momentum as you make progress. Remember to save it for next year.

Simplify- Every task must be handled. You can do it, delegate it, or dump it. Eliminate what does not serve your priorities. What can you get help on and delegate? This is a good time to get rid of those items on your Not That Again list. Hire someone to decorate or a housekeeper for the month. Have everyone bring a dish instead of you doing it yourself. Get your family involved and remember that things don't have to be perfect. Let go. This will give you the space to embrace what you truly enjoy.

Set a budget- Develop a budget that feels good. There are lots of ways to make a holiday special without adding stress to your budget. Show people they are appreciated. Plan family fun and activities. You can let someone know what is special about them in a card, letter, cassette, or video. Get creative. Every year I have one gift for the kids to find. I wrap empty boxes inside each other. When they open the last box there is a clue telling them the next step. Don't let a tight budget steal your joy. Make it fun!

Set boundaries- Decide now what you will not tolerate. Write it down. Remember your Not That Again list? Is there someone who ropes you into things you don't want to do? Have the conversation that's overdue. No is no. If someone keeps asking after you said no, they are attempting to control you. Setting boundaries is about educating people on how they can treat you. Is there someone you need to educate?

Schedule time for planning and yourself- When is a good time to update your plan? When can you take time for you? Put it on your calendar each week thru the end of the year. Keep the appointments. Add this line to your daytimer as a reminder: 'I have an appointment in honor of myself this ______(day) at __:__ (time) to do something special for me because I sooooooo deserve it!'

Give in a way that gives you joy vs. obligation- When you give in a way that comes naturally to you, you stay in integrity with who you are. Therefore, you are able to share your own special gifts with others. When you are doing what you love life clicks. If there is a situation you are dreading, think about how you can tweak it and handle it in a way that would bring you more joy.

Take action now- Begin today so that you are tying up your last bows well before the pitter patter of hoofs on the rooftop. Keep your holiday journal and map close at hand. The sooner you complete your tasks, the sooner you can sit back, smile, and enjoy the season!

What I want for you is to take action to move one step forward to prepare for the holidays...Starting Now!

Author: Beth Tabak


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Playing Your Cards Right -- Tips for Traveling with Credit Cards

Using credit cards while travelling is a good idea for number of reasons:

  • ·     You have a record of your expenditures for record-keeping and tax purposes (especially important if you travel for business)

  • ·   You may get a better exchange rate when obtaining foreign currency when using your credit card.

  • ·  Credit card companies can refund disputed charges and may offer extra guarantees, special deals or warranties.

  • ·        Your liability in the case of a stolen credit card is limited to $50


But, traveling these days is often a juggling t of luggage, boarding passes, identification cards, passports and a gauntlet of security measures. These identification acrobatics can leave you distracted and even a little bit addled, perhaps putting you more at risk of being targeted by an enterprising pickpocket or purse snatcher.

And, even though your liability is limited, costs can quickly add up if multiple cards are involved. Factor in the hassle and increased risk of identity theft, and it is apparent a few preemptive measures can save you from a boatload of heartache.

Consider the following tips as guidelines to traveling safely and affordably with your credit cards….

Plan Ahe
Anytime you travel you should make photocopies of all of your credit cards airline tickets and documents, both front and back.


You should leave these photocopies with a friend or family member.

Be aware that if you make copies of your cards and documents to take with you, you may be giving thieves another opportunity to rip off your personal information. Consider blacking out details such as expiration dates, verification codes and social security numbers.

If you decide not to carry photocopies of your credit cards, be sure to have the card cancellation numbers from the backs of the cards written down and stashed in your luggage.

Leave a Paper Trail
Save receipts and keep track of the places you used your card. Make sure receipts are stored in a safe place so they can be checked against your credit card statement to ensure unauthorized charges have not been made and/or gone unnoticed.

His & Hers
When traveling with other family members, even spouses, bring different credit cards that are on separate accounts. When a card is lost or stolen and must be cancelled, all cards on the account are cancelled as well. Having at least two cards from separate accounts will prevent the situation from leaving you stranded.

Lighten Up
Carry only the personal information absolutely necessary for vacation, such as a passport or driver's license. The less personal information you have, the better off you will be if your purse or wallet is stolen.

When traveling by air, always keep copies of important documents in a separate part of your luggage, such as a carry-on bag.

Keep cards on your person. Most travel stores carry small bags that you can keep cards, cash, and other items you will need to access while out and about. Consider a money belt or security wallet.

Look out for fees
When traveling abroad and using a credit card, watch out for the convrsion fee that many banks levy to convert charges in foreign currencies to dollars, generally 1% of the purchase amount. Some banks charge a fee and some don’t so, if you have several cards, it's worth checking with the issuers to see which one has the best deal. Even with the conversion charge, many times ATM machines will have the best possible exchange rates and the lowest fees.

With proper planning, credit cards are a convenient, secure and cost-effective means of payment when traveling. Just keep these tips in mind, and the next time you’re balancing on one foot at the security gate, you’ll be glad you did.

Author: Gail Corwin

Source: http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/9622/travel_and_leisure/playing_your_cards_right____tips_for_traveling_with_credit_cards.html

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Sleep Well On The Road With These Hotel Tips

A hotel room might be for business or for pleasure, but either way, you want to be comfortable and satisfied with your stay. Choosing the wrong hotel can be costly and regrettable, not to mention uncomfortable. Luckily, the tips below are here to help you avoid the nightmare of an overpriced horror of a hotel.

Use sensible safety and security precautions when you stay at a hotel. Find out where all the fire exits are in case of an emergency. Also, note where the nearby fire extinguishers are located. If you have any valuables, keep them in the safe at the desk or in the room.

Do you stay at a particular hotel chain fairly often? Consider signing up for their loyalty club. As long as it is free to do so, you really have nothing to lose. Giving the hotel your contact information could mean getting special perks that you can use the next time you stay there.

If you are interested in "going green" when traveling, try going to a "green" hotel. Start by looking for these hotels online. There are several organizations that let you search for these hotels easily like Green Hotels Association and Green Globe. They will have a comprehensive list of green hotels in different locations.

Do not make the assumption that your pets are welcome at all hotels. Even if the website says they are pet-friendly, always call in advance to verify. Get the term "pet-friendly" defined, as well. The hotel may not allow large dogs or certain types of pets.

Best Hotels

If your looking for a good holiday hotel, ask around among your friends. Be sure to do this especially if you've got friends that love to travel. They'll often have excellent tips to help you find the best hotels with the best deals around. Plus, they'll love sharing what they know!

Hotel Booking

Remember that clear dates are essential to hotel booking. You may have found the ideal hotel, but then you find that it is completely booked. Try planning ahead. The time of year also affects availability and price. If it's the high season, prices may sky rocket. Consider when and how long you need to stay, then try booking your stay as soon as possible.

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, you want to have a pleasant stay. You also want the satisfaction of knowing that you got a good deal. So keep the hints listed above in your bag of tricks as you book your next stay. You will find that it pays off in saving and in satisfaction.







Find A Great Night's Stay With These Ideas

There is much to think about when you are making plans for a vacation. You have to choose the destination and set up your transportation. You must also find the right sleeping accommodations. If you haven't booked a lot of hotel stays, you can make a mistake. These tips will help you find a great hotel.

Prior to beginning a hotel search, try thinking about what accommodations you want and can afford. Figure out if the hotel's location is more important than its price or if you limited to hotels under a certain price range. Also consider whether you need one that has items like spas and fitness centers or just a beautiful view.

When you are staying at a hotel, it is a good idea to leave a small tip for the housekeeping staff. It is best to tip daily instead of waiting until the entire trip has come to an end since there is a chance that the same person will not be assisting you every day.

Look into club-level rates. While these rooms are more expensive up front, they typically offer a great value. For example, included in the price could be breakfast or dessert, Wi-Fi service or other perks, like drinks and snacks. See what is offered and decide if the extra cost is worth it to you.

Make use of online tools to find a hotel. There are a lot of websites that have great deals and other useful tools to help you comparison shop to find the right hotel at the right price. On this type of site, you can find out the average and discounted rates of most hotels. Finally, by using these websites, you can learn the best places and times to take a holiday.

Best Hotels

If your looking for a good holiday hotel, ask around among your friends. Be sure to do this especially if you've got friends that love to travel. They'll often have excellent tips to help you find the best hotels with the best deals around. Plus, they'll love sharing what they know!

Hotel Booking

Remember that clear dates are essential to hotel booking. You may have found the ideal hotel, but then you find that it is completely booked. Try planning ahead. The time of year also affects availability and price. If it's the high season, prices may sky rocket. Consider when and how long you need to stay, then try booking your stay as soon as possible.

Choosing a good hotel is easy, once you know what to do. Armed with this useful information you now know exactly what to look for. Go ahead with your travel plans because you will surely have a good experience. When you return, you will have some wonderful stories for your friends.







All That You Need To Know About Hotels

Have you ever made a hotel reservation for your vacation, only to discover that the rooms were dirty and smelly? Do you wish that there was some way to make sure that the hotel you choose is of the highest quality? If so, the following advice will be just what you need.

To save money on a minibar or vending machine at a hotel, pack a cooler before you start out on your trip, and throw in some six-packs of soda or beer and a bottle of wine. When you get to the hotel, if you have a small fridge, you are all ready. If there isn't a fridge, use the ice machine and your cooler to keep things chilled.

Do comparison shopping online. Often you"ll need to do some comparison shopping to find the best deals out there. Some quick web searches can do you a lot of good. There you'll see who has the best prices for hotels in the areas you are considering. It can save you some real cash.

Try using price comparison sites online to find a hotel when you're on a budget. Websites like wizootravel, Travelocity, Expedia, and the like can help you see all kinds of hotels in different locations. You can narrow down your searches to specific price ranges and compare them to each other.

If you are traveling with pets, be sure to select hotels that have good accommodations for them. This is especially true if you are planning on an extended stay. A good hotel that allows pets should have amenities for them. These might include and groomer, doggy day care and special walking areas.

Best Hotels

If your looking for a good vacation hotel, ask around among your friends. Be sure to do this especially if you've got friends that love to travel. They'll often have excellent tips to help you find the best hotels with the best deals around. Plus, they'll love sharing what they know!

Hotel Booking

Remember that clear dates are essential to hotel booking. You may have found the ideal hotel, but then you find that it is completely booked. Try planning ahead. The time of year also affects availability and price. If it's the high season, prices may sky rocket. Consider when and how long you need to stay, then try booking your stay as soon as possible.

A good hotel can really enhance your enjoyment of a holiday, just as a bad one can turn the whole trip into a disaster. You need to spend some time researching your options before you make a reservation. Let the advice you have read here guide your decision the next time you need to stay in a hotel.







Hotel, Motel, Or Inn? Picking The Right Place To Stay


Sooner or later, you're going to find yourself in need of a decent hotel room. What do you need to look for to choose the best? The following tips can be very useful to you.

Compare prices at websites like Wizootravel and Expedia to ensure that you receive the best available rate. If you're a member of a loyalty program of a hotel, make sure you input that data when checking out rates. You may also be eligible for other discounts through any memberships you have with organizations such as AAA and AARP.

Use the closet safe to protect your electronics. Place all electronics there along with important documents, such as your passport or plane tickets.

If you are out of the room for any length of time, protect the valuables you leave in the room. In addition to leaving expensive items in a safe, leave the television on when you are out of the room. That will make it look like you are still there and thieves will move on.

To get the lowest price on accommodations, plan your trip in advance. If you book one or two months in advance, you can often receive a discount. You may even be able to cut the price down by half!

Best Hotels

If your looking for a good vacation hotel, ask around among your friends. Be sure to do this especially if you've got friends that love to travel. They'll often have excellent tips to help you find the best hotels with the best deals around. Plus, they'll love sharing what they know!

Hotel Booking

Remember that clear dates are essential to hotel booking. You may have found the ideal hotel, but then you find that it is completely booked. Try planning ahead. The time of year also affects availability and price. If it's the high season, prices may sky rocket. Consider when and how long you need to stay, then try booking your stay as soon as possible.

From time to time, you will need to reserve a hotel room. Regardless of the reason why, research is necessary. This article has offered some good information on how to find a good hotel, so apply what you have learned.







Top Tips For Finding The Best Hotel For Your Holiday


When you are traveling or going on holiday, you are probably going to end up staying at a hotel. However, all hotels are not created equal. Finding a quality hotel that is not going to charge you an arm and a leg can be tricky. Use these tips to get a good deal on your next hotel reservation.

To save money on a minibar or vending machine at a hotel, pack a cooler before you start out on your trip, and throw in some six-packs of soda or beer and a bottle of wine. When you get to the hotel, if you have a small fridge, you are all ready. If there isn't a fridge, use the ice machine and your cooler to keep things chilled.

If you want a nice meal at night with your special someone, and you are too comfortable in your room to go out, order some food through room service. It may cost more, but it's convenient when you don't feel like leaving.

The organizations that you are a member of might be of help. Sometimes you can get discounted hotel prices through these organizations. These discounts are often neglected; however, they can save you upwards of ten percent. If you are planning to stay a few nights, this can really add up. It can add up to equal a free night!

Do you stay at a particular hotel chain fairly often? Consider signing up for their loyalty club. As long as it is free to do so, you really have nothing to lose. Giving the hotel your contact information could mean getting special perks that you can use the next time you stay there.

Best Hotels
If your looking for a good holiday hotel, ask around among your friends. Be sure to do this especially if you've got friends that love to travel. They'll often have excellent tips to help you find the best hotels with the best deals around. Plus, they'll love sharing what they know!

Hotel Booking
Remember that clear dates are essential to hotel booking. You may have found the ideal hotel, but then you find that it is completely booked. Try planning ahead. The time of year also affects availability and price. If it's the high season, prices may sky rocket. Consider when and how long you need to stay, then try booking your stay as soon as possible.

When you are staying at a hotel, you don't want to have to pay too much for a bad experience. You need to know how to find a great hotel that gives you good service at a reasonable price. Remember the advice you have read here the next time you need to find a hotel.







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