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

Saturday, 5 May 2018

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 travelling 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 AAA or a similar 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.

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 research on the area will help ensure you do not end up staying in a dangerous neighborhood just to save a couple of bucks.

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 websites where travelers can easily find and compare hotel properties for their individual dates of stay and destinations. These websites 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 website is its independence. Some comparison websites 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 websites to get a true picture of the lowest prices available.

Author: David Chandler

Friday, 4 May 2018

5 Ways To Choose Your Hotel


You are planning a holiday abroad for your family, and want everyone to have a good time. You surf the internet for hotel descriptions, but from the pictures that you see and what you read, all hotels project a perfect image of themselves. How can you tell which ones are better? You have never been there and know no one at your destination. At the same time, you don’t want a hotel room that will bust your budget. How do you choose?

Check Independent Hotel Ratings
Well, the first step you can take is to visit hotel search engines for guest ratings for hotels represented by the search engines. In addition to pre-negotiated rates with individual hotels, most agents ask for ratings and comments from previous guests. Reading their comments will give you a fair idea on what to expect from the hotels located in your destination. Be sure to read a few comments in order to get a fair overview. Certain incidences described may only be rare occurrences that may already have been corrected.

Hotel Chains and Facilities
Are they part of an international hotel chain? Most international chains have stringent standards that are adhered to as well as a standard theme across all chains. They may have similar facilities (health clubs, spas, business centers, etc) which are important to maintain the hotel’s high standards. Other things you can look out for include concierge, shuttle services to the city, airport transfers as well as good laundry services.

Location
Perhaps one of the most critical things when selecting a hotel is its location. Hotels that are near to shopping areas, train stations or the city center charge higher rates as compared to those located elsewhere. Analyze a map of the area before you book to determine the nearest shopping areas or access to trains which will give you much convenience in moving around. Also, check with the hotel if they have any large tour groups coming in at the same time. Hotels charge higher rates during high occupancy periods and do not have the flexibility of late check-outs. These are important aspects which, if overlooked, may affect your tour schedule as well as your impression of the hotel’s level of hospitality.

Rates and Discounts
Hotel rates are a huge factor when it comes to choosing a hotel. However, paying more does not necessarily mean that you will receive an equivalent level of service and standards. One of the ways to maximize on prices would be check if they are part of an alliance with flights or car rental companies, which offer discounts to customers of their allies. Sometimes, credit card companies offer their cardholders exclusive rates to special hotels which can be pretty attractive. Additionally, if it’s possible to use your frequent flyer points to redeem hotel discounts, this could help reduce hotel costs as well.

Boutique Hotels
Finally, apart from chain hotels, boutique hotels may are great alternatives for romantic getaways for couples or families seeking hotels of a more distinctive theme. Many boutique hotels have fewer rooms but offer more value added services such as spas within the bedroom, breakfasts in bed or even in-room massages. In the end, your choice of hotel really depends on what you want out of your holiday.

Author: Erica Johnson

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Turbulence or Smooth Ride? You Decide






Why is it that 2 people can use the same airport, the same airline and even be on the exact same flight, and have 2 totally different stories about their trip?

Is it all about attitude? Well...sort of.

It's about our expectations and is influenced by visualization. We have a vision of what we will be experiencing, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Trainers and Coaches talk about a process of visualizing the end result, as you would desire it to happen. They suggest you use this process when preparing for meetings, sales presentations and other activities, whereby one outcome is preferred over another.

That vision absolutely does affect the outcome. Ask any athlete and they will tell you.

Athletes have used visualizing techniques for years. That is what you observe them doing when you see them standing and focusing on their target, in an almost trance-like state, at the starting line or on the field, just before they hit or throw the ball.

These professionals are all envisioning, in advance, what they want the outcome to be.

Can this process of visualization, work for you also in your everyday professional and personal life? Let's say you are traveling and would like to experience incredible food, clean rooms ready for your arrival, flights and luggage arriving on time, friendly and efficient service.

Can that really happen? The answer is...It sure can. Wayne Dyer, best-selling author of "The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way" says that it is definitely possible to affect all the experiences in our lives. Try these suggested steps when planning your next trip, for example.

1. Think how you want to feel before, during and after your trip. (Since the energy you put out reflects on the outcome, this is the best place to start).

Do you want to feel rested? Relaxed? Unhurried? Full of energy? Joyful? Even visualize a sense of accomplishment that the meeting went well and the deal was approved and signed by all parties.

Really imagine the way you want to feel, as if it has already happened.

2. As you are going about making the reservations, packing your luggage and all the other activities leading up to the first day of your departure, continue to keep the vision of all the fun and successful interactions with others you are going to experience.

You can even imagine being a magnet to some of the most amazing people on your trip and see who you attract.

Investing the time to learn and use this process, is key to having great travel experiences.

Will it really work for you? Only if you try it. All I can say is... Check it out. You might like it.

P.S. This may be a new muscle and if at first, you don't succeed...practice, practice, practice. Better yet, just like an athlete, you might even want to get yourself a Coach!


Author: Pat Graham-Block


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Great Guide On How To Travel And Have Fun





Traveling can be such an exhausting experience. So exhaustive that sometimes when we return home, we are glad to get back to normal life. But leading up to a trip can be fun and exciting, filled with a little anticipation and a whole lot of preparation. Here are some things to consider when you are planning on taking your next trip.

Bring a spare passport photo with you on your trip abroad. In the event your passport is lost or stolen, replacing it can take some time. Having a spare photo is one step on the way to speeding this process up. Copies of any documentation you may need is also advised to help get you on your way.
If you are planning a long cruise, consider selecting a cruise line that offers self-service laundry. This will reduce the amount of laundry you need to bring along when you pack and is also significantly cheaper than asking the ship's crew to do your laundry for you. Longer cruises require more clothing, so a laundry is very useful.

To minimize the chances of losing your luggage, and greatly impact the rest of your trip, consider not checking in any luggage. If your trip is a short one, chances are good you will be able to fit all your essentials in a carry on bag.

Use carry-on luggage. Most airlines now charge extra to check a bag. So, to avoid this cost, try to fit everything into a carry-on bag, if possible. Even if your airline is one of the few that doesn't charge to check a bag, you may still want to avoid checking a bag. In a move to cut costs, many airlines have reduced the number of employees who handle baggage, making for a much longer wait at the baggage claim.

Inexpensive travel can seem nearly impossible today. Gas prices are astronomical, and airlines are too expensive for many people. You can still travel cheap if you are willing to take a bus or travel in a car pool with other people. You can search in advance for inexpensive destinations that will make your travel expenses less.

To save money on meals when traveling make sure your hotel rooms have refrigerators. This allows simple meals for breakfast and lunch, like cereal with milk or lunch meat and cheese sandwiches. Plus, any leftovers from dining out could be enjoyed the next day.

To make sure you don't inadvertently drain the batteries of your flashlight or other portable goods, remove all batteries from items before you pack them. It's easy for a battery operated device to get turned on in a suitcase, wasting your batteries and leave the item unusual. Simply store the batteries in a separate bag and put them back in your devices as you unpack. If you put these tips into place, you can avoid so many of the frustrations, anxieties, and sleepless nights that come along with planning a trip. Rest assured that you will be ready and prepared come departure day. There is no need to spend so much time worrying.

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Oh, The Places You'll Go, When You're Equipped With These Travel Tips!


Traveling can be a major hassle if you are unprepared or haven't shopped around for the best deal. You could end up paying out the nose for your airline tickets when you could have gotten them for half the price. This article will give you some traveling pointers.

If you are not traveling overseas, do not disregard the option of traveling by bus or train. Bus and train tickets are usually cheaper than flight tickets and can often provide excellent accommodations. If you are not traveling too far, they can also be a faster means of transportation because you do not have to deal with airport hassles such as security, and frequent flight delays.

If you become lost while traveling, ask a local to draw a map for you. Not only will it help you get to where you are going, but the directions can be a great souvenir of your trip. This tactic also allows you to engage in conversations with some of the people who are native to the area and you will often learn quite a few things that you didn't know.

Wait to share your travel photos online or through social media until you get home. Posting photographs on the internet should be considered a permanent choice. Decisions are often blurred while caught up in the moment. So, wait until you are home again and your focus for what to share or not to share will be sharper.

If you plan to travel by air, make sure to check the baggage policies on all the airlines you will use. Many now charge significant fees for luggage that is over their weight limit. This varies by airline, as well as destination. But, almost all airlines will now charge for additional checked bags.

Having a small sewing kit and an eyeglass repair kit tucked away in your luggage can save the day! Whether you rip your clothing, need to remove a splinter, replace a button, or replace the tiny screws on the back of your child's hand held video game these tools are great!

If you have a choice when booking flights for travel, select an airline that uses primarily 767 jets. These larger jets have more legroom, and offer more direct flights because they can stay in the air longer. Also, the 767s have a two-three-two seat configuration, meaning there is only one middle seat per row instead of the usual two.

Make sure you use your frequent flyer's miles. Usually, your free miles expire after a few months and there is no point in saving them. When you book your flight, make sure you use the company with which you have miles and use all of them. This could save you a lot of money.

As long as you remember the helpful tips in this article, you should be able to travel without being stressed out, which is the best way to travel. Your bank account will thank you also because you'll be saving a lot of money by getting cheaper airline and hotel deals.






Saturday, 26 September 2015

Helpful Advice For You To Use When You Travel.


Taking that well deserved holiday can be a treat for you and the entire family. However, before you decide to book your holiday, read some helpful hints about traveling in this informative article. Use the tips and information provided to help you have a more pleasurable experience.

Keep a group journal in your hotel room while traveling. Invest in something as inexpensive as a spiral notebook, and allow the people you are traveling with to write in it during down time. This will provide an interesting read later and will be a nice keepsake from your trip.

Buy airport carry-on sized toiletries when flying to your next travel destination. Store them in zip lock bags in your luggage and you won't need to worry about security confiscating them.

In countries that you travel to, be aware of the cultural view of how questions are answered. In some places, especially India and Asia, it can be considered very rude to tell someone that you don't know the answer to their question. Others may simply answer "yes" to any question asked in English. Pay attention to doubtful body language.

If you are traveling with a companion but you do not normally share funds, consider having a joint wallet, for expenses like meals, travel and lodging. You and your companion can add the same amount of money to the joint wallet each day. This way, you aren't constantly splitting bills or exchanging money.

Make a portable washing machine with a plastic bag. Save money by skipping expensive coin-operated washers and dryers when you travel by using a do-it-yourself tip. Find or pack a large and sturdy plastic bag, and add a little laundry soap and water. Put your clothes in the bag, and shake. Drain the soapy water and repeat the process with clean water, then hang the clothes to dry.

If you choose to purchase travel insurance before going on a trip, you would do well to buy it from an independent source. Let's say you book a cruise and are offered travel insurance from the cruise company. Since you are essentially buying protection against the cruise line's own mistakes/accidents, it makes more sense to purchase your insurance from an outside source than to rely on the potential cause of your future claim as your insurance provider.

Traveling is something that most of us love to do, and many of us travel to various locations every chance we get. But it can be expensive and dangerous at times. Make sure you're following this travel advice before you take your next trip. You'll be thankful that you did.





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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