Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tips On How To Secure Hotel Accommodation

The common denominators among the world’s best hotels are the qualities that make them the best. You will find that these are the top destinations with exotic locations, spectacular architecture, placid views, fun-filled recreations and, unsurprisingly, very expensive price ranges. A constant traveler knows for sure that the most pricey part of the travel plan goes to the money spent on staying in a hotel.

Although there are a lot of travelers still who go for a luxurious stay at a hotel, there are still a number of those who choose to forego the lavishness and settle with a more practical choice. Of course, without the need of setting aside excellent services, amenities, food and facilities, these are the backpackers who know there will always be a better option in terms of savings. When searching for hotels, you may have to consider the features of your potential option for the type of hotel accommodation you want.

An ideal bay hotel offers more than the basics. Apart from being clean and near, the hotel should also come along with stunning interiors that please your eyes and amenities that provide entertainment and relaxation. Above all, the hotel should have the most courteous staff to serve and assist you, the guests.

You may start your search by getting recommendations. A friend or a family member should have gone to a certain place and of all people, they are the best ones to ask regarding the experience. You may also search for reviews online from the travel bloggers. Being able to check on the blog posts should already make you get a glimpse of what to expect from a particular destination.

Create a shortlist of your potential choices and then make a call. The front desk can actually offer you discounts apart from making an inquiry online. By making a call, you will also get to know more information directly from the hotel representative about rates, promos and offers.

If you want to see with your own eyes though how a specific hotel looks like, you can always search online for maps and photos. Often, along with these photos are special packages attached should you wish to take advantage of these packages. All it takes is a little effort on your end to make a search and to examine your choices for a hotel accommodation. After all, the experience is entirely yours to enjoy and to take responsibility of.

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Hotel Reservation Tips

The internet is a very powerful tool when it comes to planning vacations. Whether it is booking flights, hotels, or rental cars there are several popular travel search engines that will give you instant price quotes when you so wish. It is almost too easy to book a travel package – and often times there are long disclaimers that we quickly breeze through. While it is certainly possible to breeze through the disclaimers there are a few things to look out for in order to reserve the best possible travel package for you and your family.

Read the fine print. Is your hotel room non refundable? Often times there are discount rates that are non-refundable. It’s nice to get locked in at a reasonable rate, but what happens if your plans change? You do not want to be stuck with that hotel room, even if it is a cheap rate.

  1. Understand the cancellation policy. Does the hotel room have a 24 hour cancellation policy or a 48 hour cancellation policy? These slight details can make a huge difference when it comes to paying the vacation bills. Sometimes trips have to be cancelled last minute, sometimes they have to be cut short. Knowing the cancellation policy can save you a few dollars.
  2. Save your reservation email. There have been countless times when vacationers have showed up to their hotel and the front desk has to tell them that the hotel is sold out. They politely ask if they have their reservation number and they don’t. Simply saving the email, or even printing out can help alleviate this problem, or the hotel will at least help you find comparable accommodations.
  3. Check in early. The earlier that you check in, the more choices you will have for rooms. Do you prefer two queens over one king? Would you like a smoking or non-smoking room? The earlier that you arrive allows you to decide which option you would like to take advantage of.
  4. Shop around. Several hotels of similar calibre can vary greatly in price. Depending on the time of year, and the exact location, you can save a few dollars by staying during a slightly off-peak time, or a few miles away from the major city.
  5. Call direct. Did you find a price online that you think is the best? Sometimes booking direct with the hotel can yield better rates.
  6. Join rewards programs. Do you travel often? By joining an airline, or hotel carrier reward program you can get rewarded with discounted and sometimes even free stays or flights.
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Travel Planning Tips For a Better Vacation

Many people head out for vacation without doing any travel planning in advance. To them, spontaneity is one of the great things about traveling, and figuring everything out ahead of time takes all the fun out of it.

But most people invest quite a bit in their vacations, on several levels. And if you only get two weeks a year, you want to make sure that you enjoy every minute. A little pre-vacation trip planning can ensure that you get to stay where you want, spend what you want, and make the most of your time.

If you already know where you’re going, check out some travel websites that cover your destination. Fodors, Frommers, and Tripaddiction are all good sources of information. And in less than half an hour, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you want to do.

Charming, inexpensive hotels in great locations are nearly always sold out during high season, so if you want to get the most value for your travel dollar, reserve your hotel well in advance.

The most popular attractions, like the Eiffel Tower or the Vatican Museum, often have long lines, sometimes involving several-hour waits. But now, you can make reservations for most attractions online in advance. It may cost a little extra for the convenience, but if it saves a few hours of your time, it’s well worth the added expense.

We usually prefer to do our sightseeing independently. But signing up for a group tour will often get you in and out of an attraction with no waiting. Most of the time, you can book these through your hotel concierge the day before, sometimes even the same day.

Even if you’re just traveling across the country or your home state, some travel planning leg work will still help you get the most bang for your buck. Restaurants in the areas most visited by tourists are often overpriced and mediocre. With a steady supply of customers, they don’t have to be good or a good value. But often, there are great restaurants just a couple of blocks off the main drag. If you know where to go, you’ll eat well and save money too.

The websites for local newspapers or weekly periodicals often have restaurant guides. And you can often search by neighborhood, cuisine, or price range. The information is usually up to date too.

Arriving in town and learning that something you’d love to see is sold out can be really disappointing. So check before you go to see what’s happening during your visit. Most area websites have a calendar of events. And these days, you can order tickets for virtually anything online.

A few minutes of travel planning before your trip can help you enjoy your vacation more, for less. The next time you’re going on vacation, do a little legwork in advance.

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