Common Mistakes When Booking a Hotel

Traveling to a new destination is not only a good way to unwind, but it is also a learning experience. Whether you are traveling for fun or on business, it is important to consider your accommodation before departing. Many a trip has been ruined because of poor lodging choice and the experiences are always painful.

There are many mistakes people make when looking for hotels and these can easily be avoided. Here are a few of these pitfalls to enjoy your next trip:

1. Ignoring Hotel reviews

While finding the most suitable accommodation in any destination, be ready to take time and read reviews by past guests. Yelp and Trip Advisor are just some of the sites where you can get credible information about the place you want to stay. You will find more details on such websites than on the establishment’s site.

2. Failure to Confirm Location

With so many technology tools such as Google Street View to help locate properties, there is no excuse for failing to confirm where your hotel is located. Check what other facilities are around the area lest you book a room above a major interstate highway or a market.

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Consider Skiing For Holiday

Now is the time to secure cheap holiday deals for 2015. Whether you ski or not, ski resorts offer an amazing escape from reality that’s perfect for the athlete or those who want to enjoy luxurious accommodations with a snowy, romantic atmosphere.

Powdery and challenging slopes wait at the world’s top skiing destinations, and holidays that will take travellers there come in a variety of budgets. They can secure anything from a quaint chalet to a grand resort and all for amazing prices. Without breaking a budget, savvy holiday seekers can book just what they desire this time of year.

There are many choice destinations. Amongst them are the Swiss Alps in France, Bulgaria, Greece, Scandinavia and Scotland are the most popular in Europe. In North America Canada and the U.S. both have plenty of popular ski resorts. Austria and New Zealand are also prime choices for skiing holidays. Once the travelling group has narrowed it down to a destination they can book it as a cheap holiday deal and be on their way.

Top Skiing Destinations in Europe

France – Believe it or not, cheap holiday

Staycation is the new vacation

With gas $4.09 here in our small town we will most likely not go anywhere on husband’s vacation. Which, gas will probably even more at that time anyway. So we are trying to come up with some Staycation ideas. These ideas are some that we have come up for ourselves to do this summer. You can come up with your own on things that you know your town has to offer.

Go “Camping” in your backyard. Set up the tent and have fun. Little kids really like this.

Go to a local pond and feed the ducks. Fish if you can. We have a local pond that is about 3 miles from our house and you can also fish there.

Take kids to the park – our park is within walking distance, so that could be something that we could do and the ice cream truck will be driving by there too soon.

Find out what the library will be doing for the kids this summer. Ours has reading programs for prizes and in the summer they have a movie night every Friday night after they close.

Is it a Good Idea to Purchase Rental Car Insurance?

People rent cars for various reasons and some even rent cars quite frequently. Whether it’s for going on a vacation or business trip, facing the question of whether or not to purchase rental car insurance for your travel always pops up. As you’re signing the contract for your vehicle, you only have a split second to make a decision. Here is a simple guide you can use the next time you’re faced with this decision.

 

Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Rental Cars?

 

A lot of insurance companies offer coverage for rental car protection on personal auto policies. If you purchased comprehensive and collision coverage for your vehicle it generally transfers to the rental car. So if there are any dents, scratches, theft, accidents, etc. while you’re driving the rental car, it will be covered by your auto insurance policy. Just to make sure, call your insurance company to double check. But before doing so, read on.

Will Your Credit Card Company Cover Damages for the Rental Car?

 

There are various credit card companies that offer coverage for damage done to rental cars when the card is used

Facts About Long Term Villa Rentals

Since most people choose not to stay in a hotel for an extended period of time (whether due to budget constraints or personal preference), the options for long-term holiday rentals are plentiful. You can either choose to stay in an apartment, house, villa or condo depending on what kind of experience you’re looking to have while you’re away.

Regardless of the different options available, villas tend to be the most popular choice for people in need of long-term accommodation. This is thought to be because villas combine the basic elements of a hotel stay with the luxury of having your own space to inhabit – almost like a serviced home.

That said, you can pick and choose what kind of villa you stay in, and you don’t have to have maids, butlers or chefs at your whim. Similarly, some of these properties come with pools, spas, gyms and home cinemas – whereas others are more basic in their offering. Whatever you’re looking for, there is bound to be a villa out there to match your needs.

The best place to start looking for accommodation is online. Here, you will be able to spend time surveying the different options available to you, as

Reason You Should Rent A Condo For Your Beach Holiday

If you’re thinking of jetting off somewhere sunny, you’ll need to decide on a place to stay. But with so many accommodation choices out there – from apartments to villas and hotels – it can sometimes be difficult to know which is the right option for you and your fellow holidaymakers.

Your decision will obviously rest on what rentals are available in your holiday destination. There will also be other factors to consider like how many people will be staying with you, what services and amenities you may require and what kind of holiday you are looking to have.

Some people prefer to be in the thick of the action (with direct access to bars, nightclubs and shopping centres) whereas others would rather abide somewhere more remote. Whatever your preference, there is bound to be a rental out there to suit your needs – you just need to know where to look.

A good hotel will obviously supply all the amenities and services that you might need on your holiday, but the price per bedroom can be high if you’re opting for 4 or 5 star establishments. There is also a lack of personal space, with no private kitchen or lounging area.

The

Spa Holiday On Thailand

Thailand has become a popular spa destination and people from all around the world are choosing the country for their spa holidays. Many of the spa resorts in Thailand offer excellent packages that people can choose to meet their needs. There are spa resorts affiliated with major commercial chains in addition to the more personalized boutique resorts. Both have their own individual charm and come at different price points. You can choose whichever works the best for you.

Major commercial chain spa resorts offer standard services, and you can be sure of the good quality of their services since they are established and cater to many people. However, boutique resorts offer more personalized services and often better value.

If you are planning to visit Thailand for a spa holiday, here are the top 3 places to consider.

Koh Samui: The scenic, tropical beaches on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand make it one of the best locations for a spa holiday. The spa resorts here offer pampering spa services such as foot reflexology, Shirodhara, Ayurvedic treatments, Indian head massage and a range of traditional Thai spa treatments. You can choose services that target specific parts of the body if you are

Magic on Bukit Nanas

Think Kuala Lumpur, and images of massive shopping centres, fun-filled theme parks, meandering traffic, bustling eateries and street food come to mind. As Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur continues to capture the hearts of locals and tourists alike with abundant opportunities and attractions that it has to offer.

One of the oldest and well-known areas of Kuala Lumpur is Bukit Nanas where the KL Tower, the 5th tallest telecommunication tower in the world, calls home. Although Bukit Nanas is known for its serenity and tranquillity in the midst of the booming modern metropolis, many have yet to discover the hidden gems and attractions that the sprawling verdure have to offer.

Breath of Fresh Air

Throbbing with life in the middle of the bustling city centre is KL Forest Eco-Park, a small patch of greenery known as the only remaining virgin tropical rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The forest reserve is teeming with wildlife as a plethora of flora and fauna finds refuge within its premises. KL Forest Eco-Park, also known as the ‘Green Lung’ of Kuala Lumpur, boasts paved footpaths for enjoyable nature trails, including an impressive 200-metre canopy walk where visitors can enjoy a light trek with a wonderful

How To Staying Safe When Meet Bears

Anyone embarking on the exciting wildlife experience of bear tours is highly unlikely to encounter a confrontational situation with one of these majestic animals. It is still very wise, however, to educate yourself on how to react if you ever did come into close contact with a bear, by understanding the psychology of how and why they attack. While on reputable bear tours you’ll always be accompanied by an expert guide, but the information below will outline the basics.

Why Might a Bear Attack?

Determining how to react depends a lot on the situation. A bear may attack either because they are being defensive or because something is standing in the way of their food source. If the animal sees something as a threat it will not stop attacking against the tactics of ‘playing dead’ or shouting and it requires a little more imagination in defensive tactics. Instances of threat include a mother protecting cubs or a hidden food stash, or if it feels its space has been encroached upon. It may also be more predatory if it is exceptionally hungry.

How to React to an Encounter

Bear experts say that the first rule of thumb, however difficult it may seem, is to

Tips To Loving Outdoors Vacation

Obviously today’s society is a very stay at home, anti social group of individuals who see the outdoors as the equivalent of running a marathon. Well over the years I’ve come to understand that the wild IS for everyone, they just don’t know it yet. In many cases, a camping trip is one outdoor enthusiasts trying to talk someone, usually of the opposite sex, into joining them in the great outdoors. And in most cases the person who has never been camping usually has a difficult time adjusting to sleeping outside. I believe every person has that primeval wild side inside them, it just needs to be drawn out slowly. So from my experience, turning many city dwelling individuals into wanting to be the next Bear grills, I’ve put together a simple guide to help get your friends or significant other to take a walk on the wild side with you.

The Guide to Getting Anyone to Love the Outdoors!

Question Their Experience

First and Foremost find out what experience your guest has with the outdoors. Did they grow up in a rural area or in a downtown apartment? Have they gone camping in the past? What are the details of the

All About Garner State Park

Would your ideal vacation spot be a perfect natural haven filled with hiking, canoeing, tubing, geocaching, and even dancing? For many the answer is yes, and each year many outdoor enthusiasts choose Garner State Park as their ideal summer destination. Chock full of numerous nature-based activities, loaded with Mother Nature’s wonders, and highlighting the beauty of The Frio River, this state park could be your prime location for summer outdoor adventures as well. Are you unfamiliar with this amazing state park in Uvalde County? Here are 5 cool facts to know about Garner State Park.

1. Location

This beautiful state park is located in Concan, Texas on the southwestern edge of what is known to be the Edwards Plateau in the Balcones Canyonlands. It was created during the Cretaceous age due to fault line activity. Deep cliffs and mesas define this picturesque canyon land and surround clear rivers and streams perfect for fishing, canoeing, and tubing. The location, although visited by many year after year, remains mostly unchanged by human activity. The natural changes that occur due to weathering, flooding, or plant growth are allowed to constantly redefine the landscape without human intervention.

2. Wildlife

Being that the naturalness of this park is

Benefits of Sailing

Sailing is not only beneficial for the body but for the mind and soul as well. You can achieve an excellent fitness regimen while having a tremendous time under the sun. Here are to mention some of the health advantages of sailing.

1. Physical fitness – The constant task of pulling and hoisting a sail to keep the boat in the right track strengthens and builds muscles of the upper and lower extremities, trunk and abdomen. Agility, flexibility and endurance of the body needed to meet the demands of sailing activities are developed and enhanced.

2. Cardiovascular fitness – Just like all physical activities and sports that keep one healthy, sailing activities can decrease the risk of heart disease and hypertension, lower cholesterol levels, and reduce risk for obesity. And just like all muscles, the heart grows stronger with exercise, so it can pump blood more effectively throughout the arteries and veins of the body and also work at maximum rate with less effort. Those who exercise also have a slower resting heart rate due to less effort needed to pump blood.

3. Psychological – Why are people always in a jolly and pleasant mood while out on the water? Aside from

Holidays On Ionian Sea

The Ionian Islands offer perfect sailing conditions with moderate winds that are great for sailing holidays with the family. There are a multitude of cruising grounds for you to choose from. A yacht charter in the Greek Ionian Sea is very affordable. The culture and cuisine are beautiful and there is a vast number of historic sights and things to do. The landscape is much greener and lusher then in the other archipelagos in Greece and the area lies outside the reach of the strong Meltemi winds that occur further to the East. So let us tell you a bit more about this charterer´s paradise in detail.

Why is a yacht charter in the Ionian Sea so popular?

The Ionian Sea contains the seven main islands of Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Kythira as well as many smaller islands. The six northern ones are located just off the west coast of Greece and Kythira is off the southern tip of the Peloponnese. Although it is listed as one of the Ionian islands it forms part of the region of Attica. The Ionian Sea is bordered by southern Italy and Sicily, southern Albania and the west coast of Greece. There

Facts About Caribbean Sea

What makes a Caribbean yacht charter vacation so attractive?

The Caribbean Sea is huge – it spans over an area of 2,754,000 km² in the North Atlantic Ocean. There are over 7000 islands to choose from and they all have their individual character. So you are spoilt for choice here!

This big body of water is bordered in the South by Colombia and Venezuela and in the North by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba. To its West lie the Central American countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. In the East you find the Lesser Antilles, which are divided in the Leeward Islands in the North and the Windward Islands in the South.

A myriad of gulfs and many reefs are contained in the Caribbean Sea. There is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef which stretches over 1,000 km along the Central American coast and is the 2nd largest barrier reef in the whole world. This is why this sea boasts such fantastic underwater fauna and flora for you to admire and explore. Diving and snorkeling here is absolutely paradisiac. In general, there is a high diversity of geography – there are coral based islands and others of volcanic

The Experience Sailing to Nusa Lembongan

Holidays are often times when we seek to unwind. If you travel in peak season it can seem like everyone else on the planet has the same idea. That idyllic island getaway can start looking very stressful as the crowds close in.

When you have had enough of the bars and crowds on Bali’s Kuta Beach there are plenty of places to retreat and recharge around the island if you know where to look.

Nothing makes me happier than being near the ocean when I want to think and unwind.

A day trip sailing to Lembongan Island and snorkelling the reefs fits the bill perfectly when I am in Bali. Nusa Lembongan is a very peaceful place away from the bright lights, noise and crowds. It is surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters.

If you want the tranquillity to last a little longer there are resorts on the Island where you can extend your stay.

Arriving in Bali

I flew to Bali from Singapore. Direct flights to Bali are available from most airports in Asia and Australia. Most of the budget carriers in the region fly here if you need to keep your holiday costs down.

Depending on your nationality, you may

How To Choose Perfect Ski Lodge

When you are booking and planning for your next winter trip, the first thing to consider is whether you have found the ideal ski lodge. Your entire ski trip centers around your accommodations, as this generally determines the entire mood of the visit. With so many options on the market, it can be difficult knowing what to look for. There are some specific things to consider, however, based upon your needs. Consider the following five criteria of a great ski hotel:

1. The price is right.

A great ski lodge is going to fit your budget. If that means sticking within the parameters of an economically feasible trip or treating yourself to a luxurious stay, you will be happier if you pay the price for which you are initially searching. Check online for bonus deals at a higher-end resort. Call any potential site and ask about any specials. Another overlooked, but dynamite option, is to consider a mixed-style hotel. These hotels generally offer standard hotel rooms and suites, as well as condominium-type deals. Condominium ski resorts are generally privately managed rooms, so there is an assortment of prices, from the more affordable to the more luxurious.

2. The location is right.

Any accommodations

What To Expect On Your First Ski Resort Vacation

Usually your winter travel plans may include long lines at the airport heading to someone’s parents maybe deciding to brave the elements and drive to your holiday destination. This year is different, though, and you’ve decided to recharge your batteries with your first ski resort vacation.

The crisp air, rustic settings, salt-of-the-earth town residents, and the newness of the whole experience are something to look forward to, but this is the first time you will be heading in this direction, so the question is — how do I prepare for it all?

There is no need to fret. As with any vacation, taking a little time to plan makes all the difference in the world. The key, though, is actually taking the time to do a little research regarding where you’re going, where you’ll spend the most time, and ultimately, what do you plan to get out of your trip.

First, think in terms of the most vital items you need to pack. Medications that you or your family will need should be high on your list. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a copy of prescriptions from your doctor in case you misplace your medicine & need to

Ski Resorts While On Budget

Arinsal, Andorra

During the summer months, Arinsal attracts bikers and hikers who visit to enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas but when winter arrives, the area is transformed into a busy skiing and snowboarding resort. If you’re a first-time skier, Arinsal has gentle nursery slopes which are perfect for beginners.

Lift passes for Arinsal start at just €36.00 per day for adults and €29.00 per day for children. Alternatively, as Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski area, you can buy a full area pass that covers three resorts. Prices for these start at just €76.00 for two days for adults and €59.00 for two days for children.

Nendaz, Switzerland

Located right in the middle of the Alps and dotted with some of the world’s most iconic mountains, Switzerland is a paradise for skiers. Nendaz Ski Resort caters to skiers and boarders of all ages and also offers easy access to the 4 Valleys ski area at friendly prices.

Nendaz is a family friendly holiday resort with nursery slopes, a moving carpet for beginners and walkers to help them find their feet, and a freestyle park to practice your moves as well as swimming pools and treasure hunts – this is an ideal resort for

Guide Before Traveling Abroad For First Time

These days it seems like everybody else is traveling the world, and we’re stuck watching them through the screens of our smartphones and laptops. It seems so out of reach for most people. But this isn’t far out of reach at all; in fact, it is within your grasp. It is within a click!

Tip 1. Book the plane ticket first! Now some may disagree on this being the first step. There are planners who would prefer everything to be planned out, organized, date-by-date, on where to go first, second, and last. The problem with this for most people? Plan all you want, but that isn’t going to get you anywhere! Once the plane ticket is booked, there are no other options but to start planning.

One of the most important questions: what country/region do I want to start in? Certain countries are much cheaper to fly into than others, and public transportation is a pretty reasonable price. Don’t just go on an airline website and book the first ticket you find! Look at a map, browse all the different types of airlines and pricing. Third party websites and foreign airlines could split your ticket in half!

Tip 2. Planning! Sit down

Behind The Reasons You Should Take a Daycation

A daycation is simply a day vacation. It’s a close cousin of the “staycation,” with the advantage that at just one day it requires very little planning. Is it sounding appealing yet?

But before you get too carried away, it’s worth pointing out the ironic twist in taking a daycation: in our fast-paced, whirlwind lives the thought of taking a day off can sometimes make us feel anxious.

But wait! That’s not what vacation is supposed to do!

Maybe we feel like there are too many people counting on us or that we may compromise our responsibilities. Maybe we feel guilty about taking a day off when everyone else has to show up for work.

If we can get past that, the appeal of a daycation is self-evident:

  • Small commitment
  • Minimal planning
  • Affordable or free

So let’s be honest: The only thing stopping us from taking a daycation is… you got it: US.

When you think about what might be stopping you from taking a day off, really think about what you feel you would jeopardize. Start by taking a little time to think about any feelings of guilt, fear or anxiety. You can even write them down to look at them objectively. Then ask yourself: “Realistically, will