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key to budget travel 0

Posted on September 29, 2007 by dorisch

The key to budget travel is to plan ahead. When it comes to family trips, globetrotting, well-deserved vacations and/or going to see new places we have never been before, the reality of cost and budgeting is always in the back of our minds.

Planning and spending our travel dollar wisely is a priority for most families. Curbing spending and costs, while still enjoying your vacation to its fullest, is the key to guaranteed success and fiscal responsibility. Your pocketbook and family will thank you!

The reasoning behind saving money while traveling is simple: Even if your personal budget is extremely tight, you can still take a break and enjoy life! Simply put, life is just too short to never step out of the door or leaving the homestead!

Also remembering that while traveling, whether on a budget or not, even the smallest of things can all add op to a large vacation or travel bill!

Top 10: autumn escapes 0

Posted on September 26, 2007 by dorisch

Say Goodbye to Summer cos the brilliance of autumn is here! There are some cities are stand out from the rest during autumn time and here are the Top 10 autumn escapes nominated by the people at TripAdvisor. Check them out!

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1.      Munich, Germany
2.      Napa Valley, Calif.
3.      Montreal, Canada
4.      Asheville, N.C.
5.      Woodstock, Vt.
6.      Vancouver, Canada
7.      Lake Placid, N.Y.
8.      Camden, Maine
9.      Mystic, Conn.
10.    Aberdeen, Scotland

hotelscombined.com saves you time in accommodation search 0

Posted on September 23, 2007 by dorisch

I’m still doing a little research for my Hawaii accommodation for the final night’s stay before heading to Los Angeles. After all the research, I’ve narrowed down to Embassy Suites Hotel and a couple of beachfront ones along Waikiki beach. Along the way, I stumbled upon HotelsCombined.com which searches thousands of hotel options across multiple hotel booking sites, thus presenting you all the results for what you are searching for. In other words, you could enter your travel destination eg. London and HotelsCombined.com will search across more than 30 travel sites to present you with hotel accommodations in London. When you select a particular hotel, you will see the rates and room options from multiple travel booking sites, thus making it easy for you to identify which travel site offers the best deals.

This helps to save you time and you get to know new travel booking sites too.

Top 10 underrated destinations around the world 0

Posted on September 20, 2007 by dorisch

Oh yes, who hasn’t heard of Paris and New York? Or should I say who haven’t been there? Me! Looking for travel destinations to explore, check out these top underrated destinations around the world.

1. Melbourne, Australia – Been there – Yay!
2. San Jose, Calif.
3. Brussels, Belgium
4. Albuquerque, N.M.
5. Bologna, Italy
6. Cleveland, Ohio
7. Edinburgh, Scotland
8. Malaga, Spain
9. Portland, Maine
10. Lisbon, Portugal

your booking site for 4-5 star hotels 1

Posted on September 17, 2007 by dorisch

Are you one one of those travelers who are particular on your choice of accommodation? If you are, you are not alone. Many of us like to ensure that our travel experience is full of fond memories and not be spoilt by a hotel that is run down or dinghy. Worse still, if the rooms are not up to our expectations and we are booked in that place for a week!

Personally, I like to play it safe with reliable names and usually, these are the hotels that come with at least a 4-star rating. Most people may think that these luxury hotels are very costly but in actual fact, not all of them are. With careful research, you can get good deals for these higher end hotels. I’ve found AllStays.com to be a good resource for 4-5 star hotels and resorts with all year attractive prices.

To save $15.00 off Save Rate reservations over $200, enter promotion code: SPC7463403, expires on 12-31-2008.

Grand Canyon Family Vacations 0

Posted on September 16, 2007 by dorisch

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My first trip to the Grand Canyons was dated 15 years ago… I could only recall glimpses of this magnificent gorge now. When you travel with the whole family in tow, you are faced with a set challenges and opportunities. There are many things to consider, not least of which is where to go. But where else can you find the best time to form wonderful memories with family members than on a Grand Canyon family vacation? Read the rest of this entry →

compare your accommodation with sidestep.com 0

Posted on September 14, 2007 by dorisch

All of us want to make sure our vacation is a smooth and enjoyable one. We will do our best to make sure that our dream accommodation turns out the way we like it to be – impeccable service, great location, clean rooms, complete amenities, showers, lights, air con all working…etc. But sometimes, it’s time consuming checking out different sites just to get a comparison on the accommodation rates. For this purpose, I have found sidestep.com to be effective and helpful. It will search from over 200 search engines just to present you the best results for your accommodation, flights, vacation packages, cruises, cars..etc. With sidestep, all you need is to enter your search and you will see all the results presented before you  – in one place. No more time to waste in searching around in the web.  Check it out!

cruising basics for first time cruisers – part 2 0

Posted on September 12, 2007 by dorisch

This is a continuation of some cruising basics for the first time cruisers:

4) Extend your patience

Contacting your cruise agents might demand some of you precious time over and over again that makes you blow off your handle. If this happens simmer down, you don’t pay yourself just to get pissed off, you don’t need that. Things like these are expected even if your cruise agents assure you of excellent customer service relations.

There are more instances where your patience will be tested. When you are actually on your way to the cruise waiting for your turn in long queues is customary especially during check-in procedures. In could take an hour or two, so be prepared.

5) Widen your creativity

Being resourceful is a learned characteristic, but it is never too late to explore your own. Your creativity will definitely do great wonders for you. Learn to sweet talk with your agent to give you more discounts and deals on your cruise. Use your charm in meeting with cruise line staff so you will be attended to immediately.

Smile if you must, it will not only give you the favors that you need it will make you feel good as well. Smiling is a good exercise too. So don’t forget to sprinkle a dash of creativity in preparing you for your cruise. A little practice might just help you to get perfect and will just come in handy when you needed it the most.

Top 10: castle hotels 0

Posted on September 11, 2007 by dorisch

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Some people just love castle hotels, not me 😛 For whatever reason, I picture castles as buildings of deep history with spooky tales so I wouldn’t mind visiting them but not staying in them 🙂 But here are the Top 10: castle hotels for those who simply adore the classicism and historical presence of majestic accommodation:

1. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Canada
2. Schloss Monchstein Hotel, Austria
3. Amberley Castle, England
4. Dromoland Castle, Ireland
5. Chateau St. Gerlach, The Netherlands
6. Lapa Palace, Portugal
7. Castle on the Hudson, U.S.
8. Chateau de Bagnols, France
9.  Taj Lake Palace, India
10. Waterford Castle Hotel, Ireland

cruising basics for first time cruisers – part 1 0

Posted on September 09, 2007 by dorisch

Let’s check out some of these cruising basics for first time cruisers:

1) Broaden your knowledge.

Shopping around the best cruise line that can give you your money’s worth is the first thing to do. If you know of anyone who has tried cruising, then ask for some information, which cruise line to go to. This person mighty just be the perfect source of information that you needed most without the extra cost.

There are actually a plenty of cruise ships from different cruise lines that you can choose from, alright. But not all of them can give you the deals that you really wanted, that is a known fact. Compare prices, amenities and services. Perhaps this will help you in narrowing down your choices. Read the rest of this entry →



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