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ways to find cheap accommodation rates 0

Posted on March 07, 2009 by dorisch

Needless to say, many families who are traveling with their children will want to get good bargains or cheap accommodation rates when it comes to a family vacation. Some may think that it is too hard to find cheap holidays for families, but if you research, you can find some great money-saving deals.

Family vacations can be expensive due to the number of people travelling. In addition, most families tend to travel during school holidays, which means that they have to travel during the year end peak seasons such as Christmas, Easter and the summer. Here are some tips to keep our budget low and your cost down.

1. Travel during the non peak season

If you can, choose to fly a week before or after the main holiday periods as it can make a big difference to your travel cost. Weekends tend to get expensive for short breaks in resorts and island holidays. If you have children that are below school age, then you should try to travel outside the school holidays to avoid the peak season surcharges.

2. Do your search on best accommodation deals

Instead of hotels, you can look into renting a self-catering apartment or holiday home for cheap accommodation rates. These are usually cheaper than hotel accommodation and you can buy your own food to cook simple meals. Eating out can be costly if you are traveling as a family and eating in provides you the flexibility.

3. Book in advance for cheaper accommodation rates

Hotels or accomomation providers tend to offer cheaper accommodation rates when you book way in advance. You can always book your accommodation and then wait for cheap or promotion flights to accumulate your savings. Search for hotels online to find the best accommodation deals and do your research.

The above travel tips will be handy no matter where your family is traveling to – Anaheim California hotel, Las Vegas Holiday, family trip to New York, to exotic Bali or tropical Phuket.

Traveling cheap is still possible. Do your travel research, book early for cheap accommodation rates and adopt one or more of the above travel tips.

put on your good walking shoes 0

Posted on November 19, 2008 by dorisch

It’s been a very busy week for me, as I prepare for our family vacation to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Macau. This looks like a ‘busy trip’ for us – full itinerary, that’s what I mean.

Whenever we go on family vacations, hubby and myself tend to choose walking more than taxis, unless it’s a place like Australia where we need to drive more than walk. But when you travel to places like Tokyo, HOng Kong and especially macau, they say – be ready to walk! I believe this is great for those who are fighting weight loss issues since they wouldn’t need to take any fat burners during their trip – lol!

I am now deciding which shoes to bring along so that I can walk for great distances without getting sore feet and leg cramps. Looking for good walking shoes for your next walking itinerary, check out the FREE SHIPPING at with $100 purchase.

planning wisely for your family vacation 0

Posted on October 21, 2008 by dorisch

During these turbulent economic times, people are more careful with their finances and spending in every area of their lives. It seems that this holiday season will see more domestic travel as people shop for best buy in air tickets, room accommodations, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages.

For those who have a bigger family, you need to budget well in your family vacation to avoid blowing the vacation budget. Choosing a hotel accommodation under a budget is possible with careful research and planning. Even for our upcoming family vacation, I’ve been spending lots of time choosing a value for money one that is within our budget. Most people know that accommodation in Japan and Hong Kong can be expensive if you are not careful. The good thing about using a hotel comparison search tool is that I can view in one glance the hotel accommodations with the lowest rates. With that, I can be certain that I am getting the best hotel prices for my travel destination.

Plan well this holiday season as for your family vacation.

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my japanese ryokan research began 0

Posted on September 12, 2008 by dorisch

I’ve been trying to squeeze time into my schedule for our family vacation to Tokyo. Due to the language barrier in most Japanese websites, it’s been a little challenging planning our itinerary. Unlike most of our family vacation trips, planning a trip to Japan requires more research in the forums since travelers’ reviews posted in English would help heaps!

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Navigating around Tokyo is easy but finding an affordable, nice, cosy, comfortable, luxurious ryokan can be confusing. Since most travelers would spend a few days in Tokyo and Disney Tokyo, it’s usually a day trip to Mt Fuji or Hakone. But if you take time to do your research in Trip Advisor (which happens to be my favourite travelers’ review website), you will find many free and easy travelers who trek outside Tokyo.

After all that research, I’ve found a liking in several luxurious ryokans. In Japan, ryokans (japanese guesthouses) are divided several styles which determine the pricing during your ryokan stay:

  • Category D: 7,000-10,000 yen per guest
  • Category C: 10,000-15,000 yen per guest
  • Category B: 15,000-20,000 yen per guest
  • Category A: 20,000-30,000 yen per guest
  • Category A+: 30,000-50,000 yen per guest
  • Category A++: 50,000-70,000 yen per guest
  • Category A+++: 70,000 yen and up per guest

The best place to understand what a ryokan is, the pricing, the style, ryokan etiquette, ryokan dining options and the different cultural explanations is to check out

I’ll be posting my ryokan research for our family vacation to Tokyo in the next few posts.

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