Looking for a Good Hotel? 4 Tips to Get One

Getting a hotel that perfectly meets your preference during your business or leisure trip is no small deal. There are so many considerations to make and weigh the available options. Business travelers require different facilities from holiday makers.

The internet is major source of information when searching for appropriate accommodation. There is one major problem though- the Net is also full of unverified, false and over promotional information on hotels.

The following are some tips to finding right hotels during your travel:

Important amenities: Decide on the most crucial facilities that you use during your stay. For business trips, for instance, internet connections and video conferencing facilities might be a must. Spa may also be a need for those looking for maximum comfort and relaxation.

Budget: You just can’t choose lodges, apartments or hotel rooms you can’t afford. It’s always very safe to operate within your budget. Determine your budget and reserve hotel that fit within your budget.

But be aware that going for extremely low budget accommodation facilities may ruin your travel and create unnecessary discomfort. Even for those booking luxury hotels, be sure that you will indeed get the value for your money.

Independent travel websites: It’s just enough to conduct searches online. Using search engines like Google, Yahoo & Bing is just one step in getting good hotel deals online. Visiting reputable and independent travel sites like TripAdvisor, Expedia is crucial. For travelers to Kenya, there many local travel sites, providing comprehensive details- independent hotels reviews, room rates, facilities, photos, contact details and reservations information.

Family friendly hotels: This is important factor for parents going for holidays with their kids. It’s important to book hotels with facilities and environment suitable for children. This is bound to make your family travel very fun for all.

Frugal Travel Tips For Cruises

Cruises are one of my favorite ways to see the world. I love falling asleep in one country and waking up in another, not having to pack and unpack. Cruise lines run the range of prices from value to super expensive. For frugal travelers, here are some tips to cut expenses.

Consider All Itineraries

When most people think of cruises, they think of the Caribbean, the Mediterrian, and perhaps Alaska. However, name an ocean port and there is likely a cruise sailing into it. And some of these itineraries can not be only bargains but a pleasant surprise. We once booked a 12 day Baltic cruise from London to St. Petersburg and return for less than the airfare from New York to London. It remains one of our favorite cruises.

Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Food is normally included in the price of a cruise (except for dining at the exclusive restaurants). However, beverage other than water, coffee, tea, and if lucky iced tea come with an additional cost. So what we do is buy non-alcoholic beverages in ports (allowable – for alcoholic drinks, there is often a corking charge) and then pour them into glasses.

Make Your Own Tour

We’ve been on over a dozen cruises all over the world and have only done one ship organized tour (on our first cruise). They are expensive, move forward at the pace of the slowest traveler, and restrictive. For a well organized traveler, making their own arrangements is preferable.

One trick that we use is to look at the sights the ship tours cover and include those in our “tour.”

Note: Tour Directors will often tell of horror stories about passengers not getting back to the ship on time. The solution? Leave some extra time and do the far away venues first.

Big Breakfast, Late Dinner

For the frugal traveler, maximizing the time in port is a must. That means if possible choosing the late seating at dinner. Also we tend not to eat large lunches (if at all). Instead we eat a large breakfast on the ship (where the breakfast is free), snack on bits and bites of local food while on shore, and then top the day off with a leisurely late dinner.

Cruising is one of the favorite ways for this frugal traveler to see the world. And by using these tips, it is one luxury that can fit into a traveler’s budget.

Visiting Cozumel on a Shoestring – 7 Tips For Saving Money

Cozumel makes the perfect location for a relaxing, memorable vacation. It has been called the soul of the Caribbean and is home to the second largest coral reef in the world, making it a scuba diver’s dream.

Breathtaking, clear blue waters with visibility of more than 200 feet provide the perfect backdrop for more than 100 scuba and snorkeling dive sites. Visit Cozumel for a taste of Mexican culture in one of the world’s most beautiful and serene environments.

Traveling to the beautiful island of Cozumel can be fully enjoyed for much less than you might think. Here are a few tips for getting a great deal on your Cozumel vacation:

1. Travel when rates are lowest. Prices will be cheaper in the off-season for everything from airfare to lodging. For Cozumel, the highest prices are between December and March, and in particular the week of Christmas and the week of New Year’s Day. Rates during those holiday weeks are sometimes more than twice as much as the low season rates. You’ll find the lowest rates from April to mid December, so try to plan your vacation accordingly.

2. Consider an all-inclusive cruise package. Cruise ships stop at Cozumel three times a week giving you the opportunity to combine a cruise vacation with a trip to Cozumel. You can handle all the reservations online, even employing the aid of a travel agent, who can be helpful in pointing you toward the best deals for your money.

3. Check for Cozumel resorts offering a package deal. Resort packages are growing in popularity because tourists like the idea of paying a flat rate for their room, food, drinks, and some deals will include local events or entertainment or even airfare. Some areas, such as nearby Cancun, keep the tourists coming consistently through the off-season by offering all-inclusive packages.

4. Explore on your own, rather than booking tours or excursions. Cozumel is a small island, roughly 30 miles long, 10 miles wide and flat, so it’s easy to get around, either on foot, by cab, or by renting a car or scooter. You can rent a scooter for about $25 for the whole day or get a VW convertible, which is perfect for island exploring, for about $45.

5. Get off the beaten path for eating and shopping. Do some homework before you get there. The internet will provide you with reviews from people who have already been there, as well as forums and other venues where you can ask questions and get suggestions for great food at the best prices.

6. Take full advantage of the free attractions. Cozumel is known worldwide for great diving and beautiful beaches. Paradise Beach is about 10 kilometers from San Miguel and offers free use of beach umbrellas and chairs, snorkel equipment and kayaks.

7. Shop around for lodging. Many places in Cozumel run less than $100 per night and with a little searching you can find accommodations for even less as rates tend to vary greatly between hotels. Most of the prices you’ll find in Cozumel are quite reasonable compared to U.S. costs.

Best Airline Prices Tips – How to Get Good Deals on Affordable Airfare

Are you ready to take off for a vacation? Or at least looking into a vacation package or cruise? Thanks to online travel deals, it’s easy for the ordinary traveler to find the best airline prices. There is no need to go through a travel agent these days. The tools for finding cheap airfare and hotels are right at your fingertips. In addition to search tools, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started.

Here are a few tips for getting the best deal on airfare:

Consider the season

Most locations have an on or off season. Even if it’s not a popular tourist spot, there are certain times of the year when it’s a bit more affordable to fly to that particular city. A few factors that play a role in airfare affordability to any given destination include weather, special events, business conventions, time of day and week, and the airlines themselves. Do research on the destination to find out when the prices tend to be lowest.

Just compare deals

It’s really that simple. All you have to do is enter the destination city and travel dates at an online booking site and you will be presented with airfare options from several different airlines. Use the “filter results” function to view the prices in either ascending or descending order. Don’t like any of the results? Try different dates.

Look for coupons and promo codes

Sometimes the best airline prices can be obtained with the use of a promo code that can be redeemed at a particular travel site. You can sign up to receive newsletters that center around budget travel. There are “deal alert” apps as well. Some newsletters and apps will allow you to configure the settings so that you receive alerts only when cheap flights from your nearest airport(s) are available.

Always keep timing in mind

No matter where you want to go, timing is (just about) everything. While last minute deals are sometimes available, your options will be very limited. There are always risks involved with waiting for a last minute deal. Experts always recommend booking airfare in the range of 40 – 60 days in advance. If you absolutely must travel sooner than that and there isn’t much room for flexibility, at least try to leave on either a Tuesday or a Thursday since prices tend to be a bit less when departing on these days.

Keep an eye on small print

Sometimes the best airline prices aren’t always the cheapest. There are sometimes additional fees for things like baggage and cancellation. Depending on the airline, you might not even get free drinks and snacks. You’ll especially want to read the fine print to learn about the cancellation policy. If there is no penalty for cancelling, keep monitoring ticket prices to see if you really can grab a better, last minute deal.

Where can you get all the wonderful travel deals? Where can you find the best airline prices? It’s always a good idea to start online; discounts at travel sites are some of the biggest. You’ll also get all of the search tools you need for planning your own trip (and saving money in the process!)