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How to find the best hotel and travel deals

How to find the best hotel and travel deals

 

Hotels are not at all that difficult to find. On the contrary, we often get bombarded with emails from various booking sites and hotels where we have in some point in time been registered as users or guests. Sorting through the overwhelming amount of offers and websites can be a bit of a daunting task.

Accommodation accounts for a large portion of travel expenses, and can be extremely costly if you are traveling with family. No to mention the fact that in addition to accommodation you need flight tickets, train tickets or other tickets for the journey to your final destination. Furthermore, you need to transport yourself and others to the airport, or railway station. In some cases, you need to buy a parking ticket for the time you will be gone. All these costs definitely add up, and you are not even there yet!

Having a budget for your travels help. This allows you to keep an close eye on the costs, and it will help you planning a trip that will not break the bank. As for traveling costs, it is always better being as flexible as possible with regard to your travel dates. That flight ticket might be half the price if you travel even a day earlier! Hence, you should use a travel site with a search engine where you are able to compare the prices from day to day. However, please note that theses prices might not include any checked baggage – this might come as an extra charge. Always make sure what’s included in the price before buying your ticket.

In general finding the best prices out there is by comparing different travel agents. Using the sites that compare these agents, is a good idea. Kayak, Momondo and Trivago are sites well worth visiting in order to find the best deal. However, when you find some interesting hotels – do not forget to visit their websites, as they sometimes have promotions that could be a better deal than the ones found on other sites.

Do not forget that other costs may apply. For example, breakfast is not necessarily included. In fact, breakfasts that are not included in the price of the room are often costly, and could quite easily cost you several $100 for a week. Also be sure to check other charges when you have arrived. For example, the items in your minibar are usually very expensive. It is better to stock up at the nearest supermarket! Moreover, if you intend to hire a car – what are the parking fees at the hotel? In a city center hotel, this could be a hefty cost. It is important to research, understand your needs and, if on a budget, be flexible and open to compromise.

Where to stay in London?

Where to stay in London?

 

It is no secret that London is one of the priciest cities to visit in the world, and this includes hotel prices . The only way of staying really cheap is to book a hostel, and even these are expensive compared to other cities in Europe. More than ever, it is therefore important to compare different agents and hotel sites in order to find something that will not break the bank. Furthermore, London is sadly filled with low budget places that are just rubbish. Staying at a cheap place means that you need to read reviews of the place to decide if this is worth a try. Head over to the site Tripadvisor and have a look. This site contains real reviews from real people, and is therefore reliable and a gold mine for any traveler.

Chances are that you just have to accept the fact that London is going to cost you a bit more in terms of lodging. So embrace that fact before you start looking, since this will save you a headache. The prices of course vary. However, for a nice place in a central location you need to be prepared to pay around £120 at least for a night.

Choosing your location

London is a huge city and will require some logistics. Thankfully, getting around London is easy. You will have access to the tube (underground) almost everywhere, and there are always the buses. However, it is always nice to stay in an attractive location.

Whether or not you have been in London already, you have most likely heard of Hyde Park. This is a huge park in the very center of London, and takes about an hour to walk through. North of Hyde Park is the Bayswater area, with some really interesting hotels and nice restaurants. South of the aforementioned park is Kensington and Knightsbridge. The latter boasts some really expensive hotels, and you will rarely find any bargains here. Kensington and Earls Court to the west are better bets, as the prices here are lower in general. Kensington has some really nice and classy residential areas, and some apartment hotels can be found here if you are looking for self-catering.

Do not forget to check the budget hotel chains, i.e. Ibis, Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn, for possible promotions or loyalty offers.

Finding a hotel in Edinburgh

Finding a hotel in Edinburgh

 

The beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh is worth visiting more than once. There is definitely something magic about this place, and there are lots of thing to see and do. Edinburgh boasts numerous castles, and its Royal Mile is just magnificent. Edinburgh is popular, particularly in the summer. Hence, the prices for lodging are far from cheap. In fact, Edinburgh can sometimes be almost as expensive as London. The city is much smaller than London and you do not need to pay a fortune for transportation. Walking around in this city is a joy, and make sure to stop for an afternoon tea now and then!

Some nice options in the centre of Edinburgh include the Scotsman, Radisson Blue, Balmoral, and Waldorf Astoria. These are definitely not the cheapest options, far from it, and if you are traveling on a budget you might want to look at Ibis, Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inns. Also consider to stay at an aparthotel if you would prefer self-catering, there are very nice apartment hotels in the city that won’t cost you a fortune. There are also options such as AirBnb that often offer accommodation across a wide spectrum of price points.

A comfortable stay in Prague

A comfortable stay in Prague

 

The Czech city of Prague is the perfect place for anyone interested beautiful buildnings and historic surroundings. It is almost like stepping into a fariy tale. Both the Old Town and New Town are well worth a visit, and there are several museums and art exhibitions in the area. Not to be missed is the impressive Charles Bridge, which will take you towards the Prague Castle. Prague is also a city of affordable eateries and restaurants.

Hotels are in general quite cheap in Prague, and you can stay in a luxurious hotel for the price of a 3-star stay in London. The beautiful Hotel Paris is situated in an art deco building, and offers classy rooms and suites. Here, you can enjoy your breakfast in the Sarah Bernard café, which is a tourist attraction in itself. The small hotel chain K+K own two hotels in Prague, and both are worth checking out. There are also a huge number of places for those who would want to stay even cheaper. The budget chain Ibis, for example, have several places in Prague where you can get a good night’s sleep for a bargain.

Long stay accommodation

Long stay accommodation

 

Have you ever felt that your vacation ends too quickly? Or that the weekend flies by? Of course you have, if you love to travel. The solution to this, of course, is a long stay. Today, there are many hotels and resorts where you can get a good deal if you stay longer. You have also the possibility of staying at an apartment hotel, where you can cook your own food. AirBnb is a perfect example whereby discounts are offered if you choose to stay for a week or longer

Long stay accomodation is a perfect way of getting to know a certain place better. It could even feel like a second home! Vacations and weekends can sometimes be quite stressful; you need to see this and do that. Some people have extensive lists of what to see and do. A long stay allows you to relax and really enjoy your destination. Bring a good book, lie on the beach, sit for hours at a café of your choice, play golf – you have endless of opportunities. It is indeed a perfect way of enjoying life, and your are worth it.