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Requirements of Budget Hotel Accommodation

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

When you search online for a cheap bed and breakfast or hotel, it’s easy to find directories or search engine listings with special offers. There are vouchers and deals galore, some offering free nights if you stay a week and others giving a free breakfast with the hotel room. Despite all the hundreds of offers available, it’s very easy to pick poor accommodation. If you haven’t researched the business properly, or if there are no reviews which show the true state of the rooms, then it can be too late as you find out on arrival that things are not of a good standard.

In the last few decades the quality of budget hotels has increased dramatically, as the British follow the North American view-point of naming and shaming, or at least complaining, if the standards we receive are bad. The elements we tend to use when judging hotel rooms and service is varied, and differ from person to person. The most common ones are the cleanliness of the bed, floor and shower or bath. Then we also rate highly the level of decor trim, such as the curtains, bedding and wardrobe units. The old-fashioned pub style floral curtains and carpet are not accepted well like they were 20 years ago.

The food provided, whether we have to pay or it’s included in the room rate, is also an important factor. Simple things like clean cutlery and good quality bread, meat and vegetables are high on the agenda for rating purposes. When choosing a budget hotel try to find out what other people have said about the overall standards. After you have visited a cheap hotel, be sure to leave a comment letting others know how good or bad the experience has been.

Holiday Travel With a Small Budget

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Holiday travel is something many travelers dream about for the whole working year. Visit cheaper countries and find free things to do. Even in the most expensive places you can always find cheap or free attractions. Find ideas online or try to get an opportunity to meet locals and take advantage of all the information they can provide for your holiday travel plan.

Avoid the busiest peak travel times if possible. The flight prices skyrocket around popular holiday times like Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you must fly during those times, plan ahead and buy the flights well in advance, the earlier the better. When you book a flight, read the airline’s rules to make sure there will not be extra fees on top of the flight ticket price. Spend time and look for cheap flights and good holiday offers. Browsing the internet pays off! Most major airlines and travel agencies provide marvelous discounts and bargains so keep your eyes open for offers. Set a price alert online and be ready to book right away. That can save you a significant amount of money.

Many airlines charge you extra if you check your luggage in, especially on domestic flights. Avoid this fee by packing light and travel with a carry-on luggage. It makes traveling easier and faster as well. Even experienced travelers can end up in trouble, so you better get some protection. Delays and losses of luggage, accidents and getting sick. Anything can happen when traveling. Holiday travel insurance prices are cheap compared to the possible expenses in case of an emergency. Not taking a holiday insurance is the worst way to save money.

Staying at a hotel can be expensive. There are many online networks which members offer accommodation either for free or for a competitive price. If you stay with locals, you are likely to meet marvelous people and save money too. The downside is that can take some work to find a host. Have a backup plan just in case it all falls through. If you would love to explore the world for months instead of weeks, consider a working holiday trip. Many people take the opportunity to get to know a new country by doing some work during the days. That will ease the financial pressure. Perhaps your company has an office abroad? Or join WWOOF. WWOOF members get to stay at farms and the farmers provide them food and upkeep in exchange for volunteer work.

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