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Newbie How-to's, Travel Advice

The Newbie’s Guide to Booking Accommodations – Part 1 | Booking On A Budget

September 16, 2013 • By

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Booking Accommodations on a Budget

Today marks the beginning of a three part series that breaks down the choices one has in selecting accommodations for vacations or holidays. We will begin with our most economical offerings and work our way to the more expensive options.
When it comes to finding accommodations while traveling, I’m somewhat of a pragmatist.  I don’t require 5* stays mostly because I see it as a colossal waste of money.  When I travel, I see my hotel room as somewhere to lay my head at night.  I didn’t travel so that I could stay in a room, I plan to spend as little time there as possible!  But this is just my budget conscious opinion and when it comes to securing accommodations, preferences are never one size fits all.

Still, half the fun of searching for somewhere to stay is in realizing how many strange and unusual places to choose from that will make your visit more enjoyable.  Hotels are the default accommodations of choice, but how interesting would it be to stay in a monastery, an igloo or even a log cabin?

How do you find not only standard hotel rooms but find unique places to stay while you are on vacation?

I’m on a strict budget.  What is the best type of accommodation for me? READ MORE


North America, Reviews

A Review of the Best Western Plus’ The Lodge at Jackson Hole

December 18, 2011 • By

Themes.  I love the idea of indulging in whatever a particular region is best known for.  When I was offered the opportunity to be the guest of the Best Western Plus’ The Lodge at Jackson Hole, images of dense forest, roaming deer and pristine lakes flowing over jagged rocks popped into my head.

I was certainly getting used to the idea of how great the Best Western brand was turning out to be after my sweet revelation in Sedona, Arizona.

One common theme regarding the buildings in Jackson Hole was that they were mostly timbered facades of varying shades of the seven colors each were limited to.  The city proper is rather densely populated with businesses meant to attract tourists, so nothing is too far out of reach to walk or take a short drive to.  So, I was surprised it was so easy to find the Lodge even though it was slightly hidden off the main drag.READ MORE


Budget Tips, Reviews, Travel Advice

The Best Search Engine For Finding Lower Fares, Hotel and Car Rentals?

November 24, 2010 • By

Search Engine

While attending the Travel Bloggers’ Exchange convention in New York this past June, I was invited to a presentation for a revolutionary, but relatively new flight search aggregator called Momondo.  I was vaguely familiar with the company because innovations in the travel world are usually spread like wildfire through the social media realm.  We (my daughter and I) were running a little late because we were caught in the moment while viewing the phenomenal skyline from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center.

Luckily, we weren’t very far from our destination at 1290 Avenue of the Americas.  The company hosting the event, Kintetsu International (the Japan specialist travel agency), was kind enough to provide saki libations and crudites, fresh fruit slices, sushi and sushimi for all of the invited travel industry professionals to snack on.  It was interesting to find out that the particular brand of saki that we were served was available in 50%, 60% and 70% proof.  Knowing my low tolerance for alcohol, I decided to sample the 50%, god help me if I had tried the 70.READ MORE