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June 2016

How to Find the Best and Most Affordable Hotel Packages

If you are planning a trip, then you certainly wish to find the best accommodation at the most competitive prices. We are happy to inform you that you definitely don’t have to break the bank to find world-class accommodation during your visit. Whether you may be planning a family vacation or a business trip, it is important to know how to search for suitable accommodation. In just a few simple and easy steps, you can find the best hotel packages, which will fully cater to all of your needs.

1. Do your research

Visit acclaimed travel sites where you are able to locate the best hotel packages, which are specifically tailored to suit your particular needs. Most major travel websites allow you to see different accommodation costs and rates from reputable accommodation facilities. You could also employ the help of a reliable travel agency, which will provide you with useful information on the different accommodation facilities.

2. Compare prices and services

After you have collected enough information concerning the different accommodation facilities, the next step will be to compare the prices and services offered so as to find the greatest deal that provides you with exactly what you need at an affordable price. Certain travel sites enable you to compare the various service providers by showing the similarities and differences between them. Certain establishments may not have free internet or breakfast among other services. Make sure you take your time when analyzing these small differences as they may greatly impact your experience.

3. Negotiating the best deal

Once you locate a suitable hotel, focus on getting the greatest possible deal from the facility. You should go directly to their website where you can investigate whether they have any special discounts and offers for the dates when you plan to be travelling. It would also be useful to find out if you qualify to receive and discounts available to seniors, business travelers, veterans or mass bookings depending on your position and situation. If you are able to do so, you could also visit the establishment since this gives you a chance to view the premises and decide whether you’ll be able to stay there or not.

4. Booking your room

The final step is booking your room. It always helps you to book a room in advance since this gives the hotel enough time to meet any specific requests that you may have, for example, having a room with a nice view or getting a king-sized bed. By doing this, you will definitely be able to find the best hotel packages.

How to Save Money For Long Term Rentals

Saving money for a long-term rental vacation or transition into life in a different country is essential. We can’t always plan for events or situations that inevitably crop up that cost us money we may not have – saving money before you leave for your long-term trip will ensure that you have a bit of a financial safety net in the event of an emergency.

There are many ways to save money for a long-term rental experience, most of which can be utilized before you even leave home. One common money saving tip is to budget your monthly expenses, and take that money out of the bank in cash. Paying cash makes it easier for you to track how much money you spend every day as you are physically handing over bills and coins. When you get home, transfer the loose change you have from the day into a jar. Although it may not seem like much, all this can add up!

Creating a budget in the months leading up to your long-term vacation can also help you decide where you can cut back on your spending. Drinking one less fancy coffee or eating out a few times less can save you more than a few dollars in the long run. Always keep in mind your goal of your long-term vacation and the amazing things you’re planning on doing there- this will keep you excited to save and on track with your budget!

By planning your long-term vacation early you can cash in on the best vacation rental properties for the best prices. Giving yourself enough time to plan also gives you enough time to research the options you have regarding your long-term vacation; compare and contrast different deals, dates and travel plans to get the most affordable price. Depending on how long you are planning to go on vacation you might also be able to get a long-term vacation rental price that reflects the longevity and consistency of your stay.

One of the benefits of a long-term vacation is that you have the chance to make this new location a home away from home. You can eat meals in and dine out, go on tours or simply walk around your new neighborhood. While you should definitely make efforts to enjoy your vacation to the fullest you can use all the above methods to save some money while you are away. Additionally you can consider working as a freelancer (if your job supports that) or picking up and odd job to make some money on the side. Whatever it is that you’d like to try, go for it! It’s your vacation, after all.

We rarely are able to save as much money as we want, however, having enough money to cover a plane ticket should you need to return home suddenly or a few hundred dollars extra to cover a medical expense isn’t a bad idea before you go on a long-term vacation.

The Island With The Most Return Visitors

The Island With The Most Return Visitors

Being a travel consultant, I had read up on the island, and the images of “flying fish” and “green monkeys” stirred my imagination. Also the fact that there is nothing but water separating Barbados and the coast of Africa meant we were going to truly be in the West Indies, and close to the equator. That alone was enough for a sun and beach lover!

When our ship docked, we opted to take an island cruise via taxi. Four hours later, we had covered the island’s coastline from the calm waters of the west coast on the Caribbean Sea, to the raging Atlantic coast on the east, and the lively south coast. You just have to love an island that offers a completely different experience on all coasts. When the cruise ship pulled out to sea, I can remember having a longing for an island that I had only experienced for a day.

Upon returning home, we started planning a land based trip to the island. Being a beach lover, we made reservations for the next year on west coast of the island. I remembered the water being glassy calm, and longed to spend lazy days at the beach. The west coast attracts the rich and famous, and is home to fabulous homes, hotels and villas. This coastline is located on the Caribbean Sea, and the water is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Fine dining is a fact of life, and Barbados is known for some of the best restaurants in the world.

As we started to meet other vacationers, we quickly learned that most of them had been to the island many times before. I found this unusual, since most Caribbean vacationers opt to experience new islands. What was even more surprising, many of the English and Canadian visitors spend the entire winter season on the island every year. It certainly made us “short termers” with our two week vacation.

My curiosity about these long term repeat vacations prompted me to ask why they returned year after year. Their answers centered around the friendly locals, variety of lodging that caters to long term visitors, sunny weather, great food and a standard of living that is conducive to making the island a second winter home.

After a week of being beach bums, we ventured out to the southern coast, and found the St Lawrence Gap. As we walked the mile long Gap area, I knew this would be our future spot on the island each year. The west coast is rather sedate, and spread out compared to the lively south coast. We found more than 20 restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, shopping, and a great beach all in one area. We could hardly contain ourselves til next years vacation. The love affair with Barbados was in full swing.

Thirteen years later, we are still in love. The same driver picks us up at the airport each year, and welcomes us back home. As timeshare members, we have made many friends over the years. Who would have thought that fourteen years ago we would have English, Canadian, Danish and Bajan friends that we keep in touch with throughout the year, and can’t wait to see each winter season.

As soon as winter hits here in the Midwest, I have thoughts of eating flying fish and seeing the green monkeys playing outside our balcony in the morning. Do the fish really fly? Well, they skim over the water, and they do have wings. Are the monkeys really green? Their color could best be described as a combination of green, brown and yellow.

The real reality is the sun shines brighter, the water is like a warm bath, and some of the most friendly people occupy this 160 mile paradise. I feel safe there, and unfortunately gain weight each year eating great food from one side of the island to the other. And when I get a travel request for Barbados, I can hardly contain my excitement telling a client all the inns and outs of the island.

This is a brief story about a love affair with an island, and its people. At times I feel guilty about not having the same feeling about the other islands I’ve visited in the Caribbean. After all, I am a Caribbean travel consultant, and I am not supposed to be partial to just one island. I love all of the Caribbean islands, but I’m in love with Barbados.

If your curiosity is peaked after reading this article, then be advised after one visit, your future travel plans may head you in the same direction each year.

Things To Explore During A Vacation Home Purchase

Holiday homes are ever popular among those who travel regularly for leisure, fun or business. Most of travelers buy holiday villas to avoid staying in expensive hotels. They realize that staying in their own second homes with everything makes their vacations more exciting, safer and enjoyable. If you want to buy a second home, focus on the following.

-Whether a vacation home is really urgent.

-Main things to look for when selecting a holiday residence.

-Financing options available to you.

-Taxation issues

To know whether a holiday villa is really important right now you need to think through your priorities. If you have pending expenditures such children education fees, mortgage payments for your primary residence, a big hospital bill or credit card debt, you are not ready for an activity as huge as buying a vacation house. It can wait. If, on the other hand, you are determined to buy a beach villa for your family, then discuss with them first. Do they want a house within a driving or a walking distance? In which country do they want their house to be based on?

As the prime decision maker you must evaluate their suggestions carefully to see if they are beyond your financial strength. The family may want a house in a particular place because it seems quiet, safe and exciting. But you need to focus on the current market conditions of homes in that particular area. Are the appreciation rates stable in the past few years? You never know what the future might bring your way. Who knows if you will resell your beach cottages in future? This is why you are advised to ponder on stable appreciation rates.

There are other things to look for when selecting a second residence. First you want to assess a given location in person by renting out a vacation villa for a few days or weeks. Explore the area’s socio amenities including roads, hospitals, shopping complexes, schools, churches, entertainment joints, grocery stores and related things. You need to buy a vacation home in a relatively developed area or an area that show signs of developing steadily in the near future. Ensure that you talk to the local people in order to get first-hand information.

How to finance your home purchase matters a lot as well. There will be a down payment as usual but the total price range for holiday homes is normally five to ten percent down. Mortgage financing may be possible even internationally but you really need help from a reliable real estate attorney and a listing agent. Using your primary home’s equity line of credit could be possible as well depending on where you intend to purchase a house. Finally, you need to focus on property taxation issues particularly if you intend to let out your new vacation villa.