Pros and Cons Booking Tickets Online

As the vacation season approaches, you will notice a maddening rush for booking family vacations. It is quite natural for one to search for a value for money travel deal that offers maximum excitement and luxury. Travel agents and online booking sites are prominent contenders that offer the best deals to travelers. This post will help you choose the right option for making bookings for your vacation.

With a whopping growth in the use of the Internet in the last decade, we have seen a gradual transition in methods used for customer service, from the traditional to booking online. In line with this trend, the tourism industry is gradually expanding in the form of online travel booking facilities too. I have listed below some pros and cons of booking with help of a travel agent as well as online travel websites. Hope this helps you to choose the right option.

Booking Online Vs. Travel Agents
Online Booking
With the advent of the Internet, a customer’s approach to the travel industry has undergone a drastic change. With help of facilities like online payment services, all bookings can now be done at the click of a button right in the comfort of one’s home.


Customers just need to hint their travel destination onto a search engine and a dizzying list of online travel booking sites and hotel websites will start showing up on the screen. Each site is designed in a user-friendly manner which helps customers browse and choose the best possible holiday deal. If that is not enough, customers can now choose their airplane seats and take a virtual tour of their hotel room even before they have paid for their trip. Online bookings can surely woo their customers by adding a visual factor to their booking techniques.

Online booking facilities are available around the clock and help customers to plan a holiday or book an emergency rail or airline ticket at any time and from any place. Once the booking is done, there is a prompt issuance of an invoice, itinerary and e-tickets to the customer as an assurance of the booking. Frequent business fliers have found these facilities extremely useful as they can plan their business trips from remote locations too.

Online bookings provide a wider exposure to customers with reference to travel destinations, customer referrals, sight-seeing activities and so on. This means that customers looking for online bookings can easily book their holidays at some virgin coasts and other less explored locations around the world. Since these online sites are browsed by customers from around the world, there is a wider scope for reading comments and suggestions posted by previous travelers.

Every technology has its disadvantages and so does online bookings. While the Internet offers good reviews and comments of some supposed previous travelers, there is no guarantee that the names and positive comments are authentic. The travel agent on the other hand, tends to make a suggestion based on his personal experience and quotes by his previous customers.

With a huge scale of frauds and Internet crimes taking place, online booking sites are not far behind. There are several well-designed sites that offer to do online bookings for their customers. They offer fake reviews and holiday discounts to lure customers. There is a high chance of innocent customers booking a holiday or an airplane ticket through these sites. These sites generally issue fake itineraries and tickets after the payment is made. Preference for online bookings demands that customers stay alert and ensure authenticity of the online booking sites before proceeding with any transaction.

Online booking sites are designed to make the customers feel that they have got the cheapest travel deal on offer. However, the grim reality is that the commission, taxes and hidden charges on online booking sites are way higher than traditional travel agents.

Travel Agents
These refer to the traditional traveling and ticketing agents who guide the customer to plan their holidays and business trips in return for a fixed commission. If you plan to book a trip through an agent, make sure to confirm that he possesses any of the following certifications – IATA, UFTAA, ASTA, USTOA, or TAP.


Someone has rightly said that travel agents act like their customer’s advocate or representative when dealing with bookings in the travel industry. It is often seen that travel agents suggest a particular hotel or airline to their new customers based on traveling industry reports or upon feedback of their previous customers. In all, there is a personal assurance of quality of services to the customers from a travel agent. In case of any deflection from the expected service standards, the travel agent works as an advocate to get a suitable compensation and reimbursement for his customers.

There is a sense of personalized touch when dealing with a travel agent. Most customers have only a faint idea about ideal holiday destinations. Travel agents then try to understand the customers’ needs. With the aid of their experience in the travel industry, they can guide their customers and draw up customized itineraries for their clients. A travel agent may recommend his customers to plan a holiday at a place depending upon a favorable season at that tourist destination.

Travel agents are very helpful when you’re trying to add a variety of components to your trip. e.g. airline booking, local sight-seeing, airport transfers, hotel bookings etc. Most travel agents are in constant touch with airline companies and hotels, and this tie-up can help improve chances of getting a mass scale booking even on short notice.


The choice of airlines, hotels, and destination services such as cab services or restaurant choices can be limited as travel agents tend to have tie-ups with a limited number of service providers. There are many regular travelers who feel that travel agents tend to suggest commonly tried hotels and resorts rather than exploring and providing diverse options to their customers.

There are several customers around the world who feel that suggestions of travel agents are based on commissions and profitability. It is common for a travel agent to press his customer into opting for a hotel booking from which the agent is likely to get a higher commission both from the hotel as well as the customer.

Travel agencies are manually run by people. Except for bookings which get done on the internet, most of the other work is done verbally. Therefore, this profession can never be guaranteed to be error free.

I suggest all my readers to hire services of a reputed travel agent when planning a long and expensive holiday. Personally, I strike a golden balance by using the online booking sites to browse for some really attractive destinations and best rated hotels. I even use some reputed online sites to make my rail and flight bookings and ask my travel agent to make arrangements for local sight-seeing. I make sure to choose a hotel or resort after a careful discussion with my travel agent. This way, I use both options to my best possible benefit.

Tips to Plan a Trip to Istanbul

Istanbul’s copious charm never fails to impress and then entice anyone who steps into this wonderful and historic city. Located at the center of the Asia-Europe confluence, Istanbul’s past and presence merge, making it a must-see location for travel-happy people.

If we are to follow Mr. Pamuk’s advice, the best way to enjoy and savor Istanbul is to be a stranger here, and allow the city to weave its magic all around you. So, strangers that we are to the city, here’s a little fuel to get you going. Before we get to the nicer part, which explains what awaits us in Istanbul, here are a few things that tell us what we need to know before we actually get there.

What are the travel documents needed?
International travelers need to possess a valid passport, along with a Turkish visa. Travelers, at times, are also permitted to purchase a Turkish visa upon their arrival. However, you are advised to contact the Turkish embassy in your country to know more about the visa-on-arrival provision, and whether you are entitled to avail it. Alongside, you must also purchase travel insurance that will last you for the duration of your stay. To do so, you may speak to any travel agent in your city.

The currency in Turkey is called the Turkish Lira. 1 TL converts to approximately 0.49 USD, though the exchange rates constantly fluctuate. US dollars and Euros are fairly easy to exchange all over the country, but it is safest to do so only at a bank. ATM kiosks can be found across the city, so withdrawing cash will not be a hassle. Prominent credit cards are accepted at most establishments in Istanbul.

What is the best time to travel to Istanbul?
As with every popular holiday destination, Istanbul too sees a high influx of tourists around late spring and summer. So, depending upon your budget, you may wish to visit the city during the peak season (July to August); although the sweltering humidity might be bothersome. Fall and early winter (September to November) is a great time to be here as well, both in terms of weather and budget.

As far as your journey is concerned, booking your flight tickets in advance will help you snag a good deal. However, there also are certain travel portals which offer last-minute discounts on plane tickets. Travel agents may also help you get low-cost tickets since they tend to book in bulk.

How to get there?
Several international carriers have scheduled flights to Istanbul. The city is serviced by two airports―Atatürk International on the European side, and the Sabiha Gökçen International on the Asian side. Once you land here, you can avail taxis, Havaş shuttle buses, or have your hotel arrange your transportation to reach the city center.

How is the internal transportation like?
In a single word―it’s complicated. Istanbul is served by a decent network of trains, buses, trams, taxis, and ferries.
The bus system here is very reliable. The major bus stands are at Taksim Square, Beşiktaş, Aksaray, Rüstempaşa (Eminönü), Kadıköy and Üsküdar, and most services run between 6.30am and 11.30pm.

The tram network is fairly decent and affordable as well. Trams run on various routes around the city every five minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Ferries are an excellent way to cruise the Bosphorus river, and to view the city’s gorgeous skyline. The Boğaz Hattı dock has the Eminönü-Kavaklar Boğaziçi Özel Gezi Seferleri ferry operating every morning, and is favored by most tourists. There are private boat tours available as well.

Taxis are a bit expensive, especially if you encounter a driver who is determined to fleece you. Always ensure and insist that the taxi meter is running, and pay accordingly. A regular rate is levied during daytime, and you’ll see the gündüz sign flash, indicating the same. Taxis charge 50% higher from midnight to 6 a.m., indicated by the gece sign when the meter starts.

The Istanbulkart travel card is recommended for those who intend to use a lot of public transport. You can buy this card from the airport at a fee of 10 TL, and top it up at various centers around the city. This pass is valid for boarding buses, subway trains, commuter trains, ferryboats and trams operated by the Metropolitan Municipality.

Where to stay?
Just like the transportation system, the staying options in Istanbul are limitless, and cater to every budget. So, there’s everything from 5-star luxury―Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul | Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1 , Sultanahmet-Eminönü, 34110 Istanbul, to budget hostels like Big Apple Hostel | Cankurtaran Mah. Akbiyik Cad. Bayram Firini Sok. No:12 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, to boutique hotels like the Witt Istanbul Hotel | Defterdar Yokuşu 26 Cihangir Beyoğlu. The best way to find the perfect accommodation would be to consult your travel agent or log on to any travel portal like Expedia or Hotels.

Anything else to be kept in mind?
If you’re apprehensive about the country’s collective mindset as an Islamic nation, you have nothing to worry about. Citizens of Istanbul are fairly broad-minded and sartorially forward. Packing for your trip should be fairly simple, and you just need to take stuff according to the weather. Keep in mind, though, that you need to adhere to a conservative dress code while visiting any religious place in the city. Walking along the city’s cobbled paths will require comfortable footwear.

Places to Visit

And we’re finally on to the best part where we give you a sneak peek about what awaits you in Istanbul. Featured below are a few prominent landmarks of this beautiful city; though keep in mind that there are several other interesting places to visit when you’re here.

Aya Sofya/Hagia Sophia | Sultanahmet

What used to be a Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, and then an Imperial mosque, is now a museum dedicated to Turkish art and history. And the best part is that you don’t even need to set foot in the building, as its Byzantine architectural design is sure to knock your breath off from a distance. Located in the Sultanahmet corridor, this structure has become the ubiquitous symbol of Turkey, and also happens to be one of the most visited museums in the world.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque | Sultanahmet

Also known as the Blue Mosque owing to the color of its roof tiles, the Sultan Ahmed mosque is a rare instance of a mosque with six minarets, instead of the usual four. Visitors coming to this mosque are awed by its sheer size and opulence, and not to mention, its architectural perfection. In recent times, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Blue Mosque in 2006 was welcomed by followers of both faiths.

Maiden’s Tower | Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Üsküdar, Istanbul

Located on an island in the middle of the Bosphorus river, the Maiden’s Tower has all the necessary qualification to be Istanbul’s premier hotspot for romance. A short boat ride from Üsküdar will bring you to this tower. Come here in the evening to see the sun go down on the Bosphorus, and watch the city light up in the night. The views from the top of the tower are guaranteed to be mesmerizing.

Dolmabahçe Palace | Vişnezade Mh., 34357 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province

‘Ornate’ is the word that best describes this palace that is sure to wow you with its grandiose design. The palace stands as a testimony of the Ottoman empire’s final bastion―this is the very place where President Atatürk passed away in 1938. You’ll have to join a guided tour to enter the palace, before which you’ll have to buy an entry ticket. The lines usually get endless during peak season, and the wait for the tickets can be very tiresome.

Grand Bazaar | Beyazit/Istanbul Province

A must-visit marketplace for everyone coming to the city, this is where you can find the gorgeously intricate Ottoman lamps and rugs, as well as encounter hawkers selling fake Rolexes. With around 3000 shops spread over 61 streets, this is one of the world’s oldest and largest markets. You’ll find everything here, be it spices, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and nick-knacks, but it is the extraordinary experience of being here is what will remain in your memory for a long time to come.

Bosphorus River Cruise

A nighttime cruise on the Bosphorus is the best way to experience the city in its glowing grandeur. The lofty silhouettes of Istanbul’s most famous landmarks make for some fancy viewing as you gape in admiration at the bridges that transverse the river. Beautiful is surely an understatement.

The Istanbul Specials

And finally, we’ve profiled two of Istanbul’s distinct features. One, its omnipresent feline citizens; and two, the delicious Turkish flavored tea. It is quite apparent that the people of Istanbul love their cats, as you’ll find them everywhere―what’s more, they are well-fed, loved, and quite happy to call this city their home. The other prime identity of the city is their tea which is served in little tulip-shaped glasses, accompanied by a bowl of sugar cubes. While coffee drinkers in Istanbul are abundant, it is the tea that holds its charm over everything else.

Of course, this was just a rather miniscule sample of Istanbul, for the rest is up to you to explore when you arrive. To be frank, it would be hard to do justice to a city so beautiful, in a matter of a few days. You definitely don’t need us to tell you that multiple trips to Istanbul are in order.

Tips for Finding a Travel Companion

Putting up something as heavy as the philosophy mentioned above does exert undue pressure on you, doesn’t it? Those who are travelers at heart don’t really mind jet-setting anywhere by themselves, but there are times (work pressures, heartbreaks, etc.) when you know you’d love it better with a little company.

Which is what gets us where we are. So, how does one nail the right travel companion? Is it just sheer luck? Or just an endless ordeal involving trial and error? Well, it’s a bit of both, actually. But you can better your chances by reading what follows.

How do you find a companion?
The obvious choice is to pick one among people you already know. This includes the usual―relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

If for some reason, none of these make the cut, you do have the choice to pick your partner(s) online. There are specific websites dedicated to the cause, like travel buddies, which help you get in touch with like-minded travel partners. Mind you, opt for this only if you have absolutely no qualms with taking a trip with strangers. Well-known forums such as those on Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet may also be of help.

And how do you know he or she is the one?
Well, obviously you don’t, unless you actually set out to travel. There are various qualities that we’d want our travel buddy to have, but in a real-world situation, it’s best that we stay rooted with accepting the essentials. So, while we can go on and on with the ideal requirements, we simply cannot do without the following qualities.

He or she truly likes to travel.
Yes, it’s a duh! point to begin with, but believe me, there are hundreds of people who are just in love with the idea of travel, than actually traveling. They speak of exotic places and dream of visiting them, but are weary of leaving their cul-de-sac when it comes to it. Going on a trip with someone like this, (assuming that they do come along) is akin to running a three-legged race with a stone-drunk person.

Also, traveling involves a lot of uncertainties―a room with a spider, trains/planes/buses that never arrive as scheduled, and attractions that are complete rip-offs. You’d want to go with someone who accepts this as part of the journey (however grudgingly), and moves on to the next adventure (this is probably the mark of the perfect traveler).

If you manage to find a person like this, cling to them for life, after you’ve confirmed that he/she genuinely wants to go where you’re going. You wouldn’t want an Ibiza/Phuket type to come meditate with you in the Himalayas, would you?

Is like-minded, but not a clone.
Finding a like-minded partner is like a dream come true for us, in the unlikely event that it does happen. However, you wouldn’t want that person to be your supposed personality-twin. Well, you need someone with different ideas and a perspective that’s not your own. Someone who manages to enhance your travel experience, and vice versa. In short, someone who ends up bettering your brand of crazy.

Allows you some space.
Your buddy needs to be mindful of the fact that you won’t be joined at the hip throughout the duration of your journey (because you’re not on a honeymoon here). You both need to chart your own course for a certain duration, when one wants to go to the museum, and the other wants to hit the beach. Travel buddies don’t have to do everything together―and that’s the beauty of their partnership. A no-holds-barred time off from each other ought to be a part of the trip. And mind you, this has got to be amicable.

But doesn’t mind being in proximity to you.
Travel buddies may need to share rooms, tents, and bathrooms, be next to each other on long, tiring journeys, and end up not wanting to kill each other. Bodily habits can be a major bone of contention between travel partners, which is why, it’s better to be very clear about one’s level of tolerance upfront. Familiarity offers a certain level of comfort, but too much of it may also breed contempt. Be open about what you can and cannot stand, and you should be just fine, if not entirely happy.

Finally, it should just click!
No matter what, you should never ignore that little voice in your head, if it begins to warn you. Everyone’s sixth sense is capable enough to gauge a rank stranger, or even a known person. So, if your heart and your mind is not in it, abandon the plan. Go solo if you please, but don’t be pressured or pressure someone else to go on a holiday. It usually ends up among the decisions you’d regret for a long time.

There are far too many qualities an ideal travel mate should have. But if these points aren’t ticked off, you might as well tick off the entire trip.

Tips for Traveling With Jewelry Safely

If you’re going someplace exotic for a vacation, why not leave all your jewelry at home, and shop for a few trinkets at your destination? This way, you rid the hassle of carrying it, and pick up some fabulous souvenirs too.

The mere thought of going shopping while on a vacation does set the right mood, every time. But one isn’t always as fortunate. There are those other trips which require us to be dolled up in a certain manner―like going out of town for a wedding, or the holidays, or even perhaps the occasional business trip. These are the kind of trips that warrant the need to carry jewelry, which quite honestly, can be harrowing for women who have a propensity to be a little preoccupied.

Lest you misplace or lose your precious pieces of jewelry, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind.
Know what to carry.

However tempted you might be to just pack everything, do remind yourself about the risks involved, especially if it’s a heirloom or costs a fortune. Remember the thumb rule, if losing the piece will cause you prolonged heartache, it’s best to leave it at home. This doesn’t mean that you avoid wearing your favorite piece of jewelry, but just consider the overall risk involved in carrying it.

Preferably, pick pieces that are versatile. This ensures that you’re adequately accessorized, no matter what the outfit or occasion. In this regard, jewelry that has white stones set in silver tones is your best bet. Unlike gold, silver matches with almost anything, as do white stones―this is the kind of jewelry which is a timeless classic.

However, if you have a specific event to attend which has a color code to adhere to, you will obviously want to stick to it. But even in this case, it would be prudent to stick to the rule of carrying limited pieces.
Know how to carry it.

If your luggage has enough room for jewelry boxes, you have nothing to worry about. But if you have a space crunch, pack your jewels in a velvet pouch, made specifically for this purpose. If you don’t have a velvet pouch, place your jewels between layers of cotton, wrap this in a soft cloth or kerchief, and place it in a Ziploc bag. You must ensure that the pieces do not undergo any kind of friction, or do not fall out of the bag when you’re taking them out.

If you’ll be flying to your destination, you may want to carry your jewels along with you in your cabin baggage. If you’re carrying too many things in it, it would be better to place it in the checked-in luggage, lest you set off the metal detectors, and trigger an inspection.

Know how to keep it really safe.
Precious jewelry must be insured at any cost―do so if you haven’t already. In case your collection is insured, contact your agent to know the company’s portable coverage rules. If need be, upgrade your policy to cover any thefts or damage caused when you’re out of town

Tips to Care for Your Jewelry While Traveling

  • Going to the beach? Saltwater and coastal moisture can cause irreparable damage to your jewelry. Carrying fake jewelry is not only safe, but convenient as well.
  • The use of cosmetics like sunscreens, moisturizers, and perfumes can dull the luster of your jewelry; take care while using these products.
  • If you plan to roam in crowded areas, keep your accessories to a minimum. It would be better to store them in your hotel’s safe.
  • Women tend to remove their rings while washing their hands―please remember to collect it before you exit the restroom.

Regardless of whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, your trip needs to be stress-free. Carrying precious cargo in the form of jewelry can be a bit bothersome, but be vigilant at all times, and there’s no stopping you from flaunting your gorgeous accessories.

Booking Cheap Hotel Rooms in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the pleasure capital of America. The city, founded on a huge Nevada desert plain as a gambling town in the mid-50s has long since transformed itself into a holiday destination for singles, couples, tour groups and families. With hotels, theme parks, and the all-pervasive casinos on the famous Strip, Las Vegas offers a huge variety of entertainment. Often the city gets packed through the weekend with vacationers. With Vegas hosting many concerts and sporting events all year long, room rates tend to shoot up during these periods, along with weekends and New Year. Here’s what to look for when booking your hotel rooms for that dream Vegas trip.

Go Online- but Verify!

There’s no two ways about it- you can find a very good deal when you book a room online. You can play around with the dates and duration of your stay to see how hotel rates change. Rates are often low a day before the weekend as well as from Monday to Wednesday if it is not peak vacation season. You can book a few months in advance to get really low prices, as hotels discount their rooms to get confirmed bookings well in advance. While some websites include all taxes and charges in their bookings, there could be a catch hidden in the terms and conditions, so be sure to compare final payment prices before firming up your booking. Experienced travelers also recommend calling up the hotel a few days after you book your room and confirm the booking with the staff. This can also be a chance to know if your hotel offers any additional offers or promotions to customers.

Sign up for Hotel Newsletters and Loyalty Cards

Most large hotels in Las Vegas offer free email subscriptions which you can sign up for through their websites. These newsletters offer a sneak peek into discounts offered by the hotel. Sometimes there are exclusive deals for subscribers. Another option is to sign up for Loyalty programs offered by different hotels. Members of these programs can get an option to stay at discounted rates at different times of the year.

Look for tie-ups with airlines and other service providers

Airlines with major operations in Las Vegas often have sizeable tie-ups with hotels in the city which travelers can avail while booking their flight ticket. These deals are not usually available to travelers who have booked on a different airline. Also, these deals often do not show up on online hotel booking websites so they tend to go under the radar of a lot of people. Senior citizens can check out AARP recommended hotels and compare with online prices.

Marquee Hotels have Great Deals too

It’s a misconception that the large casinos and hotels of Las Vegas keep their rates high to attract the high rollers. These hotels lose money if their rooms are not filled quickly, and with thousands of rooms in each marquee hotel, big discounts are often offered to get footfalls. Staying in the largest hotels of Las Vegas can be an amazing experience for tourists. These hotels have a lot of room types, from presidential suites to deluxe rooms, so don’t be afraid to call them up, email or check out their newsletters for any deals they might be offering.

Car Rental Tips

Today, people are increasingly going for car rental services. Whether they need to go for a vacation or have to travel from one destination to another, they choose car rental services.

Hiring a car is both easy and convenient method to commute. You can get a range of cars to choose from. You can get small cars like Indica to luxury cars like SUVs and sedans. However, you should take care of few things before approaching the car rental companies. These are:

Make Proper Search Before Renting: The very first thing that you need to do is search for various car rental companies available in the market. One option would be looking out for the local vendors working in your neighborhood, and the other option is to search online. Searching for a car rental service online is a good option as it saves time and energy, and even you can avail special discounts reserved for online customers. Online browsing gives a choice of comparing rates of different car rental companies; however, you need to take care of various factors like car size, location, hours of operation and more.

Make Advance Bookings: Hiring a car in advance is a very good idea. It is advised that you should try to make a reservation at least a month before your journey, because it becomes difficult to get an appropriate car at the last moment. Furthermore, during peak season, you end up paying more while compromising on size, vehicle choice or more, when you make a reservation at the last moment. As an icing, there are many car rental companies that offer special discounts to people making prior reservations.

Review the Rental Company and Driver’s rating: When you are traveling with a hired car and a driver, it is mandatory that the driver is well behaved and trustworthy. Therefore, it becomes very important to take care of the driver’s review and rating before making a reservation. You can also go through the testimonials and never hesitate to talk to the previous customers.

Get the Car Checked: if you are going out on a distant place through the car, make sure that the car you are hiring is in good condition. There are many online car rental companies that provide the complete detail of the last service done on the car. Even you can ask to check the car before renting it. Also check the accessories of the car like wipers, radio, brakes, seatbelts etc. It is also advised to check the insure coverage of the rental car. Many car rental services have limited car insurance, so if you are going for a longer time period, ask them to get the vehicle covered.

Payment and Fuel Utilization Methods: it is one of the important features that you need to take care while hiring a car rental service. There are two important ways to go about it. You can either take the vehicle as it is and refuel it before returning it to the company or you can pay for the fuel in advance. The second option is convenient and cost effective if you will be able to consume the entire tank. However, if you are travelling for the smaller distance, you should choose the first option.

It is very important that you choose a car that suits you needs and falls within your budget. Taking care of the above mentioned points, you can get a good rental car deal and can enjoy your trip.

Choose the Hotels in Camps Bay

Are you tired of finding out the best hotels at the time of visiting the various places? And now you are incamps bay! Nothing to worry! You have the opportunity of getting the best hotels with the ultramodern accommodation. Exterior decoration matters a lot, but interior decoration and available facility attracts most the minds of visitors. When the entire accommodation and the facilities provided by the hotel authority, the visitors love to stay there.

Finding majestic villas?

The Peninsula Mountain region of Cape Town belongs to a lot of higher quality hotels and holiday homes. The camps bay hotels are so much impressive along with its facilities that all the local and foreign visitors prefer to stay there. If once you look at the interior decorations and the facilities of the hotel rooms, you will understand the demand of it.

You should select camps bay holes for these reasons:

  • Guests can enjoy the mountain and beach view from the hotel itself. The amazing look of the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean is really enjoyable.  The mind blowing beach beauty along with the trendy sunset is really mind blowing. You will get this scenic beauty from the hotels of the bay.
  • Except watching the beach beauty, Mountain View or the sunset enjoyment, you have the option of choosing the stylish interior decorations. You have the fashionable bedrooms according to your choice in the trendiest rooms.
  • The interior decoration of the Hotels in camps bay is really extraordinary. It is suitable for enjoying the most relaxing moments.

Facilities in the Hotels Camps Bay

What is the difference in the hotels of camps bay and the other hotels?  The difference lies in their facilities.

You will get the following facilities in the hotels though they might vary from hotel to hotels.

You will get swimming pool with hot water. You have the opportunity of enjoying swimming without getting a touch of cold. This is a unique facility that you can enjoy here only.

  • The facility of air condition is available in every room that soothes you most.
  • You will get the faculty of modern kitchen equipped with all ultramodern apparatus.
  • For enjoying the relaxing moments, you have the option to play songs with the pre-equipped digital sound system. You can play your favorite video or TV channels on the large TV screen of the rooms.
  • Being an internet savvy, you can enjoy the internet facilities through free Wi-Fi connectivity. Etc. you can enjoy Wi-Fi through your Smartphone or laptops. So, your important works can be continued here without any interruption.

Affordable and Flexible Rates:

The rates of the hotels are also an important part. Get the best apartments at a lower cost. The price of the hotels varies according to the season. So, choose the season according to the budget. Most of the hotels have their special offer-prices according to the season. They have low seasons, mid season, the pick-season and high season. For the best holiday rentals, you have to choose a budget and select the season when you want to visit the bay.

Beautiful Floating Hotels

Floating hotels are a viable option when land is unavailable. Such hotels are not constructed on solid ground, that is to say, they are designed to be positioned on water, through appropriate means of construction underneath so that the building stands in place. Such hotels and cabins are quite common in coastal areas and places with myriad water bodies.

With rising competition, it has become a challenge for hotels to offer the best architecture, views, and services. There are some amazing floating hotels in the world; while some are constructed with extravagant charm, there are others that impress with their simplicity and breathtaking location.

Some of the most beautiful, yet simple, water cabins are located in Varadero, Cuba, and the beautiful islands of the Maldives. The list below presents some of the best floating hotels in the world.

Top Ten Beautiful Floating Hotels

King Pacific Lodge

The King Pacific Lodge is located in British Columbia, Canada, and is a brilliant sight to behold. It is constructed on top of a floating barge amidst the natural wilderness. Particularly famous for fishing, this lodge can be reached by float-plane, and is towed to Princess Royal Island from May to October. It is run by a helpful local couple, and offers innumerable five-star benefits, like suites with king-size beds and hot-tubs, and outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Located in the Republic of Maldives, it is a world away from a world, being one of many thousands of islands that comprise the Maldives. The proximity of the sun and the sea makes this hotel seem like on the intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon. It offers an exotic experience of diving, swimming, and a myriad other water activities. With secluded decks and complete privacy, this place gives you the ultimate experience of living on water.

The Sunborn London

The Sunborn London is the first super-yacht floating hotel in London. Launched in July 2014, this hotel was originally a 400-foot-long black-and-white super-yacht. It has now been converted into a luxury floating hotel, with 138 huge guest rooms. Some of the rooms have private terraces as well.

Dragon Inn Floating Resort

Also known as Semporna Floating, this lovely hotel is located in Semporna, Malaysia. It is supported by underwater stilts and is built using natural material, like leaf roofs and bamboo walls. The hotel offers unbelievable comfort and provides an unmatched experience of a traditional water-village, for the hotel villas are built like traditional log cabins.

Conrad Maldives

While Maldives itself is a stunning visual treat of sun, sea, and sand, the Conrad Maldives is a luxury hotel on the Rangali Island that stands out among the rest. Located in the Indian Ocean, across two private islands, the Conrad Maldives has more than 50 individual water villas, more than 20 spa treatment cabins, and the most beautiful all-glass, under-ocean restaurant. Watching the lovely aquatic life amidst the dim lights at dinner while hearing the soothing sound of the sea is oh, so wonderful!

Oberoi Udaivilas

Located in Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, in India, the Oberoi Udaivilas will make you feel like royalty. Situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, it is a brilliant combination of the ancient and the modern. The interior of the hotel is utterly luxurious and vintage, with hand-painted antiques, well-designed domes, and turquoise fountains. The suites again, are an extraordinary combination of old and new designs, with a private swimming pool. The hotel offers a beautiful view of the City Palace, while the blues and the greens and the myriad hues outside the hotel surpass the palette of any painter.

Punta Caracol

Situated at the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Panama, South America, the Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge is a natural retreat to the environment. It comprises water villas constructed in the traditional method, complete with leaf and bamboo and wood and plants. The natural beauty of the marine life and the magnificent sunsets add to the overall experience.

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa

The Lagoon Resort and Spa in the Bora Bora province of French Polynesia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful floating hotels. The resort contains around 44 over-water villas, combined with simple private balconies and garden retreats. The water bungalows offer incredible diving opportunities, and a magnificent view of the Mount Otemanu. The luxurious spa amenities make this hotel the perfect choice for honeymoon couples.

The Float House River Kwai Resort

Located on the still waters of the river Kwai, in the Kanchanaburi province, it is one of the best floating hotels in Thailand that accommodates more than 28 floating hotels. The hotel was awarded the ‘best floating hotel in Asia’, and rightly so. While maintaining proximity to nature, the Float House River Kwai Resort provides convenience to an abundance of other activities. An aerial view of the water cabins on top of the blue waters and the proximity to nature is breathtakingly divine.

The Burj Al Arab

It is also called ‘the Tower of Arabs’ and is a seven-star luxury hotel. Shaped like a sail and connected to the mainland by means of a causeway, this floating hotel is renowned for its superb hospitality and service. It is expensive, of course, but with a reason. The luxury suites offer an opulent view of the city, the Dubai Marina, and miles of the surrounding sea. The hotel and the surrounding areas are a glistening sight after sunset, like a radiant kaleidoscope of millions of twinkling lights.

Car Rental Service

When looking for cheap Car rental, numerous individuals like to book occasion or business car employ ahead of time. Car contract is typically an unquestionable requirement for most business treks, unless you are being gotten at the airplane terminal. Driving an organization car is fine for short outings, yet when you have long separations to travel, or even abroad, then you need to hire a car and you need something fitting for your needs. Car rental Singapore can be considerably more vital to the vast majority, especially in the event that they have extensive families including two grown-ups and three or four youngsters. It’s sufficiently awful having two youngsters in the back of a little car not to mention three! You likely comprehend what I mean!

That is fine in the event that you are looking for cheap car rental in your own nation, yet you may experience issues doing as such when voyaging abroad. It’s sufficiently troublesome booking an car in Hawaii when you live in Colorado, however have a go at making a development booking in Kenya when you live in Australia! Wouldn’t it be extraordinary in the event that you could locate a straightforward approach to book business car contract or a car for your occasions from your own particular home? On the other hand have your secretary do it for you without detaching her hair? The vast majority like to book their car ahead of time when taking some time off or for business trips. Cheap car rental is simpler to get by occupying early on the web, and by doing as such they verify they get the car they require, and not simply ‘what’s accessible’. Others don’t appear to worry about forward occupying of contract cars: they will book air tickets and train tickets ahead of time yet leave their cars to good fortune!

Unpretentious Car Rental Cost Advantage

There are a few preferences of booking your vacation car rental ahead of time, not the minimum being expense. Most car contract firms will charge less for a development booking than if you essentially turn up at the work area, so occupying your get-away or business car rental ahead of time will presumably spare you cash – especially on the off chance that you book a car on the web. Once in a while that is impractical with business trips; however you ought to at any rate know when your flight is because of land at its destination. You can book your car online ahead of time for that time and likely improve cost than some individual strolling off the plane and attempting to get modest car rental at the work area.

Best Choice of Cars

Now booking a cheap car rental for holidays become very easy, When you catch a car from the airplane terminal you are limited to what they have accessible: not exactly what is accessible for airplane terminal car rental, however to what is left, especially on the off chance that you are close to the back of the line!

It’s not simple to find out a car to suit you on the off chance that you have five or six in your family, and bunches of gear. Truth be told, you may not discover anything and need to pay for two or three taxis to your inn with the goal that they can bail you out with leasing a car sufficiently huge for your needs. It is far superior to have booked your vacation cheap car rental Singapore west ahead of time.

 Modest Car Rental Price Comparisons

In the event that you know the kind of vehicle you require, you ought to have the capacity to analyze reserved car rental costs crosswise over car contract firms furthermore crosswise over models that meet your determinations. By employing a cheap car rental Singapore one day ahead of time you ought to have the capacity to accomplish that by entering your needs into an internet searcher and be offered a scope of vehicles all together of cost for any nation you need.

Traveling on a Budget

In economically challenging times, you don’t have to skip your vacation; just plan carefully and stick to these tips to maximize your travel budget.

If you’re feeling the pinch in your travel budget these days, you’re not alone. People are looking at all kinds of ways in which to reduce their spending, and unfortunately for many that means giving up luxuries, including vacations and travel.

But you don’t have to. Granted, you may have to adjust your expectations for travel and be willing to make a few concessions, but with a few changes, you can still have a satisfying trip without feeling guilty about the expense. Here are my favorite tips for reducing the cost of vacation travel.

Plan ahead! This is the number one rule for saving money on your vacation. If you plan ahead enough, you can save a ton of money in all of your travel accommodations. It’s those last-minute procrastinators who are often stuck paying more than premium prices for having waited too long to make reservations. These days, you just can’t afford to be one of them.

Travel to your favorite vacation spot during the off-season. Of course, for some spots that means arriving just in time for the monsoon season, or during the months of giant-bug infestation or whatnot. Avoid those spots. But some locations are just as lovely during their off-peak months, and you will get unbelievable deals on fares, hotels, and rental cars. Plus, your sightseeing adventures won’t be nearly as crowded.

If traveling by car, make sure your vehicle has been properly tuned-up and is in top-notch condition. There’s nothing less fun (and frequently more expensive) than having your car break down in some godforsaken location like Kearney, Nebraska, and need some exotic part they don’t carry (this actually happened to me; apologies to Kearney for the ‘godforsaken’ part, but gee whiz, it really was). Use your best gas-saving techniques like hypermiling and making sure your tires have enough air, etc. There’s probably nothing you can do about the extra weight you’re carrying in the trunk―you are on vacation, after all.

If renting a car, try to not be picky about it. Don’t choose their most popular car with all the fancy bells and whistles you may not use anyway―decide that saving money is more important, and go with the economy deal. Shop around for the best rental deals in advance, so you’re not stuck having to take what they give you, and talk to the dealer before you agree to a contract. Explain exactly what you need, and you may be able to dump some of the charges for services you won’t use.

If flying, try to have some flexibility about departure and arrival times. This might be difficult if you’re traveling with young children, but if you aren’t, making a few concessions on your flight will be worth it to your wallet. Choose a budget, no-frills airline, be willing to make a couple of stop-overs (these flights tend to be cheaper than direct flights), eat before you get on the plane so you’re not forced to buy the $10 ‘snack pack’, and if you’re really budget-motivated, offer to be bumped off from your flight if it’s full. Often this means you’ll get a free ticket for a later date, and usually you’ll get on the next flight going your way, but check in advance with the airlines just to be sure.

Check the travel sites’ (like Orbitz or Travelocity) special deals or last-minute fares section. They sometimes have spectacular deals that might fit into your travel parameters. You have to be quite flexible about travel time though, because you need to be ready to take off the next day with those last-minute savers. If you’re feeling daring, check out fare bidding sites like Priceline, you might lose out, but if you plan enough in advance, you just might get an unheard-of deal. Some websites will help you gage whether to buy a plane ticket now or wait until fares improve.

At your destination, choose a budget hotel (are you sensing a theme?). For some people, this defeats the entire purpose of a vacation, and having to meticulously plan and choose the cheapest options in every aspect feels more like work than vacation. If you’re such a person, it might be a good idea to ‘splurge’ on one area, like the hotel, and be a penny-pincher everywhere else. But if the accommodations aren’t the important part of the trip for you, all you really need is a bed and a bathroom, right? Again, pre-planning is the key here. If you plan ahead you’ll be more likely to snag a deal. Conversely, you can also get a great deal by snatching up a discount at the very last minute. Try for deals like this.

Consider scaling down the scope of your vacation, and plan on say, camping instead of staying in a hotel, or driving instead of flying (which will be cheaper if you’re not going too far). Consider a ‘staycation’, in which you stay home, but act as if you’re a visitor to your own town. Take the week off from work, take care of chores in advance, turn off the computer, and check the local visitor’s bureau for fun things to do on your stay-at-home trip.

Some of these tactics might seem undoable, like being able to fly off at the last minute, or being stranded at the airport because you got bumped off from a flight. But if your focus really is on saving money, some of these tips will not be difficult to put into practice, and may make the difference between being able to go on your vacation or having to do without.