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A New Family Favorite: Searching Out a Hotel that Ticks all the Boxes

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It is safe to say that not all hotels are created equal and the range of services and amenities you can expect along with the standard of welcome you experience can all vary greatly.

That is why it pays to search out a hotel that gives you everything you are looking for and can quickly become a family favorite when you have such a great time and leave with a satisfied smile on your face.

Here are some pointers on how to narrow down that search and come up with an accommodation option that manages to meet all your requirements and more.


Filtering strategies

Most of us have a budget in mind for our hotel stay and the obvious starting point is to carry out a search on a few online comparison travel sites so that you can eliminate the ones that aren’t in your desired price bracket.

It is not a good idea to be too strict with the criteria, as you may find that by going direct with your booking to choices like African Pride South African Hotels by Marriott could unlock a discount that makes all the difference if there is a deal on or an incentive scheme.

There might also be some hotels in the lowest price bracket that are worth a second look as they might be better than the price suggests and simply be offering a decent discount rate at the time.


Amenities are next on the list

Price is obviously an important consideration but there’s no point securing a decent rate on a hotel that doesn’t offer you any of the amenities that you and your family are looking for.

If you are traveling with kids a pool is often high on the list and definitely preferable so that you have an easy entertainment option available without having to leave the hotel.

Other options that are often important include Wi-Fi and good parking if you are arriving by car. Write down a list of all the key ingredients you are looking for and then see if you can filter your choices down by checking the boxes that matter.


Somewhere to eat

Another important part of making sure you get what you want from your hotel stay is to make sure that there are the right dining options available for your needs.

Again, if you are staying at a hotel with kids you want to know that the menu and range of eating options are suitable for them. You can often go out for dinner if you are in a popular city or busy area but you don’t always want to do that if you are trying to get young ones to bed.

Check what the dining hours and options are and what food is on the menu, so that you have an idea of prices and whether there will be the sort of food choices that the children will appreciate.

If you get all these key points covered with your hotel choice it is a good start to improving your prospects of having a great time and an enjoyable stay.



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October 30, 2017

Why Traveling Is Not Only For The Rich

Many people think that traveling is a lucrative activity that only the rich, famous, and those who can afford can take it. Contrary to that belief, traveling is for everyone who loves to venture out in the open, to see new places, meet the locals, experience other cultures, visit interesting attractions, taste unique local cuisines, and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Why are people too aloof about the travel scene? What puts them off? Could it be the numerous documents to secure and buy like the super visa insurance if you’re traveling abroad? Perhaps, the cost of traveling scares people away from viewing the activity in a different light. I asked that before I got bitten by the travel bug.  I used to think that it is something I could not achieve in my lifetime but I was wrong.  We all could enjoy a little bit of travel even locally, and that too will involve costs.

So, why is traveling for everyone regardless of your income level?

Pay less or more depending on your budget

All travels, no matter how simple they are, will still amount to something. That is a constant factor that everyone who wishes to travel in the future take into consideration. And for the seasoned travelers, sticking to a budget is one of the keys to enjoy an affordable trip without burning a hole in your bank account.

There may be costs involved but it all depends on how you plan your travel and where you want to go. Other than that, cost is just one of the aspects people have to consider and accept about traveling.


It’s all in the mindset

Yes, some people think that traveling is only for the rich people because they can afford it. Wrong. That is certainly not the case. In fact, traveling is for everyone who wish to take the adventure and experience the bliss of being in a different place at least once in a while. It’s not always about the money when you travel. There are many ways you can travel without having to shell out a fortune. You can stay with friends or relatives in a different place to get free accommodation. You can find perfect deals to suit your budget when you book early or as a group. Tap the tips and tricks of the travel trade to save a lot for the travel of your dreams. You can joy free walking tours to save on sightseeing cost. There are many creative ways to save on cost. Check the web for many forums and resources from traveling folks and read their tips to save on a trip.


Traveling is not only taking flights to another destination

Another misconception about traveling is that people think that it is only when you’re actually flying to a different destination. Traveling is not just booking a flight ticket, buying it, and showing up in the airport to take the flight on the day of your trip. Traveling is more than the type of transportation you will take. It can be driving to the next province, state, or county in your own country. It can be taking a weekend trip to the nearest beach resort. It can also be visiting friends or relatives who live in another part of the town or staying with those you know who live overseas. Traveling is all about moving out and about to wonderful places to unwind and make wonderful memories.

I travel even if my budget is tight. I just stay in cheaper hotels or visit relatives and friends in another country to save on accommodation. You see, I am not rich. I don’t have millions in my bank account but I try to make a point to save enough to finance a short trip somewhere. I save here and there for a yearly travel because the memories you make are those that money can’t buy.

The travel bug has bitten me and it is one bite that I don’t mind.


About the author:

Ria C is a travel blogger who owns The Travel Bug blog. She writes about her adventures in other countries, offers travel tips like getting snowbird travel insurance or other travel insurance to keep you covered, shares her hotel reviews, and the interesting places she’s been. She is also a mommy blogger who writes on her other family oriented blogs including The Mommalogues.

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April 15, 2017

Taking Your Toddler on Vacation

One of the most common tips I get asked about is traveling with a toddler. In particular, taking a toddler on a vacation. Many new parents hear horror stories and worry that they can’t have a relaxing vacation until their toddler grows up. From experience, I know that taking a vacation with a toddler can be a positive experience, and they love seeing new things. The trick is to be prepared. I’ve put together my top three tips to help you enjoy a family vacation with a toddler.

It All Starts With a List

Traveling can be exhausting, and when a toddler gets exhausted, they want their comfort items. Teddy bears, blankets, you name it. The most common nightmare stories I hear could have been solved if the right comfort item was on hand. For one month before my last vacation, I made a list of all of the toys and comfort items my toddler asked for (or cried when it wasn’t available). When I was packing our family’s bags, I used the list to make sure I didn’t forget any.

Choose the Right Vacation

Before I had my little one, I never actually planned my holiday further than a flight and a hotel. When I became a Mom, I needed to change that. I learned that if my little one knew there was adventure ahead, they became excited instead of agitated. If you are new to planning ahead, look at the Groupon Coupons page for Great Value Vacations and find an ‘all inclusive’ package. Every time my toddler started to become tired at the end of the day; I reminded them of what else we had in store for the vacation.

Plan Your Down Time

During your vacation, there are going to be instances where there isn’t much happening. Times like traveling to and between destinations, or just resting for the night before sleep. During these times, entertainment is going to be your best friend. Before you leave the house, load your phone or your tablet with movies or educational games which can keep a little one’s mind occupied and off the idea of just waiting around.

Remember that if you bring movies and games, be sure that your toddler doesn’t just watch and play all vacation. Be clear that your phone/tablet is only available between activities.

Taking a family vacation is a great way to bond and enjoy a much-needed adventure. Instead of dreading the idea, take these tips in mind and enjoy!

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June 27, 2016