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The internet is developing everyday. And so are the travel online sites. There is a great quantity of new travel sites that spring up every month. Some make a difference and others end up to be just another online travel site. Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, Hotels.com and Travelocity for instance have been on the scene for quite a number of years. And we all know what a difference they have made since the old days when the only option was a travel agency.
Nowadays people DIY by searching and planning for their own travel arrangements. Mostly online. Not only can you find the best deals this way. But you can find them in the comfort of your own home.
So what are the new rising and notable online travel sites? What do they offer? Do they actually make a difference? There is only one way to find out. That is to actually go to the websites to try them out. And that is exactly what I did.
Here are the results for each of the new sites:
DealBase.com - Basically can be summed as a travel deal database. The site claims that they have the "largest collection of hotel deals and discount offers on the planet." And with their Deal Analyzer they compare the deal with the full price. With it you can find out how much you are actually saving.
With the possibility to search by destination it is easy to find all the deals for the destination you would like to visit. Once you find your destination you could customize the search results to your Hotel class, tags, month of travel, minimum required nights and price range.
Definitely a site to check out when planning for a trip. Though the design and color background is a little bit unattractive. And there is also a chance that you will not be one of the lucky ones to actually find a deal that suits all of your needs.
Nextstop.com - Without even reaching its first birthday Nextstop is already on
e of the big social-networking/travel-recommendation site. The site is based on "short, positive, recommendations from people all around the world". Here you could find what others like of a particular destination.
When I searched for "Tasmania" for example I received two full guides on Hobart and nine different recommendations. These recommendations can help you find unique spots in Tasmania to visit. Noticeable about it though is that almost all the recommendations are restaurants. So if you are looking for attractions or adventure so far there is none for Tasmania.
In short it is a great site to get some recommendations but yet you are not guaranteed to find a review on what you are looking for.
BestTravelDeals.net - Another site with much potential. This site is only a couple of weeks old and still has a lot of growing to do. Nevertheless it is a great business idea.
The concept is that users get to share deals and users get to vote on them. And the deals with
the best votes get to appear on the front page. So it is a the site to visit when you want to find out what is hot out there.
It will probably take a while before you could get the best deals out there on this site. Since the site only has 135 members at the moment. But it is definitely a site worth joining!
Voyij.com - Voyij seems like the upcoming name in online travel sites. The site offers the possibility that most of us have been longing for. All you need to do is enter your departing airport and when you are ready to leave. In return you will get a vast amount of hotels, flights and vacation packages that are on sale. Do I even have to say more?
These are what I have found of these websites. Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think. Have a great time exploring.
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Burj Al Arab has one of the widest selection of Rolls Royce's waiting to take you as their guest anywhere you would love to go. As well as an helicopter to either fly you in from the airport or for a skyview tour of Dubai. When arrived at the hotel as a guest you will be welcomed rose water, refreshing cold towels, dates, Bakhoor and authentic Arabic coffee.
Furthermore there will be a brigade of exclusive butlers that provide around the clock assistance to each and every guest waiting.
Together with all this you will also receive unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park and an array of watersports at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah.
The country of Cambodia is found in South East Asia close to Thailand and Vietnam. Phnom Penh is the largest city and also the capital of this country of 14 million.Cambodia has been closed for tourism for years. It was until recently that tourists are allowed to visit. Because of this the country is also very "raw", not much of the westernized culture can be seen in Cambodia. Yet you will be able to find two 5-star hotels in Phnom Penh: The Intercontinental and Raffles Le Royal. Where tourists can stay in style.
The most stunning attraction though is found outside the capital in Angor. Where you will find the temples of Angor. You might have seen them before in the movie Tomb Raider.Angor Wat is the largest religious building in the world and has drawn visitors from all over the world. This temple was first hindu, then buddhist. It is the most well perseved temple in the area. And definetly a must see.
As you can read Cambodia is definatly the place to visit if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. So let me know of your experience there or if there is anything you would like to add.
All these maya ruins have their own unique characteristics. But the one thing all have in common is the fact that they are breathtaking, jaw dropping beautiful and that they are all worth visiting.
It does not even cost much to enter these historic sites. And once you are in you can take all the time in the world to explore the unique culture of the ancient Mayan tribes. You can learn about their sacrifices, gods, traditions, passed time activities and much more.
To visit Belize you can easily do so by air with one of the US airlines or with Taca Airlines. But you could also get there by bus coming from Mexico or Guatemala.
1. DIY - Do It Yourself
I found that the way to lose money when planning a getaway trip is going to travel agencies. Travel agencies are great if you do not have time and have the money to spend. But if you are on a tight budget the best way to do it is to plan your own vacation. This includes booking your flight yourself, finding a good hotel, car rental, finding attractions & things to do and finding the best deals on food around the area.
The best way to find these things of course is the internet. Sites like expedia, cheaptickets and orbitz are great for getting the best deals. You can search for flights, hotel and car rental at the same time. A great time saver!
I'm assuming that if you are reading this you do have internet access. So why not start browsing around to find a good deal on tickets as a starter?
2. Plan ahead
The best way to find a good deal on flights is to book them early. Airlines tend to raise the prices on flights 7 to 10 days before a flight. Due to business travelers who usually buy the last minute seats. So even though it is true that you could get good last minute deals, it is usually not the case.
Especially if you are planning a vacation in the high season this rule usually apply to finding a good deal. Most people do not have the money or do not know if they will get the days off to book a flight in advance for high season. So this makes the same flight a lot cheaper early on.
Also if you are booking a vacation package the best way to finding a good deal is booking at least 60 days in advance according to Expedia.
This does not mean you have to book right when you find the first cheap fare. Patience is a key to finding the best fare. Checking back to see the price might return cheaper results. So be wise in buying right away.
3. Travel on Wednesday!
Overall Wednesday is the cheapest day to travel for almost all airlines. Especially if you are traveling inside the United States borders. After Wednesdays the cheapest days to travel is on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The main reason these days are cheaper is because most people do not travel on these days. Especially people traveling for pleasure.
4. Sign up to receive e-mails
This is one of the easiest ways to always know about travel deals. You can sign up with the various airlines. Or you can sign up with other internet travel search sites.
Signing up for all these e-mails might make your inbox a little bit too crowded. If this is the case for you, you can make a folder in your e-mail account where all your travel info will go to or you can make another e-mail account especially for your travel research. This will leave your inbox open for e-mails from the people you love.
5. Go kayak
On kayak.com you can find the cheapest fare by comparing the prices different websites offer. This is a lot better than just searching on one site. And it is also a lot easier that searching every site individually. This way you can safe time but still find the best deal around the web.
Other sites that also offer this service is sidestep.com and away.com even though I find their interface a little bit less attractive.
6. The power of non-refundables
If you are sure of your date of travel, get a non-refundable ticket. They are almost always the cheapest tickets out there. The only problem is if you do not fly on that day, you loose your money. But for the price differences it is definitely worth the risk.
There is even a chance you can cancel your flight in advance and still be able to use the value of your ticket towards a future ticket. This is not true for all airlines. But you should read through the fine prints to find out if this is possible for your ticket. Southwest for example is one of the airlines you can apply the full value of your ticket toward a future trip.
Most airlines also charge a fee to change your travel date if you cancel in advance. Make sure you also find out what this fee is. Because it might be cheaper to buy a new ticket than to change your date.
7. Bid on your vacation
With a site like skyauction.com you don't need to fly, sail or sleep for the full price. On this site you can actually bid on airfare, cruise fare or hotel prices. You could have the vacation of your dream for as low as $1.
Be sure to read through all the fine prints. Some hidden fees may apply.
If you put theses tips into practice, you will be sure to find the best deals out there for your time away.