Accommodations Available To Save You Money

It’s been a little while since I talked about the different accommodations available to save you money when you go on vacation.  I want to make sure my new readers get the chance to know about them also. I am just going to briefly touch on each one.

FlipKey

Vacation rental marketplace with more than 300,000 rentals world-wide.  They offer great value along with space, privacy and all the amenities of home. They offer Romantic Retreats to fun family getaways.

Cruise Direct

If a cruise is in your vacation plans, cruise direct offers easy booking process, best price guarantee, flexible payment plans, low price assurance, no booking fees, e-tickets, freebies, and discounts.

Home Exchange

t fast growing market. It’s a very economical way of travel because all you have to pay for is the expenses to get there. This affords you the opportunity to travel to places you never though you would see. If you don’t want to travel to far off, you can also vacation to places within driving distance. Home Exchange has places near and far. “I’ll stay in your house while you stay in mine.”

Park, Sleep and Fly

Let’s don’t forget this one. Often less then the cost of parking alone, these packages offer convenient parking and hotel accommodations options when travelers leave or return from their vacation. You can sleep brfore you fly or after you fly.

House-Sitters

Many people are looking for someone to stay at their home while they are away. Sometimes you may have to look after their pet or pets, but there is no cost for your staying in their home. You can find people all over the world looking for House-Sitters.  This is one of the most economical ways to travel, and be able to go to places you have dreamed to go and though you never could.

Roomorama

Roomorama offers you 200,000short term home rentals world-wide. They have all different types of rooms available from a bedroom to sleep in , homes, hotels and hostels..

Roomorama Corporation

Home Away

They are the world’s leading on-line market place for the vacation rental industry with sites of over 1 million vacation rentals in 190 countries.  You will spend less but get more room than a hotel. More space, more privacy, a kitchen, some are pet-friendly and they make it easier for families to stay together.

The Beginning Of Spring Break

Although June is classified as the beginning of Spring Break and more people are traveling because kids are out of school, there are still a few places you can travel to on a budget and have a good time. I’m going to list a few that I have found with reasonable rates and some may even be close enough that you can drive to.

Daytona Beach

Daytona boasts an abundance of cheap hotels, inexpensive Daytona Beachrestaurants and plenty of package deals.

Daytona residents love their cars, so you can expect to see some tricked out automobiles on the road, at the speedway, and even on the beach.

Some Things To Do:
  • Climb to the top of one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States.
  • Enjoy some peace and quite at the Museum of Art and Sciences.
  • Take a drive on the beach in your car (where permited)
  • Visit theme parks like the Daytona 500 Experience and The Dragon Lagoon.
  • Check out Main Street and Seabreeze Boulevard for a collection of Bars and clubs, some of which cater specifically to the bikers that frequent the area.
  • Spend the day at the Beach.
  • Enjoy shopping in town.

Puerto Rico

Determining Puerto Rico’s charm is a no-brainer. Less than a threePuerto Rico hour flight from Miami. this Island is a U.S. territory. So when you’re shopping in San Juan you can pay for your souvenirs with American bills. Puerto Rico has both 20-ft waves for the surfers and calm, clear waters for families. It’s an exhilarating mix of landscapes, from the serpentine jungle of El Yunque to the corkscrew caves of Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. And if you want to get away from civilization entirely, you can ferry over to the secluded- not to mention- jaw droppingly gorgeous – islands of Vieques and Culebra.

Puerto Rico2Puerto Rico offers year-round affordable packages so travelers can relax along it’s blanched sands. Follow a pulsating beat to the dance clubs in the Santurce neighborhood, catch some live music in a Ponce lounge or grab a casual drink at a San Sebastian bar.

Many Puerto Ricans speak English, but Spanish is the language of daily life. Packing a Spanish phrasebook is handy, and Puerto Ricans welcome your efforts to converse with them in Spanish. Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, the island’s currency is the U>S> dollar and credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping etiquette is the same here as in other parts of the United States; 15 to 20 percent is considered the standard, but more is appreciated for exceptional service.

With my comparison between motels and homeaway.com, it seems that homeaway.com might offer the better prices. Make sure you check them out while checking out your favorite travel site.

Myrtle Beach

The clean beaches are the main draw to Myrtle Beaches, but there’sMyrtle Beach more to her than miles of brown sand.   One of the best East Coast family vacation destinations, boasts hundreds of Golf courses for golfers at all levels, amusement parks that fling the kiddies around on water rides, roller coasters, and race tracks, and Ripley’s Aquarium, which dares visitors to commune with the sharks.

Conclusion

I found that some of the links below offered some of the best prices on places to stay. If you want to find some of the best prices for the beginning of Spring Break, try clicking on them or use your favorite booking site, either one.


Bookingcom

Need a Vacation? Rent a Private Villa, Home, or Condo. Click here!


HomeAway: Book it Now


BookingBuddy


Hotelwatchdog

Who Books Your Travel Arrangements?

Girlfriend Trip? Reunions? Families Get together? Guy’s Golf Trip? Business Trip? Whatever the occasion, who is put in charge of making all the arrangements for the group, when each person or family is from different households. Wouldn’t it be nice if each person could look at the same screen at the same time and share in the decision, taking the pressure off of just one person?

Introducing Share Trips

Share Trips is a screen sharing website where you and your travel companions interact and view search results simultaneously and in real time.

Share Trips works like other online travel websites, but with unique features to make it easier for you to plan and book a trip with multiple travel companions. With Share Trips, you can: Screen share your webpage in real time with your travel companions. Your travel companions will view the same page you are viewing. Interact with the same webpage as your travel companions. Anyone viewing your page can start a new search, select a search result and navigate through the Share Trips website without having to transfer control of the webpage. Instant Message (IM) and Video Conference with your travel companions right from the Share Trips webpage.

About Share Trips

ShareTrips was started by folks who always got stuck booking trips for friends and family. Picking the right hotel for a group of people or your family can be nerve-wracking. Traditional online travel websites only allow one person to view a webpage and select a hotel, even if multiple people are traveling. With ShareTrips, our screen sharing technology allows all travelers in your party to interact with a shared web page and provide input to simplify the booking process for everyone.

Conclusion

If you are the one who always get stuck making everyones travel arrangements or if you are the one who wishes you could have a better voice in making the groups travel arrangements, the why not try using Share Trips for this years get-together. Click the link below and not only share all the arrangements together but get a discount on your bookings.

Get Up to 5%* Cash Back on your completed hotel stay with Share & Save on ShareTrips.com

A Few Recommendations For Budget Trips In May

I have been searching through some of my resources and I have found a few recommendations for budget trips in May.  There are many more and as I run across them I will add them. We are getting to warmer weather and more people will be traveling, so let’s just take a look at some great places to visit.

If you have an unlimited budget then you have an amazing number of choices with great weather in May including Paris, New York and Tokyo, but this list is created for people looking to get value for their money. Depending on where you are starting from it could cost quite a bit to get to some of these locations, but I will try to look at some cheaper traveling once we review the places that cost will be relatively low once you get there.

The Caribbean

For those looking to relax in the sun, may is the perfect month to caribbeanhead to the Caribbean because high season is over but the weather is still dry and perfect. Better still, prices at many of the resorts come down dramatically from their highs of earlier in the season. For most people , the best deals are really at the all-inclusive resorts.

Not including Mexico, there are now 250 all-inclusive resorts spread over 20 Caribbean islands, so at first it seems like a confusing choice for someone new to this style of vacation.

In all, the Caribbean “high season” runs from December through April, and the “peak season” is the last week of December and the first week of January. Regardless of where you are starting from, it’s worth checking the prices of the air and the hotel separately and as a package.   am listing only the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean that get good reviews. I’ve eliminated the resorts that have low prices ans get bad reviews, so any of these are worth considering, even with the low prices.

Rates below are per night for the cheapest rooms at each resort, for two guest, with all meals and drinks included. Most resorts charge a bit more for ocean-view rooms as well as premium food items and top shelve beverages.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

(cheapest)Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata might not have the country’s nicest beaches, but it does have a great abundance Of affordable all-inclusive resorts. During the off season (particularly in September and October) the prices are so low at some of the 30 or so all-inclusive resorts, that some of them look like mistakes. As long as you are clear that this is nothing like St. Barths, the Puerto Plata offers great values.

Negril Jamaica

High Season $171 – $663Negril Jamaica

Low Season – $102 – $725

Negril has 20 resorts that offer all-inclusive options. This popular and long strip of hotels is where you’ll find some of Jamaica’s best bargains for those who prefer to pay for food and drinks, separately.  It’s all – inclusive resorts are more geared for the mid to upper range guest. More specifically there are two cheap all -inclusive resorts in Negril, and the rest are much more expensive.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

High Season – $172- $674Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Low Season – $120-$584

With nearly 60 hotels that offer all-inclusive deals, Punta Cana has the greatest concentration of these resorts on any Caribbean Island. The resort area occupies the far eastern tip of the Dominic Republic and the hotel beaches can either face Northeast or Southeast. the busy local airport gets direct flights in from all over North America and Europe, and airfares are reasonable for the Caribbean.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

High Season – $212 – $806Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Low Season – $155 –  $733

With nearly 20 all-inclusive resorts in the area, Ocho Rios offers many of the cheapest such resorts on Jamaica, with nearby Montego bay and Negril, specializing more in mid-market all- inclusive resorts. Visitors to all three of Jamaica’s main tourist spots will all fly into the Montgo Bay Airport, which has very competitive fares and non-stop flights from all over, so the chances of a cheap non-stop flight tp get here are fairly high. This is another Caribbean destination that has very appealing prices during high season and jaw dropping during the off-season. Interesting, pretty much all of these resorts get good or great reviews from past guest.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

The rainy season does actually begin in Belize in May, but usually lateAmbergris Caye, Belize in the month and even then it’d usually only a few short afternoon cloudburst each week. Otherwise the temperatures tend to be constantly pleasant though a bit humid. Most of the Spring Break crowds are long gone by this time so you’ll have most of the restaurants to yourself, but the diving trips are still going on.

If San Pedro on Ambergris Caye seems to expensive for you then you can stay on nearby Caye Caulker, or in an area with the best beaches in Belize on the Placencia Peninsula. Compared to simular resorts in the region the prices are very reasonable.

Cartagena Columbus

Cartagena has warm days ans also warm tropical nights all year long.Cartagena Columbus Rain picks up toward end of May, but as usual, tends to come in short burst. Cartagena is a great value for tourist, and hotels have their low-season prices on until July, so it’s an excellent choice if you can find an affordable flight.

Lisbon Portugal

High seasons for hotels in Lisbon doesn’t begin until June, so this is Lisbon Portugalan ideal time to come to appreciate this underated city of charm.  The Algarve area along the southern coast of Portugal is even nicer and a great bargain for early-season visitors. Prices at hotels and resort apartments are often very low, even along the beaches. So if you’ve got time off this is one not to miss.

Conclusion

As I mentioned earlier, this is only a few recommendations for budget trips in May. Most of the ones I have listed, today, are outside of the United States, but there are many inside the States also. I intend to add some more over the next several days, so check back on a regular basis and if none of these appeal to you, maybe some of the others will.

Meanwhile, if you have any special request concerning articles you would like to see or places you would like to know more about, please feel free to leave me a message in the comments below.