Stay In A Hostel

This method of travel can offer adventure and the chance to meet different people but is not for everyone. It’s great for the solo traveler or group of young people but families with small children and couples who want a romantic vacation should spring for more private accommodation’s.

Most hostels are set up as dormitory style rooms, with a number of bunk beds arranged throughout the room. The number of bunk beds in a single room varies, with the average from four to ten bunks per room. Each traveler is assigned a specific bunk upon check-in.

Almost all hostels in the United States divide their accommodations according to gender, with the female guests in one block of rooms and the male guests in another. In multi-floor hostels, each gender is often assigned a specific floor or group of floors.

In Europe and other locations throughout the world, you may find hostels with mixed gender rooms. If you don’t feel comfortable bunking with members of the opposite sex, then make sure you inquire as to the arrangements before you settle in.

The bathroom accommodations at hostels vary as well, with some rooms containing a shared bathroom and shower, while other hostels will have shower and bathroom facilities located in the hallway. If this is an important consideration, you should make sure to ask about bathroom facilities when making the reservation.

Although hostelling is a very informal way to travel, you do need to make reservations especially during the summer. It used to be you could just drop in and be accommodated, but this method of travel is becoming more popular and some hostels can be booked for months during popular tourist seasons. Better to call ahead than to be left out in the cold!

The main appeal of staying at hostels, of course, is the price. The nightly rate for a hostel rarely rises above $25 or $30 per night, with most hostel accommodations costing far less. With the average hotel room hovering around $100 to $150 in many locations, it is easy to see why hostels are becoming so popular.

In addition, the staff at most hostels are extremely accommodating and knowledgeable about the local area. Unlike many staff members of some luxury hotels, who travel in from the suburbs and rarely see the city in which the live, hostel staff tend to live in their city, and they have an intimate knowledge of the local attractions, including which attractions are can’t miss and which ones are a waste of money.

In addition, hostels often have access to discounts and coupons for local area attractions and restaurants, and they can provide valuable information on the best, lowest priced restaurants in the area.

Global Resorts

Here are my tips for budget traveling this summer using your membership:

1- Prepare your family and brainstorm about possible vacation destinations. Do you want to to the beach, mountain, camping, etc.?

2- Determine where you want to go and browse through the thousands of resorts available on your password-protected registry. Do a search by state to save time. If you don’t find a resort at the location you want, click the ‘Request’ button to specify what you’re looking for.

3- Wait for agent to get back with you within a few hours either through phone or email to help you get condo accommodations for your family trip. We wanted a condo right on the beach, so when they offered us a condo inland we declined and they continued to search until we got exactly what we wanted. They replied back to us within minutes of our requests.

4- Once the agent finds the accommodations you need for your family and you’re happy with the results, click the ‘Accept’ button to accept the offer. Since members never pay more than $298-$799 for a week of accommodations you’re sure to find something to fit your budget.

5- Fill out the form with your credit card information and address and voila! Enjoy your trip!

Booking Luxury Caribbean Resorts

For every Caribbean island, there is sure to be at least 1 luxury resort to be found so you should have no problem booking a vacation. Some of the most popular Caribbean luxury resorts include:

Cap Juluca, Anguilla – Peaceful and secluded this resort features Moorish architecture in a peaceful and romantic setting.

The Ocean Club, Bahamas – This was once a single family home of a multi-millionaire and now you can stay there yourself!

Sandy Lane, Barbados – This is one of the most expensive of the luxury Caribbean resorts and includes top notch service and cuisine.

Golden Eye Villas, Jamaica – This 15 acre estate sits in a gorgeous setting overlooking a secluded cove. Once the home of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, it has 15 villas with state of the art equipment and original furnishings.

You might be thinking that you can’t afford any luxury resort, but actually there is a way that you can. You might be wondering, what is this way? Well, the way to enjoy a luxury resort while not spending your entire life savings is through going to an all-inclusive resort. All-inclusive means that you pay for a package and you can save money.

This way, you’ll be able to relax in luxury while doing all the activities that you want, all at an affordable price. Doesn’t that sound great? Well first of all you’ll have to decide where to go before you can book a resort. There are many different Caribbean islands to go to, so decide on one before doing any other searches.

After you’ve figured out where you want to go, you should choose what resort you want to go to. You’ll definitely find many affordable and luxury Caribbean resorts in each destination, but which one should you choose? You need to make sure that you have a resort that offers a lot of things in their package. For example, you should have the lodgings, food, drinks, airport transfers, and more in your package.

Choosing which resort is important, because each one offers different things so you want to be sure to pick one that suits your style. Depending on your interests, you may want to go to a different resort. For example, if you like scuba diving, water sports, and those things, you need to make sure the resort offers them with the package. If you like golf, then you might want to look for a resort that has a golf course as well.

About Hotel Travel for Less

There can be one big problem though. Cost! How can you look to shave a few dollars off your next hotel stay? I’ll discuss a few ways I have done that for my family trips.

First question to ask yourself is this:
Do you have a AAA membership?

If the answer is no you could be missing out on some great discounts. A AAA membership will in most instances lower the room rate by a nice chunck of change. A membership will also provide other great services like maps and road side assistance.

Here’s another question:
Who do you work for?

That may sound strange but it can help. Many business have arranged a discount with many hotel chains. If you work for them that discount will be passed on to you. It’s worth asking when you get to the check in desk.

And my last tip has to do with the internet. The power of the internet can afford you a lower hotel room rate if you check around. Vacation portal sites offering deals are a dime a dozen these days too. For instance when I am looking for trips there are several web sites I keep in mind for deals. Some will also email you there deals. That’s a free tip for you.