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Choosing The Best Travel Accommodation

Travel Tips - Ross French - February 17, 2012

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hotelThere are many things to consider when choosing your travel accommodations. If you are looking for cheap holidays to Goa, your accommodation decisions could make your trip fun or a disappointment. Choosing the right hotel is a must. Most travelers spend more time in airline ticket reservations and bargains but less time in choosing the right accommodations. Don’t let your choice ruin an amazing, luxurious trip to Goa.

To get the most out of your hotel accommodations, remember to book as early as possible and make your dates more flexible. Hotels that specialize for business people will consider weekends as off season. Family vacationers could tap into these special packages during weekends. Primarily, you should choose your hotel based on name, amenities, features, price, packages and location.

Here are some considerations in choosing your best travel accommodations:

1. Accommodations should be family-friendly. Always ask if your hotel offers children activity areas with educational and fun activities supervised by duly-trained care-givers.

2. Your hotel should provide a swimming pool for children, daycare service, crib rental and child-proof electrical outlets.

3. Stay in a hotel that has electronic room-key cards and has a security viewer installed on their doors.

4. Make it a priority to choose a room on the upper floor.

5. If you’re the one who likes to spend more time in your hotel room and the balcony, you should ask for the available amenities and the conditions of the surrounding environment.

6. Depending on whether you’re on a private or business trip, ask your hotel about the availability of laundry service, hair dryers, coffee makers, newspapers, free meals, fax machine, bar, cable television, parking, shuttle service, internet connection, etc.

7. The hotel property layout and its location may speak more of its surrounding environment. Noisy locations such as construction on adjacent property, car traffic and noisy waterfalls are not specified on hotel flyers. So be sure to ask about it.

8. Beautifully landscaped surroundings with trees, flowers and inner courts also enhance your travel pleasure. Moreover, gift shops and restaurants all add up to a wonderful travel experience.

9. The location of your hotel with respect to main attraction is equally important. It could save you money on taxi and bus fare.

10. Make sure that the room service is provided 24 hours a day.

11. Check out the room itself. Is it brightly colored or classical? It sets the mood of your travel.

In order to get the most out of your travel, whether for business or family vacations, be sure to know everything about the hotel you are planning to check in to. Ask friends and relatives who have been there. Don’t just depend on the hotel’s webpage which is undoubtedly biased. Having to stay in a hotel which you don’t like could ruin your trip.

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Travelling With My Family Vs. Travelling With My Backpack

Travel Blog - Ross French - May 10, 2011

Myself and my 2 sisters at the farm in Ohio

Myself and my 2 sisters at the farm in Ohio

Travelling as a family when I was younger is drastically different to what I know of travel now. We never travelled outside of North America. Every summer we drove to the family farm in Ohio (from Toronto) and we would sometimes go to Canadian cities like Montreal or Vancouver if my Dad had business there. Lastly, my parents like to golf so they would find cheap flights to Orlando or Sarasota during our cold Canadian winters.

Farmhouse, Ohio – USA

Our trips often consisted of myself and my two older sisters fighting. We would see a museum or two, eat at fancy restaurants and stay in swanky hotels – where we would swim and ride the elevator up and down all day . These trips seemed far more stressful, even though everything was far more organized. Not to mention that 90% of the time we went on vacation it rained. I think my family is cursed.

Orlando, Florida

In many ways travel has changed for me:

  • I drink a lot more beer than I did when I was 12
  • I move slowly. Stress is low
  • I no longer have to be forced to take an afternoon nap
  • Swimming pools? I’m lucky if I get hot water in the shower!
  • There are no girls fighting me over who gets to press the elevator button or pulling my hair
  • Street food is a perfectly acceptable meal
  • No one buys me stuff when I’m in a tourist store and say “I like this lots”
  • I rarely go to museums
  • Culture shock in Asia is different than culture shock at Disney Land (or should I say ‘culture ROCK’ in D-Land? Hur, hur)

Alas, there are still similarities:

  • I have to share a room with people that annoy me
  • If I pout, and ask politely, I can usually get a window seat on a plane
  • My discman may have morphed into an ipod, but I still listen to music the whole time
  • I have to tell my parents where I am
  • I forget to pack things
  • I loose much of the things I remembered to pack
  • Everything is so different than it is at home

I’ve met many people who have international-setting parents. Most of them have been on Europe based trips. What was your travel like as a kid?

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