Tips on Timing For the Perfect Trip Or Vacation

Everyone can use a vacation to relax, unwind, and have some fun. The problem with taking a vacation is that many people have a difficult time coming up with the cash to pay for the trip. Fortunately, there are ways to have an affordable vacation and not go broke. One important way of getting a cheap vacation is picking the best time to take the vacation. Below are a number of tips on picking the best time for the perfect trip or vacation:

1. If you want to save money on your flight ticket, it is important to consider the time when you want to fly. The key is to be flexible when considering the time to fly, For instance, do you want to fly during the peak season, off season, or weekend or midweek? Prices will vary according to the time you pick to fly.

2. Peak season is the most expensive time to fly so if you want to save money, book as early as possible. Holidays are a very expensive time to book because there are few discounts, promotions and deals. Plan well in advance to ensure you get a good deal and a good seat.

3. Consider when and where you want to travel. If you are willing to modify travel dates and consider a travel destination that is much less expensive to visit, you will save a lot of money. If you are planning a family reunion, consider planning the event during shoulder season or the off season. As well, the summer and fall are good times of the year to get a cheap international flight. Reconsidering when and where you want to travel will amount to substantial savings.

4. If warm tropical destinations are your favorite places to travel, consider traveling during the off season. You will still be able to enjoy gorgeous beaches, fun recreational activities, and beautiful weather, but there will be fewer visitors so attractions and beaches will be less crowded. As well, flights and accommodations will be much cheaper.

5. Ski vacations are very popular. If you are a skier looking for a cheap ski vacation, consider traveling prior to, or just after the peak season. It will be less crowded on the slopes and flights, accommodations, and restaurants will have a variety of special discounts and promotions.

6. The shoulder season is a good time to travel as you will save money. The shoulder season is the period between the low and high season. There will be substantial saving offers such as discounts on flights and accommodations. For instance, Mexico is a great place to travel during the shoulder season. The weather is still great and the savings are even greater.

7. When looking to save money on trips throughout the year, sign up for online travel website update newsletters and check local newspapers for special offers advertised by travel agencies. You will often find great deals.

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I Love Touring Rome, Italy – Spanish Steps District Hotels

The Spanish Steps area is close to the center of Rome. This is a great place to meet old and new friends and then go shopping or hit the cafes. Take lots of photos. Please note that the Spanish Steps themselves were built with French funds early in the Eighteenth Century. But the Spanish Embassy is nearby. The natives call these famous steps La Scalinata (the staircase).

Other neighborhood sights to see include the Fifteenth Century Trinita dei Monti Church at the top of the steps and the Keats-Shelly Memorial House where the English poet Keats died. Don’t miss the Palazzetto Zuccari that resembles a monster’s face. Via dei Condotti is a famous shopping street. In spite of a lawsuit, there’s a MacDonald’s in the neighborhood.

Make sure to visit Via del Babuino, the street of antiques, and Via Margutta, the street of artists. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.

The Panda Hotel is located on a major shopping street near the Spanish Steps. The money that you might save by staying here can easily be spent in this upscale neighborhood. Unlike many other hotels, the Panda defines only two seasons price-wise. Most of the year is high season. There are 20 rooms, 14 of which have a private bath. The rooms have no television. Did you come to the heart of Rome to watch TV? The hotel address is Via della Croce 35 – 00187, Rome.

The B&B Rhona’s Rooms is a four room bed and breakfast in a typical old building serviced by elevator. All rooms have a luxury private bathroom with a 13-jet hydro-massage shower, Turkish steam bath, alternating hot/cold (Scottish) shower, aromatherapy and radio. There is a panoramic terrace. Try to rent the room that overlooks the Via dei Condotti and has views of the Spanish Steps. The address is Via dei Condotti, 23 – 00187 – Rome.

The Hotel San Carlo is situated in a renovated Seventeenth Century mansion. There is a rooftop terrace and the rooms have flat-screen TVs and sometimes their own terrace. If I had to choose between the best TV and a tiny view… The hotel has 50 rooms ranging from singles to quads and 2 suites. The address is Via delle Carrozze 92-93 – 00187, Rome.

The Hotel Hassler is really hot stuff. It has often been named as Rome’s top hotel. The rooms are a living definition of luxury, especially if you go for the Grand Deluxe ones. Even the single occupancy rooms directed toward business travelers have marble bathrooms. There are 5 on-site bars and restaurants. The list goes on; I think you get the general idea. Expect to pay big bucks. Expect to see big shots. The address is Piazza Trinita dei Monti 6, Spagna.… Read More