How to Book Cheap Hotels with Priceline Express Deals

How to book cheap hotels

As a full-time traveller, if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to find great travel deals. I’m have ninja skills when it comes finding cheap flights, I got over $300 worth of free taxi rides in the USA in one month this year and when I book hotels I’m regularly securing rates that are 30%-60% off the rack rate. In this upcoming series, I’m going to show you how to book cheap hotels, flights and generally reduce your travel related expenses. First up.. How to book cheap hotels So, let’s start with the obvious – there’s a glut of good … Read more

Tips For Your First Time Stay In A Hostel

stay in a hostel

A couple of weekends ago I spent a day in London catching up with my old college room-mate, co-conspirator and long-term best friend. Of course, we see each other when we can but between her adorable children and my flighty nature, getting a full 24-hours together free of laptops and nappies is near impossible. So, we booked a date months in advance and had the promise of Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel to delight us while we exchanged gossip. But that wasn’t the only thing I was excited about – I’d managed to convinced my friend to stay at Clink78 … Read more

Why All Female Dorms Are An All Round Bad Idea

all female dorm

It’s an easy mistake to make, assuming that sleeping in all female dorms is a better idea than sharing with smelly boys when you travel, but after years of sharing rooms with both sexes, I’m firmly of the view that mixed-dorms are the much better option. Here’s why all female dorms are an all round bad idea.                                        1. Girls are messy Say what you want about boys leaving socks on the floor, women operate in their own league when it comes … Read more

No Hotels – No Worries: What to do When your Room Plan Falls Through

no hotels

‘Homeless in Hawaii’ was my Facebook status more than once during my extended stay on the islands at the end of last year. Whether your travel plans have failed or, like me, you’ve failed to make any plans at all, there are times when you might find yourself in a place with no hotels or rooms available, especially if you are on a long-term trip. Based on my experience, here are a few alternative ways to spend the night. The ‘No Hotels = No Sleep’ Options First the reality sinks in that you’re going to be homeless for the night, but … Read more

Best Budget Accommodation Websites

Infinity pools, butlers serving afternoon tea complete with those little finger sandwiches I do love so much (crust cut off, of course). That is how I like to travel, with sites like Small Luxury Hotels winning hands down over any budget accommodation website out there. However, there is a reality I can’t escape – I like to travel for more than your average two-week vacation and absent a limitless budget (which I sadly don’t have), it’s important to focus on this very simple travel math rule: the cheaper you sleep, the longer you can stay on the road. The good news … Read more

When to Book Rooms in Advance

Book hotel to get availability

I’ve recently been playing around with Hotel Tonight. It’s a whizzy little app that allows you to book rooms…as the name suggests…that night. Forget Laterooms and the like, this is real last minute deal stuff and although it’s currently only available for the big cities, it certainly has the potential to expand. This app appeals to me not just because of the deal possibilities but also the impulsiveness it promotes and I wonder if it will get people to change their booking behavior and allow more randomness into their lives. But all of that said, it doesn’t always pay to … Read more

The Best Hostels in Southeast Asia

Phi Phi Hostel

Far too long ago I promised a list of my recommended hostels in Southeast Asia. In order of my route, not preference, here are my recommended hostels in Southeast Asia: Singapore: Beary Best Although it’s definitely aimed at girls (the place is filled with teddy bears), even the boys can’t knock the cleanliness and homely feel of this hostel (and, boys, the place is filled with girls so that can’t be a bad thing!). In a country where you’re asked to remove your footwear inside, this is one of the few places I felt confident padding into the bathrooms barefoot. The lady running … Read more

Best Hostels in Latin America

Whenever I meet travelers en route to South or Central America, I’m always quick to pass on my list of recommended hostels in Latin America, not least because I know what it’s like to turn up at a place and wonder if Hell might have any vacancies as a better alternative.    A hostel, the facilities, the kind of travellers it attracts, the location and the cost can all have a huge impact on your travel experience. Equally, repeatedly trawling my tiny brain for the name of that place in that town, that is just on the tip of my … Read more