Romancing the Wallet: 10 Tips for Romantic Getaways On a Budget
Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or simply looking for an exciting adventure with your partner that has romantic flavor to rekindle the fires of passion, you’ll be glad to know that such vacations do not have to drain your bank account. In fact, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway on a budget, there are more options than you might think. Whether you want to stay where you are or get away to another state or country, there are a wide variety of affordable vacation packages from which to choose. The real secret to successfully navigating the world of romantic getaways – affordably – is to know where to look.
Below is some information that should help you in finding a great romantic getaway at easily affordable prices.
Tips For Affordable Places To Visit
1. Hideaway Cottages – Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
The history of Calistoga is filled with stories of individuals who traveled to this destination for the natural healing properties of the hot springs there. The mineral waters are said to cure a wide variety of ailments. Given that, it has been a tourist attraction for decades. Hideaway Cottages was built during the 1920s and into the 1940s, and has been functioning ever since. It has 17 cottages, all manicured and luxurious to stay in. Not simply a hotel room, these cottages are like having your very own home. Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort is also owned by the same family as Hideaway Cottages, and you can experience a day of mineral healing while you visit. “The Works” spa treatment at the Resort is only $129, and the cottages are priced from $185. For a short vacation, they are perfect.
2. Amansala’s Casa Magna, Tulum, Mexico
For a healthy retreat, you might try this beautiful resort in Mexico. It was originally a hideout for a drug cartel, but after the leader died nature began to reclaim it. It caught the eye of a resort owner and she decided to build here. There are 22 expansive rooms that, although they still retain a minimalist feel, are bright and cheery. The rates start at just $180, perfect for a short and romantic vacation.
3. Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica
If you’re looking for a beautiful, tropical destination without the chaos of most popular spring break tourism spots, then Rockhouse Hotel might be your best bet. All the rooms have air conditioning, mosquito netting, and fine accommodations. From secluded beach paths to spectacular sunset views, this is one of the favorite spots for couples looking to get a low-key and romantic view of Jamaica. While some of the rooms can cost upwards of $300 in the winter months, there are beautiful rooms available with sea views ($150) and garden views ($125) from which to choose.
4. Hotel de l’Atelier, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, Provence, France
This hotel is much easier to afford than it is to pronounce. With 23 rooms available, each decorated in unique styles ranging from vintage movie set to art deco, you can experience the luxury of France without having to pay extraordinarily high prices. The rooms are all different shapes and sizes, hearkening back to its beginnings as a silk workshop, the structure still intact from those early days. This romantic getaway can be yours with rates starting as low as $83.
5. Mount Haven Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall, England
The owner of the hotel liked this spot because of its viewing of St. Michael’s Mount. Full of local folklore and tales of the past, this beautiful and eccentric spot is magical in every way. From views of an ancient castle atop the mount, and a stone pathway that leads to the other side of the island at low tide, making visitors appear as though they are walking on water, the draw of the place is unquestionable. The rooms, and even cuisine, are done in a decidedly Asian theme with furnishings purchased by the owner during his extensive travels. Breakfast is included in the stay, which can start at just $88.
Tips for Lower Rates
6. Use Sites Like Hotwire
Hotwire, and sites like it, are exceptional for finding lower rates. Many sites offer deals where you do not know the exact name of the hotel until you purchase the deal. While this is off-putting to some, it is actually a great way to save money, and as long as you choose hotels that have between 3 and 5 stars, you are usually safe as far as quality goes.
7. Join Groupon and Living Social
Daily deal sites and sites such as Groupon and Living Social can provide you with wonderful travel deals. Oftentimes it is just for a weekend, but they can be very romantic spots. In fact, some are even tailored for romance. The deals they offer can be up to 50 percent off or more, and the sites are free to join.
8. Book Early
If you book your stay in advance, you have a better shot of getting lower rates. The closer time gets to peak traveling seasons, or even just to the date you want to book, the higher the price will be. Book several months in advance, if you can, and it will save you money.
9. Book on Off Days
Sometimes this can be difficult due to work schedules. However, if you can manage it, be sure to book your stays on off days. Whenever you book flights and hotels on Fridays through Sundays, you are assuming a higher rate, just because weekends are always the favorite for travelers.
10. Pick Off-Season Months and Flight Times
Timing is crucial, particularly when it comes to flight times and the months you travel in. Keep these tips in mind.
Don’t fly out on major holidays or book stays for around that time; it will be more expensive.
Try to keep in mind when other travelers will likely be going on vacation, and book another time to save money.
Be willing to take very early and late flights because they are often much less expensive.
Whatever your idea is for your romantic getaway, it doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive. By seeking out destination spots that have year-round low rates but top quality, you can find a great deal almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, by making sure you keep timing in mind when you make your travel arrangements, you can be at peace knowing that you have the lowest rates possible. Signing up for coupon sites can also help to give you an additional means for saving money on romantic getaways.
European Crisis and the Effect on Greece’s Travel Safety – 5 Things To Watch For in 2012
Greece, a country that has everything, is now experiencing hard times in its history. The financial crisis that has affected almost all sectors of the Greek economy also affected tourism. The vacation industry in Greece is one of the major sources of income for the country. If you do decide to
1. Strikes and there effect on Transportation and Waste management.
Visitors should expect regular strikes. These are sometimes called at short notice and can cause disruption to public transport in and out of Greece (including air travel and ports) and to waiste management services. The city is currently dealing with a crisis in garbage which has also become a health hazard.
Demonstrations regularly take place around Syntagma Square in central Athens. Demonstrations have also taken place in a limited number of other towns and cities. You should avoid demonstrations and protests and observe instructions and advice given by local security authorities. Violent incidents have occurred at and in the margins of such protests.
The U.S. Government and State Department report that they remain deeply concerned about the heightened threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. Like other countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement for free cross-border movement, Greece’s open borders with other members of the EU’s Schengen zone allow for the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity. As the first entry point into Schengen from points south and east, Greece’s long coastline and many islands increase the possibility that foreign-based terrorists might try to enter Europe through its borders.
You should take the usual safety precautions you would in any urban or tourist area during a visit to Greece. Crimes against tourists (such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching) occur at popular tourist sites and on public transportation – especially the Metro – and in some shopping areas in and around Thessaloniki. If you travel by Metro, keep track of your purse/backpack/wallet at all times. Thieves will often try to create a diversion to draw your attention away from your immediate surroundings. These diversions can include “accidentally” sneezing or spilling something on you and loudly accusing you of having bumped into them.
Medical facilities are adequate, and some, particularly the private clinics and hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki, are quite good. Some private hospitals have affiliations with U.S. facilities, and generally their staff doctors have been trained in the United States or Europe.
Volcanic Ash & Travel Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions
In recent days, USA Flight Insurance has seen service request increase up to 300% due to the Iceland volcano eruption. We have collected a series of “frequently asked questions” (see below) and thought it would be helpful to share these.
“I am scheduled for future travel and purchased my insurance policy prior to this volcanic event. If this volcano subsides and then erupts again, causing my future travel plans to be disrupted, will this be considered unforeseen and could coverage apply?”
Answer: Under most of our US products, you would be covered based on your purchase date being prior to April 14, 2010, subject to policy terms and conditions.
“I am scheduled to travel this summer and have not yet purchased a policy. If I purchase a policy today and a future eruption of the Iceland volcano occurs would I be covered?”
Answer: If the current Iceland Volcano situation subsides and commercial airlines resume normal schedules prior to your trip, any new eruption would be considered a new event under our US policies. Coverage would be administered according to the product purchased (based on limits and exclusions).
“I have insurance and am scheduled to fly out later this week. What should I do if my flight is cancelled?”
Answer: The first call you should make is to your air carrier as all airlines have made rebooking passengers impacted by this event a priority. That said, please contact us for additional assistance, both for flight rebooking and to initiate a claim if applicable.
“What is the coverage cut-off date for the current Iceland volcano event?”
Answer: Eligible US plans would need to have been purchased before April 14, 2010.
“My relatives are stranded away from home. What can you do to help them?”
Answer: Our 24/7 assistance centers stand ready to help you and your customers. Our services include flight rebooking, hotel rebooking, cash wire transfers, translation services, message relay and more. Our worldwide reach has also helped our insureds avoid spending nights in airports, as we have helped get them accommodated in hotels during their delays.
Choosing the Right Budget Travel Insurance
If you have ever planned a vacation only to have your airplane delayed, your baggage lost of been hit by an unexpected sickness then you already know the importance of travel insurance. The problem is that sometimes expensive travel insurance doesn’t fit into your allotted budget. Here are some easy to follow tips on how to find budget travel insurance.
Looking for Adventure, Beauty, Culture and a Unique Vacation? Then Choose Ecuador
Ecuador isn’t always the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about planning an ideal vacation or a unique getaway. With that said, it really should be. Ecuador is located in the Andes and is full of unique experiences, idyllic attractions and offers intrigue and excitement for all kinds of travelers. You can trek through the Amazon, lay back on pristine beaches and climb your way to the top of volcanoes. While there is no end to the places you can visit in Ecuador, you would regret not visiting the historic and world famous Galapagos Islands. Here are some of the best places to visit and a few reasons why you should put Ecuador on your list of possible vacation destinations.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is full of culture and majestic architecture. It is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in all of South America and is covered in awe-inspiring white houses with red roofs. If you are used to living in a large city you will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of lights, bustle and concrete design in Quito.
The climate in the area is considered to be eternally spring as it is surrounded by snow covered mountains, yet warm enough to enjoy the beaches. Quito is referred to as the gateway to the Amazon and is full of lively outdoor cafes and entertainment. There are economic problems in the area, so be sure to keep your cash hidden and be weary of pick pockets.
The Galapagos Islands can be found approximately 600 miles off of the mainland of Ecuador and are home to some of the most mystifying creatures and inherent natural beauty. There are 13 different islands that you can tour and there will be no shortage of experiences and wildlife that you will come across. The best way to get there is via boat and you will have to purchase an affordable entry permit, but it will be well worth it.
Just south of Quito you can find the infamous volcanoes that run down the side of the valley. The mountain sides are covered in dormant volcanoes that provide a uniquely beautiful backdrop. There are a number of old fashioned villages dotted throughout the area that really give it a classic, old fashioned feel.
San Lorenzo Railway
If it is adventure and a unique experience that you are after, then grab a ride on the San Lorenzo Railway. It is more than just a train ride as you will be taken through some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in the world. The truly unique part is that the train is not necessarily a train. It is an old fashioned bus that has been converted into being able to ride the tracks.
Ecuador can best be described as an exotic location, full of unique experiences, that is off the beaten path. The entire country is full of attractions and beauty. The next time you are planning a vacation getaway, it is in your best interest to look into Ecuador and consider the memories that you can create there.
For more information on a vacation to Ecuador and facts you need to know, please visit http://www.fodors.com/community/south-america/ecuador-and-galapagos.cfm
A Memorable Trip to Fiji; The Perfect Cheap Holiday
There has been a lot said about Fiji and the surrounding islands in the last few years, and to be honest, not much of it has been positive. There has been economic turmoil and political instability, along with some severe weather conditions. However, whether you are an adventure seeker or looking for that perfect romantic getaway, Fiji can be the perfect cheap holiday. A lot of the issues have been resolved or were blown out of proportion and you can take advantage of this. There are an abundance of cheap vacation spots in Fiji and it is easy to barter and negotiate for lower prices when it comes to renting villas, booking flights and engaging in daily tours. At present, the islands of Fiji provide the ultimate mix of relaxation, romance and adventure at an affordable price.
Let’s take a look at what your typical cheap holiday in Fiji may look like. For starters, if you have traveled before then you know just how costly resorts and hotels can be. You are looking at easily paying upwards of a couple of hundred dollars per night. If you do your research and look around, especially on websites like www.vrbo.com, you can find a number of villas for rent that will allow you to create the perfect self catered holiday, at a very impressive discounted rate. The longer you stay, the better price you will receive. You may notice that some villas hover around the $900 USD a week mark, but if you inquire about a month stay, the owners will usually give you a considerable discount of sometimes even up to half price. This is why so many people are leaning towards self catered vacations for the perfect cheap holiday in Fiji.
Fiji offers some of the most dazzling and memorable attractions in the world, and you can tour the islands easily and get from place to place quite quickly, especially if you hire a car service or rent a vehicle of your own. You can start out visiting the Naihehe Caves which offer an excellent look into the culture and history of the Fijian people, and then end up on one of the world’s best beaches. Natadola Beach has everything a beach lover could want from shaded trees to endless white sand and even the opportunity to ride a horse along the water.
After that you can make the short trek to Nadi and visit the temples and historic religious sites and simply enjoy the majestic architecture and flavor of Fiji in all its glory. From there it is just a hop, skip and a jump to Suva which is one of the most festive areas of the island. You can enjoy a cheap night out on the town and visit the colorful flea markets around town. It is the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs from your cheap holiday to Fiji.
This is just a small glimpse of some of the things you can enjoy in Fiji while stretching your dollar as far as possible. You also do not want to miss out on Taveuni Island where you can find one of the top natural trails in the world, the Lavena Coastal Walk and the spectacular Tavoro waterfalls. Possibly the best part about a trip to Fiji is that there are all these options when it comes to entertainment, but you are not forced into any of it. You can simply kick back in your villa, relax in the sun and sip a cocktail if that is what you are into. Fiji is a one place fits all destination and an affordable opportunity that you do not want to let slip away.
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Looking for the Perfect Getaway? Santorini, Greece is Where you Want to be
It seems that with everyone so focused on low budget travel, that often times some of the most classically romantic destinations are all but forgotten. More and more people are planning trips and hopping on board planes to the Caribbean or South America as they try to stretch their American dollar as far as they can. The truth is, these people are really missing out on a unique experience. There are a lot of destinations that are off the beaten path and if you plan your trip right, can be just as affordable as that cookie cutter all inclusive vacation that so many people opt for out of convenience.
One such place is the awe inspiring island destination Santorini, Greece. If it is beauty, relaxation and culture that you are after, Santorini simply has to be at the top of your list. There are very few places in the world that can match what this lesser known island brings to the table and it is guaranteed to give you a vacation that you will never forget. From the endless white, red and black sandy beeches to the smell of fresh olive oil wafting through the air, this is one place in the world that you simply will not tire of.
Chances are if you have traveled to any popular destination that you have come across those monstrous, overdone resorts and brand name hotels that have taken over. This is where Santorini begins to separate itself from the rest of the pack. Instead of these shapeless monstrosities you will find elegant bed and breakfasts hanging off the edges of cliffs that offer you a view of the sunset that will make you feel like you are in a famous Monet painting. You will be able to find a number of accommodations that make you feel at home, immersed in the culture yet as if you are in a world of your own all at the same time. Sipping wine and dining on classic Greek food while the sun sets behind you is what memories are built on and will remind you why you inherited such a love for travel in the first place.
Santorini, Greece is the perfect place to get swept away, or carried away, no matter how much time off work you have or how low budget you want to keep your vacation. You can find affordable B and B’s packed tightly in the middle of town or dine out every night at an expensive, yet exquisite Mediterranean restaurant. In Santorini, the choice is yours. Romance is abundant, culture is everywhere and the flavors are endless. Whisk your lover away for an unexpected weekend straight out of a romance movie or simply take the opportunity to get away and do something you haven’t done before. Save your pennies, haggle on prices and do whatever it takes to get there, it is a decision that you will not regret.
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Finding Last Minute Flights Online
Finding last minute flight deals online is a great way to save money on your next trip. Three sites I typically use to find these deals are.
If you are planning to fly on one of the more popular days of the year and possibly to one of the most traveled to destinations in the world, then you will want to make sure you book your trip days in advance. Popular flights that are always packed with people tend to increase in price the closer you get to the trip date. Airlines know this so they will increase the price as a type of penalty for waiting to book your flight. They know they will fill the seat regardless of who pays, so charging more money for it is just more money in their pocket.
Sometimes there are occasions when waiting until the last day can work to your advantage. If you are a spur of the moment type person, that likes to travel on a whim and do not really care about what day you leave, then booking a last minute flight may be the best way for you to to take a budget flight. Flights that are hardly ever packed or are to a less than popular destinations will cause the airlines to drop their rates the closer it gets to the flight date in hopes of filling every seat.
Invest in International Travel Insurance and Take the Stress out of your Travel
If you have ever booked, planned and taken a vacation then you have surely heard of international travel insurance. Every trip you have booked has probably come hand in hand with an offer for travel insurance, but the question remains what exactly is it? What coverages are you provided and is it truly worth it? Without a long drawn out explanation the simple answer is, yes. Here is a simple explanation of exactly what international travel insurance is and why it is such an important investment whenever you are leaving the country.
Is Travel Insurance Worth the Cost?
Are you constantly catching yourself daydreaming of that exquisite beach vacation or trip to paradise? We all know just how incredible a wonderful vacation can be, but in these hard economic times a getaway has become a luxury that not many can afford. However, finding the time and the money can do wonders for your overall outlook on life and provide you with that much needed relaxation that your body and mind craves. With that being said, your vacation is an investment and just as is with any investment, you need to protect it.Next »
- Romancing the Wallet: 10 Tips for Romantic Getaways On a Budget
- European Crisis and the Effect on Greece’s Travel Safety – 5 Things To Watch For in 2012
- Volcanic Ash & Travel Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions
- Choosing the Right Budget Travel Insurance
- Looking for Adventure, Beauty, Culture and a Unique Vacation? Then Choose Ecuador
- A Memorable Trip to Fiji; The Perfect Cheap Holiday
- Looking for the Perfect Getaway? Santorini, Greece is Where you Want to be
- Finding Last Minute Flights Online
- Invest in International Travel Insurance and Take the Stress out of your Travel
- Is Travel Insurance Worth the Cost?