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According to BuzzFeed, London is the most popular tourist destination on the planet. With 4.9 million people visiting the country between July 2013 and September 2013, the city’s tourism levels grew by 19.5% over those for the 2012 Olympics! If you’re planning a vacation to London , there are some things you should keep in mind for a successful trip to the heart of the UK.
Check the Weather
With weather like London’s, you’d be crazy not to do your research into the forecast weather for your stay. Groucho Marx is quoted as saying, “I’m leaving [London] because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining.” This should give you some indication of what the typical London day is like. If you don’t want to be forced to stay inside hotels for the duration of your stay, research the weather and pack accordingly.
Find Cheap Hotel Rooms
Did you know, according to the BBC, there are more than 130,000 hotel rooms in London? Needless to say, you’re going to have a heck of a time narrowing down your hotel search. As written in The Daily Mail, London is the sixth most expensive city in the world. Use popular hotel booking sites, like Kayak or TripAdvisor, to help you find the best hotels offering discount hotel rooms to save.
Don’t Pay for Every Activity
When planning a vacation, you should plan for the activities you want to partake in. This will give you an idea of your budget. Luckily, many of London’s attractions are free. Take the British Museum: since 1753 it’s been known around the world as the home of important historical artifacts. Currently, according to BritishMuseum.org, the museum is running a jaw-dropping exhibit centered around China’s Ming Dynasty. Surprisingly, it’s completely free to visitors.
Just because you’re a tourist doesn’t mean you have to act like one. One of the best ways to experience the city is to act like a local. Try heading to one of the metropolis’ well known tea-houses, like Victoria’s Grand Imperial London. Taking time out for tea is one of the best ways to see the city as a Londoner. As The United Kingdom Tea Council writes, Brits have consumed over 116 million cups of tea just today. Go have a few of your own.
Travel by Foot
In a city with public transportation as good as London’s, it’s tempting to take the tube or the bus everywhere. That being said, Frommer’s writes that one of the best ways to experience a city, its people, its food, is by walking its streets. While this can be tricky for older travelers and those on family vacations, it is the best way to see the heart of London Town.
Put Down the Smartphone
Planning a vacation away can lead to stress about work and the family and friends you’re leaving behind. Subsequently, you’ll feel the urge to constantly check your phone and your e-mail. However, as Forbes suggests, your vacation is the perfect time to ignore your phone. Remember, you left home to relax and enjoy yourself. It will be easier if you leave your phone at the hotel.
If you’re planning a trip to the Big Smoke, keep these tips in mind. Not only will you save money, you’ll experience the true essence of our wonderful city in ways few travelers have. See this link for more.
Even though family camping lost some of it’s popularity over the last 25 years or so, camping was one of the most popular family activities during the middle 20th century. The good news is camping appears to be making a comeback, the number of American campers increased by nearly three million people between 2008 and 2012.
As more RV campgrounds, cabin rentals, and other types of vacation are popping up across the United States, it is easier than ever to find a park than ever. Regardless of the type of camping people choose, camping gives every member of your family the chance to break their routines, enjoy the outdoors, get active, and spend some quality time with their family members.
One of the favorite activities among all campers is the good old campfire. Cooking and roasting marshmallows over an open fire is especially fun to children. But it is important for all campers to remember that children must never be near a fire without a adult supervision.
Whether you are talking about New York, California, Ohio, Colorado, Indiana, or Pennsylvania camping, every family needs to experience a trip together. You don’t even need to be the “outdoor type” to do so, because cabin camping can be almost like living in your own home. But it might not be as popular among family members who prefer really “roughing it.”
Still, it really doesn’t matter where or how a family camping trip takes place, because the main idea is spending some quality time together. After all, the speed of life has gotten to the point where a lot of family members can live under the same and never see each other for more than 10 minutes per day.
From Pennsylvania camping to cabins in Colorado, it would be difficult to find a family activity that offers more opportunities for fun and excitement than family camping. And as long as you have a few sleeping bags and a tent, there are few family activities that are more affordable!
If you are beginning the process of planning your yearly vacation, but are yet to decide upon a destination, perhaps you should consider a place unlike anywhere you have previously experienced. Since most people who vacation annually have been on beach vacations, maybe an inland holiday would be the perfect thing.
The Southwestern region of the United States offer all the warm, sunny days that a vacationer could possibly ask for. At the same time, the unique geographical features and cultural influences will probably present many novel opportunities. If this sounds good to you, Sante Fe, New Mexico might be ideal.
Whether you are looking for the most luxurious Santa Fe vacation rentals or the cheapest vacation rentals, the city of Santa Fe has everything you would expect of a thriving tourist destination. Also, being the capital of New Mexico, there are some outstanding Santa Fe luxury rentals at great prices. After all, ever state capital sees it’s fair share of prominent politicians and other notable individuals; so they have to be prepared to accommodate them.
While people reserve vacation rental homes in Santa Fe for different reasons, the beautiful, sunny weather is always near the top. The average temperature between June and August is about 84 degrees; and between December and February the average high temperature is about 45 degrees. Talk about comfortable weather all year round! Sure, Florida, South Carolina, and the rest of the South East and Eastern Seaboard offers lot of sun, fun, and beaches, that simply is not everyone’s cup of tea.
In addition to the great weather, Santa Fe is a cultural mecca, especially when it comes to arts and cuisine. According to one source, there are 225 “high-quality” restaurants and 250 art galleries in a city of less than 68,000. It is also home to three private colleges.
By no means is Santa Fe a metropolis, and that is one of the things that makes the city attractive to folks who enjoy spending their holidays in Santa Fe vacation rental homes. There are few, if any, cities of its size that can match the combination of breathtaking geography, lovely weather, and cultural opportunities.
Over the last decade, the West African nation of Liberia has been earning a name for itself as one of the most beautiful and exciting places to visit in the whole of Africa. With a huge amount of its area made up of unspoiled rain forest, the country is a paradise for scientists, photographers, and nature enthusiasts. Its 200 year history, full of American colonialism, civil war, and hopeful reconstruction, is interesting enough to pull scholars from around the world to the small country.
The main driver of the $232 million Index Mundi estimates the country’s tourist industry draws in every year, however, doesn’t have to do with any one thing. The country’s luxury villas work hand-in-hand with its history, natural landscape, and other magical attractions to bring in ever-increasing tourist numbers, according to EuroMonitor.com. Monrovia, the country’s capital, represents the best of the small African nation. Whether you’re a fan of history, science, or suntanning on the beach, here are the three things you absolutely should do in the Liberian capital when you aren’t enjoying its private villas.
Providence Island: Birthplace of Modern Liberia
Liberia, meaning “the Land of the Free”, was founded in the beginning of the 19th century by freed American slaves. Their spirit and love of freedom, personal and economical, continues to live on in the country’s people, its holiday villas, and its vibrant food and historical culture. Nowhere, perhaps, is this more visible than on Providence Island. According to TripAdvisor, this island is where the first founders of Liberia landed before founding the country. The location is simple, but it leaves most visitors with a sense of profound happiness. After all, it’s evidence that freedom can win out over hatred. Guests can reach Providence Island by taking a short taxi ride from Monrovia’s famous holiday villas.
The Liberia National Museum
As the Global Post writes, the Liberia National Museum, located in downtown Monrovia, is the foremost keeper of the country’s history. With artifacts ranging from its origins in 1820 through its many civil wars and continuing on through today, the museum is just as much a national treasure for Liberians as it is an important historical source for historians from around the world. Like Liberia itself, the museum has been battered by war and financial hardship, but with the support of its visitors, it has bounced back to become one of the country’s most interesting attractions.
The Ever Vibrant and Exciting Waterside Market
Without a doubt, the most popular Monrovian attraction for guests of the city’s private villas is the Waterside Market, conveniently located on Water Street. According to Lonely Planet, the market sells textiles and more. If you’re a lover of great food and live music, check out the market to catch the sounds of Liberian hip-co, a Liberian form of rap, while sampling vittles from the market’s many vendors.
If you’re planning a stay in Liberia’s well-known private villas, keep these wonderful attractions in mind. By travelling to these popular locations, you’ll not only increase your enjoyment of your trip but you’ll also come to understand the life of Liberia. See more.
Would you be surprised to learn that London, according to BBC News, is home to more than 130,000 hotel rooms? 70,000 of those hotel accommodations are rated three-to-five-stars. Given the pure volume of people visiting the UK’s capital every year, a number estimated at 30 million by the London Plan, it’s really no surprise that London Town has such a huge selection of hotel accommodations. While variety can certainly be a good thing, it can also make choosing the best hotels in the city exceptionally difficult. If you’re trying to plan a European holiday in London, here are four ways you can wade through the chaff and find only the best hotel accommodations the city has to offer.
First, Decide How Often You’ll Be in Your Hotel Room
Before you do anything, decide exactly what you need to book hotel accommodations for in the first place. Do you plan to spend every waking moment enjoying your European vacation on the varied, exciting streets of London? If so, choosing basic hotel accommodations is all you really need. After all, you’ll be doing little more than using your room as a place to sleep and take a shower. On the other hand, if you’re planning a more relaxed vacation, choosing a room with more amenities is much more sensible.
Find Hotels in the Heart of the Action
As statistics from Market Metrix show, 30.2% of travelers choose their hotel accommodations based on their location. That’s almost twice the number of people who choose a room based on its price. Why is location more important? Quite simply, a hotel offering a great location is more convenient and cost effective. Consider, if you book hotel accommodations in the outskirts of the city, you’ll have to spend a large amount of your time and budget on getting to and from your hotel. On the other hand, if you stay in a centrally located hotel, like those in Victoria or Camden, you can simply walk most places.
Shop Around to Find the Best Hotel Prices
As the travel experts at BudgetTraveler.com suggest, shopping around the web’s best hotel accommodations search sites is a great way to find hotels that match your budget. Using meta-search engines, like Kayak.com, you can compare prices from the most popular travel sites. Further, you can bundle your hotel accommodations with your airfare, saving yourself as much as 20%, according to CNN Travel.
Don’t Choose Hotels Based on Their Star-Ratings
Many people choose where to make hotel accommodations based on the star-rating given hotels on popular review sites or in travel guide-books. However, as suggested on SmarterTravel.com, star-ratings have no universal meeting. For instance, a one-star-rating on Travelocity means the rooms meet “basic budget needs.” On Orbitz, however, a one-star-rating means “simple accommodations.” Given the arbitrary meaning of the star system, you should choose hotels based on their reviews, not their assigned star-rating.
London has an endless list of hotels to choose from. Using these four tips, you can weed out the good from the bad and find the hotel accommodations that fit all your wants and needs. References: www.comfortinnvictoria.co.uk