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5 ways to keep the love of travel alive this holiday season

The season of giving is upon us, and this year, it comes with a new meaning.  2020 taught us we need to be kinder to ourselves, to other people, and even to our planet. We’ll all remember the way our cities looked when the world was forced to stand still, and how nature was able to recover and flourish with a break from the fast-paced buzz of the world we’ve become so used to. We couldn’t agree more with the need for gentleness, softness, and slowness this holiday—whether it’s derived from digging out that favourite pair of worn-in comfy pants, or deciding to take some time just for ourselves under the fairy lights, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand.  Here are a few ways you can prepare for the holiday season without leaving the comforts of home—all while keeping your love for travel and hopes for future adventures alive. 1. Can’t go to wine country? Bring wine country to you You might not be able to experience the hot Sicilian sun on your …

How to Get Better Deals on Hotels – Insider Secrets

When shopping for hotels, travellers value convenience over cost In spite of “best price” marketing and falsely urgent messaging tactics (Only 1 room left at this price! Hurry, 8 people are looking at this right now!) — travellers keep returning back to the big names in the industry to book their hotels for one reason: options. A large amount of results helps to compare options and make what feels like an informed decision, and the convenience that comes along with that feels priceless. But, convenience doesn’t come for free. When you’re looking at a public platform, you can guarantee the rate you’re being offered isn’t the lowest possible deal you can get.  Both travellers and hotels pay the price for convenience In order to be featured on popular booking sites such as Expedia or booking.com, hotels sign an agreement promising they won’t provide lower pricing on any other publicly available platform. There’s even a name for that: it’s known as a rate parity clause. To add to that, booking platforms charge hotels hefty commissions on …

The new face of travel: In 2021, all travel will be conscious travel

2020 changed the way we travel. The days of rushed packing for spontaneous trips to far-flung places, the adrenaline rush of booking a last minute deal, taking a break from hours of walking to feel the coolness of ice cream cutting the midday heat — all became memories of the past, and blurry dreams we’d love to experience again soon. And as our travels have become more limited, we’ve also become more conscious in our approach. Is it safe to travel to our desired destination? Is it ethical to travel at all? What will travel and tourism look like in a post-pandemic world? More than half of survey respondents said that when travel does reopen, they’ll want it to be as part of “a more responsible and resilient tourism industry.” But what would that really look like? An evolving definition: What will sustainable travel really mean in 2021? For many travel lovers, sustainable travel is no longer just about opting for the eco-friendly options, keeping your used hotel towels off the floor to minimise the hotel’s laundry …

Instagrammable places in London

Most Instagrammable Places in London

From trendy cafés, crowded markets, charming streets, to monumental cathedrals and memorable museums—the capital of the United Kingdom offers astonishing sights to all of its visitors. If you want to immortalize your trip to London, be sure to pick memorable places that provide lots of marvellous photo opportunities. Discover the city and find that instagrammable places in London are waiting for you at every corner. 8 best instagrammable places in London you need to visit 1. Iconic Red Phone Booths in Covent Garden What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of London? Chances are, your imagination immediately takes you to those cult-level red phone booths, which are one of the true staples of the UK’s capital. You’ll spot them across the whole city, but around the back of Covent Garden, there’s a row of five phone booths in great shape—perfect for photos. Without a doubt, this spot is one of the most instagrammable places in London. Nearly every person who visits the UK’s capital has taken a classic shot here. …

Travel in the UK on a budget

Your Guide to Travelling in the UK on a Budget

The United Kingdom is known to be one of the most costly countries to live in, as well as one of the most expensive places to visit. But, here are a few ways to travel in the UK on a budget and still have an amazing time. How to travel in the UK on a budget? Best tips & ideas The off-season is your friend Most tourists choose to travel during spring and summer months, when the holiday season is in full swing, and the weather is sunny and warm. Take note though: this period is also the most expensive one. So, if you’re travelling in the UK on a budget, it’s best to go on a trip during the off-season. Less tourists mean that hotel rates and prices for local attractions are lower, and you can get more value out of your money. The best months for travel are January to March and September to November. Sure, it’ll be a bit colder, but you’ll avoid the crowds during your stay. Plus, you’ll get to …

Weekend city breaks UK

Best Destinations for a City Break in the UK

Passionate travel lovers usually can’t make it more than a few months without having a strong urge to get on a plane, bus, or a train. In many cases, daily life, a full-time job, and other responsibilities don’t always leave much space for frequent or extended trips across the world. One of the best ways to satisfy that never-ending need for travel is to take shorter trips to different, more nearby places. This style of exploring new destinations is gaining popularity, and it’s not a surprise. Such breaks are really straightforward to plan and can often even be fit into a busy schedule. They’re also wonderful options for travelling on a budget, especially if you manage to find and take advantage of available deals and discounts. Taking a city break in the UK enables you to explore the country in a unique way, without going too far or sacrificing too much time off. Our favourite places in the UK for city breaks Cambridge Enthusiasts of great architecture certainly will want to visit Cambridge for a …

Get More Out of Your Travels With These Special Offers

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Dear Tourism & Hospitality: We’re (Distantly) With You

Our lives are different these days.  We’re working from our bedrooms, we need gloves to get the groceries, we’re wishing mom a happy Mother’s Day through the window.  There are less hugs, less high fives, less people around us.  But we’re very much aware that by keeping away over the short-term, we’re really sticking together — so that one day, we’ll once again have meetings in our lovely offices, embrace our families, and travel all over the globe.  Though most of the world is self-isolating, it doesn’t mean we have to be isolated.  Bringing travel to our home is keeping the globetrotters within us at peace. We’re cooking spaghetti from scratch like we’re in Italy. We’re salsa dancing badly, but who cares? We’re sitting with a laptop in front of the window, soaking up the sun like we’re on the beach.  And while we’re getting very comfortable with our screens, the hit to the industry is tough, so we’re getting better at collaborating across physical spaces to get things done. Like this video, for example.

28 Global Trips & Unique Experiences You Can Explore from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Here’s to travel in times of lockdowns and self-isolation Travel isn’t just about planes, packing, and plans. It’s about experiences: discovering the unknown, exploring a new adventure, appreciating the beauty of a moment with loved ones, new or old friends, or with ourselves.  So, while the world remains pretty much grounded for the next little while — our travel experiences don’t have to be. Thank you, internet! 14 Top Destinations Around the World: Did you know there’s a whole section of the internet dedicated to providing high-quality 360 views of cities all over the world? Here are just a few of many we found to be particularly jaw-dropping: Grab a towel, put on that bikini and make like you’re heading to one of Budapest’s famous thermal spas. Glide over the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and explore the historical Buda Castle at the tippy top of the city.  Walk along the boardwalk on the shore, watch your footprints appear in the sand and even get in the water to explore what’s underneath in the Maldives.  Brighten things …

The European Capital of Tech

Why the Netherlands is a breeding ground for technology Tech is shaping the world around us every single day. It is an intrinsic part of the human leisure-work experience. The U.S has Silicon Valley; so what’s Europe’s answer to technological innovation?  Renowned for its fertility in terms of business regarding proficiency in the English language as well as its tax incentives, and after having earned almost 1 billion dollars in venture capital in 2019, all eyes are on the Netherlands. The country has unparalleled fluidity in terms of its registration process for businesses compared to its fellow European nations.  One thing is certain; the Dutch capital has startup fever. Since the last global financial crisis, the Dutch were proactive despite many people suffering job loss and redundancy. Instead they began creating their own, and so began the popularisation of startups in the country. Now, they’re a hotbed for new business given that tech companies from the United States highly regard their healthy ecosystem in terms of business.  In the last couple of years, we’re noticing …