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More Europe, Less Euros – Travelling on the Cheap

The first thing that should be on your mind when it comes to booking your holiday in Europe is arranging your flights. It may sound obvious, but the easiest way to save money on your flights is to book well in advance. According to many travel experts the best time to reserve your flights is eleven months in advance of your trip, due to the flights just being released. As a result, plenty of cheaper seats will be available. The opposite is also true, as booking at the last minute can result in substantial savings as airlines try to fill up their unsold seats.

Further savings can be made on your European sojourn by simply splitting the cost with your travelling companions. Depending on the accommodation you wish to stay in during your trip, you could save a considerable amount of money. Staying in youth hostels, which, despite the name, are no longer just the preserve of the youth, as many hostels now have family rooms, is always a financially sound option and if you do decide to split the cost, it could ending up costing you next to nothing. Investigate cheap hotel chains as well, as many are significantly cheaper than their Travelodge cousins in Britain. In France, for example, many budget hotels offer three person rooms for under £20 a night.

Keeping an eye on the exchange rates is also a useful idea. Fluctuations between the Pound and the Euro could be the difference between a leisurely, fun packed holiday and a minimalist, dull one. For example, Greece, a once cheap option for a family holiday, has become relatively expensive on the back of its entry to the European Union and its view of itself as an Olympic host and European football champion; while Italy on the other hand, remains very reasonable. With that in mind, do some research and find countries that offer competitive rates on accommodation, food and tourist attractions.

Depending on your destination, it’s worth remembering when planning your holiday that renting a car may be more convenient than relying on pubic transport. Cheap car hire in Spain and Tenerife, for example, is relatively easy to find and allows for far greater flexibility.

Quite possibly the best tip for saving money on your European holiday is to shop around for a low cost insurance policy. The travel agent – online or on the High Street – will attempt to sell you insurance but many travel experts recommend arranging your own instead, as it’s almost a guarantee that similar cover can be found for a lower price elsewhere. This rule also applies to European breakdown cover. While we’ve all heard of the RAC and AA, it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s still just insurance and a number of companies will offer the same thing for less money.

When booking a European holiday on a budget, the easiest way to save money is simply to shop around for the best deals, with the internet being a godsend to travellers wishing to book their own trips. Research the countries you’re planning on visiting too and make yourself aware of any opportunities to save money on food or accommodation. By taking all of the above into account, your European trip is sure to be a great experience which won’t break the bank.


Popular Birmingham Airport Hotels

Birmingham is home to the second busiest international airport outside London in UK. Besides attracting hoards of foreign travelers, it also serves a large number of domestic and international flights that carry passengers to major destinations worldwide. It is therefore no wonder that there are several Birmingham airport hotels catering to different types of travelers around the airport.

Birmingham Crowne Plaza Hotel

For travelers who are expecting to enjoy some luxury, the 4-star Birmingham Crowne Plaza Hotel, barely a five-minute drive or a ten minutes walk from the airport is the popular place to relax after a long flight. The hotel runs a free shuttle service that plies every fifteen minutes between the airport and the hotel. The built-in wireless internet connection in the rooms and suites ensures that guests are always connected to their contacts online. The summer terrace overlooking the expansive greenery and Pendigo Lake is a great place to sip coffee on a warm day. It is one of the few Birmingham airport hotels to boast of a self-contained conference centre. The Pendigo Restaurant serves delectable European cuisines. Birmingham Crowne Plaza Hotel also offers parking packages that allows guests to park their vehicles for up to four weeks.

Birmingham Corus Hotel

Birmingham Corus Hotel, also known as the Regency Hotel Solihull is eight miles from the Birmingham Airport. The 3-star rated hotel offers diverse accommodation and leisure packages. A bed and breakfast package cost around ₤39 per person per night. If you are craving for some leisure activities, you can plunge in the indoor pool or head to the fully equipped gym of the hotel. Karaoke and live bands entertain visitors on the weekends. The courtyard restaurant of the hotel serves delicious modern British cuisines. Morrisey’s Bar is a popular watering hole where guests can enjoy a drink while watching sporting events on the large display screen.

Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel

Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel is one of top Birmingham airport hotels. It takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to reach the hotel from the airport. Equipped with television, phone, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press and hairdryer, the en-suite rooms of the hotel offer maximum comfort to a tired traveler. The stay and fly packages of the hotel includes overnight accommodation, taxi transfers and 8 to 15 days parking. The large Seasons restaurant of the hotel promises to satisfy the taste buds of gourmands with its delectable spread.

Bangkok Hotels By Budget

Going to Bangkok? Feeling overwhelmed with hotel choices? Well, don’t be.

Here are some great Bangkok hotels we recommend based on your budget:

1. 8,000-9,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– THE ORIENTAL HOTEL – One of the world’s premier hotels. The oldest hotel in Bangkok on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Nice colonial-style architecture. Not in the city center though.

2. 7,000-8,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– THE PENINSULA BANGKOK HOTEL – High reviews, world awards. On the bank of the Chao Phraya River, but on the farther island. Free hotel’s shuttle boat service takes you to BTS skytrain.

– SUKOTHAI HOTEL – Beautiful contemporary Thai architecture in beautiful landscaped garden. A bit far from shopping areas but worth the beauty.

– FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK – Right in front of BTS skytrain. The name guarantees the luxury. Close to most shopping malls.

3. 6,000-7,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– GRAND HYATT ERAWAN – Stunning garden spa. Very close to BTS skytrain. High-end shopping right below the hotel and just across the street.

– THE BANYAN TREE BANGKOK – One of the newest hotels in Bangkok. The tallest hotel building in Bangkok. Exceptional spa and massage.

4. 5,000-6,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– SHERATON GRANDE SUKUMVIT – Beautiful Thai/Bali style swimming pool garden with soothing underwater music. Right at BTS skytrain.

– SHANGRI-LA HOTEL – On the bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Nice pool, nice view. But don’t try the hotel’s Angelini Italian restaurant though.

5. 4,000-5,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– CONRAD HOTEL BANGKOK – Contemporary hotel for modern lifestyle. A bit of walking to do to get to BTS skytrain. Traffic is always horrible right in front of the hotel.

– PLAZA ATHENEE HOTEL – Nice and close to BTS skytrain. But the hotel’s name might cause pronunciation problem between you and local taxi driver. Bring the hotel’s business card and the road name in Thai with you.

6. 3,000-4,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA – Right on the bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Very much like a secluded and relaxing resort. Not in the city center, but free shuttle boat to BTS station makes it all fine.

– NAI LERT PARK, RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL HOTEL – Lush garden with peaceful atmosphere. Within walking distance from BTS skytrain and shopping malls.

– TRIPLE TWO SILOM HOTEL – Nice boutique hotel with contemporary Asian design. At night, enjoy Silom Road’s street market.

7. 2,000-3,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– PATUMWAN PRINCESS HOTEL – Great location, but always under renovation. Right inside MBK Shopping Center. Try the hotel’s Japanese+Korean buffet lunch at Konju restaurant, only $25/person.

– SOFITEL SILOM – Cozy boutique hotel in Bangkok. Few steps off the night market on Silom road. Near BTS skytrain.

8. 1,000-2,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– BUDDY LODGE KHAO SAN ROAD – Nice hotel in the world-famous Khao San Road area. Good for backpacker with more budget. Ask for a quiet room. Khao San could get noisy at night.

9. 500-1,000 BAHT A NIGHT

– ROYAL RIVER HOTEL – On the bank of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Quite difficult to get into the city. Big room for small price. You also get free breakfast buffet.

At the time of this writing, US$1 = 40 Thai Baht.