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By Bob Levin on September 16th, 2014
When visiting Italy, travelers congregate to Rome to immerse themselves in the art and architecture that has played a part in making this city so iconic. With many of its stunning vistas, places of worship, and beautiful art available for viewing free of charge, it is possible to visit Rome on a budget and still experience the best of what the city has to offer.
Travel Tips for Rome, Italy
If you are traveling with it group, it is especially important to plan ahead if you wish to visit the most popular tourist destinations and sites. Rome group travel discounts are available at many locations, and the Borghese Gallery and Vatican Museums allow online reservations to assist groups avoid long lines. You can also purchase a Roma Pass, which is a metro pass good for three days to allow transportation to and from popular sites like the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
When visiting Rome, be sure to look for
Rome hotel deals to avoid spending a lot of money on overpriced hotels. While many of the hotels in the city center can be quite expensive for a tight budget, you can still find Rome hotel discounts by expanding your search to other parts of the city. Most of the city is easily accessible by going on the Rome metro, which consists of two subway lines that intersect at one main station—the Termini train station.
Add Rome, Italy in Your Traveler’s Bucket List
Most importantly, however, is to enjoy the wonderful foods the city has to offer, particularly the gelato, which many travelers find to be the most delicious part of their trip to the city. Sharing the perfect treat, especially with a group of friends or with someone you love, while viewing some of the most beautiful art and architecture in the world, makes a trip to Rome a must for every traveler’s bucket list.
By Bob Levin on August 4th, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—otherwise known to locals and frequent tourists as ‘KL’—is representative of so much of what makes Malaysia such an amazing place to visit. Although it began as a small mining town and shantytown, it now rises as a massive and modern metropolis, boasting some of the tallest skyscrapers in all of Southeast Asia.
Looking for Kuala Lumpur hotel deals? They’re available and plentiful in this space-age-esque location, and in the middle of historic places of worship and museums, you can also find large shopping malls and districts with everything from the latest high-end fashion to the latest bargain sale.
Kuala Lumpur’s Highest Sky Scraper
The Petronas Twin Towers are a sight not to be missed on your visit to Kuala Lumpur, as well. At nearly 457.2 meters (1,500 feet) tall, the Petronas Twin Towers reach 88 stories and held the record as the world’s tallest buildings until only 10 years ago. You can visit the Petronas Philharmonic Hall, home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, when you visit these amazing towers, or spend time in one of its many arcades or restaurants. There’s even a science museum located within, and you can visit while viewing the amazing Islamic architecture-inspired geometric patterns that make up building’s design. If height isn’t a problem for you, try walking across the double decker sky-bridge between the 41st and 42nd floors or ride the decker elevators.
Save Money on Your Kuala Lumpur Vacation
Kuala Lumpur hotel discounts will allow you to view this magnificent city and take in its marvelous cultural diversity without breaking the bank to do it. Whether it is shopping or taking in the city’s nightlife, there are Kuala Lumpur cheap hotels throughout the area that are sure to meet anyone’s budget. If you’re traveling with a family, the city offers numerous attractions and great family rates to ensure the vacation of a lifetime that will be remembered for years to come.
By Bob Levin on July 2nd, 2014
Categories: Popular Cities
“America’s biggest birthday party…”
That’s what St. Louis is calling its annual July 4th holiday celebration, and after one visit, it’s easy to see why. Every year, the “gateway to the West” hosts a lineup of concerts, shows, exhibitions and running events in its iconic Forest Park, the location of the 1904 World’s Fair. Add in St. Louis hotel discounts, great music, good food and fireworks and you have Fair St. Louis 2014, held on Independence Day weekend—July 3, 4 and 5.
St. Louis, Missouri’s July 4th Festivities
Some of this year’s entertainment headliners are Thompson Square, En Vogue and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, along with world-class musicians and artists like The Band Perry, Bonnie Raitt, The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Gavin DeGraw, Mary Lambert, Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood. Each night’s entertainment will end with a massive fireworks show that is specifically tailored to the venue. There’s an Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone, offering interactive activities and fun for fairgoers all ages.
Thursday’s opening-day celebration at 5 p.m. includes a Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard from Scott Air Force Base, along with music from USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass Band. The fun continues on Thursday with “world record” contests and a parade.
“While it might be hard to imagine that we could pack any more fun into the three-day celebration,” says Lori Thaman, executive director of the Fair St. Louis Foundation, “we are working on some other exciting new programming elements that will be announced in the coming weeks as we put the finishing touches on America’s Biggest Birthday Party.”
By Bob Levin on June 3rd, 2014
Categories: Popular Cities
Kansas City is best known for three things—jazz, barbecue, and fountains. Now, visitors can combine Kansas City is best known for three things—jazz, barbecue, and fountains. Now, visitors can combine Kansas City hotel discounts with a city adventure like no other. After viewing some of the city’s most beloved fountains (there are over 200), visitors can visit the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District to hear some of the best jazz players in the world. Of course, a day in Kansas City wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the city’s famous barbecue restaurants. In fact, Kansas City has more barbeque restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Kansas City Offers the Fastest and Tallest Water Slide
Looking for thrills? How about visiting Verrückt, a water slide that is considered to be the fastest and tallest water slide ever built and is opening in Kansas City this year. It’s taller than Niagara Falls and visitors can ride a four-person raft from its heights to its depths for some serious, adrenaline-pumping fun.
Speaking of fun and heights, Worlds of Fun, a 235-acre amusement park provides loads of it. This summer, be among the first to ride the park’s new SteelHawk—a spinning flight that will take you 301 feet in the air and tilt you at 45-degree angle at a speed of eight rotations per minute. For those hotter summer days, there is also an Oceans of Fun amusement park, where guest can beat the heat with several water attractions.
Bar Hoppers Will Kansas City’s Power and Light District
If you’re more interested in eating and drinking, check out the Power and Light District, or “P&L” according to the locals. This area stretches for eight blocks and features over 50 bars, restaurants and shops, along with a covered outdoor courtyard where visitors enjoy 130 free events each year. Kansas City cheap hotels are available and can place you within walking distance of all the eating and drinking you can handle. Checking out Motel.com for Kansas City hotel deals should be part of your vacation planning.
By Bob Levin on May 6th, 2014
Categories: Cheap Hotels
With its surplus of natural wonders and exciting nightlife, Brazil has been one of the top tourist destinations for quite some time. There are so many things to do there that it’s almost difficult to pick—from the samba sounds and thriving nightlife of Rio de Janeiro, to the Amazon Rainforest and its spectacle of wildlife and plants. Wherever you choose to visit, Brazil hotel discounts await, and travelers can participate in the excitement of Brazil without breaking their budget to do so.
When is the Best Time to Visit Brazil
The best time to travel to Brazil depends on where you want to go once you get there. In general, March through November is the optimal season to visit because the climate is drier. The months of December, January, and February are Brazil’s rainy season, and the weather tends to be hot and humid. If you plan to visit the Amazon while in Brazil, the best months to go are July and August. If you plan to visit Iguazu Falls, you’ll be much more impressed by it during the middle of the rainy season (January and February) because of the amount of water the Falls have during those months.
Brazil – A Nature Lover’s Heaven
Brazil’s portion of the Amazon, in particular, attracts thousands of tourists every year. This diverse landscape stretches across 2.3 million square miles and is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. Visitors can enjoy some one-on-one time with nature, while viewing many of the world’s species of birds, plants, and fish. There are even Brazil hotel deals available for this area, and travelers snatch them up quickly during the peak season.
Whether it’s dancing the samba, enjoying world-class cuisine, relaxing on the beach, or exploring unique natural beauty, travelers to Brazil will certainly have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. The best part is that cheap hotels in Brazil are available throughout the country to provide excellent, budget-priced lodging for anyone who wants to visit this incredible place.
By Bob Levin on April 2nd, 2014
Categories: Group Travel Discounts
The British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands is made up of three small islands—Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman—located near the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea. Each offers a unique visit: the two smaller islands have a much slower-paced way of life, while Grand Cayman offers the ultimate shopping and dining experience. All three, however, are a bird watcher’s paradise, and offer hiking, diving and snorkeling in some of the most beautiful natural settings on Earth.
Best Time to Visit Cayman Islands
The climate on the Cayman Islands is a tropical marine climate. From May to October, visitors can expect warm temperatures and a lot of rain. From November to April, the Cayman Islands’ winter is relatively dry and temperate, making it a popular destination for travelers looking for an escape from cold weather elsewhere. This time of year is also when the Cayman Islands experience their most busy season, and hotels are often booked several months in advance. The capital of Grand Cayman is George Town, located in the southeast portion of the main island. Here is where you can find the best Cayman Islands Group Travel Discounts and Grand Cayman Islands hotel deals. The city is historic, and is easy to get around on foot. West Bay and Morgan’s Harbour are located approximately 30 minutes from George Town, and is full of beautiful Edwardian homes and fishing fleets. On the north and east sides of the island, visitors can view beautiful botanical gardens and blowholes, in addition to original settlements
and structures from the island’s earlier days.
Have a Fantastic Family Getaway at Cayman Islands
With its miles of beautiful beaches and pristine scenery, the Cayman Islands is more than just a financial center and shopping district—it offers a fantastic family getaway or a romantic vacation that is miles away from the ordinary. Plan you vacation early and visit Motel.com to take advantage of the available Grand Cayman Islands hotel discounts.
By Bob Levin on March 18th, 2014
Categories: Cheap Hotels
If staying in a seven-star hotel, roaming a shopper’s paradise, seeing the desert and pristine beaches in one day, or experiencing the ultimate in lavishness and luxury sound like the perfect vacation, Dubai might be the place for you. Even if your tastes run a little less expensive, there are Dubai hotel deals to be found, leaving you more money to spend on shopping. With its designer boutiques, world-famous eating, and ultra-modern architecture, Dubai has become a top destination spot for travelers around the world.
Visiting Dubai’s Attractions
If you plan to visit Dubai, your trip wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the amazing sights and engineering feats the city has to offer. And these sights are plentiful. From the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel, to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and observation deck—Dubai’s modern and luxurious architecture is truly some of the most spectacular and impressive modern architecture in the world. Or perhaps, you’d rather take a stroll near the Dubai Fountains, which shoot water as high as 500 feet in the air and are situated on the beautiful 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.
Dubai’s International Shopping Experience
If shopping and culture is your preference, do not miss a chance to visit Global Village—an international shopping experience that attracts millions of visitors each year and offers plenty of eye candy for everyone. Here, you can see live performances, experience exquisite cuisine, and shop from a wide selection of hand-made and authentic crafts from countries all over the world. Take the whole family and enjoy rides, games, fireworks displays and educational exhibits. The Global Village is open from November to March each year and Dubai hotel discounts are available for the area.
Situated in the desert and full of some of the world’s most amazing scenery and architecture, Dubai is truly a blend of the old world and the new.
Keeping your travel expenses may be a challenge nowadays but you can always check out a list of Dubai Cheap Hotels at Motel.com.
By Bob Levin on February 4th, 2014
Categories: Popular Cities
Barbados is an island in the Caribbean boasting almost 166 square miles of pure sunshine and natural beauty. In fact, because of its unique location, Barbados receives over 3,000 hours of sunshine yearly, making the island’s weather the perfect mix of warm sun cooled by constant trade winds from the northeast. The average daytime temperatures on Barbados range between 84-88 degrees Fahrenheit, with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for an escape away from traffic and work to a sun-filled paradise, Barbados is the perfect place. With the available Barbados hotel deals, a lot of people consider this island the ideal tonic for a stressful life.
The Tropical Paradise of Barbados
Discovered in the late 15th Century by Spanish explorers, Barbados has a long history of being a lush, tropical paradise. Visitors to the island are greeted with plentiful subtropical flora and fauna as they step off the airplane or boat into some of the lushest natural beauty the planet has to offer. Visitors can choose to hike on one of the many inland and coastal trails available, or revel in the activities of the abundance of wildlife that can be seen around the island. Combine these significant price savings with Barbados group travel rates, and you’ll see why so many travelers gravitate to this island paradise each year.
One thing about Barbados that many visitors note is the friendliness that is demonstrated by the island’s inhabitants, making it one of the most likely places in the world that visitors would return to for a subsequent visit. Much of this friendliness is attributed to the fact that the United Nations Human Development Index (2011) ranked Barbados in its highest category for human development, placing the island high above the regional scores of both the Caribbean and Latin America. Barbados’ literacy rate of 97% reflects this focus on development, as does Barbados’ parliamentary history as the third oldest parliament in the world (established in 1639).
Barbados has beaches for those who enjoy tanning, swimming or watersports, and surfing. Aside from the magnificent plantation tours and golf courses, vacationers can also have a good time going duty-free shopping and being entertained with calypso music in the festive night life in Bridgetown, St. Lawrence Gap or Oistin Bay.
Barbados Travel Deals
With the Barbados hotel discounts available, you’re sure to find the perfect island getaway spot that will nurture your soul and wallet at the same time.
By Bob Levin on January 7th, 2014
Categories: Popular Cities
Famous for its resort lifestyle and for being a winter home for celebrities, Aspen, Colorado offers some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and winter activities available in the world. But don’t let the focus on chilly sports fool you—Aspen also boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in the world, making it an ideal spot to sit by a toasty fire and enjoy find foods and drinks surrounded by the company of friends and loved ones. If you’re looking for the perfect way to enjoy the best that winter has to offer, Aspen, Colorado should be first on your list of places to visit. Visitors who want to save on their vacation expenses can go to Motel.com to check some Aspen hotel deals.
Things To Do in Aspen, Colorado
Sitting at the north end of the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen is also home to the Roaring Fork River, one of the best streams in the country for trout fishing. If fishing isn’t your thing, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains provide world-renowned skiing and snowboarding opportunities and are located within 12 miles of the town of Aspen. Book into one of the hotels near Aspen to make sure you don’t have to too far to see these great attractions.
Around Aspen is the White River National Forest, with the Elk Mountains to the south and west, and the Williams Mountains and the Sawatch Range to the east. For hiking, Maroon Creek, Castle Creek and Hunter Creek Valleys are nearby, with some of the most beautiful trails in the country for those who want to get back to nature. And with Aspen, Colorado group travel rates, the opportunity to discover Aspen is even more appealing to travelers on a tight budget.
Preparing for Your Aspen, Colorado Trip
Since the weather in Aspen is difficult to predict (the town sits almost 8,000 feet above sea level), travelers should plan their trip well and bring extra layers, regardless of the time of year they visit. Some other essentials are sunscreen, sunglasses, lip protection, weatherproof footwear and a camera, so you can take photos of the natural beauty surrounding you.
By Bob Levin on December 6th, 2013
Categories: Popular Cities
Since its inception in 1966 and first official celebration in 1968, Kwanzaa has served less as a religious holiday in competition with Christmas or Hanukkah than as a cultural touchstone for African-Americans seeking to reconnect with their distant cultural past. Over the years it has evolved into a celebration of Black culture in America, marked by performances by some of the greatest artists alive, and it’s a perfect excuse to book some hotel deals to see some electrifying performances, no matter your background. Here are some suggestions for where to celebrate this cultural phenomenon.
New York: American Museum of Natural History
With plenty of cheap hotels in the area, a quick trip to The Big Apple rewards with you the 35th annual celebration of Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History, featuring storyteller Linda Humes, Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo performances from the Broadway hit Motown the Musical, the IMPACT Repertory Theatre, award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author MK Asante and a screening of his film narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration.
Kwanzaa in Paris
The biggest Kwanzaa celebration outside of the United States is the perfect excuse to discover hotel discounts and jet off to the City of Lights. Sponsored by the Association Pan Africaine, the 2-week celebration includes guest speakers, musical performances, and lectures designed to culminate in a truly Parisian appreciation for African and French-African cultures.
San Francisco: All Week Long
The City by the Bay dedicates one day to each of the seven principles Kwanzaa with events and performances through the city – and with hotel deals waiting to be discovered. From City Hall to the Public Libraries to the Hamilton Rec Center, Kwanzaa-centric events are occurring each day from December 26 through January 1st.
Kwanzaa is much more than a holiday, it’s a cultural event that can be enjoyed by anyone – this is the year to discover a whole new holiday!