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May

12

Where can you find a golden ticket to travel?

By Wayne Lazarus on May 12th, 2015

Categories: Cheap Hotels, Popular Cities, The Travel Debunker, Travel Deals

Answer: Charleston, South Carolina! One of today’s most desired travel destinations, the Holy City ranks as the #2 city in the world by Conde Naste magazine, trailing only to Florence, Italy.

As part of an upcoming promotion, Motel.com and the Charleston International Film Festival will be holding a Golden Ticket Scavenger Hunt in the Charleston area. A riddle will be released on May 13 on the Charleston International Film Festival Facebook page with clues where to find the Golden Ticket around Charleston. The ticket will entitle the finder to $1,500 dollars!

But whether you find the Golden Ticket or not, you can still be a winner by saving money when you book your travel accommodations on Motel.com for the 2015 Charleston International Film Festival this fall.

What better place to experience sneak previews of movies, mingle with actors and producers from Hollywood and around the world, and learn the ins and outs of the film industry, than charming and historic Charleston!

Founded and settled by English colonists in 1670, go back in time as you walk the historic cobblestone streets, ride a horse-drawn carriage, and hear the true tales of soldiers, pirates, and even ghosts. Take a day trip to the neighboring beaches, grab a bite at one of Charleston’s famed restaurants, and then head over to the Charleston Music Hall for the Opening Night Street Party of the Charleston International Film Festival onWednesday, November 4. And end the day by settling into your five-star room from Motel.com.

The Charleston International Film Festival will take place November 4th through 8th at the Charleston Music Hall. Make your plans today for a trip you won’t soon forget!

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Oct

7

Four Must-See Stops When Visiting Historic Charleston

By Bob Levin on October 7th, 2014

Categories: Cheap Hotels, Popular Cities

Cheapest Hotel Rooms in Charleston

From colonial times until now, Charleston, South Carolina has remained one of the most exciting and beautiful cities in America. Even the Cheapest Hotel Rooms in Charleston are likely to offer a stunning vista of painstakingly restored buildings, and visitors are given the opportunity to experience Americana in ways that few cities can offer.

Places to visit in Charleston, South Carolina

In fact, visiting Charleston is almost like time traveling to another century. Visiting the historic homes and churches within the city, or even going outside of the city limits to see some of the former plantations are activities that should not be missed. Charleston Hotel Discounts are available throughout the city, allowing visitors to bask in the intriguing and important story of Charleston, even if they’re on a budget.

Here are some of the most popular tourist destinations when visiting Charleston, South Carolina:

1. The Nathaniel Russel House
Constructed in 1808, this Adam-style early American home is a wonderful example of architecture at the beginning of the 19th century.

2. Aiken-Rhett House
Visitors to this historic estate can view the massive mansion, as well as its adjoining slave quarters and stable.

3. The City Market
The City Market was a Charleston staple from the late 1700s to the beginning of the 20th century. It offered city residents a place to buy produce, seafood, and meat when it was in its heyday. Now, visitors can buy souvenirs and learn important information about Charleston’s cultural history.

4. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Tour the gardens aboard a trolley, as well as view the rice paddies, slave quarters and swamp that made this iconic Southern plantation so appealing.

Budget hotels in Charleston, South Carolina

Around and between these sites are plenty of Hotel in Charleston that are sure to fit any traveler’s budget. Even group discounts are available at many locations, providing the perfect excuse to indulge in the beauty and history this charming Southern city has to offer.

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Sep

16

Discounts and Group Travel in Rome, Italy

By Bob Levin on September 16th, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities, Uncategorized

group travel to italy

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.

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Aug

4

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Marvelous Heights of Southeast Asia

By Bob Levin on August 4th, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities, Uncategorized

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.

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Jul

2

What Not to Miss on Independence Day in St. Louis, Missouri

By Bob Levin on July 2nd, 2014

Categories: Popular Cities

St. Louis Fireworks, Arch

“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.”

For additional events and information, visit the Fair St. Louis website at www.fairsaintlouis.org. For St. Louis motels deals, visit www.motel.com.

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Jun

3

The Thrills of Kansas City

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.

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Feb

4

Barbados: The Perfect Island Escape

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.

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Jan

7

Travel to Aspen, Colorado for a Winter Vacation Like no Other

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.

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Dec

6

Where and How to Celebrate Kwanzaa

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!

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Nov

26

Tips for Spending Thanksgiving in New York

By Bob Levin on November 26th, 2013

Categories: Popular Cities

Thanksgiving is probably the busiest travel time in the U.S. because a lot of Americans spend this holiday with their families. Most people take advantage of the long vacation weekend as it also marks that start of the Christmas season. According to one website, New York City remains as one of the most popular destinations for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas shopping.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day In The Big Apple

Book a Hotel Early: One of the best ways to get your hands on New York hotel discounts is to book early. Domestic travelers in the U.S. usually book only one or two days before they stay. Although the booking window is different depending on the city you are going to, trends show that the cheapest New York hotel prices are found within a week before check-in, with savings of six percent below average room rates.

Visit the National Museum of the American Indian: Located at the U.S. Customs House in downtown Manhattan, the National Museum of American Indian is one of those few places that are open on Thursdays. This would be a great alternative to visit since the more popular cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: This iconic parade of giant character balloons and colorful floats is definitely the highlight of Thanksgiving Day if you’re in the Big Apple. But due to the chilly weather, more and more spectators prefer to watch this parade behind the comfort of their hotel room windows. You can check out Motel.com to find hotels near Manhattan in New York City which offer a view of this amazing Thanksgiving Parade.

Book Your New York City Trip Today

To get the best motel deals in New York, make sure that you plan your trip beforehand and know the places that you want to visit and the things that you want to do.

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