What do you look for in Amsterdam holiday apartments?

19.04.2013 In: Travel destinations

Accommodations play an important role in making your holiday break remarkable and memorable. You could just imagine if your accommodation site is not that comfortable, no matter how hard you try, you would still not have fun and it, in fact, may ruin your entire vacation. So, what are the things that you must consider as you look for Amsterdam apartments, hotels, or bed and breakfast? Here are some things you may want to take into account:

How many are staying?

Of course, as you look for a good accommodation, the first question you need to address is: how many people are joining you for your break? If you are travelling alone, it is definitely easier to book a room or a small apartment since there would only be one occupant and all you think about is yourself. However, if you have your family with you or a couple of friends are joining, the quest for booking the best accommodation may be a bit more challenging. Some sites like amsterdamapartments.com should be able to help you solve this issue. Always remember that it is more practical to stay in an apartment if you are with other people during your holiday in Amsterdam because it gives you more privacy; and you can freely move with your friends all throughout your stay. So, the bottom line is your accommodation type largely depends on how many is/ are staying.

How much is your budget?

Accommodation rates in Amsterdam range from really cheap to surprisingly expensive. If you are on a tight budget and are trying to save as much, you may opt to stay in hostels as their charges are always lower than hotels. Small apartments for rent are also ideal since they are fully furnished and they are more affordable than classy hotels. So, before you finalize your tour arrangements, make sure that you plot the amount of money you are willing to spend for your holidays.

What do you need?

If you need just the space where you can comfortably stay, you may opt to stay in an apartment. If, however, you wish not to worry about your food, cleaning services, and other facilities, it would be more advisable to book a bed and breakfast or a hotel room. These options might be a bit more expensive though. So, before you enjoy your ultimate getaway in Amsterdam, ask yourself about what exactly do you need.

Upon answering the three questions above, you should be able to get your needed accommodation. Just one last consideration is the location. Being within the heart of the city is advantageous as it gives you enough time to see more breathtaking scenic spots and holiday destinations around the city.

More Reasons for People To Visit Benidorm

31.03.2013 In: Travel destinations

Benidorm in Spain used to be a sleepy and quiet fishing village until the 1960s when the tourism boom took off. Development, construction and attractions were put up in line with the demand of the package holiday clientele who flocked to the area year after year. In the 1980s Benidorm began to suffer from its own fame, becoming a playground to drunken youths who visited only to wreak havoc, or so it seemed. This kept many of the family holidaymakers away, as they were nervous of these hooligans. However, the Spanish authorities cracked down on this brutish behaviour and increased the police presence in the town. This firm stance has worked well, and the more rowdy elements of the 18 to 30 crowd no longer visit Benidorm. This has encouraged the family groups to return, and Benidorm is,...

Exploring San Antonio and Santa Eulalia in sunkissed Ibiza

As two of the largest cities on the island of Ibiza, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia are popular tourist destinations, thanks in part to their wonderfully Mediterranean climate, their fantastic culture and cuisine as well as a variety of other features that attract countless groups of tourists.

San Antonio.

This is one of the clubbing capitals of the world and an impressive town with an abundance of bars, clubs and restaurants. The West End Strip is the location that many young British tourists will be most familiar with and features bars/clubs such as Viva, Tropicana and Funky Flares.

However, there's a lot more to San Antonio than meets the eye. It is a wonderfully attractive part of Ibiza, complete with great stretches of golden beaches, fun water activities for all to enjoy and...

ABTA concludes its “Love Summer, Love Travel” University Tour

10.07.2012 In: World travel news

ABTA has concluded its pilot tour of University campuses this June as part of its activity to boost brand awareness amongst 18-34 year olds. The events at Portsmouth, Nottingham and Warwick Universities attracted more than 10,000 students with thousands participating in the activities at the ABTA stand, speaking to ABTA staff and Members. Additionally the tour has reached over 24,000 people online via the ABTA Facebook page.

During the events students were invited to take part in fun experiences such as a climbing wall and having their picture taken with the ABTA logo in the background, the images were uploaded to ABTA’s new Facebook page and have gone viral with over 98,000 views to date. In addition a Tipi provided a unique area for students to engage and to learn more about ABTA...

Tips on What To Do in Crete

25.06.2012 In: Travel tips

Ancient ruins, stunning beaches, boutique-covered boulevards, experts agree that Crete has it all and more. However, not everything is located in the same place and it's hard to see the entire island in one trip. You'll make the most of your time on Crete by planning ahead and basing yourself in an area where the attractions that most interest you are located.

Historic Attractions

One of Crete's most famous archaeological sites is the ancient Palace of Knossos, which sits just two and a half miles southeast of Heraklion. Originally constructed around 2000 BC, the Palace of Knossos that stands today is actually a reproduction built by Sir Arthur Evans who excavated the site in the 1930s. The palace that stands today offers insight into the life of the Minoans who built it. However,...

Best Honeymoon Destinations: Crete

25.06.2012 In: Travel destinations

If there was one word to describe the Greek island of Crete, it would be "diverse." Sandy beaches hide amongst soaring mountains, palm-tree forests grow in the middle of sprawling plains, bustling modern cities share coastline with ancient ruins. And speaking of cities -- in Crete they reflect the people that came before; the streets are lined with architecture mirroring the styles of the Minoans, the Venetians, the Ottomans as well as contemporary Greeks. Despite the visible contrasts, this island maintains a sense of unity felt whenever you step onto the street, dine at a local taverna or enjoy a glass of raki at a sidewalk café.

Crete's experiences are as assorted as its history, so take some time to decide what type of vacation you're looking to have before you set anything in...

Destination Greece Responds to Travel Agents Concerns

20.06.2012 In: World travel news

Destination Greece has updated its website with a new section to address travel agent concerns about recommending or booking their clients to Greece. Topics and questions covered include...
Is it safe to travel to Greece in view of the financial situation the country is in?

Yes, it is as safe as traveling in any European Union country. The financial state of affairs does not have direct impact on tourism. Having local presence in Athens, Greece we have first hand experience of the life in the country and we can attest to the safe conditions in Athens and beyond. Having said this, and independent of the travel destination, we always suggest our clients stay abreast with the latest US Department of State travel news.

Is it a good time to visit Greece now?

It most definitely is....

Best Honeymoon Destinations: Florence

20.06.2012 In: Travel destinations

This little city, tucked amid the Tuscan hills, casts a long shadow through history. The wellspring of the Renaissance, Firenze (or Florence) sheltered the powerful Medici family and inspired artists like Michelangelo (David) and Brunelleschi (the Duomo). If it weren’t for the fashionable Italians and chic shops lining Via Tornabuoni, you might think you had traveled back in time to the14th century. But Renaissance art is not the only reason to come: You also visit Florence for its gorgeous sunsets, its Italian cooking and its unbeatable romantic charm.

How To Save Money in Florence

Book a hotel on the outskirts
For a somewhat more authentic (not to mention, cost-efficient) experience, book a hotel on the outskirts. You’ll get to wake up to the glory of the Tuscan hills, and...

Best Honeymoon Destinations: Maui

19.06.2012 In: Travel tips

Maui is an attraction-filled destination that seems like a compilation of Hawaii's best qualities. Surfing beaches? Check. Volcanoes? Several. Family-friendly? Definitely. Posh resorts? Absolutely. The legions of vacationers that come back home teary-eyed and hypnotized can't be wrong -- this is where you learn Hawaii is more than a series of islands, it's also a spiritual experience. Step off the plane, take one whiff of the plumeria blooms and you'll be hooked.

You should note that every Hawaiian island offers something different. With Maui, you can expect one of the most tourist-friendly experiences. The island is easily covered by car, and the diverse terrain keeps photos interesting. If you're looking for adventure, you're better off on the Big Island. Should you want luxurious...

Best Honeymoon Destinations: Kauai

18.06.2012 In: Travel destinations

Honey-dipped sunsets, chocolate-sand beaches, aquamarine skies -- Kauai Kaua'i has mastered seduction. But the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain doesn't have to resort to over-the-top luxury or tourist traps to entice; instead, it appeals to a no-fuss type of traveler. You want rural? Kaua'i's got it -- there are only two major highways. Some remote regions can only be explored on foot. Resorts are no taller than a coconut tree (literally).

Some would say that you need little more than a good pair of hiking boots, an umbrella, and an adventurous spirit to visit. But we should warn you; you might also need a little cash. Kaua'i has put a premium on its natural beauty and prized hiking trails, and room rates during the winter can peak around $500 a night. To get the most and save the...

Travelling With A Computer

14.06.2012 In: Travel tips

Anyone who's had to go on a work trip knows the difficulty of trying to stay connected and productive can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you protect a laptop or notebook while you're going from coast to coast.

Most people who buy their own laptop or notebook computer will show some care when moving it about, and they should, since their hard earned money is at risk. What about those who are more lucky? Sure: most companies will purchase computer equipment on behalf of their employees, but when you're 1,000 miles and three days from coming back into the office for a replacement, you may have to rethink your confidence.

Laptop cases come in three categories:

1- The lowest is given to a briefcase or backpack that is not made to carry a laptop, but happens to fit the...

Prices being slashed on Greek summer holidays amidst crisis

13.06.2012 In: World travel news

GREECE is offering holiday discounts of up to 25 per cent this European summer in a desperate bid to entice tourists to the crisis-hit country.
Operators such as Olympic Holidays are slashing their prices on holiday packages as the peak-time tourist season begins,The Daily Mail reports.
The debt-ridden nation faces an exit from the Eurozone, with Greeks heading to the polls this Sunday.
Olympic Holidays' commercial director Photis Lambrianides told the Daily Mail discounts of this size were not normal but had come about by the different set of circumstances his country faces at the moment.

"Although some commentators have quite rightly been pointing out that there’s never been a better year to go to Greece, people are still rather uncertain," he said.

"We have started tactical...

12 most beautiful paths -- no car required

11.06.2012 In: Travel destinations

With all due respect to road trips, some of the world's most breathtaking routes aren't fit for four-wheel drives. And they're better off for it. After all, aren't the world's most beautiful views best absorbed at your own pace? These 12 gorgeous trails, paths, and passageways let you do just that — from the saddle of a bicycle, a pair of skis, or your own two feet — without any impatient drivers looming in your rearview mirror. You don't even have to worry about planning the trip — outfitters run road-tested tours through all of these gorgeous spots.

Inca Trail (hiking), Peru
High in the Andes, this 26-mile journey follows in the footsteps of fifteenth-century Incans, leading past a series of ruins to the mystical royal retreat of Machu Picchu. Hundreds of species of exotic...

Women Traveling Alone

08.06.2012 In: Travel tips

Now more than ever, women are traveling by themselves for business or pleasure. And although their reasons for traveling are similar to their male counterparts, women traveling alone have very different concerns. From safety issues to cultural variations, women travelers encounter a variety of difficulties that can be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken.

To learn how you can travel safer, read these tips from ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents). Some of the most travel-wise people in the world, ASTA members understand that while it pays for both men and women to be educated travelers, it is imperative for women to plan every step of their trip - from packing a suitcase to choosing a hotel room - to ensure a safe return.

Know Before You Go - Learn as much about the...

10 taboo tourist destinations (and how to visit them)

07.06.2012 In: Travel destinations

There are certain countries in this world that inspire thoughts of trepidation rather than tourist excitement. But don't cross them off your travel bucket list just yet, especially if you are an experienced traveler. Read on as we tell you why you should consider visiting countries like Iran and Myanmar and how to do it.

North Korea (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)North Korea
Why it's Taboo: The militaristic single-party state is highly insular and largely closed off to the rest of the world. If you attempt to enter North Korea without the proper visa and passport, you risk arrest, long-term imprisonment, heavy fines, and forced labor. The United States does not maintain diplomatic relations with the country, and thus there is no U.S. embassy in North Korea. However, the Swedish...