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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

Things to do in San Francisco

12.11.2011 In: Travel destinations

San Francisco is one of the prettiest cities in the world, and has been used as the setting for countless movies and TV serials, including Dirty Harry, Vertigo, Ironside, and The Streets Of San Francisco. It is also one of the most forward-thinking and tolerant cities in the world, having been at the forefront of the hippy movement in the 60s and the gay liberation movement of the 1970s. If you're in San Francisco, make sure you choose a San Francisco vacation rental as your accommodation, you'll get more than short-term lodging - you'll get an experience and memories to last a lifetime. Every year, it attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, keen to sample the legendary SF lifestyle.

San Francisco is home to one of the most famous suspension bridges in the world, the...

Good news for India tourists - no more state restrictions

26.04.2011 In: Travel destinations

Next time a tourist to India wanting to visit Mount Abu and then wants to drive down to Gujarat, he will not be required to contact tour operators in Gujarat separately.

The Indian Times reports that tourists can contact either the Gujarat Tourism Department or the Rajasthan Tourism Department to assist in making arrangements, irrespective of the state the traveler wants to visit, thanks to a promotion of interstate tourism.

In order to bring in tourists to Gujarat and to market its sight-seeing places, the state tourism department has entered into a pact with Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Punjab for interstate tourism.

It has already started selling North Gujarat with Rajasthan. The department is promoting Shamlaji, Kesariyaji, Udaipur, Chittorgadh, Haldighati, Nathdwara, Charbhuja,...

Falklands’ Conflict legacy - a good reason to visit the islands

18.04.2011 In: Travel destinations

The Falkland Islands will be back in the spotlight next year with the 30th anniversary of the British-Argentine conflict (2nd April – 14th June 1982). Visitors today come to marvel at one of the last untouched wildlife wonders of the world as well as to commemorate the war. Here are just some of the reasons to visit these amazing islands in 2012 and beyond.

Natural Nirvana

A compact archipelago of more than 740 Islands – many uninhabited – the Falklands offer an unspoilt, tranquil wildlife haven affording up-close-and-personal encounters with penguins in their thousands, the chance to see dozens of rare birdlife as well as offshore highlights including orcas hunting seals and dolphins playing in the surf.

Endless landscapes, pristine coast and beautiful white sand...

Top 10 wine regions of the world

18.04.2011 In: Travel destinations

We all know the feeling you get when you settle into your favorite couch with a glass of wine. Ever wondered how it's done around the world? Then check out these recommendations for the best destinations around the world to enjoy a lovely drop. You will get a new found appreciation for sommeliers and make yourself look good at dinner parties. Just leave plenty of room in the suitcase for the trip home.

1. Champagne, France - According to French law, only bubbly grown in this region and bottled according to the strictest standards can be labeled as Champagne. Here, you can pop the cork of France's best-known brands, including Dom Perignon, Perrier Jouet, Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon. For those feeling adventurous, you can try the age-old art of sabrage - removing the cork from a...

9 American houses that will amaze you

11.04.2011 In: Travel destinations

Houses are generally private places. (No trespassing, please!) Some of America’s coolest houses, however, let you peek behind the curtains to inspire and satisfy your curiosity. Cool houses are always experiments, domestic laboratories where designers, builders, and homeowners work out better ways to live.

When you think of experimental architecture, you usually think big: a museum by Santiago Calatrava or a city library by Rem Koolhaas. But the innovations that truly change our lives happen at home. America’s coolest houses may have started out as experiments, but today they’re guaranteed to be an interesting visit. Even if you can’t sip your morning coffee in the kitchen of California’s Hearst Castle, spending a little time in someone else’s pad might give you a few new...

Fantasy islands can sometimes be a reality

04.04.2011 In: Travel destinations

An advanced city submerged under sea; an ancient garden paradise bearing a tree of knowledge; an island of bird-women seductresses -- the stuff of pure fiction. Or perhaps not?
Far-off, mysterious islands provide the setting for some of our favorite myths and folklore. But more often than not, they have their roots in real-life locations.
From the Caribbean cove of Treasure Island to the sunken city of Atlantis, here's a travel guide for those who fancy a sailing holiday with an allegorical twist.

Treasure Island
The definitive swash-buckling tale of one-legged pirates, treasure maps and talking parrots centers around a tiny island somewhere in the Caribbean. Starring the rum-swigging buccaneer Long John Silver, the story was penned by 19th century Scottish author Robert Lewis...

Iceland - one of the best places to visit

28.03.2011 In: Travel destinations

Except for an occasional volcano, Iceland is perhaps one of the best places on the planet to live, work, climb mountains, scale glaciers, ride bikes, and get rid of pesky acne (in the geothermal baths). National pastimes include swimming in one of the 130-heated pools after an 8-mile hike up and down mountains to experience awesome waterfalls, cooling volcanic lava, and endless pollution-free blue sky.

Iceland is wealthy and ranked among the top 10 countries in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. One notable measure used to determine a country’s quality of life is the Human Development Index (HDI) compiled by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The HDI combines several indicators which measure a country’s achievements in three main areas of human...