Rooms on a Budget Through Hotel Discount Sites

By on September 20, 2013


Shopping is always fun when you are getting things at a bargain.  The same is true when shopping for hotel accommodations for your vacation.  There are budget rooms and suites available in many hotel discount sites online.  All you need to do is to check these websites at some point and find wonderful deals for your next vacation.  But first, you have to choose your discount sites carefully.  There are a lot of scams online and you do not want to be the next willing prey.  Take a look at the following factors when you evaluate the deal website:

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Reliability.  How good a deal really is can only be proven when you avail of it.  Most of the people who are conned into making online purchases find out too late that their money is gone and the product they got is no good.  You want to make sure that the travel website that you are getting your hotel deals from will truly deliver.  Check out its reputation and read through the customer testimonials on the website itself or in other review websites as well.

Timing.  You have to be quick to take advantage of these hotel deals.  Some of them are offered within a short promotional period only.  This is why it is best if you are subscribed to receive notifications for certain deals in your chosen destinations.  It is also a good idea to have a tentative travel date and some other travel preferences in mind.  This will allow you to make a quick decision when the right travel deal comes along.  Have a list of your “requirements” in a hotel room:  number of beds, available amenities, access to business facilities, guided tour availability, and airport transfers among others.

Security.  Make sure that your personal and financial details are safe at all times.  You want an assurance that your data will not be exposed to other entities without your consent.  Even if it’s just for regular promotional emails, you do not want the travel website to be giving out your email address to their partner establishments.  Make sure too that you get your proof of payment every time you transact in any travel website to purchase your hotel deals.

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The Universe of Sound: A Digital Installation in Birmingham’s Municipal Bank

By on May 20, 2013


Ever fancied heading to the city to enjoy something a little different? Whether it’s your first time in Birmingham or you’ve visited before, one thing’s for sure – you will have never experienced anything quite like The Universe of Sound before. Open your minds and appreciate something out of the ordinary this summer, with the help of Birmingham’s Philharmonic Orchestra, presented in the disused Municipal Bank in the centre of the city.

If you plan on staying in the city for a day or two, take a look at Travelodge’s rooms in Birmingham that will provide you with excellent rates that won’t break the bank. Combine that with the digital installation that’s completely free to appreciate and you have a budget-friendly city break that will help to reignite your senses.

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The Town Hall and Symphony Hall are working in conjunction with the Philharmonic Orchestra to bring to Birmingham a digital extravaganza that is running between the 25th May and the 16th June 2013. Completely free to anyone who wants to spend some time experiencing the magic, the event is jam-packed with film screenings, family activities and live performances that will have you enthralled from the very beginning.

From the confines of the Municipal Bank, the world-class Philharmonic turns virtual for everyone’s entertainment. Conduct your own orchestra using state-of-the-art digital technology or play live and virtual instruments to feel like you’re among the virtuosos in the Orchestra Pit.

With ten separate rooms, homing various activities, you can learn more about the role of a conductor and how they cope managing an entire orchestra while the piece de resistance is a 360degree planetarium-style room which will transport you to the centre of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, making you feel like you’re in the heart of the action.

If you’re a fully-fledged musician, you are welcome to bring your own instruments along. Otherwise, the virtual instruments will be available to enjoy on site.

During its final week (from the 14th June), there will be a 7pm screening, in its entirety, of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at Symphony Hall, complemented by an original soundtrack performed by the Philharmonia and Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra choir.

Head to the Symphony Hall Café Bar for the Universe of Sound Family Day. With plenty of activities and workshops on the 15th June, it will encourage children of all ages to explore the Orchestra, music technology and much more. Whether you’re a lover of music, space or both, you can be sure that, whatever the age of your brood, there’s something for everyone.

At 7:30pm on the 15th June, the esteemed Philharmonic Orchestra and the ladies of the City of Birmingham Choir will be performing The Planets, live.

Take a look at Travelodge’s rooms in Birmingham and head to the city for a budget break. Whether you choose to pop along between 11 and 6:30pm at some point during its run, or you want to book seats for the finale, don’t miss out on this musical and astronomical masterpiece at the Municipal Bank this June.


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Vacationing Like a Local

By on October 16, 2012

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Everybody does need a little time away from it all. Whatever your preoccupations are in this busy journey called life, you just have to take a breather once in a while. If you happen to be a businessman looking to do a Hugh Grant a la Notting Hill, then traveling to a different city like London may be a quick respite for you.

Just when you thought traveling in style and comfort couldn’t get any better, along comes Onefinestay. It puts the idea of city travel in a whole new light.

Onefinestay is a service which pools together members who agree to have their apartment or house rented out to transient visitors while they’re out of town. They earn income from their house which would otherwise remain idle while they’re away. As a member, you wouldn’t have to worry about marketing or insurance. Onefinestay has got you covered down to the provision of linens and cleaning of your house.

It was launched in London in May 2010 and then expanded to New York in May 2012. Their website has a listing of over 500 homes, with prices ranging from £150 a night for a cozy one bedroom apartment to £1,000 a night for a grand townhouse.

london, onefinestayWhat’s nice about their service is that they offer all the perks and convenience of staying in a plush hotel while giving you the chance to live like a local in whatever city you’re staying. For instance, guests are treated to luxury amenities such as five-star hotel linens and toiletries from The White Company in London and Kiehl’s products in New York.

As if that weren’t enough, onefinestay lends you an iPhone for the entire length of your stay. You can make free local calls from this phone, and it’s loaded with local tips from the homeowner. You’ll feel like a celebrity sans the paparazzi, because you’ll manage to pull off acting like a local.

Onefinestay’s vision is clear. They hope to give city travellers a whole new world of experience. Today, London and New York… tomorrow, the world!



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