Top Tips for Budget Breaks

In the market for cheap package holidays this summer? Then don’t leave home without checking out some of these top tips for budget breaks – they could save you a small fortune on your next getaway!

DIY holidays

For those that like to go their own way and book their own holidays, there are plenty of low-cost flights out there serving all the main holiday destinations several times per week during the summer, and many small resorts and airports too. The best way to grab the lowest fares is to book well in advance, as the best prices are short-lived and soon sky-rocket the closer you get to the departure date.

Accommodation deals vary enormously, as some hoteliers offer the cheapest prices early on while others advertise late deals. The good thing is that there is often high competition between hoteliers in holiday resorts, so if one hotel puts its prices up, the chances are there will be one on the next street that’s more affordable.

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Package holiday deals

If you want to find holiday deals through a package tour operator, you can still find last-minute bargains by booking within a few weeks of the departure date. This is a great way to snap up a low-cost break as many tour operators drop their prices to avoid letting flight seats and hotel rooms go empty. Flexibility is key as availability is limited, so make sure you’re as flexible with your criteria as possible to get the best prices.

You’ll often find early bird deals on package holidays too. Tour operators frequently offer great discounts on next season’s holidays, and this also gives you extra time to pay off the cost of the booking and save some spending money too. So the general rule is that booking in advance is usually the best all-round choice for any style of holiday.

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Luxury Vacation: The High Life… For A Short Time!

Is the luxury lifestyle all it’s cracked up to be? Of course, a lot of people would say “yes, obviously! Don’t you like money?!” But the joy in life is to have little pockets of luxury, a weekend away here and a complete blowout there and it makes you appreciate the finer things in life before getting back to normality, so you can lead a nice balanced life. Going travelling is a way to see the world, but it’s always that little bit better when you’ve got some cash behind you. For a lot of people who don’t have the funds or spend years and years saving up, America is the zenith of luxury travel. Open roads, sunny climates, and stuff that you only read about in books. So here’s a proposition for those who are looking to make the most of an American journey.

Starting off in the glitziest of places, Las Vegas is a way to show off on a luxury vacation. Take in the luxury lifestyle and lounge around on of the pools in the Bellagio hotel before heading off to a casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip before picking a show to take in. So many big names in music take in a residency, or even if you wanted to watch something a bit more exciting you could witness Circus Circus performing their death-defying stunts or be awash with color while watching the Blue Man Group.

Celebrate, Champagne, Party, Drink, Celebration

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Once you’ve had your fill of Vegas (if that’s possible), you can rent a private jet and set off down to Miami. On the flight, you will have the legroom you’ve never had when riding coach class and have all the hospitality of those where this is a daily occurrence! You’ll have a real taste of the high life! In Miami, soak up the sun and perfect your golf swing at the Miami Beach Golf Course, and enjoy all 18 holes of this championship course before having some afternoon tea at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. If you like finger sandwiches and buttered scones, set to the soothing sounds of classical guitar before jetting back to Vegas.

The real sign of a high-lifer is getting an SUV and getting on the road. Enjoy the glorious sights en route as you head towards the defining place of the American heartland, the Grand Canyon! Or if an SUV isn’t your style, you can get a helicopter to pick you up and take you there, via the Mojave Desert, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead! Like champagne? Well, why not have a picnic and marvel at the Colorado River before heading onto Eldorado Canyon for a guided tour of the Techatticup Mine.

The high life isn’t reserved for the mega rich and the elite anymore. You can get yourself a champagne lifestyle on a modest budget, and if you’re looking for a wealth of experience in a short space of time, exploring the Midwest of America (and Florida) via plane, helicopter and SUV is the way to do it!

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Shanghai’s Charms Explored

When you are traveling through Asia, there are far more beautiful and iconic places to see than you can possibly make time for. But if your whirlwind tour of Asia includes China, why not make the most of one of the most incredible cities in the world? Shanghai is famed for its elegant and stark mix of architecture. It is also the financial hub of China, so you’re bound to see plenty of amazing people and sights. It is perhaps the charm of this exciting and vibrant city that many tourists miss. Make sure you don’t miss out!

The Bund is perhaps the most immediately recognized area of Shanghai. This is a waterfront promenade area that features some of the most beautiful and some of the most iconic buildings in the region. It can be quite pleasant to stroll along here on a clear day, despite the intense hubbub of the locals and the action on the water.

Of course, Shanghai has plenty of accommodation to choose from. As a business center, you can expect to find high-tech luxury apartments for rent. These can be found both inside and just outside of the main city area. As a traveler or vacationer, you may be more comfortable in a hotel in Shanghai if you plan to stay for a few days. Choose one that offers a range of culinary delights so you can explore the taste of the region too.

High Rise Building during Night Time Photograph

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You may have chosen to visit Asia and China for a taste of the culture. Shanghai is very modern, but there is still evidence of much more traditional ideals too. Just take a walk through the Yu Garden. This botanical beauty reflects life in China dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is sculpted and tended well, and you can easily forget that you’re in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. You can find everything that represents the old Chinese traditions including elegant ponds, gorgeous bridges, and amazing structures and buildings. Bring your camera!

Xintiandi is the place to go for shopping. There is a wide range of fashion stores and boutiques to explore. You’ll also find plenty of jewelry and charms to fall in love with. It’s one of the rare car-free areas of town, so you can enjoy browsing without the worry of traffic. This is also a good place to come for an evening out to enjoy local entertainment and fine food.

Perhaps one of the best places to spend a full day in Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. Some of the artifacts here are incredibly rare and beautiful. Best of all, entry is usually free, so you can take it all in without worrying about the cost. You can find art, jewels and all the history and culture you need in here. Check out the Jade sculptures!

Whatever you’re keen to see most in Asia, do make time to stop off in Shanghai. You can find a lot of China’s history and culture in evidence without missing any of the charms of the region. Enjoy.

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