Matt and Tom, off of the YouTubez, invited me onto their Park Bench series to talk all things travel for which I was MORE THAN WILLING.
Due to their well deserved popularity, I also smashed through 1,000 subscribers on my own channel (WHOOP WHOOP) so it’s official, it’s not just my Mum watching (hi Mum, I know you’ll be reading this and yes, I am very grateful for your loyal, unwavering support and no, I can’t make it home for Mother’s Day sorry).
The video features loads of travel tips (with a load I’d never heard of before – WHODATHUNKIT?) so give it a watch and make sure you subscribe to the wonders that are Matt and Tom as well.
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Am I so predictable? Your gratitude makes up for the fact you’re not even bothering to spend Mother’s Day with me. I thought the chance to visit Berlin might have enticed you. Great vid by the way. x
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Unfortunately so, Mother dearest!
Great vid, loads of tips, ta! Loved the balance of price vs comfort vs speed. My holiday hunting spreadhseets are all about this!!! Gotta weigh up the pros and cons 🙂 You should totally have a forum page on your blog so we can trade tips…
And heres a few for you now:
1) Whenever booking a hotel online, even though Trivago is a good shout, it sometimes comes out more expensive than other price comparison sites. I find a mix of Kayak.co.uk, Trivago, and Tripadvisor give me a good overview of the cheapest deal. Most of the time its Kayak that comes out cheapest for the same hotel seen on Trivago. I do a best of three, especially if I’m looking at a couple of specific hotels. Trivago also tend to ‘big up’ the star rating, saying certain hotels are 4* when they are actually 3*. Naughty!
2) Check TripAdvisor for hotel direct discount codes. Example: LaFodia Resort, on Lopud in lovely Croatia, advertise on TripAdvisor in the ‘Overview’ section a bit called ‘Offers and Announcements’. Its got a code ‘lafodiaexperience’ for 20% off if you book direct with the hotel. In this case, a 3 night stay is approx £30 cheaper booking direct with the hotel than the cheapest deal TripAdvisor can find you on Booking.com. Even if TripAdvisor dont have any codes, its worth asking the hotel for a voucher code if you want to stay there specifically. I have been sent secret codes before to entice me as a repeat guest! ;-P
3) Which reminds me, holiday sale websites like Secret Escapes and Voyage Prive. Anyone else see these sites as a challenge? Like the travelator on Gladiators?? After an experience I had with them last year, I ALWAYS look at a deal they offer, and see if I can beat it with the same hotels, especially multi-city holidays + flights. I have spreadsheets littered on my Mac to try and beat the deal!!!
Example: I booked via Secret Escapes to stay at a posh hotel in the UK last year, as the SE price was much less than the hotel website and threw in dinner. It wasnt the sort of place I wanted to ring up and barter (it was a posh castle! I wanted to look like I belonged!!) so I was mega pleased with my Secret Escapes deal. Until the hotel told me next time you come just give us a call, we will always beat the Secret Escapes deal as they take a cut! LESSON LEARNED! You can be a tight arse staying in a Castle!!!!!!!
Anyway, from a fellow holiday planner (but only been on about 10% of the trips I have planned), I hope these help!