Although the Big Ben is a can’t-miss London attraction, don’t make the ultimate travel mistake by visiting only the most well-known (and touristy) attractions. We’ve compiled a list of five London attractions to help you see all the historic city has to offer. Enjoy your trip off the beaten path! Read More…
Since it’s Hipmunk Hotel Month, we’re sharing some of our best hotel tips. We’ve asked our in-house hotel expert, Tom, to share some of his favorites. Here are 5 for this week!
- Room service can be expensive. Oftentimes, you can get the same food at a better price, by ordering your food to-go at the lobby
- Forget your phone charger? Ask the front desk – they often have a spare they’ll loan you
- When you check-in to your hotel, ask if it has a view. If it doesn’t, ask to upgrade without the additional fee. It never hurts to ask!
- Request to have your mini fridge empty, so you can easily store your own items
- Keep “green” by requesting that housekeeping does not wash your sheets every night. They’ll just make your bed instead!
Next week, we’ll have 5 more hotel tips for you! In the meantime, find the perfect hotel for your summer vacation on Hipmunk
1. Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia is a city along the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and has been described as the southernmost city in the world. While visiting, be sure to see the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay
2. Chang Mai, Thailand
Thailand has been a popular travel destination for the past couple years, and still remains one for 2014. Chang Mai specifically, has over 300 buddhist temples and hosts many important Thai festivals, making it a necessary stop on your trip.
3. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
As the second largest city of Brazil, Rio de Janerio will be a popular destination in 2014 as it hosts the World Cup. The rich culture of carnival celebrations, dances like the Samba and Bossa Nova, and of course the balneario beaches, makes visiting Rio de Janerio at any time of year a must in 2014.
4. Hanapepe, Kauai
Hawaii is a popular vacation destination for those on America’s West Coast, but there is still much to see and discover. Hanapepe, known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” is a charming area that is loved by both locals and visitors. What once were plantation style buildings, have been transformed to shops, local food stops, and art galleries, which serves as a fun destination to explore when looking for a break from the beach.
5. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is a country that offers so much rich history and culture, and has plenty of cities to explore. One city that should be on your list, is the former capital of Japan, Kyoto. The city is one where old meets new. Home to 2,000 ancient temples and shrines, as well as modern restaurants, Kyoto offers something for everyone.
6. Seward, Alaska
A small coastal town, Seward is known for its beautiful vistas, visitor attractions, and as the entry to Kenai Fjords National Park. The crystal water of the Fjords, glaciers, and possible otters, sea lions, and whale sightings, make this bucket list destination a must in 2014.
7. Bologna, Italy
Tucked in northern Italy, Bologna is a beautiful city that like other popular Italian destinations, boasts a rich art, food, and architectural culture. Known to be the culinary epicenter of Italy, Bologna is a must-visit city for the foodie.
8. Paros, Greece
Paros is a Greek island with pristine beaches that have yet to be discovered by tourists. The island which was once known for it’s fine marble, is small enough to explore, yet has plenty of beaches to enjoy.
9. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland has become an urban hub with new bars, shops, and locally acclaimed restaurants. While many visitors skip Auckland and opt to explore the coastline, this city is certainly a stop one must make while visiting New Zealand.
10. Brisbane, Australia
Historically dismissed as a quiet town, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities. It’s dynamic in what it offers visitors: boutiques, outdoor attractions, art galleries, and delicious restaurants – all while maintaining the small town aurora it has always been associated with.