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#1 seayork2002

Posted 29 January 2020 - 10:11 AM

I thought I would pass this one on, I may have mentioned it a while ago but it has come up again for me

I was trying to book a hotel through my usual site booking.com and the area was fully booked, I googled the area and the same place I wanted to book was available on another site

So if you are set on a particular place or area it pays to look around different sites

It has happened before a few times over the years

Does anyone have any tips to share?

#2 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 29 January 2020 - 10:23 AM

I use booking.com and travigo.com and those kinds of sites to get ideas. but I never actually book through them. I book directly with the hotel. Same price, but if a smaller hotel (family business), they don't lose out on income.

#3 seayork2002

Posted 29 January 2020 - 10:28 AM

View PostYodaTheWrinkledOne, on 29 January 2020 - 10:23 AM, said:

I use booking.com and travigo.com and those kinds of sites to get ideas. but I never actually book through them. I book directly with the hotel. Same price, but if a smaller hotel (family business), they don't lose out on income.

Yes I have booked direct sometimes and I have called the hotels direct to book and they tell me book through the internet on the comparison sites

It even happens when it is caravan sites I am trying to book for (well we book the cabin option)

#4 Apageintime

Posted 29 January 2020 - 10:58 AM

Yep I always book directly where possible.

My tip is to not book day tours or tickets etc in advance, its normally always cheaper on the ground in a local currency.

My other travel tip is to hold your packed luggage over your head, if you can't keep it up there for 2 minutes, you have too much luggage. Go pack less.

Edited by Apageintime, 29 January 2020 - 02:42 PM.


#5 dadwasathome

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:01 AM

Last trip we booked both via wotif.com and direct with hotels depending on the availability, price and inclusions. Wotif often included breakfast for the same price as direct with the hotel, but discounts were sometimes better via the hotel website, especially with free awards program sign-up.

#6 seayork2002

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:03 AM

View PostApageintime, on 29 January 2020 - 10:58 AM, said:

Yep I always book directly where possible.

My tip is to not book day yours etc in advance, its normally always cheaper on the ground in a local currency.

My other travel tip is to hold your packed luggage over your head, if you can't keep it up there for 2 minutes, you have too much luggage. Go pack less.

I have not tried that actual trick but thankfully the more I travel the less I am packing

#7 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:03 AM

View Postseayork2002, on 29 January 2020 - 10:28 AM, said:

Yes I have booked direct sometimes and I have called the hotels direct to book and they tell me book through the internet on the comparison sites

It even happens when it is caravan sites I am trying to book for (well we book the cabin option)
oh wow. I have not been told that, ever.

In fact, the hotel we stayed in a few months ago had this sign in the room
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#8 seayork2002

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:11 AM

View PostYodaTheWrinkledOne, on 29 January 2020 - 11:03 AM, said:

oh wow. I have not been told that, ever.

In fact, the hotel we stayed in a few months ago had this sign in the room
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Yeah I thought I was doing the right thing by going direct, we go away about once a month (well the last 6 months or so a little less often) so have tried to many to remember but the ones that stand out that have told me are on the Blue Mountains, but thanks to this I will try and go back and book direct and see how I go.

overseas we go through mainly agents but am thinking our next overseas trip I may look at booking direct.

My favourite overseas booking site I used years ago went into administration (it was not a comparison site) and it was very popular years ago so sad to see it go. I was good for rail/theater breaks and I think was started as a family site

Edited by seayork2002, 29 January 2020 - 11:12 AM.


#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 29 January 2020 - 11:53 AM

Having only booked domestic travel in recent years, I've always found it the same price or cheaper to book directly with the accomodation providers.

I pack all medications into an insulated lunch carrier. Keeps it all together & is easy to grab out as needed.

I also laminate a copy of the kid's asthma management plan to take so it doesnt get wrecked.

#10 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 30 January 2020 - 12:37 AM

packing cubes. Sanity saver with the kids! They are so much better with packing and not losing anything since we got them packing cubes.

Always pack a laundry bag for dirty clothes. 1 per person. We often just use a pillow case each. It separates the dirty clothes from the clean stuff until you can do some laundry. Again, sanity saver!

I carry all documents required in a pencil case - passports, itinerary, etc. Easy to grab when needed, well protected when not needed. And it always has a pen or two in it as well, very handy.

I use a travel app to coordinate our trips, particularly when we are organising it ourselves. Very easy to share with family so that they have our contact details while we are away, knowing where we are staying when, etc.

View Postnight jasmine, on 29 January 2020 - 10:06 PM, said:

I take a photo or screenshot of every important reference, like flights, accommodation, passport, insurance, addresses etc it’s come in handy for when data or wifi is down.
I do this too.  Has come in very handy (provided battery not dead!)

#11 Inkogneatoh

Posted 30 January 2020 - 02:48 AM

View PostYodaTheWrinkledOne, on 30 January 2020 - 12:37 AM, said:

I carry all documents required in a pencil case - passports, itinerary, etc. Easy to grab when needed, well protected when not needed. And it always has a pen or two in it as well, very handy.
All travel I've done is domestic, but most for medical appointments. As a result, I started keeping all relevant paperwork (appointment letters, PTSS paperwork, flight paperwork etc) in a display folder. It slid in and out of the back of the back pack I used for carry on (or down the side of the wheelchair), and kept everything together, but separated. I'd also store a magazine or puzzle book in there as well and had somewhere protective for any information we were given. It also provided a solid enough surface for filling out unexpected forms.

Now pencil cases, oh I loved pencil cases. We ended up with about 4 or 5 of various sizes, mostly stashed in the carry on. One for the first aid kit (Mum always had an open wound, so I'd have a full set of fresh dressings in case someone spilled something down her leg), one for meds and a bright pink one that was easily accessible that contained the chargers to the phones and tablets. If Mum was being admitted to hospital, then our meds and the chargers would be in separate cases, and I'd also have my ipod and a cord for that.

Also while it took up a little bit of room, I'd have my diary. I'd write down the important things (flight times, numbers, reference numbers for hotel booking etc), and also have important numbers in case something happened to my phone. It had a pocket on the cover that held business cards for all Mum's doctors, including multiple for the GP (lost so many of them as admitting doctors would take them and they'd never come back).

We used to always travel with a power board as well. It meant that if there was only one power point available at the airport, we could still charge everything. My brother also travels overseas with one as well. Means he only needs one adapter to plug the board into the wall. I'd pack a 2 meter extension cord as well if Mum was begin admitted and I was staying at a hotel. So often the easy to access points are in the kitchen on the opposite side of the room to the bed and table.




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