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Tansler; their place in the travel industry evolution.

Most people will agree with my statement that the way we book holidays is changing, remember the days when our parents scrolled through Teletext to book our all-inclusive to Mallorca? Well, things have changed, we enjoy the freedom of trolling the web reading countless reviews and booking our packages at our leisure. Now imagine a time when we can set a genuine price for our holiday, welcome to the world of Tansler.

Tansler.com offers holiday homes and rentals as an auction format. You’re required to enter the standard details (Location, Dates) but with one mighty catch, you the consumer sets the price! As the consumer you are required to choose 2 or more properties that you are interested in, set your price for the stay and hit submit. The chosen holiday homes then bid for your custom, the first to accept your offer is the winner! If nobody accepts your offer after 24 hours the auction is simply cancelled and you revise your price.
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An excellent concept in my humble opinion, I mean, take a quiet week where you’ve decided on a break and found your desired locations, say the rental property doesn’t have any custom but doesn’t want the week to pass unoccupied, the potential for you to get a great bargain and for the rental property to acquire a reasonable income is fantastic!

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World Travel; Top tips for cheap flights!

It’s easy to rack up a hefty bill when travelling, flights them-self take up the majority of the cost. Here’s my 5 top tips for avoiding the sting and booking cheap flights:

1. Utilise Sky Scanner! Seriously, if you’re not restricted to dates or location then search by price, my favourite past time is playing with locations and dates to work out the cheapest possible combinations, you’ll be amazed when you find flights to Europe for as little as £16 one way. Cheers Sky Scanner!
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2. Is there a perfect time to buy flights? YES, flights are at their cheapest the day/week they come out so if you’re looking at booking a specific location get it booked well in advance.
image3. Avoid kid holidays, a cliché in the travel world but one worth pointing out, make sure you’re not travelling during school holidays, prices are renowned for being higher than usual.

4. Incognito is your friend! Ever wondered why flight prices can change, the first couple of time you check them they are the same and then BAM, gone up! .. yeah well some airlines monitor the traffic to their sites, use a private browser to avoid getting stung.
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5. Travel weekdays. Personally I find the best prices when booking mid week, simply because not many people shop for flights mid week. Same goes for travel dates, try flying on a Tuesday/ Wednesday and or returning on a Saturday for cheaper flights!
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I’d love to hear any tips you’ve picked up, feel free to share them!

Rebekah xx

Asia; Koh Phi Phi, the Travellers Island

From the moment you step onto Koh Phi Phi you are instantly surrounded by British & Australian travelers basking in the sun, sand and Chang that makes the very existence of this island.

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Koh Phi Phi is one of the smaller islands in Thailand and is accessible via boat only from both Phuket and Krabi. The views of the island are no less than idyllic, picture perfect scenery is one of the many reasons travelers flock to this island, the other is without a doubt, the alcohol.

Being such a small island makes getting around quite easy, handy when it’s 5am and you’re trying to navigate your way back to your hotel after a heavy night out. But it’s not all that the island has to offer. He’s my list of favorite things to do whilst staying on Phi Phi.

1. Without a doubt, number one has to be Maya Beach. Take a boat trip out to the island where The Beach was filmed and sunbath on the white sands of Phi Phi Ley.

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Asia; Flying with Bangkok Airways.

Bangkok Airways, the cheap, easy way to fly around Asia. As always with these budget airlines, I’m sceptical when it comes to the facilities, and service they provide. For only £29 for a flight how can they possibly provide good service when compared to the western companies who, let’s be honest, fail in this department.

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To my great surprise, and I do really mean great, Bangkok Airways provide one of the highest, if not these highest, ranking short hall services in the world. Continue reading

Asia; Exploring the city of smiles, Thailand

You can’t begin to explain the sheer beauty of Thailand to those who have yet to experience it. The scenery is out of this world in many parts and leaves you breathless, longing for more.

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My top tips for anyone wishing to visit the land of smiles would be to research exactly what you want from your trip, the diversity of the country allows travellers to experience a whole different realm of culture from island to city. For those wanting to explore I heavily suggest heading east with an open mind, be willing to embrace whatever the country has to throw at you. Continue reading

World Travel; how to book luxury hotels on a budget

Let’s admit it, everyone prefers a little luxury once in a while, and what’s to say you can’t have it whilst on your budget travels. I’ve spent much time comparing the costs of hotels against various sites/ travel agents and direct methods so I’m sharing my tips on the best ways to get your hotel for less.

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Generally the first stop for all travel goers is the likes of Expedia.com, Hotels.com and Trivago.com, however, it’s important to bear in mind that these companies are all owned by the same holdings company, so make sure you compare against an independent travel site such as http://www.khalifashotels.ae/to make sure you really are getting the best deal.

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An alternative site that I have recently discovered is secretescapes.com, they offer hotels and holiday deals at anything up to 80% discount of the face value. Check them out for your more luxury stays.

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It’s wise to use discounted websites such as Groupon or Wowcher when looking for hotel deals. Although more restricted than the above, if you are looking for something last minute then you can usually find deals within the month span that are great to use.

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Be willing to shop about, spend some time comparing and don’t be afraid to try out services that aren’t mainstream, these usually produce the best value but are overlooked by the larger competitors.

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Happy Travels! xx

Roadtrip USA: 10 reasons why you’re never too old for Disney Parks

This year, I hit the magical world of Disney in Orlando, Florida. Being a self-proclaimed Disney expert, along with being one of the biggest Harry Potter geek’s (and no, I’m not ashamed! J), I couldn’t travel the States without hitting up Disney. Here I give you 10 reasons why you’re never too old for the Parks.

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1.  Splash Mountain: have you seen the size of the drop, any child daring the log flume is brave beyond mean in my opinion. My first visit to the parks was at the age of 7, mum and dad wouldn’t let me on because it was too frightening for me.. so this year I made the most of it! Everyone loves a souvenir snap!

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2.   The Magic Kingdom ‘dream along with Micky’ stage show is bound to help you on your quest to perfect your dream wedding, purely magical!

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