Millennial Tourists are seeking urban experiences more now than ever, according to a recent study. While on vacation, according to a new review of millennial travel habits, by research firm Resonance, the overall number of city trips increased by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014. This means that young travelers will be coming to a city near you more than ever. So, hostels and other accommodations catering to youth travel should be getting ready for more traffic in urban areas.
The analysis reported that millennial travelers today are “almost as likely to visit a major metropolitan city (38 percent) as they are to visit a beachresort (40 percent) in the next 24 months.” And guess what hostel managers? People visiting urban areas are more likely to be higher wage earners. The appeal of city travel grows with affluence. So, these young travelers may be bringing more money to spend when they arrive.
Working with different online sales and distribution channels (OTAs) is a good option to create new sales opportunities in different markets at the same time, and increase the visibility of hostels online. Every time a hostel signs up for a new OTA they can experience difficulty managing calendar inventory, rates, promotions and reservations from different extranets. Using multiple booking agencies also means the possibility for overbookings.
The solution is the use of a Channel Manager to:
Manage different OTAs at the same time
Save a lot of time
More Visibility translates into More Sales
Mistakes can be expensive. Avoid errors
Integrate with a Property Management System
Create different rules and scenarios for each channel
Summer is here! And if you’re traveling to the South of France, we just can’t think of a better way to experience the beauty than paddling across a breathtaking river in a Kayak or Canoe. The Southern French Alps is better known for it’s white water rapids, rafting and kayaking but it is also home to two spectacular lakes which are lake kayaking paradise. #Wanderlust #travelblogger
For more information on this amazing adventure, read the below article from Travel Companions.
Not ready to give up going to the beach? Why should you! Winter is obviously just around the corner. But if you’re like us, going to the beach isn’t just awesome in the Summer months. Have you seen the majestic beauty of your favorite beach covered in a blanket of snow in the #Winter? Or have you ever taken your loved ones or even just by yourself (guilty) to the beach on a beautiful #Autumn evening and sat watching the sunset wrapped up in a cozy blanket? Id give it a try because it really can be a magical experience. Here is a list of a few Beaches for your pleasure and hopefully one is near you. But if not adventure out to your favorite beach, either in the Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall!
We all have a bit of curiosity / interest in Haunted Houses. Some of us more than others… yep, thats me…. and if you are anything like us, you will want to go and visit all of them anyway. But how about whole towns? Thats right, the ENTIRE town! From the UK to Taiwan to California to Pennsylvania, if you search, you will find. Some of these places are burdened with a tragic history, making it look eerie along with a haunting feeling or even paranormal activity. Some places are overgrown over years of abandonment, others are well kept. There are thousands of places to explore, all over the world!
So here’s a small sample of the spooky abandoned Towns we came across in an Article: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/29/seven-ghost-towns-theyre-abandoned
And since its October and Halloween is just a few weeks away, I hope you enjoy reading this small tidbit! BOO!
Are you planning a trip out of the Country for the Holidays this year? We all think to visit family and friends out of town or to simply get away while you have a few extra days off. Let us give you some forethought and preparation to help you stay safe, healthy, and sane on your way. Traveling abroad and being in a strange place can be a bit intimidating, and to add to the stress, traveling over the Holidays! You just cant plan for everything, but keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier, like keeping a list of your medications in your wallet, in case they get misplaced also, make copies of your ID, Passports, ect.
To read more about International HolidayTravel and how to prepare for your trip, see the link below:
FYI: Today is National Coffee Day! To celebrate National Coffee Day, Starbucks will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee you buy on Thursday, September 29. Today’s cup can help a farmer’s future! Drink up!
Todays technology allows you to book your hotelaccommodation online from your own home or your smartphone. Take the time to research the best options, check hotel locations on Google Maps and ensure you get the best rate. So take out your smartphone and start planning your summer vacation today! Its very convenient & simple!
Choosing to travel is one of the best decisions any young person can make. If you’re heading off to travel the world then one of the most difficult decisions you will make is which countries and cities you should visit. The next most difficult decision is where you should stay when you arrive at your destination! To help you get that important decision right. here are a few ideas and tips for making the right accommodation choices before you set off on your adventures:
To Plan or Not To Plan?
One of the questions many backpackers ask themselves is just how much of their travelling itinerary should they plan ahead before they set off? The answer to this question lies in just how much of a free spirit you are! For some simply having a return plane ticket is too much organization. Other travelers wouldn’t feel comfortable hitting the road unless they had a full itinerary and confirmed hotel or hostel reservations in every town and city they choose to visit. The pro of booking your holiday accommodation in advance is that you can be sure you’ll have somewhere to rest your head when you get off your plane and just want a lie down! If you’re visiting a new city during an important festival or national holiday then it will also give you the security of having a room when one might be hard to come by. The con though is that it is much harder to be spontaneous: if you meet a handsome stranger and want to stay somewhere a little longer then you could lose the deposit money you’ve already laid out for future hotels if you can’t stick to the schedule you’d planned months in advance.
Which Accommodation Type to Choose
The most common accommodation type for travelers and backpackers looking to spend a significant amount of time away from home is the hotel. Obviously hotel prices vary wildly, depending on whether you’re looking for a luxury or a budget room. Most travelers are looking for budget hotels. These will offer a comfortable bed, somewhere to shower (in either an en suite or communal bathroom) and other basic facilities, but don’t expect a maid service or mint on your pillow each night! If you’re looking to save even more money then why not try a hostel? If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before then it can be a daunting accommodation type to choose. Hostels tend to be much more basic than hotels, with fewer amenities, and you will usually have to share a dormitory style room with several other travelers that you might not know. The benefits of this, however, are that you may quickly find yourself making friends with like minded travelers and that hostel rooms are significantly cheaper than hotel rooms. If you’re travelling with a large group of friends, rather than on your own, then you may find that your numbers make it more cost effective to hire a holiday cottage or timeshare for the duration of your visit. The benefit of this is that you’ll be afforded a little more luxury in this kind of self catering accommodation, with your own kitchen and somewhere to do your laundry!
Finally, you should consider where you will be eating during your travels, and how your accommodation can help to accommodate this. As mentioned above, self catering accommodation such as a time share or holiday cottage will come equipped with a kitchen, making it simple to whip up some affordable eats. Many hostels also come with communal kitchens for backpackers on a budget, providing you with somewhere to make sandwiches or store food from the grocery store: much cheaper than eating out every day! If you choose to stay in a hotel then you will have fewer options when it comes to storing your own food, however you can keep some small snacks in your room: snacks in foreign restaurants can often cost as much as a meal, so this is a great way to save money Just be weary of using the mini bar, even for keeping snacks and drinks cold, as many sensitive hotel mini bars will attempt to charge you just for opening the door! If you do have tight budgetary constraints though, maybe an accommodation option that will allow you to cater for yourself is the best choice for you!