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Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay

Travelers can find cozy, convenient lodging for $50, $20 or even free in virtually every destination — as long as they know where to look.

Aside from airfare, lodging is typically the expense that takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. But there’s no need to rack up hotel stays for $100 – $200 a night or more. Creative travelers who are willing to consider alternatives to hotels could pay a fraction of that price — or nothing at all.

Below, we review 10 options and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Read on to see if these affordable alternatives to hotels are something you’ll dig or want to dump.

Short-Term Room Rentals

This is a popular and ever-growing trend in the travel world — a cross between vacation rentals and homestays. Using websites like Airbnb.com and 9flats.com, travelers can rent a room in someone’s house, a cottage or a private studio apartment for low nightly rates (it’s not uncommon to see prices under $50 per night). It’s a way for hosts to open up their homes and make a little extra money, while giving travelers a great deal and a local’s-eye view of a destination.

Do you love a chance to meet people, see how they live, maybe play a midnight game of Scrabble or Call of Duty? Although you may score a cottage all by yourself, it’s more likely you’ll get a small bedroom and share a bath. If that’s cool with you, a short-term room rental is your thing.

If uncertainly keeps you awake at night, you may sleep better at a chain hotel.

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27/12/2017

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EasyJet, BA ditch Xmas flights to Sharm – Travel News #travel

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EasyJet, BA ditch Xmas flights to Sharm

November 25 2015 at 08:13am

By CLAIRE DUFFIN

REUTERS BA said its flights would be suspended until January 14 and that their customers could also get a refund or use the value of the ticket towards an alternative break.

London – Thousands of British tourists face Christmas holiday chaos after EasyJet and British Airways announced that they have cancelled flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until at least the New Year.

EasyJet said its decision to suspend flights to the Egypt resort until January 6 was taken following talks with the Department for Transport about concerns over passenger safety.

Five thousand people were due to fly to Sharm with EasyJet. The firm said customers could get a refund or a flight voucher to travel to another destination.

BA said its flights would be suspended until January 14 and that their customers could also get a refund or use the value of the ticket towards an alternative break.

The announcements came as four people were killed and 12 wounded in a suicide car bombing and gun attack at a four-star hotel in El-Arish in North Sinai, 285 miles north of Sharm. The local branch of Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The British government cancelled all flights to and from Sharm on November 4 after a passenger jet operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed, killing all 224 people on board. IS terrorists claimed responsibility, saying the plane was brought down with a home-made bomb.

After the crash, British experts carried out a security assessment at Sharm airport and raised concerns, including problems with CCTV coverage and staffing. Britons at the resort were brought home in a series of rescue flights. Since then, UK airlines have not operated routes to Sharm.

EasyJet apologised for the inconvenience caused by the extension to the ban but said the situation is beyond our control and passenger safety will always be our number one priority .

BA said: The safety and security of our customers will continue to be our top priorities.

Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch announced they are only cancelling flights and offering refunds until December, prompting criticism from customers.

Grant Rounding wrote on Facebook: Absolutely unbelievable. Thomson hanging on to our money. EasyJet cancelling over the New Year to give their customers certainty Thomson move the date a week leaving us in limbo again!

Thomson has cancelled flights until December 9, Thomas Cook until the following day and Monarch until December 19.





07/04/2017

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