How to get the best deal for your winter holiday
To avoid the information overload in cyberspace, you can ask for recommendations from friends, colleagues, and family members. When you do, as always, keep in mind that things change. Just because uncle George and auntie Martha had a great Arctic cruise five years ago, doesn’t have to mean it’s still the same quality now.
Therefore, savvy travelers double check tips from friends and guidebooks on the Internet in travel forums and social media like Facebook.
Another portal, TripAdvisor.com, claims over 40 million traveler reviews and opinions, which makes it one of the largest travel sites in the world.
It lets you compare updates and reviews from travelers who have actually been there - or are there right now.
When Cindy G. surfed the Net for affordable deals for her tropical family vacation this winter, she had no clear idea where she wanted to go. They had been to Mexico and the Caribbean a few times and were ready to try something new and different this winter.
It had to be a secluded yet safe getaway in nature, reachable in a couple of hours by plane from the US, with great food, plenty of things to do to keep her teenage son and daughter from getting bored - and not crowded or touristy.
After checking Google, she found that 100 percent of guests who had stayed there recommended a new nature resort in Panama - a tiny country in Central America she didn't know much about and had not even considered as a destination before.
On the resort website, Cindy soon fell in love with their terraced, luxurious bungalows with kitchenettes, automatic coffee makers, satellite TV, DVD players and even iPod Docking stations.
Her teenagers got excited about the swimming pool, the nearby hot springs, the resort owner's lovely dogs, and that guests may ride the resort's horses.
Michael, her husband - who likes to stay in touch with the world even during vacation - smiled when he learned that guest bungalows have free Internet access.
And, he had to agree, while not cheap, the resort offered top value - their rates were affordable and fitting the budget.
After finding out that Craig Miller - the internationally-acclaimed gourmet chef - was in charge of Madre Tierra, the resort's restaurant, everything seemed to fit, and Michael went ahead and booked a ten-day vacation.
Because they reserved early and booked more than three nights, the friendly resort management rewarded the family with a special 25 percent off discount rate and even upgraded them to a bigger bungalow for free.
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