Budget airlines like Tigerair and Jetstar can save you a buttload of money when you fly with them, but it's still going to cost you — in sanity. Here's what you should know going in, as well as a few tips for making the trip more bearable.
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When it comes to booking hotels there are a lot of theories out there on when the "best" time to book is. I know people who swear you should book as soon as you start planning a trip, and others who think a few days before your departure is the right time to get a deal. In truth, the answer is somewhere in-between.
Traveller, let me give you my most useful tip for visiting Japan: The "konbini" is life. It's a one-stop shop for literally anything a wide-eyed tourist such as yourself may need while you explore the brightly lit corridors of Tokyo, or get swallowed by the serene silence of temples and shrines in Kyoto.
A multi-room hotel suite gives your party a common area to hang out in, but also allows everyone the privacy of their own room. They're great for family reunions, weddings, and bachelor or bachelorette parties. The trouble is, these types of suites are often staggeringly expensive. Here's how you can get a suite-like experience for a lot less.
It's easy to shrug off bus travel when you can fly, take trains or rent cars, but bus travel almost always has one distinct advantage: It's dirt cheap. If you're travelling to the UK any time soon, check out their bus routes. You can see a sizeable portion of the country for less than $US90 ($117) (not including airfare and lodging).
Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travellers. It feels completely different than Western countries, yet totally familiar. I recently got back from a trip there, and while it wasn't my first visit, I still learned a whole lot. Mainly, I figured out what kind of items are best to keep on you at all times.
If you're thinking of planning a holiday somewhere in the US for more than a couple of nights, renting a place through services like Airbnb can save you some money. These are the states that give you have the best and worst deals on short-term rentals.
Let's say your favourite restaurant started offering meals at a reduced price but you have to pay extra if you want napkins, forks, or a seat. Most of us would probably hesitate to give them our business, but that hesitation doesn't translate to airfare. We keep paying for crappy, bare bones flights. And that's not a good thing.
Discount US airlines like Spirit have forced the major carriers to offer cheaper flight options. These"unbundled" options are less expensive than the standard fare, but they're also even more bare bones. American is the latest airline to offer a cheaper, unbundled fare.
One of the best parts of any holiday is finding that unsung local landmark. Perhaps it's a neighbourhood bar that blew you away, a cultural monument rarely mentioned in travel guides or an amazing burrito from a street cart. Over on the New York Times, Jenna Wortham points out that Instagram is a great tool to find these types of places.