Summer in Europe? These are the Most Popular Cities…

June to August is the peak tourism period in Europe. So where did everyone go?

June to August is the peak tourism period in Europe. So where did everyone go?

Summer in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close.  While Europe welcomes travellers year-round, summer is definitely one of its most popular tourism periods. Every year, increasing numbers of holiday makers continue to battle the crowds and the high temperatures to visit the top destinations.

So which city is the most popular of them all? We decided to take a look at the number of hotel bookings made in European cities over the 2014 summer period (July – August)  to find out where the tourists are heading:

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This Is How You Take Great Photos At The Beach

Whether you have the most sophisticated DSLR or just a smartphone; travel photography is a great way to share the experiences you had on your journey with your friends and family. But most people find it hard to evoke that sense of excitement and wonder that they felt during their travels through their images.

Have you ever tried to take photos at the beach?

There is a certain time of the year in every country, where we feel the need to ditch the office for a few days and gaze at the deep blue sea rather than a computer.  Oded Wagenstein, a travel photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine has shared his tips to taking great photos on your next beach holiday:

How to take great photos of your next beach holiday

How to take great photos of your next beach holiday

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Exploring Australia: Port Arthur Historic Site

The view of Part Arthur from the boat

The view of Port Arthur  Historic Site from the boat tour

If you are interested in combining a family holiday with a little bit of education, then this small town on the Tasman Peninsula could be for you. We recently visited the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania – it’s one of the best places to discover Australia’s convict past.

Settled in the 1830’s, it was one of the most infamous penal settlements in Australia when it became a punishment station for the worst convicts in the colony.  Today, Port Arthur Historic site is home to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens with many informative displays and tours.

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The Maldives: Is This The Ultimate Getaway?

The Gili Lankanfushi Resort, Maldives

The Gili Lankanfushi Resort, Maldives

Does it get any better than this? Deep blue seas, beautiful reefs, beaches and a promise that you’ll leave your holiday completely revived and rejuvenated. It is really no wonder at all that the Maldives is a go-to destination of honeymooners and couples.

Slightly green with envy, we took a look at our database of Maldivian hotels and resorts and picked out our top five. Here they are:

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Cheap Stays: Where are the World’s Most Popular Hostels?

A dorm room at the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London

A dorm room at the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London

 

Do you opt for luxury or budget accommodation when travelling? Are you a 5 star or a five-person-dorm kind of traveller?

Hostels are usually found in the most convenient of locations and increasing numbers of travellers - both young and old - are recognising the benefits booking into such affordable accommodation.

We took a look through our database of (over 800,000!) properties and pulled out the 10 most popular hostels in the world for the last 18 months. The results were as follows:

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Are You Looking For A Quirky Getaway?

Something different at the Ice Hotel, Sweden

Experience something different at the Ice Hotel, Sweden

Here at HotelsCombined HQ, we got to thinking that there must be some hotels within our database that would make for a slightly different or unique kind of holiday. While beaches and pools are lovely, maybe it’s time to break the mold and consider some of the interesting options out there. They are well worth considering!

Here are our top picks for a holiday with a slightly unusual feel:

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Guest Review: Fraser Serviced Apartments, KL

Fraser Service Apartments Kuala Luemper

A view over the city from the Fraser Serviced Apartments, Kuala Lumpur

Finding comfortable and well located accommodation in a chosen city is of utmost importance to every traveler.  Fraser Place Apartments in Kuala Lumpur offers guests this and more. From the desk clerks to the maintenance personnel, the staff members at this establishment are both friendly and helpful. Checking into and out of the hotel is a simple process.

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Snapping Travel – A Photographer’s Insight

Photographer Oded Wagenstein

Photo by travel photographer Oded Wagenstein

It would appear that Oded Wagenstein has the perfect job. As a travel photographer, his nomadic lifestyle combines his passion for photography with his love of travelling to exotic destinations.

Through a series of intimate portraits, Oded captures the reality and stories of people that he meets along the road.  In an era of amateur photographers, he has built a highly successful career as a professional travel photographer;  contributing regularly to National Geographic Traveler magazine, teaching, maintaining his successful blog and recently publishing his second e-book; SNAPN TRAVEL – A life time of travel memories in a snap.

I caught up with Oded recently, to have a chat about the shift from aspirant to professional and any advice he may have for budding travel photographers:

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You’ve Seen it on the TV – Now Would You Go?

Hidden Paradise in Brazil

A hidden paradise in Brazil. Will the country see ongoing increases in tourism following the World Cup?

Over the period of the 2014 World Cup, HotelsCombined has seen an 1800 per cent increase in the number of international hotel bookings in Brazil, when compared year-on-year.

While this high number of bookings will not necessarily be sustained over time, it prompted us to ask the question – do world class sporting events, like the Olympics or the World Cup, genuinely translate into increased ongoing tourism in the country?

We decided to look back at some of the most historic sporting events to see the effect they have had on host countries.

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Aye, the Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow this Year

Scotland

The Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow this year

The 2014 Commonwealth Games have officially kicked off in the land of kilts, the Loch Ness monster and whisky. Held in Glasgow, Scotland, the games will run from the 23 July to the 3 August 2014.

It’s an exciting moment for Scotland – despite the fact that it has hosted the 1970 and 1986 Olympic Games; this will be the largest ever multi-port event that the country has ever hosted.

When you are dusting off your tartan and deciding where to stay, it is worth noting that ticket holders are allowed to use public transport for free on the day of the event. Glasgow has a great train system, with additional trains added for the games – so accommodation a little further out might be more affordable.

We took a look through our database of accommodation and pulled out a few of our top-rated accommodation options in and around Glasgow:

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