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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Travelling Green: The World’s Top Eco-Friendly Hotels

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism is increasingly important to both travellers and hoteliers

Travellers are recognizing the importance of environmental conservation and are increasingly seeking accommodation that supports environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism. Acknowledging this, hotels around the world are developing award-winning environmental, economic, and socio-cultural programs that preserve both the culture and support the local economy.

Here at HotelsCombined we know that responsible tourism practices are beneficial to both hoteliers and guests.

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San Fermin: The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

The festival of San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain is better known at the Running of the Bulls

The festival of San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain is better known at the Running of the Bulls

Whether you choose to watch from the sidelines, or run for your life down the streets of Pamplona, the fiesta of San Fermin is a must-see tradition. While customarily a religious festival in honor of San Fermin, tourists from across the globe now journey to Spain for the parties, events and excitement that is better known as the Running of the Bulls.

The tradition is born from practicality – transporting a number of bulls from outside the city to the bullring. When the San Cernin clock strikes the two rockets are launched prompting the bulls to run the 825 metre distance between the corral in Calle Santo Domingo and the bullring.

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Life Experience: Discovering Travel In Your Twenties

Stephanie Yoder, Founder of Twenty-SomethingTraveller.com

Stephanie Yoder, Editor in Chief of Twenty-SomethingTravel.com

Your twenties, it is said, are some of the most important years of your life.  You are still figuring out who you are and what exactly you want from life. Travel is a big part of that discovery. Stephanie Yoder has been roaming the world since she graduated from college in 2007 and in that time has developed on of the top independent travel blogs on the internet.

Steph’s blog, Twenty-SomethingTravel.com, aims to provide fellow twenty-something travellers with the inspiration, encouragement and the advice needed to take a break and have an adventure. Described as the girl who can’t sit still, Steph shares her own experiences and advice as she roams various continents with her husband and fellow travel blogger, Michael.

Steph recently took the time to have a chat with us about the foundations of her blog, provide some advice for fellow travellers and share the travel accessories that she just can’t leave behind:

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