Travel Trend Watch: Europe for Less

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The U.S. dollar is very strong right now, which makes it a very good time to travel to Europe. With the help of Airfarewatchdog.com President George Hobica, the Tingo team has put together some of our best money-saving tips for traveling to Europe.

Airfare Tips

  • Choose your dates wisely. Airfares to Europe are still high, despite the plunge in oil prices. We've seen some better travel deals for dates before mid-June and after mid-August. However, it's good to know that there is no best time of day or week to find a flight deal.
  • Sign up for airfare alerts. You can be the first to know of great airfare deals by signing up for Airfarewatchdog.com airfare alerts by email and by following airlines and other travel sites on Twitter.

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Money-Saving Tricks for 2015 Travel

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It's still early in 2015, so there is plenty of time left to plan for your big vacation of the year. We've put together a few of our best money-saving tricks to help guide you toward finding the perfect price for your dream vacation.

1. Choose a hotel wisely. All travelers are different—adventurous travelers want to snowboard down slippery, snow-covered slopes just for the thrill of it, while beach bums would rather have their toes in the sand with an umbrella drink in hand. Choosing the right hotel is important. When making your decision, consider things like budget, interests, location, and convenience to local transportation to make sure that you're selecting a place that fits your needs.

2. Choose budget-friendly activities. Travel doesn't have to be expensive. Major cities around the world offer cheap or free must-see activities that are fun, interesting, and easy on the wallet! We're thinking of things like museums with free-admission days, historical sites, places with amazing scenic views, and outdoor activities like snorkeling or hiking.


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Travel Trend Watch: Pantone Hotel

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Pantone, the global authority on color, branched out of color-measuring and into the accommodations space. Color lovers, rejoice ... and then visit Pantone Hotel in Brussels! The hip, trendy, colorful hotel was designed by Michel Penneman and Olivier Hannaert and features a particular hue on each floor. The rooms are mainly white, which allows for the colored accents to really pop.


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Top Holiday Destinations

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With the winter holiday season approaching, it's time to start preparing for the colder months—and hopefully for your winter vacation! Some travelers like to spend the winter months enjoying the snowflakes and winter fun, while others prefer to soak up as much sun as possible, even if that means leaving home to do so. We've selected a few of our favorite winter destinations with both types of travelers in mind.

Denver, Colorado

There's no doubt about it: Colorado is ski country. As soon as snow hits the ground, skiers and snowboarders rejoice and hit the slopes. But if you're not a skier or snowboarder, don't fret—there are plenty of other activities in Denver, which makes it the perfect winter destination for all. The city is scattered with skating rinks, some of which are free to use! Throughout November and December, the city hosts several beautiful lighting displays that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. If you'd rather warm up indoors, a couple of museums (including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum) offer admission-free days. Check out Denver hotels on Tingo here.


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Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag

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Flying between time zones can really throw off a traveler's internal clock, making you feel as though you need to nap right when you arrive at your destination instead of getting out and enjoying the place. While there isn't an official "cure" for jet lag, these suggestions for things you should do before and during the flight will help prevent jet lag from occurring. 

1. Stay healthy before your trip. Do your best to eat well, get a full night's sleep, and exercise before your trip. A few days before you depart, try to gradually adjust your sleeping and eating schedules to fit with those of your destination. You'll be used to that schedule by the time you arrive at your destination.

2. Stay hydrated. One of the most important items on this list is to stay hydrated while in the air. Try your best to avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine. Instead, drink lots of water or juice to keep hydrated. We suggest drinking a glass of water or juice each hour you're in the air.


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Check Out Jetsetter's 2014 Best of the Best Hotels

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Which hotel is number one for communing with nature? Where can you find the best-looking hotel guests? Our sister company Jetsetter just awarded The 2014 Best of the Best Hotels in categories that matter to you. Trust us; Jetsetter knows what they're talking about when it comes to chic sleeps.


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9 Secrets to Scoring a Hotel Upgrade

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Scoring a hotel upgrade can be fairly easy. Upgrades do not necessarily have to mean larger rooms; they can also include things like better views, bigger beds, or quieter areas in the hotel. The first step is asking hotel staff if any upgrades are available—many travelers forget to do so. You'll never know what kind of upgrade you can score until you ask! Here are nine more tips to scoring hotel upgrades:

1. Join a hotel loyalty program. Most programs are free and members get upgrades and other cool perks. Hotels often give special treatment to repeat customers, so let staff know at the time of reservation that you're a loyal customer.

2. Travel off-season. Guests have a better chance of scoring an upgrade when hotels aren't at full capacity.


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Hotel Checkout Checklist

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Nothing is worse than getting back home from a vacation and realizing you left your favorite jacket in the hotel closet or your laptop charger in the outlet. Next time you check out, look over this list and make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. Did I pack the night before? It's easier to pack up your suitcase the night before you check out of a hotel room. That way, you're not pressed for time and rushing to make the checkout time, and you'll avoid leaving items behind.
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Hotel Check-In Checklist

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We've heard of a few hotel horror stories: guests walking into occupied hotel rooms, realizing that the "empty" hotel room had someone else's stuff in the bathroom, overflowing toilets, and unwanted wake-up calls at 4 AM. Next time you find yourself in a hotel room, use our Check-in Checklist to avoid the above problems and more! Make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. Am I in the right room? Yes, it really happens—guests enter the wrong hotel rooms sometimes. Even if you think your room is empty, it's not a bad idea to check the dresser drawers and look for toiletries in the bathroom.

2. Do all of the locks work correctly? This includes the front door, the balcony door, and the window locks.


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Travel Trend Watch: Fall, Foliage, and Festivals

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Fall is the perfect time to explore new cities and enjoy the changing scenery. Turning leaves, hot apple cider, sweater weather: We love it all. Here are our top suggestions for how to enjoy the crisp weather in some of our favorite locations:

Newport, RI— Just 20 minutes away from beautiful Newport, Escobar's Highland Farm in Portsmouth, RI as a fall activity for everyone. Hayrides and pumpkin patches make for perfect fall fun, and if you're feeling a little more adventurous, this year's Corn Maze features eight acres of twists and turns. Don't worry, they'll rescue you if need be.

Accommodations: Located in Newport's Historic District, the Pelham Court Hotel is perfect for your Newport stay. Explore the Tennis Hall of Fame or take a leisurely stroll along the Cliff Walk to spot beautiful mansions.


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