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How to Choose a Best Luxury Hotel with All Facilities in Budget

Finding a well-equipped, affordable and luxurious hold to stay while on a vacation is a challenging task. This is due to the fact that most luxurious hotels are on high demand and their prices are pro ...

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hibitive. Accommodation expenses forms a significant portion of the travelling budget. Thus finding an alternative affordable luxurious hotel in advance will be helpful towards minimizing the total expenses to be incurred. The following is a useful guide on how to choose an affordable luxurious hotel with all facilities.
Plan in advance
- Planning your trip in advance is a critical tool towards controlling your hotel budget. This will help you clearly identify what you are looking in a hotel. Come up with a list of must have facilities in a hotel that will make your stay comfortable.
- After you have shortlisted all that you desire in a hotel, the next thing that you need to consider is your finances. This entails raising enough funds to cater for a luxurious hotel. Since there are other travelling expenses involved, coming up with a detailed budget is very important.
- Always have a second alternative or a backup plan due to unexpected future changes and incase of any deviation between your plan and reality.
Search for best offers
- Since the main objective here is finding a world class hotel at affordable rates, one must search tirelessly for best offers available in the market. There are different alternatives of doing so but the most convenient one is the use of internet.
- Searching for best luxurious hotel offers should be a continuous task since attractive offers last for a limited time period. Visiting different hotel websites and making a comparison will be useful towards searching for best offers. Remember to remain focused to your initial plans during the search.
- Reading reliable online reviews about luxurious hotels will give you a hint on facilities, services and charges of different hotels. If you are a frequent traveler, consider accumulating your bonus points for future offers.
Travel during low season
- Due to high demand for hotels during peak seasons, most hotels see this as an opportunity to cash in by charging high prices. Sometimes, one can hardly find a hotel during the peak season and one is forced to seek for alternative means of accommodation.
- During low season, the number of visitors to a particular point of attraction is reduced thus reducing the demand for accommodation. In most instances, luxurious hotels receive very low bookings thus operating under capacity.
- This makes hotels to reduce their price in order to attract the few available travelers. Take opportunity of this to book a luxurious hotel on budget. Apart from affordable hotels, travelling during low season has other associated advantages like no congestions and reduced travelling costs.
Shortlist hotels
- This is a sensitive task since it involves listing down hotels that appeal to you most It is obvious to have more than one alternative due to availability of different competitors in the hotel industry.
- The list of potential hotels should be arrived at from the online search and also from any other credible sources. The key determinant when short listing potential hotels is the price that they charge in relation to their facilities. Remember to consider other factors like accessibility and events held at the hotel prior to arriving at the final decision.
- Make a final decision on the best hotel among the potential ones.
Book in advance
- At this point, you have made up your mind on the best luxurious hotel offer in the market. The next thing is to book the hotel prior to traveling.
- Getting in touch with the customer care will be helpful, as it will provide you the procedure to be followed.
- Booking in advance will let you come into touch with the reality and the different terms and conditions involved. It is also useful towards avoiding last minute rush.
The above tips are very useful towards selecting a luxurious and affordable hotel. Planning in advance, searching for information, comparing different offers and remaining focused to what you want are the driving forces towards attaining success to this challenging task. Remember also to seek help from colleagues who have prior experience on the same destination. Spending your vacation at a well-equipped luxurious and budget hotel will be the best travelling decision you have made in your lifetime.

Author bio:
Alina from UK, travel enthusiast who loves to share her travel stories on different blogs. Presently she is working on behalf of Bahrain evisas which provides a visa assistance to visit. Bahrain.evisas.org

10 museums you should visit in Bogota

Bogota, is a city filled with over 50 fascinating museums. From the art, history, science, gold or emeralds you will find amazing collections showcased in modern buildings and preserved colonial dwell ...

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ing. Most museums have adapted an area for children to explore and learn more about the exhibits shown.

1. Museo de Oro: The Gold Museum showcases over 55,000 pieces of gold and artifacts from pre-Hispanic cultures such as Muisca, Tayrona, Tumaco, Zenu. There is a special section for children. www.banrepcultural.org/museo-del-oro.

2. Museo Botero: Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s greatest artists donated his private art collection as well as several of his art pieces for the enjoyment of the people. This wonderful museum offers visitors a look into the “chubby” world of Maestro Botero. Botero’s private collection includs painting by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Monet, Pisarro, Miro, and Dali. When visiting this museum you also have access to Museo de la Moneda (numismatic museum) www.banrepcultural.org/museobotero

3. Museo Nacional: Originally a prison today this museum showcases Colombina artists from the Colonial period until today. On the first floor they also feature visiting exhibitions such as the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses" to Rembrandt there is always an interesting exhibit to explore. On the third floor prison cells have been kept and you can appreciate paintings made by inmates on the walls. www.museonacional.gov.co

4. Museo de Arte Moderno: The modern art museum focuses on visual arts from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Itinerant exhibitions showcase works of other Latin American countries. www.mambogota.com

5. Maloka: This is an interactive science museum ideal for children of all ages. http://www.maloka.org/

6. Planetario: Dedicated to astronomy and sciences. This museum offers many interactive activities

7. Museo de Arte Colonial: Originally a Jesuit college today it houses a museum featuring baroque and colonial art from masters like Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos (1638–1711). There are many religious pieces. www.museocolonial.gov.co

8. Iglesia Santa Clara: Built in the 1600s this building is one of the oldest churches in the city. It has collection of paintings and sculptures. The building is regarded as a representative sample of Baroque architecture and decoration of the XVII and XVIII centuries in Bogotá. Richly decorated with a gold leaf vaulted ceiling and breathtaking murals and the walls. www.museoiglesiasantaclara.gov.co

9. Quinta Bolivar: is a colonial house from the 1800s that served as a residence of Simon Bolivar after the war of independence. It is now used as a museum dedicated to Bolivar's life and times. The House features rooms filled with period pieces. www.quintadebolivar.gov.co

10. Museo de la Policia: The police museum is located in the neoclassic building where the old police headquarters used to be. Tours last 45 minutes and many interesting tales told. There is an interesting collection of replica codes and laws, a collection of miniatures showing police uniforms from100 countries, as well as a diorama that provides an overview of the concept of authority, from prehistory to the present day.

Bogota, a city of parks

Bogota and its citizens known as Bogotanos (or Cachacos) is a city that loves nature. As such the city offers many major parks as well as small neighborhood parks to visit and enjoy. They become a c ...

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enter of leisure and relaxation for locals and visitors alike. Wondering around these parks will give you a different understanding of the city and its dwellers. Each park has its own personality and attracts different crowds.

City Center Parks:
These parks are bursting with passerbys and people that work around the area. Among the nicest to visit are Parque Santander, Parque de la Independencia, Parque Central Bavaria, Parque Renacimiento, and Parque Nacional. This last one is known as Bogota’s lung. In the afternoons this park is visited by “Cuenteros and cantautores” (storytellers and social songwriters). On Sundays and Holidays artists present free shows, and street vendors offer all sorts of local fare.

North City Parks:
Parque El Virrey, Mercedes Sierra, Country and Parque de la 93. These parks hold free classical and jazz concerts, ballet recitals, and food festivals.

West City Parks:
Parque de los Novios, Botanical Garden, and Simón Bolivar. The last one is the largest park in the city and it includes lakes, bike paths, walking paths and more making it ideal for families and sports lovers. This park has become the stage for several free concerts (Rock, Gospel, Salsa, Hop-Hop, and more). Near Parque Simón Bolivar you can find the Palacio de los Deportes (Sports Palace a great sport center), and Salitre Mágico (an amusement park).

South City Parks:
Tunal is one of the largest parks in the city with 56 hectares. It’s includes an amusement park, concert arenas, fields for soccer basketball, volleyball, field hockey, and track, as well as a bike path and playground .

All the city parks are interwoven by a series of cycle roads so that you can move easily from one to another while riding bicycles, skates or just walking.

A visit to Nemocon and its Salt Mine

Nemocon is a charming town about an hour north (94 km) of Bogota. Although less known than its neighbor Zipaquira, this salt mine and the town are definitely worth visiting. Many believe that the mine ...

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at Nemocon is nicer to visit and truer to what a mine should be than the one in Zipaquira.

The region of Nemocon was inhabited by the Chibchas, so the name of the town is in the native language and means “the cry of the warrior”

The drive from Bogota is easy as the highway is well marked. While driving north in the Savannah you can see beautiful scenery, small towns and get a feel for the country.

The mine recently opened to tourism. It focuses on showcasing a “real” salt mine. Visits to the mine are guided and last about 1.5 hours. The visit begins with a succinct introduction to the region and its geologic history. You begin descending 80 meters into the mountain. While in the mine you can see waterfalls, saturation tanks, stalactites and stalagmites

Before or after your visit to the mine, take time to stroll through the streets and discover the friendly people of Nemocon. Stop at any of the "tiendas" and enjoy a nice cup of coffee with panela, and some fresh baked pan de yucca or almojabanas. Or stay for lunch an enjoy ajiaco colonial, sobrebarriga sudada, or gallina al carbon.

When planning a trip outside of Bogota, Nemocon should be in your plans.

Top 10 things to do in Bogota to enjoy the city as a local

This is a list of activities you can do in Bogota, and enjoy the city as a local.

1. Watch a soccer game at El Campin Stadium. Colombian’s are passionate about soccer or “futbol” as we call it
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. Enjoy a game at our stadium and cheer for one of our local teams Santa Fe or Millonarios.

2. Shop in Paloquemao Market. If you want to get a feel for a real market and enjoy discovering new fruits and vegetables of different shapes and sizes, try a visit to this indoor produce market. Try to learn the names and recognize yuca, arracacha, mamey, papa criolla, borojó, mamoncillo, uchuva, chontaduro, and curuba.

3. Visit Bogota with the Ciclovia. Every Sunday and during Holidays Bogota’s main streets are turned into bicycle ways. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the city as a local, visit sites and try local food.

4. Play Tejo (teh-ho). This is a traditional sport that is enjoyed by many Colombians The game consists of throwing the "tejo" (a metal puck) across an alley at a distance of approximately twenty meters, to a one meter by one meter board covered with clay and set at a forty-five degree angle. A chief characteristic of the sport is its use of small exploding targets that contain gunpowder, commonly known as "mechas".

5. Visit the Usaquen Flea Market on Sundays. This flea market offers more than a typical flea market, from original hand crafted goods, jewelry, fresh food. The market is divided into an upper and lower area. You can plan to easily spend a minimum of 2 hours. It’s an experience not to be missed!

6. “Onces”– our version of Tea Time. Warm up with a delicious Chocolate Santafereño accompanied by Envueltos de Maiz, cheese, Pan de Yuca, Almojabana and Tamales.

7. Visit one of our museums for free. Bogota is a city of culture. There are over 100 museums and galleries in our city. Some of them participate in a program where the last Sunday of the month you can visit the museum for free. Among them you can visit the Gold Museum, Art Museum of the Banco de la República, Botero Museum The Botanical Gardens, Arqueological Museum, Emerald Museum, Casa Antonio Nariño, Bogota Museum, and many more.

8. Dance the night away at Andres Carne de Res. This restaurant has become an icon, a must for people visiting Bogota and its surroundings. Although the original restaurant is in Chia (30 min from Bogota) the restaurant has opened a toned down version in the city. The food is amazing with plenty of typical dishes to try, and you can dance the night away in this unique and quirky space.

9. Drinks anyone? You can always try our Aguardiente. But if you want to be a little more adventurous why not try a Canelazo or a Chicha (a variety of fermented and non-fermented beverages derived from maiz.)

10. Looking for typical Colombian dishes? Don’t leave the city without having tried at least 2 of these: Ajiaco, Cuchuco, Tamal, Fritanga, Sobrebarriga, Sancocho, Lechona, and Changua.

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