Haunted hotels – the top 3 to visit on Halloween

October 15, 2012

WHILE  most guests usually check out of hotels at the end of their stay, if you believe in things paranormal, there are some guests who check in for eternity.

It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to the supernatural, spooky and scary.

Of course, for those that don’t believe, the whole event can be written off as just more crass commercialism and in the United States it is big business.

But believer or not, these hotels might just give you an experience that extends beyond finding mints on your pillow.

Planning a trip around Halloween? Choose one of the most haunted hotels in the US and share your trip with ghosts, if you dare.

Here is Booked.net‘s top-three hotels to visit on Halloween.

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Discovering Dubai in a day

October 11, 2012

The towering Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.

DUBAI in the United Arab Emirates is known as a city of superlatives.

It’s a deserved reputation.

The city holds the highest building, the biggest enclosed shopping mall and the only seven-star hotel in the world.

Dubai is a city that likes to show-off, offering a multitude of entertainment and places for tourists.

But what if you have only one day to tour all these places?

Booked.net’s Svetlana Malukha presents a few ideas about what to visit in Dubai in one day.

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Just add water – Mexico’s underwater museum

October 10, 2012

IT’S not often a museum visit will leave you completely wet, but this is no ordinary museum.

Established near Mexico’s number one resort of Cancun in 2009, MUSA (Museo Sabacuato de Arte) is unique.

Why?

Because this museum is under water.

It has more than 450 exhibits, located at depts of four to eight meters, and in four short years it’s already luring 750,000 visitors to the waters off Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc per year.

Booked.net takes a look at MUSA and why it is considered one of the most remarkable and beautiful submerged attractions in the world.

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How Facebook is changing how we travel

October 5, 2012

LET’S face it, social networking website Facebook brings out the narcissist in all of us. Look at it as a “highlights package” of your life, an online brag-book.

Ranking highly among those brag-worthy events in people’s lives is, of course, travel.

Forget posts announcing engagements, wedding photos, pics of babies and cats. According to Facebook’s own figures, when it comes to sharing the major milestones in life – traveling eclipses them all.

With news this week that Facebook has now topped 1 billion users, it is clear Facebook is becoming one of the greatest tools the travel industry has.

Booked.net looks at how social media is creating a shift in the travel and tourism industry.

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Renaissance city – Liverpool

October 4, 2012

TWO cities in the United Kingdom were to play a crucial role in the huge cultural shift globally that epitomizes the Swinging Sixties – London and…Liverpool.

As unlikely as it seems this gritty port and industrial was to spawn a musical legacy unrivalled anywhere in the world.

And the legacy of pioneering Liverpudlian or “Scouser” musicians have led to the city claiming titles that have yet to be challenged. Liverpool is known as the World Capital City of Pop – a title bestowed upon it  by Guinness World Records because the record 56 number one singles produced by the city’s musicians still stands.

The names are synonymous with Western pop culture –  The Beatles…Gerry and the Pacemakers…Billy Fury.

Later acts like Frankie Goes to Hollywood have further added to that status.

While, many believe the city peaked with the Mersey Beat sound of the ’60s, before becoming a symbol of economic decline and stagnation, this is a city rapidly on the comeback.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the song that launched Beatlemania and the Beatles – Love Me DoBooked.net samples Liverpool.

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A tale of two cities – Detroit

October 2, 2012

EVERY city likes to market its best side to the world, directing tourists to only the most picturesque and safest parts of the city.

In Detroit, Michigan, that is a little more difficult.

A once great and wealthy city, lauded by filmmakers as the “American Dream” in action, celebrated by musicians and writers and synonymous with the automotive industry.

But, the heyday of the American automobile industry has long passed and the city is in crisis.

It is as intriguing as it is heartbreaking.

But is there hope?

Booked.net visits this once mighty city.

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Lighting Berlin – the Festival of Lights

October 1, 2012

IN just nine days the German capital, Berlin, will see the light, so to speak.

It is a revelation that promises to be spectacular, but it is not the first time…

The annual Festival of Lights is entering its eighth year and transforms the city into a sparkling oasis as more than 50 of Berlin’s iconic landmarks are bathed in lights and projections.

In the past eight years, those landmarks have included the Brandenburg Gate, radio tower and Berlin Cathedral, for this years’ festival, which runs from October 10 to 21, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Europa-Center will be added to the list of attractions.

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Choosing a hotel online

September 28, 2012

REGARDLESS of the destination, your choice of hotel can make…or break…your vacation or business trip.

In fact, whether or not your stay is comfortable can impact your entire travel experience.

So how to avoid disappointment?

Finding the best hotel for you can be a challenge, so here are Booked.net‘s hints and tips to finding the best hotel online to suit your needs and your budget.

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“Capture the Seasons” – highlights

September 26, 2012

THE entries keep on coming for our blogger promotion “Capture the Seasons” and they include some stunning images from across the world.

So again, we want to share some of the best submitted so far.

It was a tough choice – but here is another selection of pics that the team at Booked.net thinks capture the essense of the four seasons, their color and contrasts.

Inspired? Want to take part? Search your photos and for more details click on this link.

Be imaginative – the only limit is your creativity.

Thanks to all of those bloggers who have taken part so far.

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Europe’s great cities on the cheap – London

September 25, 2012

TO walk the streets of London is like being dropped in the center of a movie set, so recognisable are the city’s landmarks.

Despite two millenia of history, in this city the old and the new sit alongside each other in perfect harmony.

One of the world’s truly great cities, from London has it all from its illustrious and colorful history to art and culture, iconic architecture, royalty and an ethnic diversity in part built from its past as the hub of an empire and in part from its present – where its sheer scale draws people like moths to a flame.

From the Tower of London, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square, the list of sites for the average visitor to check off on their list is both exhaustive and exhausting.

In the final of our series Booked.net gives you some tips on how to take in the wealth of London without spending a fortune.

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