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Tour De France Bike Tour
High-end tour de france bike tours, dordogne bike and culinary tours, normandy bike tours, and alsace hiking.
URL: http://www.beauxvoyages.com/ - Added: 05.23.2005

Bookings Thailand | Thai Hotels - Bookings & Reservations << click for new URL
>> Placed in main directory (08/09/05)

http://www.worldofhospitality4u.com/LMA/directory/Thailand/index.html
Bangkok and thailand hotel database.
View and book hotels online.
All major destinations in thailand.
URL: http://www.bookingsthailand.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Croatia Accommodation << click for new URL
>> Placed in main directory (08/09/05)

http://www.worldofhospitality4u.com/LMA/directory/Croatia/index.html
Holiday in dalmatia/tribunj
large photo album and daily pictures
URL: http://www.apartmenttribunj.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Backpack Thailand | Independent Travel Guide << click for new URL
>> Placed in main directory (08/09/05)

http://www.worldofhospitality4u.com/LMA/directory/Thailand/Travel_Guides/index.html
Independent thailand travel network - over 80 destinations.
Where to stay, play and party!
URL: http://www.backpackthailand.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Travel Australia On A Budget
Aussie holiday travel stories - real life holiday adventures by 4wd towing a camper trailer.
Photo web albums available for each travel destination plus aussie glossary and aussie recipes
URL: http://aussieholiday.com.au/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Cancun Hotels
Cancun hotels mexico.
Online reservations and vacation info including the riviera maya, playacar, cozumel, isla mujeres and merida
URL: http://www.cancun-riviera.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Almerimar Holidays In Spain With Golf And Marina << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

A nice quiet resort for holidays, to live or to retire, with more than 320 sunshine days a year.
Big english speaking community.
URL: http://www.almerimar.ws/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Airline Tickets << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (10/09/05)

Find the best prices for cheap airline tickets on the internet with best air fare finder, make reservations for hotels, cruises and rental cars, and research vacation.
URL: http://www.camelot-fr.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Culture Travel Guide << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Online guide to cultural destinations around the world, with features on museums, art galleries, historical architecture and archaeological sites.
URL: http://www.culturetravelguide.com/ - Added: 05.24.2005

Travel Packages << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Travel packages for europe, the united states and all points beyond.
Special deals, informative links and a huge captioned photo library from countries all around the world
URL: http://www.greatmirror.com/travelpackages/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Jacksonville Skydiving
We offer incredible discounts to entertainment havens in and around jacksonville, florida.
Everything from limousines and hotels to golf and skydiving.
URL: http://www.discountjacksonville.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Travel Croatia
Find croatia and reserve apartment.
Spend a holiday in croatia
URL: http://www.croatia-dalmatia-tribunj.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Cheapbangkokhotel.biz/
Thailand,bangkok online cheap hotel booking,free online hotel guide,bangkok cheap accomodation,cheap hotels,guesthouse in bangkok thailand,restaurant,matchmaker,thaigirl,travel information bangkok thailand,sale property bangkok
URL: http://www.cheapbangkokhotel.biz/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Travel Insurance << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Travel insurance at great prices for residents of over 40 countries and in four languages.
Instant cover available online from one of the best known worldwide brands of travel insurance.
URL: http://www.columbusdirect.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Barbaros Yachting
Barbaros yachting is a yacht charter operator in bodrum(turkey) offering cabin charter,private and bareboat rental,yacht constractionand brokerage, scuba diving, and hotel reservations.
URL: http://www.barbarosyachting.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Private Holiday Accommodation
E-ccommodation. Com is a private holiday accommodation portal which specialises in holiday and vacation rentals of private holiday villas.
URL: http://www.e-ccommodation.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Cheap Travel Search Engine << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Cheap air fares, lowest priced tickets, discount hotels, low cost car rentals
URL: http://www.cheaptravelsearchengine.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Casa Tranquilo
Casa tranquilo is a valencia bed and breakfast located just outside valencia.
N near the valencia moto gp track which is also the valencia superbike track.
Valencia b&b
URL: http://www.casa-tranquilo.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Conference Coordinator Spain Hotels & Event Venues, Team-building
An event and meeting planning company located and specialising in spain.
Cost free service to help you locate hotels and event venues, team building ideas and entertainment for your group or company event in madrid, barcelona, costa del sol.
URL: http://www.conference-coordinator.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Eagles Ridge Resort
Eagles ridge offers log cabins and chalets rentals located in a beautiful mountain-like retreat, minutes from the parkway in pigeon forge, tn and convenient to gatlinburg.
Eagles ridge cabin rentals is the perfect stop for you next mountain getaway!
URL: http://www.eaglesridge.com/ - Added: 05.25.2005

Discount Hotel Reservations
Truly discounted hotel reservations,
- reserve directly with our hotels and save on travel agency commissions.
URL: http://www.globalhoteldiscount.com/ - Added: 05.26.2005

Home Exchange Holidays
Home exchange holidays: enables home owners in canada and the uk to list their homes and cars for a holiday exchange. Save money. ..
No accommodation or car hire to pay for, enjoy the comfort and freedom of a 'home from home'holiday.
URL: http://www.homeexchangeholidays.com/ - Added: 05.26.2005

Villa Sandra Hvar
Villa sandra hvar, apartments rental on sunny island hvar, croatia
URL: http://www.hvar.com.hr/ - Added: 05.26.2005

The Cruiseman << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Cruise vacations from charleston, norfolk, baltimore, boston, philadelphia, jacksonville, ft. Lauderdale and miami
URL: http://www.cruiseman.com/ - Added: 05.26.2005

Mary's Prague Accommodation, Prague Apartments, Prague Hotels
Accommodation within prague and the czech republic as well as other services connected with traveling such as transfers, city tours, trips or tickets to cultural events.
Our large database includes private apartments, hotels, hostels and pensions.
URL: http://www.marys.cz/ - Added: 05.26.2005

Wine Tours To Chile-argentina-uruguay & Brasil
Our industry knowledge background, will introduce you to the southern cone wineries, from tasting to industry data, statistics & information of the latest know how in winemaking.
A rich experience in the "vitis vinifera" world, hard to forget. !
URL: http://www.latinwinetours.com/ - Added: 05.26.2005

Impero Flights : Cheap Airfare And Great Airfare Deals << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (14/09/05)

Great travel deals, from airfare to vacation packages, come check us out and see how great our prices are at www. Imperoflights. Com! Cheap airfare and great airfare deals, book according to date, passengers, location, and many other choices.
URL: http://www.imperoflights.com/ - Added: 05.27.2005

Decide To Have The Best Holiday With Us
Vacation rentals worldwide directly from the owners.
URL: http://www.best-holidays.net/ - Added: 05.27.2005

The Kanchanaburi Guide | Hotels & Travel
Attractions, activities, travel plans and online hotel bookings for kanchanaburi, central thailand.
URL: http://www.kanchanaburiguide.com/ - Added: 05.27.2005

Internet Holiday Finder
Over 2 million holiday packages to choose from worldwide at the internet holiday finder, also cheap flights from most uk airports, cheap ski holidays and uk breaks, plus hotel accommodation and travel accessories.
URL: http://www.internetholidayfinder.co.uk/ - Added: 05.27.2005

Phuket Thailand Free Directory Information Guide
Phuket travel directory phuket, thailand, resorts,hotels,tours and travel information guide,diving, property for sale,real estate thailand,free information directory.
URL: http://www.manyonline.com/ - Added: 05.27.2005

Gay Hawaii - Gay Travel Hawaii - Honolulu - Oahu - Waikiki - Maui

Gay hawaii, hawaii gay, hawaii gay marriage, gay marriage hawaii , hawaii gay chat, gay bulletin hawaii, gay chat hawaii, hawaii gay board, gay hawaii chat, gay marriage in hawaii, gay travel hawaii, honolulu, oahu, waikiki, maui
URL: http://www.hawaiig.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Transtrail Cancun - Ground Transportation
Cancun airport tansportation to playa del carmen, mayan riviera, tulum, cancun, cozumel and the yucatan peninsula
URL: http://www.transtrail.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Suan Nanachaat - Traditional Thai Massage & Spa
Traditional thai massage and spa treatments.
Based in kanchanaburi, thailand, set in stunning, natural surroundings.
URL: http://www.suan-nanachaat.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Turuncholidays.com
An independent travel guide about turunc, situated on the turkish aegean coastline and other places of interest.
URL: http://www.turuncholidays.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Sea Or Snow Vacation Rentals
Buy or rent a beach house and condo in puerto penasco aka rocky point, mexico and a rental cabin in show low, arizona near sunrise ski resort.
URL: http://www.seaorsnow.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

You Book Direct- Canada Travel Canada Holiday Flights Hotels
Canada travel site. Providing information and links to hotels, tourist information, flights, ranches, car hire and much more so you can plan your getaway.
URL: http://www.youbookdirect.co.uk/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Orlando House Home Villa Rentals Kissimmee Disney
House home and villa rentals in the kissimmee, orlando and disney area.
Why stay in a small cramped hotel room? Why subject yourself to hordes of tourists at a motel or hotel?
For the same price - or less - you can move into your own vacation home
URL: http://www.orlandohouserentals.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Anabel - Hotels In Petersburg
Information about mini-hotels chain anabel, located in the center of st. Petersburg.
Description of rooms and services, online reservations.
Saint-petersburg travel guide.
URL: http://www.mini-hotel.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Budapest Accomodation Service
Budapest apartments, budapest hotels, hostels in budapest, cheap accomodation in the centre of budapest. Budapest tourist information.
URL: http://www.roomsinbudapest.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Very Last Minute Travel Deals.com << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (10/09/05)

Our travel site is the premier online travel planning and flight-booking site.
Purchase airline tickets online, find vacation packages, and make hotel and car reservations, find maps, destination information, travel news and more.
URL: http://www.verylastminutetraveldeals.com/ - Added: 05.28.2005

Stingray Divers - Scuba Diving Thailand
Koh tao island's newest dive shop! Beachfront resort overlooking chalok ban khao bay.
All levels of padi dive courses from beginner to divemaster & discount accommodation deals!
URL: http://www.stingray-divers.com/ - Added: 05.29.2005

Simply-europe
Travel europe. Your way. Everyway! Offers full and extensive travel options to europe.
URL: http://www.simply-europe.co.uk/ - Added: 05.29.2005

Villas And Apartments In Paphos
Paphos lettings is the market leader specialising exclusively in the holiday rental of villas and apartments in paphos.
URL: http://www.villas-paphos.com/ - Added: 05.29.2005

Tropicrentals.com - Vacation Rentals Online
Search for and advertise vacation rentals such as condos, homes, villas, etc.
URL: http://www.tropicrentals.com/ - Added: 05.29.2005

Roquetas Investments And Real Estate. Invest In Spain. << click for new URL
>> Placed in link directory (10/09/05)

Investments in roquetas de mar, almerimar and almeria area.
Attractive low prices.
100% return.
Recent property value increases are very substantial.
All budgets.
URL: http://www.roquetas.us/ - Added: 05.29.2005

Cars Rental in Bucharest, Brasov.Rent A Car all over Romania.
EuroCars.ro provides the best value for car hire in Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara, Cluj, Romania.
Offering airport transfers, minibus for tours and other car rental services at the most economical, budget rental rates for long and short term rentals anywhere in Romania.
URL: http://www.eurocars.ro/ - Added: 06.16.2005

Grand Canyon Tours
The best offers available on grand canyon, las vegas, and surrounding area helicopter flights, airplane flights, bus tours, suv adventures, and soft and white water rafting tours.
URL: http://www.grandcanyon-prices.com/ - Added: 06.16.2005

Romantic Vermont Bed And Breakfast And Country Inn
Hartness house inn is the elegant mansion & country estate of the former governor of vermont.
This cozy bed & breakfast offers 45 rooms and an award-winning restaurant offering romantic service with candle-lit tables, and 35 acres of forests.
URL: http://www.hartnesshouse.com/ - Added: 06.16.2005

Thailand Scuba Diving | Liveaboard Scuba Diving Phuket
Specialists in liveaboard scuba diving in thailand & myanmar, and padi certification from phuket.
URL: http://www.liveaboard-thailand.com/ - Added: 06.22.2005

Las Vegas Entertainment
Las vegas resources and entertainment.
URL: http://www.lasvegasleader.com/ - Added: 06.23.2005

A Trip To India
A trip to india - indian tour operator provides information on tours to india, travel guide, a trip to india - indian tour operator provides information on tours to india, travel guide, airfares, travel sevices in india.
URL: http://www.atriptoindia.com/ - Added: 06.23.2005

Hotel Sempione - Florence
Hotel sempione of florence, for your journey in tuscany and italy. Informations about the hotel, rooms, services, rates and how to find it.
URL: http://www.hotelsempione.info/ - Added: 06.23.2005

South Africa Holidays
South africa holidays & africa holiday ideas as well as south africa travel, victoria falls, cape town and safari.
URL: http://www.takemetoafrica.com/ - Added: 06.26.2005

Isle Of Purbeck
A site for tourists and businesses in the isle of purbeck, dorset, uk.
URL: http://www.visitingpurbeck.co.uk/ - Added: 06.27.2005





Inns and Bed and Breakfasts
– Are They For Everybody?


by: Cliff Calderwood

Inns are a delightful alternative to hotels and resorts. They can be just the right ticket for your vacation, providing you understand how they work and function.

Are they for everybody?

No, they're not. But here’s the answers to some basic questions to determine if it’s the type of accommodation that’ll work for you…

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INNS AND BED AND BREAKFASTS?

Let's start by clearing up any confusion on the differences between inns and bed and breakfasts. And it's not so much in the name as how they advertise themselves.

Firstly, there's no difference in accommodation. The charm of a bed and breakfast can be every bit as good as the personality of an inn. The difference is the prepared meals. A bed and breakfast is just that… expect a bed and a breakfast, but you're on your own for dinner. But at inns, they're set-up to provide dinner as well, although it's usually an option, and not included in the quoted price. The listing will be very clear if dinner is offered. But assume its just bed and breakfast if nothing is mentioned.

In many areas of the world inns and bed and breakfasts are also called guesthouses.

ARE THEY RIGHT FOR MY KIDS?

When an inn says kids are welcome, then you'd better believe they really mean they're kid friendly. Now there's nothing wrong with that (I have three myself), but don't expect too much piece and quiet and solitude.

You'll find a number of listings that put age restriction on children. For example they'll say something like: 12 or older, or above 6-years old. They're not being mean. It's just these places are also catering to a single or couple looking for a chance to unwind and free of noise and high activity. If you've got high-action kids then bed and breakfasts may not be ideal for your family.

WHAT SERVICE CAN I EXPECT?

Staying in inns is very different than staying at a hotel. You shouldn't expect a country inn to be like a Sheraton, with hordes of staff at your beck and call, and soundproof walls. Also, having a party and playing loud music after 11:00pm won't win you any brownie points with your host or the other guests.

Remember... the innkeeper or host is there to provide you, and other guests, with a unique experience in unique surroundings, but to do that they'll need your understanding.

WHAT’S THE USUAL CHECK-IN TIME?

Your host will go out of their way to greet you when you check-in. Usually when you reserve you’ll be told when their normal check-in period is. But most can accommodate you arrivals outside those hours.

But you need to let them know if you’ll be late so they can arrange for you to get into the house (yes, the doors are locked after a certain hour), and to your room. It’s one thing to show up at midnight at your hotel – they’re staffed round the clock - but it’s entirely another matter to roll-in after 11:00pm at an inn, and expect your host to get out of bed and greet you smiling.

CAN YOU NEGOTIATE PRICE?

You bet you can!

Just like hotels the room rate for inns is negotiable. The main difference is unlike a hotel, the person on the other end of a phone is usually the owner of the bed and breakfast, and they can make the decision on the spot. All you have to do is ask in a nice way.

Just remember the innkeeper may only have a few rooms to begin with anyway, and if your haggling over the last room then don't be offended if it’s no dice on a price reduction. But on the other hand one room of a four-room inn without a paying guest reduces a host's profit by 25%. So it's always worth asking for a reduction!

HOW MUCH CAN YOU REALLY SAVE?

Off-peak travel will save you a bundle.

Most inns can book their weekend's months in advance. But filling the rooms during the week, particularly off-season, is much more difficult. You'll get the best deals for bed and breakfasts traveling mid-week and out of season. Now contrast this with hotels that have the opposite problem, because they cater to the mid-week business traveler, but can't get people in rooms at the weekends.

I love staying in inns. They've a lot going for them. Inns are usually very affordable, offer tons more variety than a bland hotel room, and are a great way to meet fellow travelers or vacationers. You’ll find web sites devoted to inn and bed and breakfast listings now – so crank up Yahoo or Google and get searching… and saving!

 

About The Author

Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of New-England-Vacations-Guide.com.
This is adapted from a longer article on inns, and you can read the full article and get a free downloadable copy of his complete travel guide at http://www.new-england-vacations-guide.com.

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