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Business Models Booking.com, Expedia, TripAdvisor: An Overview

Starting a hotel booking website can be a great way to make money – more people than ever are following their dreams of traveling the world, and they’re looking for a cost-effective and easy way to do it. If you’re interested in creating your own hotel booking website and app, then it’s imperative that you do a study and competitive analysis of future competitors that are already dominating the space. Here’s an overview of three current popular hotel booking websites and an analysis of their business models. Booking.com Booking.com is a simple site that offers accommodations, flights, and combination deals (with flight and hotel). They also offer the option to book car rentals or airport taxis through their site. Booking.com makes money by charging booking fees for the convenience of bundling services. But primarily, the site makes money through charging hotels for selling their inventories – they take a percentage…

A Must-Have Travel Accessory for a Noisy World

Everyone deals with headaches and hassles while travelling. From lost baggage to delayed departures to cramped seating, getting to remote destinations is a challenge. One less obvious downside to travelling is the impact of environmental noise on trains, planes, and motorized boats. Aside from making conversation difficult, prolonged exposure to heightened levels of environmental noise can cause serious health problems including long-term hearing damage. Some Facts About Environmental Noise According to the BBC, noise levels become dangerously loud on flights, especially during takeoff and landing. “Take-off and landing are the loudest moments, when noise levels inside the cabin can reach 105 decibels (dB). At cruising altitudes, noise drops to around 85 dB, says Pamela Mason of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Long exposure to 85 dB can cause temporary hearing problems.” Even on modern subway or train systems, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in the San Francisco region,…
8 Luxury Getaways to add to your Bucket List

8 Luxury Getaways to add to your Bucket List

Sometimes in life, we have to do it tough - scrimping and saving and slogging away - and other times in life, we get to live it up and enjoy the best things that money can buy. This guide to luxury getaways is definitely not about being frugal - it’s the exact opposite. This guide is designed to help you to get the most out of life, and to help you to seize some serious luxury and style for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your ultimate life goal is buying your dream catamaran or just having the money to charter one for a while, this guide will give you the inspiration to live a little bit large. Stay harbourside at Cannes Mention the name Cannes and you’re likely to evoke whimsical sighs of approval from your friends. Cannes is home to so many different types of awards and moments of…
The Most Expensive Luxury Hotels from around the World

The Most Expensive Luxury Hotels from around the World. 

I love travelling in luxury whether is flying business class, staying in luxury hotels or taking a helicopter to go wine tasting. So I thought it would be fun to do some research on some of the most expensive Luxury Hotels from around the World, here's what I found!  Four Seasons Bora Bora  Name of the room/suite:  Otemanu Three-Bedroom Beachfront Villa Estate (5,380 square feet) Average cost of the room/suite - 10,257 Euro ($11,272 USD at today's exchange rate) What makes this room/suite so special - This one-of-a-kind villa is perfect for families and groups, with three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a private swimming pool. Located on a white-sand beach and surrounded by tropical foliage, this secluded villa offers unmatched sunset views, outdoor dining and a private infinity pool. Do the occupants of this suite receive anything special – The beachfront villas offer guests an inclusive experience, with meals, select activities, airport transfers and other…
10 of the Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows

10 of the Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows

When we say paradise, what comes to mind? Tranquil beaches that make you appreciate nature’s lavish colors? Like white powdery sand fringing turquoise waters, plus gorgeous bursts of yellow and orange sunsets? An idyllic view dotted by spacious wooden villas and heavenly spas, perched above clear waters that show the adventure waiting underneath? Intimate and private suites with massive sundecks and infinity pools, hashtag honeymoon goals? Well then, sounds like some of the dreamiest overwater bungalows in the world! While most of the world-famous Overwater Bungalows are in the French Polynesia, there are many others nestled all over the world. You can go wherever you are without spending a day on the plane. Here are 10 of the dreamiest overwater bungalows that are sure to make you swoon (in no particular order): This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.  Four Seasons…
Top 10 Cruise Destinations Around The World

Top 10 Cruise Destinations Around The World

Nearly 30 million travelers will take a cruise this year. Cruising isn’t a new method of travel, in fact, it’s been around longer than airlines. Who can forget Love Boat, or even the Titanic! However, trends in cruising change each year as passengers look for more unique experiences, and as cruise lines attempt to garner more of the travel market with offerings for all budgets and age ranges. If you haven’t yet experienced a cruise for yourself, this list of top cruise destinations around the world just might convince you to relax on a cruise holiday! Caribbean The Caribbean is an extremely popular destination for cruise ships. With over two dozen nations, and thousands of islands, a cruise is the best way to see the Caribbean! You can wake up to a new tropical island every day. The Bahamas are so close to Florida, you can take a day cruise…
11 Cheap Travel Destinations In Europe

11 Cheap Travel Destinations In Europe

There is no doubt that Europe is one expensive continent! It's home to irresistible and exotic countries, such as places like Paris, Rome, Iceland, Amsterdam and so on. The reason for it’s pricey nature is of course because the Euro is so strong. For this reason, it might seem difficult for a budget traveller to enjoy Europe. However, if you go at the right time and avoid the expensive places, you can get the European experience you've always wanted. So, grab your luggage and check out the cheapest places to travel to in Europe! Plan your trip to Europe Need data for your trip to France? We use Tep Wireless which offers unlimited data for $8 per day. Travelling King readers can get 10% off using the discount code TRAVELLINGKING on check out. Want to learn how to travel on a Budget? Check out our dedicated “Budget Conscious Travel Guide”…
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Top Items That Every Traveler Needs to Take With Them

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of international travelers is on the rise. In 2017, the number of international tourists rose by a substantial 7%, with 1.322 million people jetting off to a foreign country. That figure is also expected to grow by between 4-5% in 2018. While that means that there are plenty more people buying cheap souvenirs and getting their tan on, it also means that there are more people fretting about traveling too. The stress of traveling often comes as a result of the packing phase so, to help you out, we've highlighted several top items that every traveler needs to take with them. A Bag of Stationery In the year 2018, where most of us have smartphones with note-taking apps, you probably wouldn't think to take a bag of stationery with you on holiday. However, stationery can have plenty more uses, which is why it's…
25 Unbelievable Places Every Travel Lover Has To Visit

25 Unbelievable Places Every Travel Lover Has To Visit

As an avid traveler, you must have an awesome bucket list that you want to tick off as you circle the globe. There are certainly no shortages of beautiful cities, and towns to visit. But there are some truly exceptional ones that no serious traveler can afford to miss! Here are just a few of these unbelievable places: Marrakech This is the perfect city for art lovers. The magnificent buildings and vintage housing is one to take your breath away. It oozes of so much rich culture you can’t comprehend at once. The entire city is filled with interesting thrills you won’t want to miss. Buenos Aires, Argentina Over the years, the city became known as a great hub for all types of activities like arts and sports. So many rich art galleries are located in this town and it has a reputation for helping out local artists through annual…
22 Places Every Serious Traveller Must See

22 Places Every Serious Traveller Must See

Travelling the world is arguably one of the greatest ways to gain some knowledge and have a lot of fun! What's also great is that you're exposed to so much culture and a different way of life. Like any activity, there are several key "hot spots" that you must see before you consider yourself as a diverse and adventurous traveller. But you're probably wondering where.... Wonder no more. Here are 22 places you must see as a serious traveller; Mosque Sheikh Zayed, UAE Abu Dhabi is arguably one of the most beautiful places to explore on earth. A site worth viewing is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Essentially crafted with beautiful white marble, its intricate design which shows a detailed expression of art makes it a beauty worth beholding. It is, however, very important to take dress code into consideration when visiting. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania If you're a lover of…