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- How to choose the right hotel
Where to find the best accommodation deals, hotel room upgrades and best located stays. Think about your preferred style Planning to barely see the room outside sleeping hours? Then cheap, clean and central will probably do. But it?s worth thinking back to past holidays ? did charming B&B owners armed with handy tips make [&hellip The post How to choose the right hotel appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Thursday 7th of April 2016 09:43:20 AM
- The bison that live in the middle of the Great Salt Lake
David Whitley visits Antelope Island in Utah, a somewhat unlikely wildlife refuge. There?s a magnificent starkness to Utah?s Great Salt Lake. A thin coating of water covers patches of it, but the salt ? an additional 2.2m tons of it flow in each year, while water just evaporates in the dry heat ? always [&hellip The post The bison that live in the middle of the Great Salt Lake appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Sunday 30th of August 2015 02:08:33 PM
- Key West, Florida | Free city guide
Why Key West? Nowhere has made a virtue of being out on a limb like Key West. At the end of the Florida Keys island chain, and a four hour drive over spectacular bridges from Miami, it is not somewhere you stumble across accidentally. Those that make it to Key West really want to be [&hellip The post Key West, Florida | Free city guide appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Saturday 22nd of August 2015 05:14:52 PM
- Five things the tourist board doesn?t want you to know about Prague
The cheapest hotel packages tend to be infested by stag parties – go for something a little pricier or book hotel and flight separately. Apartment hotels are often a bargain. Avoid half-day tours that include the castle. Most are little more than a bus up to the castle, then a guide rushing you around [&hellip The post Five things the tourist board doesn?t want you to know about Prague appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Friday 21st of August 2015 12:51:42 PM
- Australia?s Northern Rivers: Where nature is in charge
The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is all about cliffs, forests and a light human touch, as David Whitley discovers. It?s not so much this leap, but the ones to come. Standing on a rock ledge above a freshwater pool, mere metres from the crashing surf, the jump down is enough to make [&hellip The post Australia’s Northern Rivers: Where nature is in charge appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Monday 17th of August 2015 07:44:38 PM
- Cheap Avios flights mixing business and economy class
How a loophole in the British Airways Avios system allows you to combine classes on flights for a bargain rate. The mixed class Avios loophole It seems that the British Airways Avios system has a fairly significant loophole in it ? as I have just discovered when booking flights to Australia. With some connecting [&hellip The post Cheap Avios flights mixing business and economy class appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Monday 3rd of August 2015 10:16:25 AM
- The real life story of Smokey Bear
In south-eastern New Mexico, David Whitley discovers how one orphaned bear cub saved millions of lives and became a much-loved American icon. Find any more than two trees clumped together in the United States, and you?re more than likely to have encountered Smokey Bear. He stands stoutly, with his spade and his ranger?s hat, [&hellip The post The real life story of Smokey Bear appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Thursday 30th of July 2015 01:55:35 PM
- Hotel Review ? Amba Charing Cross, London
Has another great railway hotel makeover worked out? Disclosure: I was invited to stay at the Amba Charing Cross for review purposes by the hotel?s PR agency. Both accommodation and a meal for two were hosted on a complimentary basis. Other PR agencies, incidentally, are welcome to note this for future reference. I often [&hellip The post Hotel Review ? Amba Charing Cross, London appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Tuesday 28th of July 2015 05:12:41 PM
- There by the grace of quad: Cappadocia, plus terror
On a quad-biking trip in Turkey, David Whitley starts to feel very old indeed. It?s the hill that marks my passing from youth into middle age. Emre ploughs down it with the exuberant zest of a reckless 19-year-old, expecting me to follow. I take one look and decide that it?s a one way ticket [&hellip The post There by the grace of quad: Cappadocia, plus terror appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Thursday 23rd of July 2015 04:31:44 PM
- Canberra, Australia | Free city guide
Why Canberra? An ultra-planned capital city of endless roundabouts and spacious suburbia, unfairly-maligned Canberra is generally seen as a handy way of keeping the politicians away from the rest of the Australian populace. But it has two major strings to its bow ? culture and nature. The museum collection is excellent, far surpassing that of [&hellip The post Canberra, Australia | Free city guide appeared first on Grumpy Traveller.
Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 04:54:34 PM
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