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Bossa In Rio Hostel – photos

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

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Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

HostelBookers Summer Sale EXTENDED!

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HostelBookers Summer Sale has been extended for another month! The campaign has been a huge success so far – the biggest that HostelBookers has ever done, with almost 750 properties on sale in 300 destinations! Currently, over 12,000 unique sale bookings have been generated to happy customers!

The HostelBookers Product Team is hard at it, securing more properties with discounts daily. The destinations with the most discounted property stays on offer are:

Budapest, Barcelona, London, Rome, Krakow, Prague, Athens, Florence, Marrakech, Bangkok, Hanoi, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Mendoza, Singapore, Vienna.

Notable properties that are participating and selling discounted beds daily include:

Generator Barcelona, St Christopher’s Paris (Gare du Nord), Wake Up Sydney, Danhostel Copenhagen City, Vienna City Hostel, Generator Berlin Mitte, Chillout Hostel Zagreb and FIT Hotel New York.

The extended sale (booking period) will now run until the end of August, with a travel period up until the end of September! With so many quality destinations and properties on offer, it’s easy to grab a bargain break with HostelBookers.com

HostelBookers Survey: Why Women Travel Solo

Boutique and designer budget accomodation for your next holiday – photos

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Basel St. Alban Youth Hostel – BASEL

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Boutique Hostel Forum – ZADAR

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Design Hostel Goli&Bosi – SPLIT

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Hostel Tresor – LJUBLJANA

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Tattva Design Hostel – PORTO

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Scuol Youth Hostel – SCUOL

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The Independente Hostel & Suites – LISBON

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Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia – BARCELONA

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Interlaken Youth Hostel – INTERLAKEN

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WE Hostel Design – SAO PAULO

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Generator – COPENHAGEN

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Generator – HAMBURG

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Santos Ibiza Coast Suites – IBIZA

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Pantone Hotel – BRUSSELS

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Sleepbox Hotel – MOSCOW

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The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel – BERLIN

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U Hostels – MADRID

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Fusion – PRAGUE

Freehand Miami hostel – photos

HostelBookers lifts restrictions off working with non VAT registered properties in EU

HostelBookers represents almost 25,000 properties on its site, from all corners of the globe. Quite an amazing feat, considering there has always been restrictions on signing / working with properties in Europe (a primary market) that were not VAT registered.

This has meant over the years, HostelBookers has had to turn away a lot of legitimate properties / businesses who file their taxes under their personal tax numbers. Usually this is done for owners of smaller B&B’s, pensions, hostales and apartments, where they earn under the threshold and are not required to have a business tax number.

With HostelBookers being based in the UK and governed by UK tax laws, working with non VAT registered properties in the EU may have resulted in fines / having to pay tax on all bookings generated by these types of properties.

Recently, HostelBookers took the decision to change its policy and open its books to these smaller, legitimate properties across the EU – meaning they will start to pay the necessary tax on these bookings in order to work with them. It will be a huge boost to the OTA and to the properties (particularly in Spain and Italy), who supply this budget accommodation that HostelBookers can represent and sell well.

So Spanish properties operating on their ‘NIF’ and in Italy, their ‘codice fiscale’ (personal tax numbers) are now fine to register with HostelBookers and begin to accept bookings. This is applicable to all countries in the EU with their different personal tax numbers.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

The timing is particularly well placed as Croatia recently became the 28th member of the European Union. The most common types of accommodation there are smaller pensions and apartments, which means that HostelBooker’s Croatian product folio will remain in tact.

Also, with HostelBookers now offering an API for channel managers and properties to be supported through 2 way XML, it seems a property boom is imminent on the HostelBookers site. HostelBookers ongoing  and constant representation at multiple industry events and conferences, strongly supports their contracting and growth strategies.

So, as HostelBookers realign their marketing and business requirements – if you are a smaller property in the EU that wishes to be represented, contact their Product Department by signing up at https://secure.hostelbookers.com/join/

HostelBooker’s Summer Sale – saving you money while travelling!

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HostelBookers has launched their ‘Summer Sale’ again this year. It’s the biggest product offering they have ever launched.

Due to huge customer demand, there is set to be new destinations and properties added with discounts daily!

There are excellent savings of at least 20-40% on average. On the campaign page, there are even the odd properties giving 50% and 75% off some of their rooms…. unbelievable!

All the main destinations are covered in Europe. The HostelBooker’s Product Team have even managed to negotiate discounts on cities of every letter of the alphabet… yep, the whole A-Z is covered. From Acapulco in Mexico, to Zakopane in Poland! New York, Sydney, Buenos Aries…It’s truly global, no matter what travel season you prefer.

There are currently almost 300 destinations and 700 properties with bookable discounts… just get in quick to grab your beds cheap! All the well known hostel chains and brands are on (such as the ‘Generator’ in all their locations), along with award winning properties of every description and style.

The campaign is meant to run until the end of July, with travel to be booked / taken until the end of August. BUT – knowing how generous HostelBookers and all the properties that work with them are… the campaign is hotly tipped to be extended. So, expect it to run an extra month in August, with travel to be taken up until the end of September!

Check this campaign page for the latest product offering

http://www.hostelbookers.com/summer-sale/

Planning a beach break or city break… See something you like… then BOOK IT!

BEST Party Hostel in EU!

Just launched over here at HostelBookers is our latest campaign…Time to find the ‘best party hostel’ in Europe!

There are nine property entrants from eight key EU cities. Properties include:
PLUS Florence, One80 Berlin, Generator Dublin, The Dictionary London, Clink78 London, ‘fusion prague’, U Hostels Madrid, The Yellow Rome and St. Christophers Barcelona.

Each property has pitched their individual party proposal. By utilising their own social media, press and vote canvassing strategies, the winners will get 5K to blow on a huge bash and be crowned the ultimate party hostel!

Can’t wait to see who wins next month… we announce the property winner mid June. Even our customers get a chance at winning, if their property (voted for) wins. Imagine you and three mates getting free accommodation at the winning property, being part of the planned party, having flights paid for, spending money and a few days to explore the city?! Cool huh 🙂

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For full details, check out the HostelBookers landing page here:

http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostel-party/

Get voting for your chance to win… Good luck!

Traverse Brighton, April 2013

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Finally – I booked to go to this travel blogging conference in the UK… this weekend!

Very last minute, but as I live in London and it’s in Brighton… I can definitely squeeze it in  🙂

Would have loved to have stayed for the full three days, but I am off to Athens for a work trip on Sunday. At least the main conference day (Saturday) I will be able to attend.

Traverse 2013 bills itself as being:

‘a brand new conference designed for travel bloggers who lead busy lifestyles and want to gain real hands on knowledge that they can apply to their own work. The conference aims to bring together travel bloggers, PR’s, tourist boards and travel companies to experience an alternative conference’.

There will be excellent speakers giving sound advice and great tips on how to really improve your blog and promote yourself. Speakers include professional bloggers, photographers, marketing and social media whizzes, freelance journalists and travel editors for major publications!

Of course, majority of the other attendees will be fellow bloggers of all ages and at all stages with their blogs. The purpose is to learn, network and hopefully exchange lots of info and support each other in our similar quests. I have met a few bloggers at other major travel conferences before. This time is different though, as I am not there to represent the OTA I work for, but for myself! Ryan Bennett of RyansAirAdventures! See the world for less.

Hopefully it will be easy enough to book some 1:1 time with the professionals (Pro Bars) who are holding personal chats with us bloggers. There are even competitions to win while at this event. The first includes a seven day ship cruise around Italy, Spain & France courtesy of MSC Cruises (a sponsor). The second is courtesy of Visit Denmark and includes a few weekend packages to Copenhagen for multiple winners – with the aim for one of the bloggers to win the title of “Visit Denmark’s Blogger of the Year”.

The following people will be on panels or invited as guest speakers:

  • Steve Keenan

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» Travel Perspective

  • Tom Robinson

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» Tom Robinson Photography

  • Kirsten Alana

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» Aviators and a Camera

  • Greg Brand

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» Travizeo

  • Adrian Land

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» My Destination

  • Julie Falconer

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» A Lady In London

  • Kevin May

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» Tnooz

  • Matt Preston

Websites
» Places To Go
» Travel with a mate

  • Frankie Thompson

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» As The Bird Flies Blog

  • Jayne Gorman

Websites
» www.jaynegorman.com
» www.40before30.com
» www.travellingshopaholic.com

  • Jodi Ettenberg

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» www.legalnomads.com

  • Ruth Haffenden

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» Four bgb

  • Will Peach

Websites
» TravelSexLife.com
» The Gonzo Traveller

  • Liz Scarff

Website
» www.fieldcraft.co

  • Carol Driver

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» www.tntmagazine.com

  • Chris & Hannah Alford

Website
» www.loveplaywork.com

I’m really excited now… flying by the seat of my pants! If you read this and are attending – please let me know.

Check out the full details on the Traverse website

Happy travels!

Ryan