By Mommy Points
There’s only a little time left until the Olympic torch reaches London and marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it isn’t surprising that hotel prices in London this summer are high. Not only is the British pound a pretty strong currency against many other currencies (such as the US dollar) but demand is obviously higher than normal because of the Olympics. You could say that the whole world is converging upon London!
However, if you collect miles and points from your travels, or even just through your credit card spending, you can still use those points to book some free rooms in London during the Olympics. There are several very nice hotels in London that still have standard reward night availability from July 27 – Aug. 12 when the Olympics are in full force. In fact, using your hotel points for free nights when the going rate is very expensive, such as during the Olympics, is actually the best way to redeem them. It ensures you are getting the best value for your hard-earned points.
We spend time trolling the travel blogosphere so you don’t have to! Well, not trolling … more like, blissfully absorbing. Anyway, turns out the Olympics is on everyone’s minds — as it will be for the next couple of months — and we found tips on eking as much enjoyment as possible out of the remaining summer days. Check out what we found on Travel Channel’s blogroll.
Looking to get to London on the cheap? Mommy Points debates taking a discounted trip to the Olympics.
Tropical Storm Debby has made national headlines as we begin to make our way through hurricane season. Since weather is a big factor when you consider travel plans, we have a few resources to help! Learn about hurricane safety, make some adjustments to your vacation plans, or find travel alternatives in case you’d rather avoid the sketchy weather altogether.
Check out Travel Channel’s resources to help you figure out your next move:
Let the forecast be your guide with Weather Trends: Best Weeks to Book a Summer Rental …
Head a little further north with our tips on North Carolina Beach Rentals …
By Katie Hards
An upright piano is not the typical instrument of choice among street musicians, but that hasn’t stopped piano player Dotan Negrin from following his dream to play “Piano Across America.“ In 2011, the clever musician put wheels on his bulky instrument, left his home base in Long Island, New York, and traveled over 23,000 miles across the country with his spunky Chihuahua mutt, Brando. Out of the 44 cities he stopped in to play a few tunes, Dotan says that New Orleans and Athens, Georgia were his favorites; although he couldn’t get enough of the great people he met in Jackson, Wyoming. On his journey, Dotan even ended up playing his piano inside a redwood tree in Redwoods, California. READ MORE
What happened this week in the travel blogosphere? Well, retro is in, cleavage is out. Here’s what else grabbed our attention on Travel Channel’s blogroll.
Opening today, the new Disney film Brave is sure to be a hit – set in Scotland, it’s already inspiring trips to the country, including those with a special itinerary designed by Disney. Gadling explains… READ MORE
The History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys 6-hour miniseries sparked renewed interest in America’s most famous feud, with nearly 14 million viewers tuning in over each of the 3 nights. Now a Hatfields and McCoys reality TV show involving descendants on both sides of this famous conflict is rumored to be in the works. READ MORE
Yesterday was the summer solstice, and now that the days are longer and the heat is rising, it’s time to fill those lazy days!
Not sure where to go? Check out our 2012 Summer Hotspots.
It’s getting more and more difficult for American travelers to “unplug” and have a cellphone-and-tablet-free vacation, finds a new study released today by Intel and TNS. The study sheds light on the “deepening love affair” between Americans and their devices, revealing the emotional bond that many have with them. READ MORE
The Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC) recently conducted a survey that found that 1 in 5 (adult) Americans admit to peeing in the pool and 7 in 10 admit to skipping the shower before swimming – even though 93% of Americans claimed they would never reuse someone else’s bath water. Is there a difference? READ MORE
By Troy Petenbrink
It’s official: The Hunger Games topped the $400 million mark over the weekend, making it one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the story doesn’t end on the big screen. Now you can experience where the Hunger Games were actually shot.
The phenomenal success of The Hunger Games has launched a cottage industry in North Carolina, as multiple tours are now offered to allow the movie’s fans the opportunity to visit the Hollywood-envisioned world of Katniss, Peeta and the other Tributes. READ MORE