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Cheap holidays to the Maldives: How to do paradise on a budget

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STUNNING: You can Discount Holidays © holiday in the Maldives without breaking the bank

The Maldives is one of the most prestigious Discount Holidays © holiday destinations in the world and a dream honeymoon hotspot. With power-white beaches and unbelievably crystal-clear waters, it’s easy to see why the island country draws thousands of tourists every year. Many are put off by the hefty price tags of exclusive resorts and the famous over-water bungalows.

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PRISTINE: The beautiful archipelago is a popular honeymoon spot

The best islands in the world revealed in pictures2

But if you’re desperate to visit the beautiful archipelago, you’ll be thrilled to hear you can get flights and accommodation for under a grand. Budget travel company Holidaypirates.com3 has found a 10-night Discount Holidays © holiday to the Maldives for just 725. The amazing deal includes return flights from London Heathrow to Male, boat transfers and 10 nights accommodation on the island of Maafushi.

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BUDGET: The Arena Lodge Maldives is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor

The hotel is the well-reviewed Arena Lodge Maldives, which is rated 4/5 on Tripadvisor and has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence”. Prices vary slightly depending when you go, but these costing are based on tourists travelling between December 4 and December 15. The average temperature in the Maldives at this time of year is around 27C, with highs of 29.

This deal is insanely good, so if you fancy a pre-Christmas break in paradise you better get booking fast!

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CULTURE: The island of Maafushi has breathtaking beaches and quaint colourful towns

Price breakdown for 2 adults sharing:

Flights 940 / 2 = 470 per person

Hotel 426.90 / 2 = 213.45 per person

Shared speed boat transfers 84 / 2 = 42 per person

Total cost of holiday 1450.90 / 2 = 725 per person

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The cheapest places in London to book a hotel room

Britain’s costly capital not only hits the roof when it comes to rent and travel, but also hotel prices – with the big leading boroughs charging sky high for tourists after a glimpse of the city’s iconic sights. Hotels comparison website Trivago1 has revealed the boroughs in the UK’s bustling city that are charging extortionate rates to sleep in overnight – and the towns just 5 minutes’ outside the city that will save you half price. Trivago analysed hotel data from nine of London s central boroughs, to reveal the best – and most affordable places to stay – as millions of visitors from around the world prepare to visit the capital’s streets for shopping and sightseeing this summer.

At an average of 220 per night, the most expensive borough is rather unsurprisingly the City of London – home to the Hilton Doubletree2 and M by Montcalm Shoreditch3, while Westminster – the home of Big Ben and Parliament – is the most popular borough for visitors. At an average of 204 a night, Westminster is home to a number of upmarket luxury hotels – including The Royal Horseguards4, London Marriott Hotel5 and The Rubens at the Palace6. Meanwhile, the cheapest hotel prices can be found on the outskirts of London far east in Newham7 (average of 99 per night) or far west in Hammersmith and Fulham (see the 10 best hotels here8) – less than a 5 minutes’ bus ride from the heart of Chelsea, for 114 per night.

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But which hotels rate the best?

The Cheapest Places In London To Book A Hotel Room

The best-rated hotels can be found in City of London, with an average of 86.24 on the trivago Rating Index9. Next is the borough of Southwark, with an average rating of 82.58. Meanwhile, the worst-rated hotels can be found in Westminster (average of 75.21) and Hammersmith and Fulham (73.18). In general, boroughs in the east of London have a better average hotel rating than boroughs in the west of London.

Trivago Communications UK & Ireland manager Denise Bartlett says: “It can be daunting deciding where to stay in a city as large and segmented as London, but by breaking the city down into boroughs we found clearly defined differences between each neighbourhood.

“Location is a key factor, with the most expensive neighbourhoods located in the centre, western and southern boroughs and cheaper neighbourhoods in the north, east and on the outskirts.

“There are also clear differences when it comes to average hotel rating, with neighbourhoods in East London boasting higher hotel ratings then neighbourhoods in West London.

So what’s the cheapest place to stay?

London holiday

If you’re visiting London this year, and rate value over distance, the best place to book your accommodation is in the far east, just outside of the city, where hotels are around 99 a night on average, and quality ratings are at their highest. You can view the best value hotels in East London here10. Alternatively, head far west in Hammersmith and Fulham11 – which is also less than a 10 minutes’ bus ride from the heart of Chelsea, for 114 per night.

Read more: 10 best cheap hotels in London12

How to save on London travel costs

11 spending secrets to find a cheap hotel in London

1. Use comparison websites

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Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you’ve bagged the cheapest possible price on your stay. Websites like TravelSupermarket13 and Trivago14 are experts at this, and will scour through hundreds of websites and millions of deals to bring you a round up of the best prices based on your destination and venue. But, always remember to compare across comparison websites, as some may not cover specific chains or brands.

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Consider a Top Secret Hotel

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A lot of four and five star hotels like to remain anonymous when offering discounts and run secret deals for their mystery hotel15 rooms, meaning you can get a great rate but you won t know where you re going to stay until night before you arrive.

Lastminute.com16 is famous for this, with their ‘Top Secret Hotels’ booking system17.

LateRooms.com18 also has a secret system, type in Secret hotel into their site and it ll bring up a number of hotels in your destination.

Find a travel bargain

3. Test out new hotels for free

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If you’re happy to play the guinea pig, new hotels are always on the look out for clientele – like you, to test out and offer feedback on their rooms. Websites like Hotel News Resource19 will flag up new venues, and you can call up to ask about a discount or potentially free stay.

4. Join loyalty points schemes

Hilton Honors20 and Marriott Rewards21 offer loyalty schemes – and if you travel a lot, especially with work, it’s definitely worth a sign up. Points and loyalty schemes offer free rooms (once you’ve accumulated enough), special offers (like free breakfast) and discounts at certain times of the year, like your birthday.

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Consider renting a revamped university room

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In recent years, there’s been a spike in universities publicly renting rooms out of term time, and rooms start at around 37 a night in the UK and Europe. Rentals website UniversityRooms22 revamp halls and bedrooms around the country, transforming them from boxy student accommodation to colourful, spacious rooms and studios for the public to rent out around key Discount Holidays © holiday times like Easter and throughout the summer. Rooms in central London start from 37.50 a night. You can even stay at Christ Church in Oxford and eat in the Hogwarts Grand Hall from 50 per night.

Discount Holidays © Holiday booking secrets

6. The early bird catches the worm

Going to a concert, festival, conference, or a popular event? Book in advance. It s basic economics the higher the demand the higher the price. So, if you re headed somewhere everyone else is headed too, it s better to get in there early if you want the best deal. You ll also avoid the dreaded No Availability notice from your favourite hotel.

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Get on your smartphone

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Be tech-savvy about booking.

LateRooms.com23 has app only deals and users can get between 10 and 40% off last minute getaways.

Tripadvisor24 also has a handy ‘bargain hotels finder’ with 25 of the best priced rooms in your chosen destination. See our Tripadvsior how-to guide for more25.

8. Get on the bus

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Happy travellers should always consider hotels in neighbouring towns and cities to their chosen location if a big event means that rooms are scarce (or scarily pricey).

9. Consider a hostel

The Cheapest Places In London To Book A Hotel Room

Backpackers will know all too well how much a hostel can save you on your travels – you can get a room for around 20 a night. The downside is you may have to share with strangers – so keep your belongings close (avoid travelling with anything too valuable) and be social – getting to know your roomies will save you a fortune in stress.

How to find a hostel: Travel firms like Hostel World26 and Hostel Bookers27 are a good, and safe place to start.

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London rooms from 30 a night at Premier Inn

The Cheapest Places In London To Book A Hotel Room

If you’re after a cheap stay in London, Premier Inn28 has recently opened 10 new London hotels, and prices start at 30 a night. Take a look at our top picks below:

  • Brentford: 30 minutes to central London, for 30 a night29.

  • Kingston: From the riverfront shops to the famous town sculptures, enjoy the market town of Kingston, for 39 a night30.

  • Aldgate: Enjoy Brick Lane and its many markets for 59 a night31.

For more overnight stays in the capital, see our cheap London hotels32 guide.

British Discount Holidays © Holiday ideas

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29 Travelodge rooms

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Travelodge regularly hosts big deals33 on hotel rooms – with half price ( 29) sales around four times a year – mostly during peak seasons – and a free stay in January to beat the New Year blues. This week, the hotels chain has dropped 1.5 million rooms nationwide to 35 or less, when you book to stay before 31 December 2016.

To book your 29 room, visit: www.travelodge.co.uk34.

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  4. ^ The Royal Horseguards (www.tripadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ London Marriott Hotel (www.tripadvisor.co.uk)
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  20. ^ Hilton Honors (www3.hilton.com)
  21. ^ Marriott Rewards (www.marriott.co.uk)
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Disney World terror: Brits warned of Florida travel risk this summer

FAMILIES planning the trip of a lifetime this summer are being warned as officials investigate claims the Florida nightclub shooter targeted Disney World.

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STAY SAFE: Discount Holidays © Holiday watchdog advises sticking to its travel plan to stay safe this summer

Omar Mateen killed 49 and injured 53 in the 1. He opened fire on partygoers as they danced in gay nightclub Pulse, in Orlando as he held two rifles aloft. And 2.

“The shocking events in Orlando, the Discount Holidays © holiday Capital of the USA, should serve as a timely reminder of the need for all travellers to think on their travel plans and the need to become your own travel risk assessor,” Discount Holidays © holiday watchdog director Frank Brehany warned.

ISIS have since claimed responsibility for the attack but detectives are yet to establish a clear reason behind the tragic bloodbath.

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Shocking events in Orlando, the Discount Holidays © holiday Capital of the USA, should serve as a timely reminder of the need for all travellers to think on their travel plans

Frank Brehany, HolidayTravelWatch director

The FBI revealed that they had interviewed and freed 29-year-old Mateen on three separate occasions over “terror links”. Investigators are now searching security worker Mateen’s phone and laptop for any sign that he planned to target Disney World or neighbouring Downtown Disney a popular British Discount Holidays © holiday destination. Security officials at the theme park have also been tasked with reviewing footage that could place Mateen at any of the attractions.

FBI Director James Comey said investigators were “still working through” whether he had scouted the theme park as a possible terror target. Mr Brehany, of HolidayTravelWatch, advised: “The LGBT community in particular enjoy a wide variety of popular destinations such as Reykjavik, Sitges, Gran Canaria, Mykonos, Ibiza, Barcelona and Amsterdam to name a few.

“Many of these same destinations are also popular with many other communities of traveller.”

Those considering changing their plans may be able to use the pre-departure rights of “significant change” under the Package Travel Regulations. But those determined to make the flight this summer should heed a safety plan, he added.

Top summer Discount Holidays © holiday destinations for 2016 in pictures4

Six-point safety plan

  • Always research your destination, even after you book make sure that any activity in resort is not going to impact on your safety or the freedom to enjoy yourself
  • Keep a check on the UK Government s own Travel Advisories watch what they have to say and keep a note of Consular assistance telephone numbers
  • Read other countries travel advisories compare and contrast what they are saying with the UK government s information
  • Check out online newspapers and radio stations for the destination you are travelling to this will give you a good flavour of what is happening at your intended destination
  • If you are travelling in Europe, make sure that you put the European Emergency Number into your phone, 112 this will give you quick access to the emergency services without the worry of looking for their number
  • Stay alert and always report anything suspicious remember, you are a partner to security, along with the Authorities & Governments of your intended destination.

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References

  1. ^ (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  2. ^ (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  3. ^ Orlando shooting Pulse Omar Mateen club victims gay pictures (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  4. ^ Top summer Discount Holidays © holiday destinations for 2016 in pictures (www.dailystar.co.uk)