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TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FIRST-TIME TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR KIWIS
Travel is possibly the best thing we could do to grow as a person. It broadens our horizons, makes us more confident, and can quite literally change our lives. According to Bookings.com almost two thirds (65%) of respondents said that pushing themselves to take part in a new travel experience vastly increased their confidence.
22
Mar
2017
www.m2woman.co.nz
5 Poetic Stays For World Poetry Day
March 21st is World Poetry Day. It pays tribute to poetic geniuses such as William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde whose words remain as stirring today as the day they were written. And, what better way to honour their legacy than to visit the cities that inspired their work. Whether you're a poet yourself or simply fascinated by their stories, we found the top five destinations that will help spark your imagination too!
21
Mar
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
HOLIDAYS BRING MORE HAPPINESS THAN WEDDINGS AND BABIES
Research conducted by hotel booking site Booking.com across 17 countries showed that universally, travel was considered more vital for happiness than just about anything else.
20
Mar
2017
www.escape.com.au
7 Irish hotspots in Toronto to hit up on St. Patrick’s Day
If you’re looking for the best locations to visit on St. Patrick’s Day, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over a million incredible places to stay, has selected the top 7 Irish hotspots in Toronto.
16
Mar
2017
dailyhive.com
The Other Airbnbs: Alternative Home-Sharing Rentals
“Urban rentals have grown really because of Airbnb, and also online travel agencies like Booking.com getting into rentals,” said Douglas Quinby, the vice president of research for Phocuswright. “Travelers are increasingly cross-shopping against hotels, and often finding cheaper rates.”
13
Mar
2017
www.nytimes.com
Bali and Japan Are Among the Top 10 Places For Solo Travel in 2017
There's tons of benefits to traveling alone, from cultural enrichment to new experiences. Based on global research by travel company Booking.com, one in five US travelers are planning to travel by themselves for the first time ever in 2017. Results also found that one in three millennials want to travel more so that they can post new photos on social media.
12
Mar
2017
www.popsugar.com
EXPLORE MALAYSIA’S PRISTINE COASTLINE AT TERENGGANU
Travelling solo is not for everyone but for many Australians it is the best way to travel. Research commissioned by Booking.com found one in four Australians was planning to travel alone for the first time in 2017, with Sydney and London the top picks to visit.
10
Mar
2017
www.escape.com.au
Secret Spain: 7 Passionate Destinations Off The Beaten Track
For centuries, travellers have been drawn to Spain for its breathtaking landscapes, spellbinding architecture, rich history and vibrant culture. No matter where you find yourself in Spain, every corner shimmers and pulsates with inspiration. It's a place where you can define your own passion and live out an experience you've always been compelled to live.
10
Mar
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Best Travel Apps
All of these are great for finding your hotel and seeing reviews from others and how much they cost. However, only Booking.com will let you book without taking a booking fee. While this isn’t huge it is still annoying having to pay 15% extra just to book a room. I recommend using the others for reference and then either contacting them directly or using Booking.com to do the booking.
10
Mar
2017
www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
Most Indian women remember their first travel more vividly than their first kiss
Indians consider travelling a more enriching experience than going on a first date or making a new friend, finds a new survey. The research, done by Booking.com, surveyed over 15,000 people from 20 countries worldwide, including India.
07
Mar
2017
www.hindustantimes.com
THESE ARE THE TOP 10 DESTINATIONS FOR AUSTRALIANS TRAVELLING SOLO FOR THE FIRST TIME
If you haven’t taken a solo holiday, this might be the year to take the plunge. According to Booking.com, one in four Australians are planning to travel solo for the first time in 2017, and there are 10 destinations topping the list for first-timers.
03
Mar
2017
www.harpersbazaar.com.au
Here are some great destinations for wildlife lovers to mark World Wildlife Day
Today is World Wildlife Day, a day created by the UN to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. To help travellers get closer to nature and have awesome encounters with some of the planet’s most incredible wildlife, Booking.com has selected a round-up of the best destinations to stay in, ranging from luxurious safaris to Alaskan expeditions.
03
Mar
2017
www.lonelyplanet.com
Ladies, gift yourself a trip to these destinations this Women's Day
Travel gives 95 per cent of women globally something to look forward, according to a recent Booking.com survey. Findings from the research conducted with over 17,000 women also revealed that travel energises 88 per cent of women in their daily lives and improves mood for 93 per cent.
02
Mar
2017
indiatoday.intoday.in
Beachcomber: 100 years old and STILL travelling hopefully...
A YOUNG lady just contacted me by email and told me that 13 per cent of people have been inspired to change their job or career by a first-time travel experience. Furthermore, 13 per cent of people have been inspired to change a relationship because of a first-time travel experience.
02
Mar
2017
www.express.co.uk
California Takes The Cake As Most Popular Spring Break Destination
Move over, tiki torches and tropical drinks. There's a new spring break hot spot: California. Booking.com released their most popular domestic spring break destinations for 2017, using search data for March 18th - April 28th. Their results were surprising, to say the least.
28
Feb
2017
www.forbes.com
Heading to the Big Apple? These are NY's accommodation gems
With cool autumn weather impending on New Zealand, the Big Apple sure is looking ripe. And whether you’re off to indulge in Butter, Barneys or Broadway, it’s never been easier to peruse New York like a pro. Booking.com have your accommodation needs sussed, with over 700 hotels available to customize your dream stay. But for Remix, there were two clear winners.
21
Feb
2017
www.remixmagazine.com
5 Oscar-Inspired Destinations Worthy of an Academy Award
It’s that time of year again, when Hollywood is preparing for the most star-studded night of the year: The Oscars, taking place on February 26. There are some great contenders this year (think indie film Manchester by the Sea, musical La La Land and Second World War epic Hacksaw Ridge) and, to celebrate, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, is presenting five Oscar-inspired destinations that are worthy of an Academy Award themselves.
21
Feb
2017
www.vitadaily.ca
Weekend getaway for one: Anti-Valentine's Day destinations in Australia
If you think Cupid is stupid, and love poems pitiful, perhaps this new travel trend is for you. Anti-Valentine's holidays are on the rise, particularly among the newly separated. According to a study of more than 1000 Australians, one in 10 says a "separation holiday" is the most recent, or next upcoming, trip.
19
Feb
2017
www.traveller.com.au
Booking.com launches accelerator programme for startups in sustainable tourism
Booking.com, on Friday announced the launch of its accelerator programme, Booking.com Booster. Designed to identify, mentor and fund enterprising startups from around the world that are seeking to have a positive impact on the global tourism industry, the three-week programme will taking place in June 2017 in Amsterdam. The programme will culminate in a chance to pitch for grants of up to 500,000 euro from Booking.com.
17
Feb
2017
timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Spring break ideas: from beaches to Europe to new museums
Spring break is right around the corner. For some travelers, that means seeking out beaches and sunshine. Others may be tempted by Europe, which has become more affordable for Americans, or by spring skiing.
15
Feb
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Spring break ideas: from beaches to Europe to new museums
Spring break is right around the corner. For some travelers, that means seeking out beaches and sunshine. Others may be tempted by Europe, which has become more affordable for Americans, or by spring skiing.
15
Feb
2017
www.yahoo.com
The 1 Work Benefit That Would Convince People to Take a Pay Cut
More flexible working hours? Yearly promotions? An assistant? While you might have a list of workplace "wants," the one thing 26 percent of Australians say they'd take a pay cut for is if it meant more travelling for work. Research commissioned by Booking.com for Business found that bosses are potentially under-valuing business travel as a staff remuneration "bargaining chip," workforce motivation and retention tool. Longer trips for work are no longer seen as an inconvenience, but rather an opportunity.
14
Feb
2017
www.popsugar.com.au
Top 5 LGBTQ-Friendly Romantic Vacation Spots
The abundance of roses, candy hearts and Hershey kisses can only mean one thing, the day of love is almost here. And while we all know February 14th is a Hallmark-invented holiday, it's a great time to celebrate all type of love, because #LoveIsLove. Of course, your darling will want to be whisked away and showered with romance. Sure, roses are lovely, but why not use the upcoming "holiday" as an excuse for a romantic getaway.
14
Feb
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
4 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS INSPIRED BY THIS YEARS BIGGEST MOVIES
It’s that time of year again when Hollywood is preparing for the most star-studded night. This year’s nominees for Best Picture include some wonderful films including the harrowing drama Manchester by the Sea, whimsical musical La La Land and World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge, among others. To celebrate the red carpet event, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, is presenting four destinations inspired by the Big Night.
13
Feb
2017
www.m2woman.co.nz
Those hotel ratings don't always tell the whole story. In fact, sometimes you need to research the rest of the story
Spring training beckoned a couple of years ago, so my husband and I decided to splurge on a two-night stay in a luxury hotel and scale back for the other nights. As we returned from our breakfast at the modest inn, he said he preferred this place to the luxury joint. I wanted to say, in my snootiest voice, that he was a peasant, but if he was, so was I because I agreed. The peasant charge may be true, but it also indicates two truths about hotels: First, star ratings don’t always indicate how much you’ll like your stay, and second, the fault, dear Brutus, is, in fact, in our stars, not in ourselves.
13
Feb
2017
www.latimes.com
Five places you wouldn't visit 10 years ago
While today's wealth of instant information delivers worrying headlines to our devices with alarming frequency, many leading thinkers — including Oxford University's Max Roser — believe the world is now safer than it has ever been. Roser's Our World in Data project points to falling violent crime rates, fewer regional conflicts, and rising economic prosperity as contributing factors to an overall safer planet. Because of this, it is now possible to experience destinations that ten years ago were either inaccessible or were not advisable to visit. With help from Booking.com, we've highlighted five of the best.
09
Feb
2017
www.nzherald.co.nz
The rise of the heartbreak holiday
New research from Booking.com has found that more of us are taking group vacations after a calling time on relationships, with one in 10 Australians naming a separation holiday as their most recent or next upcoming trip.
08
Feb
2017
www.nowtolove.com.au
Why Portugal's capital is this year's trendiest spot for a weekend break
Whether you're looking for culture, great food or some good old relaxation time, this city has it all
07
Feb
2017
www.mirror.co.uk
8 EASY STAYCATIONS: BEST BED & BREAKFASTS ACROSS CANADA
Staycation alert! According to hotel search and booking engine, Booking.com. 70 per cent of travellers say they have the best vacation when they can make themselves at home. The survey also shows that as travellers are increasingly expecting a more personalized and home-like stay experience, and having professional and helpful staff is of utmost importance for the vast majority of people (91%). Nearly half (49%) say that it improves their experience significantly with another 42% declaring that it's essential and wouldn't stay at an accommodation without it.
06
Feb
2017
www.everythingzoomer.com
All aboard the new Denver ski train
Thanks to the new Winter Park Express you can now ski or board in one of Colorado’s snowiest resorts without having to hire a car.
04
Feb
2017
www.theguardian.com
Inside breathtaking Balinese resort
It’s a Kuta institution that has been around for over 30 years, but in the remote far north west corner of Bali, the Menjangan Dynasty Resort is a completely different kettle of (luxury) fish.
02
Feb
2017
au.be.yahoo.com
8 Destinations That Will Be the New Travel Hot Spots of 2017
Look, we know your Pinterest is full of travel quotes and maps, you've saved every pretty travel photo on Instagram (thanks new feature!), and your resolutions list included "travel more," so why not actually do something about that this year? Here, the top places to visit in 2017, according to the foremost travel experts AKA Expedia, Kayak, and Booking.com.
01
Feb
2017
www.marieclaire.com
Los Angeles locations every La La Land fan needs to visit
The Oscar-nominated film features a whirlwind tour around Los Angeles, taking in iconic sights such as the Griffith Observatory and Warner Bros Studios. If the film has inspired you to book a trip to the City of Angels, these are some of the top destinations and hotels every La La Land fan should visit.
01
Feb
2017
www.hellomagazine.com
Bruges: where to stay, eat and drink
It is official, holidays make us happier. According to research commissioned by Booking.com, travel gives us such an emotional boost we consider planning and going away on holiday more vital for our wellbeing than other big life occasions including a wedding day or landing a new job.
01
Feb
2017
www.standard.co.uk
The 5 Best Cities Around The World To Ring In The Year Of The Rooster
People around the world will be welcoming the Year of the Rooster come January 28 with extravagance and excitement. No one city in the world celebrates the Chinese New Year the same way over the 15-day long festivity. From organizing a dragon parade to orange tossing by the river, Chinese New Year is one of the most interesting time to visit some of the cities with the largest ethnic Chinese population.
27
Jan
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Women in Business Q&A: Leslie Cafferty, The Priceline Group
Leslie Cafferty is the Vice President and Head of Global Communications for The Priceline Group, the world’s 3rd largest global ecommerce company operating six major brands: Booking.com, priceline.com, KAYAK, agoda.com, rentalcars.com and OpenTable.
27
Jan
2017
www.huffingtonpost.com
Nearly 30% of business travellers would take a lower paying job to travel more for work
Nearly 30% of business travellers say they would take a lower paying job if it meant travelling more for work, according to new research by Booking.com for Business.
26
Jan
2017
www.lonelyplanet.com
Where to go to grab a piece of Oscar-inspired action this year
As Hollywood is preparing for its most star-studded night, the Oscars, travellers can also grab a piece of Oscar-inspired action for themselves. To celebrate the red carpet event of the year, Booking.com, a global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of places to stay, is presenting five destinations worthy of a glittering award of their own.
25
Jan
2017
www.lonelyplanet.com
Travel trend: How to holiday with your squad
We’ve almost made it through January (hurray!), but if you still need cheering up, a weekend away with friends may be just the tonic. Board games, booze and brilliant company – what’s not to love? Nothing, apparently, according to a new happiness report by Booking.com, which found that 76 per cent of Brits are happiest when travelling with friends and family, which probably explains why group celebration holidays (hen weekends, weddings, birthdays) are a big new travel trend.
23
Jan
2017
www.marieclaire.co.uk
Holiday like a president: The top six presidential hideaways
It's one of the world's most demanding jobs, so it's no surprise that the President of the United States would take a holiday now and then. With outgoing President Barack Obama about to take a well-deserved break, we've unearthed the top five presidential getaways with help from Booking.com.
21
Jan
2017
www.nzherald.co.nz
Inspiration to Help You Rebuild Your Travel Bucket List
Two thirds of global travelers said they desired a completely new travel experience in 2017 from what they'd experienced in previous years, according to a poll of 34,000 respondents from around the globe conducted by Booking.com.
20
Jan
2017
www.10best.com
12 OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP B&BS AND HOLIDAY HOME ACCOMMODATION
Forget splurging on luxury hotels. If you want a perfect holiday, B&Bs and private holiday homes in rural and regional areas are the place to look. That’s the lesson from accommodation site Booking.com, which has looked over the 110 million reviews posted on the site during 2016 to find those that have consistently impressed visitors.
19
Jan
2017
www.escape.com.au
Lace Up Your Skates: The World's Coolest Ice-Skating Rinks
Enjoying the great outdoors during the winter doesn't always have to include ski slopes and snow covered enchanted forests. Sometimes all you need are a few friends, a pair of sharp skates and a little time to spend gliding across an ice rink.
18
Jan
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
We Quit Our Jobs to Travel the World. This Is Exactly How We Pay for It.
Three Instagram travel couples break down how they make and spend money on the road.
17
Jan
2017
www.cosmopolitan.com
What it Takes to Travel the World Full Time, According to Two Nomadic Photographers
Living a completely mobile lifestyle opens up the opportunity to travel the world and see sights you might have never imagined, but for as good as it sounds, it can be tricky to maneuver.
16
Jan
2017
www.travelandleisure.com
2017 travel planner: where to go on holiday … and when
Whether you’re looking for a dream holiday or a last-minute city break, here’s the lowdown on how to find bargains and late deals for all types of getaway from now until December.
14
Jan
2017
www.theguardian.com
5 Luxe Weekend Escapes From Sydney By Car
They don’t call Australia the lucky country for nothing, so why battle airport queues and jetlag when the best holiday spots are right here in your own backyard? Whether you’re a sun worshipper, mad foodie or keen for culture, these short-drive-from-Sydney destinations promise the perfect weekend retreat.
12
Jan
2017
www.elle.com.au
Travel off the beaten track: Top culture destinations you must visit in 2017
Travellers are hungry for new experiences that take them off the beaten track and away from well-known destinations, finds an international survey by Booking.com. To satisfy adventurous appetites, the accommodation reservation platform has used traveller recommendation data to draw up a list of lesser-known destinations for culture vultures to discover this year.
11
Jan
2017
www.hindustantimes.com
Health Tourist: 5 Hotels Fit For A Holiday
The explosion of healthy travel is in no small part thanks to your fitness lifestyle back home. Although, we’re not talking yoga holidays or organised fitness bootcamps rather, the hotels where healthy options and first class exercise facilities are as standard as a well stocked mini bar.
10
Jan
2017
www.womenshealthmag.co.uk
Booking.com's Digital Travel Assistant Planned Our Trip to Paris
We took Booking Experiences for a test-run around the city, and it led us to the Louvre...and a cabaret.
10
Jan
2017
www.cntraveler.com
Hot travel destinations: where to go in 2017
Iceland also stars in the new Star Wars movie Rogue One, which Booking.com believes will further boost its appeal, along with other locations featured, including Jordan, The Maldives, Abu Dhabi and Britain’s Lake District.
07
Jan
2017
www.theaustralian.com.au
Where Sustainable Travel Is Headed in 2017
Sustainable tourism — bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action — is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
06
Jan
2017
www.nytimes.com
Getting away? Check out these top travel tips
Where are the hottest holiday destinations in 2017?
05
Jan
2017
au.tv.yahoo.com
6 Of The World's Best Stargazing Spots
We've scoured our recommendations to bring you the very best places to stargaze across the world. So, to reconnect with nature and see distant galaxies and constellations against the darkest of skies, head to one of the following destinations.
04
Jan
2017
www.huffingtonpost.ca
From food tours to bleisure: Major travel trends to watch out for in 2017
According to Booking.com, 45% plan to be more adventurous in their choice of destination this year, while 47% would like to explore corners of the globe that none of their friends have been to. The website also mentions the top destinations in this category, which include Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
02
Jan
2017
www.hindustantimes.com
Letting technology ease the burden of business trips
For many, the mark of a smooth travel experience is measured in time, and in how few words are required to complete it. Technology helps. Travellers armed only with a passport and a smartphone check in hours before their Uber-drivers deliver them to the airport.
31
Dec
2016
www.telegraph.co.uk
Where will U.S. travelers visit in 2017?
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales in Australia, topped Booking.com’s list of best international destinations for its beaches and attractions such as the Sydney Opera House.
30
Dec
2016
www.usatoday.com
The 7 Best Destination Spas to Recharge Before the New Year
January is a time for reflection and new beginnings. It’s an ideal month to reset and recharge, especially after the exhaustion that often comes with the holidays. What better way to do this than to escape to a luxurious and relaxing oasis? After all, it might be exactly what you need to stay committed to those 2017 New Year’s resolutions.
29
Dec
2016
notable.ca
The ultimate fairy-tale escapes: How to holiday on the dreamy Pacific islands that inspired Disney's Moana
Vibrant turquoise waters, lush forests and endless white beaches – while the locations featured in the latest Disney adventure, Moana, may be fictional they were inspired by the Pacific region’s other-worldly beauty. To convincingly depict Moana’s spell-binding universe, Disney animators scouted the unique islands of Oceania including Samoa, Bora Bora, Tetiaroa and Tahiti.
23
Dec
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
Stockholm Christmas market break: Best things to do in the Swedish capital
There's more to Stockholm than Abba and meatballs, but they're a good place to start.
21
Dec
2016
www.dailystar.co.uk
6 Places You Can Stay At To Appease Your Rogue One Cravings
With the release of “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, delved into it’s over a million properties to find accommodations apt for the travelling Star Wars fan. Here are six Jedi-approved destinations that can feel like a much-needed space escape without having to travel to a galaxy far, far away.
19
Dec
2016
www.m2now.co.nz
These Are the 7 Most Luxurious Stays in India
While you may think of India as a backpacker’s paradise (and it is), India has quickly become the ultimate destination for a lavish vacation. From extravagant properties to magnificent mountain retreats, you may just want to put your backpack aside in exchange for something more glamourous. After all, the Indian Himalayan region continues to be rated as one of the top spa destinations.
19
Dec
2016
notable.ca
Science says travel makes you happier than marriage
A new, global study has found that travel is more essential to happiness than getting married, landing your dream job or even popping out some kids. 17,000 people from 17 countries were questioned as part of the research done by Booking.com, and found that travel was at the top of the list for things you can do to improve your mood.
19
Dec
2016
www.nova969.com.au
Canada has the 2nd friendliest locals in the world
When you’re travelling abroad, it always makes a big difference when the locals are friendly. Their willingness to invite you into their culture can sometimes make or break your trip, and certainly nearly always affects the way you experience a country. Which is why we’re pretty proud to find out that our fellow Canadians are some of the cheeriest and friendliest in the world according to international travellers. In a recent survey conducted by Booking.com, Canadians were found to be only (slightly) behind Australia for the #1 friendliest locals anywhere on Earth.
15
Dec
2016
dailyhive.com
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE FILMING LOCATIONS YOU CAN VISIT
With the global theatrical release of Rogue One — A Star Wars Story on December 15, fans will soon be flocking to some of the real-life locations where the movie scenes were filmed. Booking.com has delved into its over one million properties to find accommodations apt for the travelling Star Wars fan.
15
Dec
2016
www.escape.com.au
Booking.com Users Rate the World’s Top 5 Cities for Architecture
Travel booking site and app Booking.com has just released data on the top endorsed destinations for architecture based on millions of user reviews, and they’re not the places you might expect. You won’t find Paris on this list, nor will you find other top metropolises like New York City, London, and Milan.
14
Dec
2016
www.architecturaldigest.com
Spice Up Christmas Shopping At Popular Souks Around The World
With the joys of the holiday season, comes the love-hate relationship with Christmas shopping. There's nothing more discouraging than visiting your local mall only to be pushed and shoved for the latest gadget. If you still haven't booked your holiday vacation and have gifts to cross off your list, we're here to help. Endorsed for their popular souks, these six cities are a great choice for travellers who want to escape the traditional Christmas shopping and explore some of the oldest markets in the world.
12
Dec
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Doing this one thing will make you happy AND rich, study reveals
New research published by travel booking giant, Booking.com has revealed that we consider going away more essential for our happiness than landing your dream job (50%), getting engaged (45%), having a baby (29%), our own wedding day (49%) and going on a date (51%).
12
Dec
2016
www.dailystar.co.uk
25 Destinations You Should Travel to Before They Become Too Expensive
GOBankingRates.com used travel data supplied by Booking.com, which compiled 50 international tourist destinations experiencing the largest year-over-year increases in bookings. Booking.com looked at the year-over-year change in bookings, based on a minimum standard number of bookings in order to be statistically significant. GOBankingRates selected 25 cities out of the 50 to spotlight in this article.
12
Dec
2016
www.msn.com
The 8 Best Travel Destinations in the World for Film Buffs
To help satisfy film buffs’ wanderlust, Booking.com, the global leader in providing travellers with the best places to stay, has selected the top accommodations worldwide recognizable from major smash-hit films. With a stay in any of these beautiful locales you can relive your favourite moments and inject some Hollywood glamour to your getaway!
09
Dec
2016
notable.ca
Chrexit! Why everyone's ditching the UK this Christmas
The travel industry has been amassing statistics to suggest that our upcoming Chrexit should be rebilled ‘the great escape’. Airbnb reports that outbound bookings for December have increased 100 per cent since this time last year, while data from Booking.com reveals that the top-five destinations currently being arranged between 20 December and 2 January are Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, New York and Berlin.
08
Dec
2016
www.standard.co.uk
Koalas and cuddles: Everything quintessentially Australian is on Brisbane’s doorstep
We are at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane having the quintessential Australian experience. Lone Pine is one of the only places in the country you can hold and pet koalas, so we’re taking full advantage.
08
Dec
2016
news.nationalpost.com
Artificial intelligence will take the toil out of travel, predicts Booking.com CEO
Gillian Tans is CEO of Booking.com, the world's biggest online booking engine. As well as keeping profit levels steady for the company's $75bn parent she must now grapple with robots.
08
Dec
2016
www.independent.ie
Holidays bring more happiness than most big life events
Going on a holiday is commonly accepted as an activity that makes everyone happy and one doesn't need research to back that. Now a survey has found that travel gives us such an emotional boost, we consider planning and going away on holiday more vital for our happiness than other big life occasions - such as our own wedding day (49%), going on a date with your partner (51%), landing a new job (50%), getting engaged (45%), and even having a baby (29%).
07
Dec
2016
timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Europe's Top Destinations For Après-Ski
If you're heading on a ski (or snowboarding) vacation in Europe this winter, we know the first thing that comes to mind is whether you'll have access to pristine runs, smooth glades and an ambitious terrain park. But what do you do once you're done skiing for the day? When it comes to a great ski destination, the level of après-ski available in a resort can make or break your trip.
07
Dec
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Cheap deals on top-rated hotels in London, Manchester, Birmingham and more, ideal for Boxing Day shopping trips
Boxing Day is famously either spent shopping up the sales, or relaxing with even more food and wine. So whatever your plans are, make sure you do them in style with these bargainous finds from Booking.com for stays on the 26th December.
07
Dec
2016
www.mirror.co.uk
Travel Tips to Keep Your Kids — and Your Wallet — Happy
Booking.com recently conducted a survey of 22,500 travel reviews made by children after their vacations. What the results reveal is a clearer picture of what kids look for in a great vacation. With that in mind, here are some tips for a great family trip, without spending a fortune in the process.
07
Dec
2016
www.msn.com
9 European Castles You Can Actually Stay In
Exploring storybook European settings can often feel like taking a journey back in time. And aside from modern hotels filled with tech-savvy amenities, many charming European villages and towns offer a wealth of tucked-away ruins, antiquities and cultural sights. Depending on where your European trip takes you, you may even encounter enchanting castles. And happily, you don't have to drive by and wonder what's inside; you can rent a room inside a castle – and likely for a much lower price tag than you think. If you're dreaming of an overnight stay in a castle steeped with Old World charm and history, here are some top options to consider.
07
Dec
2016
travel.usnews.com
Seven European hostels you won’t believe aren’t swanky hotels
Nowadays, with more independent hostels opening up all over Europe, you’re stuck for choice on affordable luxury when looking to make your pound stretch further against the euro and, luckily for you, we’ve got a round up of seven of the best…
06
Dec
2016
www.thesun.co.uk
These Are the 7 Best Island Destinations to Visit in 2017
To give you some island-spiration, our friends at Booking.com have uncovered top must visit destinations for an experience of true island paradise. From majestic Japanese volcanoes to charming Cornish archipelagos, these are the best island destinations to visit in 2017.
03
Dec
2016
notable.ca
Five Ways to Shop for the Best Vacation Package
Sometimes budget travel means spending as little as possible to take the longest, farthest, most ambitious adventure possible. Other times, you just need a break. If the goal of a trip is to relax and spend focused time with family, you have to be realistic about scheduling and budgetary constraints and honest about your tastes and you need to seize any window of opportunity. Here are some lessons this vacation-package skeptic learned from her first experience with what the industry calls “bulk” travel.
02
Dec
2016
www.nytimes.com
The 9 Best Miami Airport Hotels
Miami International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, so it’s no surprise that there plenty of airport hotels vying for business from the 44+ million passengers flying in and out of Miami each year. For that exact reason, it can be tough to cut through the noise and find the perfect Miami airport hotel for you. To help you make the choice, I’ve ranked the 9 best Miami airport hotels using ratings from customer reviews at Booking.com. Prices are based on a 1-night stay for 2 adults, one week from today.
02
Dec
2016
www.forbes.com
FUN FACT: TURNS OUT TAKING A VACAY CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER THAN GETTING ENGAGED
A survey conducted by Booking.com on 17,000 people found that there was one thing which outranked all three life events and we’re all ears. Cue the drumroll. The thing which topped the happiness chart was a good ol’ holiday.
02
Dec
2016
www.cosmopolitan.com.au
The top ten trending travel destinations for 2017
We've all probably dreamed of having a beach paradise all to ourselves, or a never-ending blanket of snow without a soul in sight. And wouldn't it be amazing to come across an amazing city that's relatively untouched by tourists? As the new year dawns, our desire to discover and explore new frontiers is awakened, but how do we know which places are exciting, yet not crawling in tourists? Thankfully for us, Booking.com has dug out the trending destinations for 2017.
30
Nov
2016
www.smooth.com.au
THE WORLD’S BEST PECULIAR SKI DESTINATIONS
While the merits of big-name ski resorts are many, intrepid winter sport-enthusiasts may want to consider expanding their horizons by exploring some of these unexpected downhill skiing hotspots.
30
Nov
2016
nuvomagazine.com
Travel a bigger joy-bringer than wedding day for many
Nearly half of the 17,000 respondents in a global travel survey cited travel as a bigger happiness booster than their wedding day. Both life events require major planning. Both can also take a bite out of budgets. But whereas weddings have often been described as a party thrown for the enjoyment of others, the primary benefactor of the vacation is the planner. It's one of several findings from a Booking.com survey, which polled tens of thousands of travelers in 17 countries including the US, Canada, France, China, Japan, Australia, and Brazil, on travel and well-being.
30
Nov
2016
www.yahoo.com
Zurich: where to stay, eat and drink
From a vegan restaurant with a rock 'n' roll twist to a beautifully restored boutique hotel with a cosy bar, Zurich is brimming with lovely venues. We spent a weekend exploring this charming city to check out the most stylish hotspots for eating, drinking and sleeping...
30
Nov
2016
www.standard.co.uk
These predictions will help you plan your travel better in 2017
After extracting information from traveller endorsements, reviews, preferences, insights and innovation in e-commerce travel technology, Booking.com, an online accommodation booking website, has rolled out predictions for travellers in the coming year.
27
Nov
2016
zeenews.india.com
50 Hot Holiday Gifts for 2016
If you haven’t figured out what to give the special someone in your life, you’re in luck — we already did the work for you. The editorial team at GoBankingRates compiled 50 of the hottest, most in-demand gifts of the holiday season. Whether you’re shopping for your kids, spouse, a fitness fanatic, a bookworm or a techie, we’ve got you covered. Click through to see the 50 best holiday gifts of 2016, including splurge-worthy must-haves and gift ideas that will help you save money.
26
Nov
2016
time.com
What kids want from holidays – strong Wi-Fi, pool and staff that tell jokes
You know what’s important to you to make a vacation go from good to great – maybe it’s a killer pool, a luxury spa or room service that can be had at 4 a.m. – but have you ever wondered what exactly little Joey or Joyce might like to make it a vacation to beat all other vacations?
24
Nov
2016
www.lonelyplanet.com
Here Are The Top Trending Destinations For Aussie Travellers In 2017!
If there's one thing for sure, it's that us Aussies have caught that travel bug HARD and it's not going away anytime soon. 2016 was all about London and Paris, but the travel experts at Booking.com have dug hard and deep to let us know where Aussies are looking to holiday next year - and there's definitely some out of the box bookings going on!
23
Nov
2016
www.scoopla.com
SKATE EXPECTATIONS: Our guide to the top 10 ice rinks worldwide
From Yorkshire to Dubai, here is a look at the best ice rinks around the world where you should get your skates on
20
Nov
2016
www.thesun.co.uk
Where to Stay in the World’s Best Shopping Destinations
For the chic traveller looking to check into some of fashion’s motherlands, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over a million properties, has found the best places to stay in each city. After running from boutique to boutique, you’ll certainly find your beauty sleep at any of these fabulous accommodations.
18
Nov
2016
notable.ca
All aboard! Ferry converted into luxury four-bedroom houseboat in Copenhagen
The literal translation for the Danish word Hygge is something like "cosiness", but the word means more than that in the Danish culture. Hygge is a way of life and it sums up the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures – food, wine, friends and family and nature.
17
Nov
2016
www.dailystar.co.uk
Want to Take a Luxury Trip? Booking Sites Enter the Arena
On Booking.com, reservations at five-star properties grew 40 percent from September 2015 to September 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier, said Leslie Cafferty, a vice president and head of global communications.
15
Nov
2016
mobile.nytimes.com
8 Must-Visit Christmas Markets From Across the Globe
Christmas markets have spread to every corner of the world, and thankfully, you won't be far from one no matter where you find yourself in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the best places to stay, rounds up 8 must-visit Christmas markets. Prepare yourself for one-of-a-kind gifts, heart foods and carol singers
15
Nov
2016
www.readersdigest.ca
5 unique hotels to guarantee your best white Christmas ever
While a seafood lunch and beach day Christmas is quintessential Aussie, there's something to be said about a white Christmas. The chill you feel at the tip of your nose, the layer upon layer you are bundle in when you step outside, and the certain nighttime stillness on a snow-blanketed area. We asked the expert travellers at Booking.com for the best accommodations to enjoy the aforementioned. Here are their five frosty recommendations guaranteed to keep you toasty and warm while you enjoy the powdery snow outside this holiday season.
15
Nov
2016
www.smooth.com.au
Britain's best ice rinks for top winter days out
With the help of Booking.com, we've rounded up the best outdoor ice rinks across the UK and great places to stay nearby. So whether you're a pro skater or would simply prefer to sip mulled wine and watch in amusement, these festive ice rinks are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
11
Nov
2016
travel.aol.co.uk
Indian children prefer swimming pools, water slides on holiday
Indian children like having swimming pools or water slides in their hotel, resorts or around the area where they go on a holiday, reveals a survey. Booking.com, an online accommodation booking website, conducted the survey ‘Little Adventurers’, which received responses from 22,564 people aged between 5 to 15 from across the globe.
08
Nov
2016
indianexpress.com
The Best Family Holiday Destinations (As Chosen By Kids)
Planning a family vacation can be just as stressful as it is exciting and deciding on a destination that pleases both parents and kids isn't as easy as you might think. To help you be the holiday hero with your family, we surveyed child travellers worldwide to uncover the best destinations for family travel. Here are the top destinations rated as fantastic for family travel, as chosen by the kiddos themselves!
08
Nov
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
6 WAYS TO KICK-START YOUR RELATIONSHIP
A weekend or night away could also give your relationship the boost of excitement it needs. There’s no need to dip into your precious annual leave or spend a fortune, instead opt for somewhere local and book a ~staycation~. Booking.com offers a diverse range of accommodation options – from hotels, to guest houses, to b&bs, and beyond – so treat yourselves to a change of scenery and let the fun times roll.
07
Nov
2016
www.cosmopolitan.com.au
Cote d’Azur’s culinary crossroads
In a nation synonymous with culinary mastery boasting nearly 600 Michelin-starred eateries, having an entire type of cuisine named after you is the ultimate honour. Only two French cities hold such a rarified distinction: Lyon, capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and Nice, the charming epicentre of France’s Mediterranean playground, the Cote d’Azur. On a sun-drenched July afternoon, just a day before a terrorist attacked crowds gathered along famous Promenade des Anglais for the Bastille Day fireworks show, I decide to take a walking tour through the heart of Nice’s triangle-shaped Old Town and straight into the city’s gastronomic soul.
07
Nov
2016
vacay.ca
10 easy to ways to give money to charities
Booking.com has launched a pilot fundraising service, which lets you raise money for the local community charity of your choice. The new Community Programme lets you sign up the charity, and once it has been vetted by the Booking.com team, you will be sent a link. You can then forward it to anyone else who is interested in the charity, and every time they book travel through the site, it will donate a percentage of the booking price to the group.
06
Nov
2016
home.bt.com
BEST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS TO BOOK AT THE LAST MINUTE
As the temperature drops in China so does the number of tourists, making this a great time to take advantage of cheaper hotels, discounted flights and room to move at some of the most popular tourist destinations. Jaime De Silva, Booking.com’s APAC spokeswoman says most of the key destinations in China have a wide range of properties. “In Shanghai, there are 1392 properties listed on Booking.com. In Beijing, there are 1388 listed. “It gives travellers plenty of options to choose from, suited to any budget. “Both cities have a strong transport infrastructure, which makes it that much easier to get to all the ‘must sees’ of each city even when they stay in a less central location.”
05
Nov
2016
www.escape.com.au
The one thing you must have for a successful family holiday
A huge 89 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds say a strong Wi-Fi connection is "essential", for taking social media snaps and staying in touch with friends while on holiday.
04
Nov
2016
www.traveller.com.au
5 FANTASTIC PLACES TO STAY BASED ON THE NEW HARRY POTTER FILM & WHERE TO FIND THEM
Harry Potter fans rejoice! The time has come for a new era of magic to begin with the upcoming theatrical release of the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Based on JK Rowling’s 2001 book and first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, this story purports to be a copy of Harry Potter’s textbook. Unlike the rest of the Harry Potter series, the action takes place around the secret community of witches and wizards in 1926 New York City. To celebrate the release of this new magical world and to encourage enchanted exploring of your own, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, is presenting a list of five fantastic themed properties and where to find them.
02
Nov
2016
www.m2woman.co.nz
Where to Take the Kids on Your Next Family Holiday
If you're thinking of taking a family holiday but want something for everyone, a new survey has shed some light on what the kids are looking for these days.
02
Nov
2016
www.lifestyle.com.au
The Luxe NYC Pad Where Heidi Klum and Her Doppelgängers Got Halloween Ready
Turns out the Heidi-lab is a huge Soho, New York Penthouse available to rent on Booking.com. It boasts three terraces, a Zen garden, spa bathroom and home theatre. Very luxe.
02
Nov
2016
www.popsugar.com.au
WiFi and pools top Kiwi kids holiday favourites
Fast WiFi for sharing holiday snaps on social media is of utmost importance to Kiwi kids on vacation. New research from Booking.com surveyed 22,500 children worldwide between the ages of five and 15 to find out what's really important when it comes to the perfect family holiday.
01
Nov
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Inside the NYC Penthouse Where Halloween Queen Heidi Klum Prepped for Her Party
Decking out six beauties still required much more square footage than your typical DIY glam station in a hotel room. So Booking.com thoughtfully gifted the mom of four with a stay at a stunning NYC penthouse where she and her squad of supers could prepare for the party.
01
Nov
2016
people.com
Head To Mexico On Day Of The Dead
Painted faces, decorated skulls and vivid flowers can mean only one thing -- Día de Muertos is fast approaching. Dating back nearly 3,000 years, the annual holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico to honour those who have passed away.
31
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Are your Christmas travel plan on track?
Christmas is closer than you think and if you are planning a seasonal break you had better get your skates on.
30
Oct
2016
www.express.co.uk
Alberta ranch the ticket for unplugged getaway
We found a rustic-luxe cabin to stay in at Rocking R Guest Ranch in Strathmore, Alta,, by searching "Badlands guest ranches" on Booking.com. We'd chosen the Badlands because it is quintessential Canadian cowboy country with the kind of prairie-plus landscape ideal for horseback riding. Instead of the traditional flat-as-a-pancake plains, the Badlands develop rolling hills, clusters of trees and dramatic hoodoo rock formations.
29
Oct
2016
www.torontosun.com
The Best Places In The World To Celebrate Diwali
Diwali is one of the biggest and most beautiful celebrations in India. Marking Hindu New Year, this ancient five day festival celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Witness incredible light displays, mesmerising fireworks and symbolic burning of candles, while families get together to feast and share gifts. This year Diwali is celebrated from October 30th and we've put together some of our favourite destinations to celebrate this one of a kind festival.
28
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.in
7 Haunted Canadian Hotels You Can Actually Stay in This Halloween
In the spirit of Halloween, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over a million places to stay, has rounded up some of Canada’s legendary accommodations where you’ll have a hauntingly good time.
28
Oct
2016
notable.ca
11 Spook-tacular Destinations to Celebrate Halloween
Whether you want to wear an extravagant costume, summon the spirits of the night or just see how our neighbours embrace Halloween, here are the 11 best places in the US to celebrate.
25
Oct
2016
www.canadianfamily.ca
Six of the world's spookiest hotels for Halloween
As Halloween approaches, we take a look at some of the most haunted hotels around the world. Check in if you dare - you might end up sharing your room with a resident spook.
25
Oct
2016
www.stuff.co.nz
Advice For Business Travellers: Socialize For Success
We want to help you form better work relationships while travelling -- after all, one in five bookings on our site are made for business. Follow these seven rules and you'll be en route to not only a new destination, but a better work life.
25
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
HOTTEST TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2017
Booking.com research shows that 60 per cent of Australians have been on a group holiday to celebrate a milestone. “(People) believe that celebrating a milestone birthday in the form of a group holiday is a great way to share quality time together, extending the party beyond one day or night and explore a new environment with their loved ones,” says Jaime De Silva of Booking.com.
24
Oct
2016
www.escape.com.au
The 6 Best Places to Stay in Europe if You Love Wine
Home to Bordeaux, Tuscany, Champagne and Porto, Europe is without a doubt the world’s mecca for all things wine. The continent’s long history with the grape is evident by its breathtaking wineries, colourful landscapes and rows upon rows of ripening vineyards. The endless selection of world-renowned wine regions provides winos the ultimate adult playground and serve as the perfect backdrop to sip back and enjoy that delicious glass of fermented grape juice. But where to start? Our friends at Booking.com, the world’s largest online accommodation provider with over a million properties, used its reviews from their wine-obsessed travellers to uncover the best European stays for wine lovers. So grab a glass, pour some “cab” and start packing.
21
Oct
2016
notable.ca
Five Escapes for the Long Weekend
After months of waiting we finally have a long weekend and as if by magic some spring sunshine in which to enjoy it. So ditch the activewear, forget about owning your own home and leave the city with these five escapes for the long weekend.
21
Oct
2016
www.theurbanlist.com
Rise of the jetset toddler! Today's five-year-olds will take more than 1,000 flights in their lifetime
In a separate study on kids' holiday preferences just published by Booking.com, a vast difference emerged between the desires of teens and little ones.
21
Oct
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
Children want pools and teens want Wi-Fi: survey reveals kids’ travel priorities
Booking.com collected more than 22,500 post-vacation reviews from kids around the globe to find out exactly what makes their travel experience better – and the results will likely come as no surprise to anyone who travels with kids in tow.
20
Oct
2016
www.lonelyplanet.com
5 PLACES YOU HAVE TO VISIT IN SRI LANKA
Thinking of visiting Sri Lanka but not sure where to start? Here are the hotspots we recommend...
20
Oct
2016
www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk
The cheapest place to travel every month of the year
You’ve heard the myths: Tuesday is the best day to book airfare. Wednesday is the best day to fly. January is the cheapest month to travel. All of them are up for debate, to a certain extent. But according to new data from Booking.com, you can count on getting good hotel values by picking the right destination for the right time of year.
20
Oct
2016
www.businessinsider.com
The World's Top Places For Outdoor Exercise
Tired of looking at the same gym walls while sculpting your killer abs? What about running mile after mile on a treadmill facing a group of sweaty powerlifters? Switch up your workout routine and stare upon a breathtaking mountain vista or run across a beautiful white sand beach in some of the world's best outdoor locales.
19
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Priceline Counts on Site Little-Known in U.S. to Battle Airbnb
In an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York, Boyd, 60, said there are almost half a million full vacation rental properties on Booking.com and more than 7 million bookable rooms in private residences. Airbnb said it had 2.3 million rooms available in July and usually hosts more than 1 million people a night. The San Francisco-based startup has raised more than $3.2 billion to fund its expansion, and was valued in July at $30 billion, about half Priceline’s $72 billion market capitalization.
18
Oct
2016
www.bloomberg.com
These are the Coolest Tech Hotels in the World
Make your techie dreams come true! Our friends at Booking.com share their picks for the coolest tech hotels across the globe.
18
Oct
2016
viewthevibe.com
Hotels that have been featured in popular movies
To help satisfy movie fans' wanderlust, Booking.com has selected some of the best hotels and homes worldwide which you will recognise from smash-hit films, including family favourites like the Sound of Music and Casino Royale.
14
Oct
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Australia a once-in-a-lifetime experience
“Australia is definitely a hot, upcoming destination for Canadian families driven by Air Canada’s non-stops from Vancouver to both Brisbane and Sydney,” says Nuno Guerreiro, the Canada-area manager for Booking.com.
14
Oct
2016
thechronicleherald.ca
The Top Travel Destinations in the World, According To Locals
Nothing says ‘I’m a tourist’ more than wandering around mindlessly, holding a map and crowding around iconic landmarks where locals would never dare to venture. Truly experiencing the authenticity of new places, means immersing yourself in the native culture – and what better way to do that than with the recommendations of locals. Booking.com, the world’s largest online accommodation provider, has compiled the top attractions according to area locals in cities across the globe. So leave your fanny pack at home and get ready to explore these worldly destinations based on the recommendations of those who know it best.
14
Oct
2016
notable.ca
7 Purr-Fect Destinations for Cat Lovers
In honour of our feline friends and the ones that love them most, Booking.com has found the ultimate getaways for cat lovers that will please even the most finicky feline.
13
Oct
2016
www.readersdigest.ca
The World's Most Beautiful Hotel Bathrooms
If you're looking for a holiday with maximum opportunities for rest and relaxation, consider slipping into a tub at one of these gorgeous destinations. Few of us choose our travel accommodation based on the bathroom, but a glimpse at these luxury facilities may offer some fresh inspiration. If soaking in a spa bath while overlooking some of the most stunning sights of our gorgeous, green Earth is your thing, then you'll be blown away by the most stunning bathrooms in the world.
11
Oct
2016
www.lifestyle.com.au
Facebook headed to the office with Workplace
One convert is Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com, one of the companies in Workplace by Facebook's pilot. Tans says she was searching for a way to engage her 13,000 employees whose average age is 30. With Workplace, Booking.com employees from around the globe conduct virtual brainstorming sessions on Workplace — and one discussion resulted in a new feature that helps travelers find a destination that matches their interests, budgets and time frame. Tan says she feels a closer connection to employees and routinely benefits from getting immediate feedback from them. Workplace has also become the spot where Booking.com gathers to celebrate corporate milestones. "We are a bottom-up culture and we need a communications platform that can facilitate that," said Tans.
10
Oct
2016
www.usatoday.com
Pursue your Passions Anywhere in the World
Whether it’s stargazing, downhill skiing or simply eating out, we all have hobbies and interests we’re keen to explore further when travelling. Now, thanks to new technology from Booking.com, travellers can easily search and uncover destinations relating specifically to what interests them most.
06
Oct
2016
www.mindfood.com
The 12 biggest mistakes you can make while traveling in Europe
Sure you might earn more Marriott points, but you’ll miss out on the character that makes each European city interesting; family-run hotels and B&Bs open the doors to the homes and lifestyles of locals. They also often rock the best breakfast spreads, just so you know. A lot of tasty pastries, breads, cheeses, and jams from local purveyors. For great deals on smaller hotels and guesthouses with a solid selection of last-minute availability, use HRS, BedAndBreakfast.eu, and Booking.com. Or, if you’d rather not share a bathroom with Frau Schweinsteiger, you can live like a true local in an apartment from Airbnb.
06
Oct
2016
www.businessinsider.com
This stock costs $1,500 -- and is totally worth it
For $1,500, you could fly away for the weekend, spend a night or two in a nice hotel and have a fancy dinner. Or you could buy one share of Priceline. But only one. Priceline (PCLN, Tech30) hit a new all-time high of above $1,500 on Wednesday. That makes it the priciest stock in the S&P 500. Priceline stock is now up nearly 20% this year. The company is worth about $75 billion. To put that in perspective, it's three times as valuable as leading airline Southwest (LUV) and nearly five times higher than the market value of Marriott (MAR).
05
Oct
2016
money.cnn.com
Here's How I Travelled 2 Weeks In Europe For Under ₹1.5 Lakh
Planning to visit Europe? Great choice! It's an awesome destination, with some insanely beautiful locales steeped in history and tradition. However, it is also one of the world's most expensive places to explore. But does this mean you can't do Europe in a budget? NO. The thing to do is to plan well in advance and do your research. Here's how my family did it.
05
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.in
How to travel like royalty in Canada
There were a few things we learned from the Royal Family on their official trip to Canada this month: what to wear this fall (thanks, Kate), how to execute the perfect double wave (thanks, George), and, of course, how to travel in style. The foursome made the most of their time in British Columbia, galavanting around the province in private planes and hovercraft, charming the pants off of our entire nation. Here’s how the Royals did west coast Canada on their journey through our vast nation this fall. It’s a bit different than what we’d have done, but that’s kind of what makes it all the more fun to watch.
05
Oct
2016
www.theloop.ca
Prehistoric mysteries, tropical islands and the end of 'death swings': What to do in Laos
New and improved air links and better safety around that river are putting Laos back on the travel map - just in time for the best season to visit
05
Oct
2016
www.independent.co.uk
7 hotels to help you feel presidential this fall
Other than qualifications, policies, and debating abilities, what makes a presidential hopeful stand apart from the crowd? Everyone knows that former President Bill Clinton can play a mean saxophone, but did you know that Ronald Reagan once took a gig doing stand-up comedy in Las Vegas? From favorite foods to the sports they held dear, find ideas for your next hotel stay by taking inspiration from past commanders-in-chief. Here are 7 hotels you can book on Booking.com that will have you feeling positively presidential this fall.
05
Oct
2016
mashable.com
Visit The World's Most Walkable Cities
If you've seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles, a classic comedy movie from the '80s starring Steve Martin, you'll know that our beloved modes of transportation are not always reliable while travelling (Sorry for the spoiler alert). Add a foreign city to the mix and you may run into a problem or two. In other words, there's nothing like exploring a city by foot for getting a real feel of the place. Apart from the health and environment benefits, walking is by far the best way to discover hidden gems, interact with locals and have as authentic a travel experience as possible.
05
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
BEST ISLAND HOLIDAYS YOU NEED TO TAKE
When it comes to island holidays, Aussies are a predictable bunch. Fiji, Phuket, Hawaii, Maldives and of course ... Bali. Venture beyond the obvious, however, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing island escape away from the tourist hordes. The following islands have been rated highly on Booking.com and should make the must-see list for any island-hopping enthusiast.
05
Oct
2016
www.escape.com.au
The Montauk Beach House, Montauk
There are few places in the world quite as compelling at Montauk. But we almost didn't come here. Our holiday to the Hamptons had been diligently planned many months earlier, only to be cancelled two weeks before we were scheduled to fly, as the beautiful house - belonging to my friend's father - where we'd planned to stay, was still a building site. Determined not to let a bit of scaffolding ruin our summer, I did what anyone else would do. I logged on to Booking.com.
04
Oct
2016
www.redonline.co.uk
13 Amazing Places To Enjoy Autumn In the USA This Year
Here in NZ we don’t get the full impact of Autumn with all our evergreen bush chugging along staying it’s beautiful green, but over in the States their deciduous forests explode into riots of oranges and yellows. This is the perfect atmosphere for sweaters, milos, books, and a bit of exploring. Booking.com has sorted us out with their 13 top recommended picks for autumn this year, as well as a place to stay while you’re there.
04
Oct
2016
www.m2now.co.nz
Soaking Up The Flavours Of The French Riviera
Rosa Jackson leads me through the streets of her adopted home and notes the similarities to Vancouver. "People come here because of the climate and the beauty," she says. "They stay because it's a better way of life." A Canadian expat, Jackson arrived in Paris from Alberta in 1995 and established herself as a culinary expert. A food writer and cookbook author, Jackson launched a tour of the Parisian markets before relocating to the French Riviera, where she could afford to provide cooking classes as well as culinary tours. Her company, Les Petis Farcis, is named after a regional dish made of stuffed vegetables.
03
Oct
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Unplug yourself and take life slowly on a Mexican island
Dirt roads, patchy internet and power cuts just add to the authentic charm of Holbox
01
Oct
2016
www.irishtimes.com
The Top 6 Foodie Destinations in the World
Even entry-level foodies know that if the world’s finest chocolates and cheeses is what you’re craving, you should head to Switzerland. If a multitude of top-shelf eateries is what you want to conquer, Tokyo, Japan has got you covered with the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. For all things pasta and meat, Bologna, Italy is your new best friend. But what happens when you have visited all the most popular food destinations and you want a more intrepid dining crusade?
30
Sep
2016
notable.ca
How to find a cheap city break deal: 10 best European destinations for a long weekend on a budget
The best European getaways from Prague to Budapest, with advice on the hotels to book and the best things to see on your city break
30
Sep
2016
www.mirror.co.uk
Gold bathtubs and 1,000-square-foot marble floors: The luxury hotel bathrooms that are bigger than your apartment
Here, MailOnline Travel and Booking.com have rounded up the most spectacularly huge hotels bathrooms you can enjoy from around the world.
29
Sep
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
There's so much more to beautiful Croatia than its starring role in Game of Thrones
Lara Kilner and family discover why so many Brits are falling for its gorgeous islands, lakes and mountains
28
Sep
2016
www.mirror.co.uk
Stargazing in Canada ranks among best in the world
Away from the light pollution and noise, our friends to the east are enjoying one of the top places to stargaze in the world, according to Booking.com. The travel booking service ranked Alberta’s Jasper National Park in their list of top places to stargaze in the world.
27
Sep
2016
dailyhive.com
25 Ways To Travel Smarter
How to get an upgrade, travel like a local and never lose your suitcase "Save time and energy by using a travel website like booking.com, it has special deals for members, can get you exact prices for the dates you hope to travel and includes thousands of choices all over the world, from hotels to self-catering. Best of all, everything is rated by real life reviewers, and has an at-a-glance star rating for quicker browsing."
27
Sep
2016
www.redonline.co.uk
Add these tourist gems to your dream 'bucket list'
As the world has become smaller, our bucket lists have become larger. And apparently, we're all striving to get more diversity in our travel. According to Booking.com research polling 10,000 respondents across 10 markets, two-thirds (66%) of global travellers said they wanted to add a completely new travel experience next year to what they'd done last year.
25
Sep
2016
www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
Coast to Coast: How to Travel Canada on a Dime
With the low loonie, reduced gas prices and a new domestic ultra-low-cost airline, NewLeaf, recently launched in Canada, this may be the perfect time to set out on an adventure across your own country. Canada is an expansive and beautiful land with an abundance of diverse sights from the far west reaches of the Pacific Ocean to the most easterly points of the Atlantic.
23
Sep
2016
viewthevibe.com
Indian Destinations Perfect For Any Family Vacation
Forget about Disneyland. If you want to truly immerse your family into a magical world, book a trip to India. It might not seem like your typical family vacation spot, but India's colorful landscape and vibrant culture will leave an everlasting impression.
23
Sep
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
THE BEST VALUE HOTELS IN CHELSEA, LONDON
There’s more to London’s affluent southwest suburb of Chelsea than football, flowers and reality TV.
22
Sep
2016
www.escape.com.au
The ultimate Japanese experience: Why every visitor should wash their cares away at an indulgent hot spring resort
When people think about visiting Japan, it's often the neon lights and high rise buildings of Tokyo that spring to mind, or perhaps the temples and geishas of Kyoto. But there is a quieter, slower-paced side to Japanese life - and it centres around the 'onsen', or hot spring.
21
Sep
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
The Algorithm That Reads Luxury Hotel Reviews To Predict What The Ultra Wealthy Want
In the past, luxury businesses have had to rely on “secret shoppers” and customer feedback forms to improve their service. Now, Metis is taking the massive trove of consumer data on customer review sites like TripAdvisor and Booking.com and turning it into market research that will tell businesses what their elite clients want, before they know they want it.
20
Sep
2016
www.buzzfeed.com
8 hotels for beer lovers across the U.S.
When the weather starts to shift and the sun begins to set a little earlier, it means fall is just around the corner. The mark of the changing seasons also ushers in another harbinger of cooler temps: the beer festival. Held annually in Munich, Oktoberfest is a weeks-long event dedicated to food, fun and most importantly: beer. For dedicated ale drinkers around the world, it’s the place to be. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places across the United States where beer lovers can celebrate this festival of fermentation – without ever leaving the count
20
Sep
2016
mashable.com
Staying at the the Mantra at Tekapo
Getting there: Easy to find, you'll see it before you reach Tekapo on the Fairlie-Tekapo Rd. Check in experience: Friendly, helpful staff were waiting for us and provided a complimentary map of Tekapo, highlighting all the main attractions. Great for directionally challenged visitors like myself. What's so good about this place: It's Lake Tekapo. It's pristine. The air is clear and the people are awesome. Enough said. And the bad: We had to leave.
19
Sep
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
The Best Places in North America to Celebrate Oktoberfest
Put on your dirndl and lederhosen and grab a pint (or many) in preparation for Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture. Though this festival originates in Munich, drawing in six million merry men and women each year, there’s no need to travel across the pond to seek out German beer, food and polka music. North America is home to many cities that are as serious about this fun-filled fair as the Germans.
15
Sep
2016
notable.ca
In the Mouth of the Volcano – 6 Explosive Stays You Should Experience Once in Your Lifetime
Ditch the regular vacation destinations and head for the hills to explore a stay near one of nature’s most exhilarating displays of power: the volcano. Whether you want to get up close and personal with a live eruption or simply prefer an invigorating hike up the dormant slope of a sleeping giant, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with over one million incredible places to stay, has scaled the mountain tops and consulted its Passion Search tool to create a list of six exciting stays that are sure to inspire your inner volcanologist…
15
Sep
2016
notable.ca
The Six Uncovered
All eyes are on Toronto. Canada's largest metropolis has had a record year in tourism with almost 40 million visitors and $7.2 billion spent. But what exactly is it that's bringing visitors in droves? Perhaps it's the low Canadian dollar, the annual TIFF festival, or maybe they're hoping to meet the six God himself, Drake - who let's face it, has definitely helped put Toronto on the map. (Shall we bow down?) Whatever it is, Toronto is one of the hottest worldwide destinations this year. With over a million bookable properties on our site, we've uncovered the top spots making The Six the place to be. Whether you're planning a visit or happen to find yourself in the TDOT, these are the places to be.
15
Sep
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Homes & Villas around the world at Booking.com
Homes and Villas offer a unique brand of warmth and comfort when on holidays and provide great benefits, especially when travelling in groups. Booking a home instead of a hotel allows you to experience a destination from a resident’s perspective, no matter the location.
14
Sep
2016
www.internationaltraveller.com
Where to stay during fashion week(s) across the globe
Calling all fashionistas, it’s that stylish time of year again! We know how busy fashion weeks can be, rushing from show to show and city to city. That’s where we come in, with some suggestions of hotels, conveniently located in the chic cities of New York, London, Milan and Paris.
13
Sep
2016
www.7travel.com.au
Rise Above the Peasants and Stay in One of These 18 Castles for Your Next Getaway
With TV shows like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and Once Upon A Time, it’s hard not to seek out a lavish life of castle living. Though you may not have blue blood, Booking.com – the global leader in connecting travellers with the most incredible places to stay – is here to help you feel like a king or queen.
09
Sep
2016
notable.ca
How To Pack For An Entire Family
It's the day before you leave for vacation. You and the kids aren't packed, nor have you even started. What happens next? You grab everything and anything, stuff your suitcase and hope your luggage isn't classified as "overweight".
09
Sep
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Epic Hotel Screening Rooms
Movie junkies may flock to the Toronto International Film Festival to catch the next Oscar-worthy blockbuster, but to truly escape into the magic of the movies, you need the right setting.
09
Sep
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Explore The Top Film Destinations from Pete’s Dragon – 100% Filmed in New Zealand
For the very first time New Zealand has featured as the home of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, a fantasy film telling the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend – who just so happens to be a dragon.
09
Sep
2016
www.m2now.co.nz
Destination Waipara
One of the country’s fastest growing wine regions, Waipara Valley, is an easy hour’s drive north of Christchurch, home to stunning hillside scenery and 31 perfectly formed wineries.
08
Sep
2016
www.mindfood.com
THE RISE OF WANDERLUST: THE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE RIGHT NOW
While most Canadians have Paris, London and Rome high on their list of places to travel, other European destinations such as Budapest, Munich and Reykjavík are gaining speed. Trends have shown that Canadians have a thirst for history and nature when choosing a European destination.
08
Sep
2016
www.styledemocracy.com
Inside the top Toronto hotel suites celebrities stay at during TIFF
With the TIFF red carpet rolling out for the likes of Naomi Watts and swoon-worthy Justin Timberlake, Toronto is getting to dazzle the stars and show off what Drake has been rapping about.
08
Sep
2016
dailyhive.com
Check in to One of These Pieces of Private Paradise for Your Next Vacation
Some travellers take vacationing to a whole other level. We’re talking yachts, jets, and private islands galore. It’s go big or go home, right? In these cases, more is actually a whole lot MORE. But no over the top vacation would be complete without an extravagant place to call home. Spread across private islands, decked out to the nines, and complete with full-service staff, these lush pads offer the ultimate privacy and comfort.
08
Sep
2016
notable.ca
7 lesser-known cultural destinations around the world you need to visit
For culture vultures who have conquered most of the world’s well-known cultural cities and landmarks like Rome, Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat, don’t stop there. Take on this list of the seven best places – recommended by travellers on Booking.com – that are far off the beaten track and great for those seeking a taste of the arts.
07
Sep
2016
www.silverkris.com
The world's best undiscovered foodie hubs
There are plenty of foodie havens around the world where you can taste stunning, local delights without battling crowds.
06
Sep
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Weekend in Wellington to reconnect with dad
On March 9 1983 at 4.53am the mustachioed Stephen Malone's life was turned upside down and changed forever. That was when I came screaming into the world, so obviously for the better.
04
Sep
2016
www.stuff.co.nz
The 8 Most Perfect Picnic Destinations in the World
Farmers’ Almanac recently announced their winter weather forecast, and yes, the rumors are true: you can expect to be chilled to the bone by mid-November. Which means you won’t want to waste one single ounce of sunshine or chance to bask in the heat before the bitter cold hits. What’s one of the best ways to do this? A perfect picnic, of course.
02
Sep
2016
notable.ca
Forget backpacking – here’s where to get a luxe night’s sleep in India
We’d be surprised if you told us that India isn’t on your bucket list (it’s on everyone’s, right?). And while the home of the Taj Mahal (and the birthplace of yoga) is known to be a mecca for backpackers and gap year travellers, you don’t have to be on a budget to enjoy this extraordinary country.
02
Sep
2016
www.7travel.com.au
5 Amazing Dog-Friendly Hotels
31
Aug
2016
www.lifestyle.com.au
Discover Newfoundland And Labrador For Yourself
31
Aug
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Where to stay in Hong Kong on any budget
27
Aug
2016
www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Unique stays for the fast-paced traveller
22
Aug
2016
remixmagazine.com
Soak it all up in Nelson
18
Aug
2016
www.mindfood.com
10 Top Places for Student Travel
17
Aug
2016
travel.usnews.com
Tekapo: The blue yonder
10
Aug
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
7 Tips To Have A Stress-Free Family Vacation
10
Aug
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
8 OF THE WORLD’S BEST PLACES TO STAR GAZE
09
Aug
2016
nuvomagazine.com
The best places to stay in Brazil
08
Aug
2016
au.be.yahoo.com
The 8 Most Romantic Vacation Spots in the Entire World
04
Aug
2016
www.womenshealthmag.com
Top 10 apps for solo travellers on a budget
03
Aug
2016
indianexpress.com
BUDGET, MID-RANGE AND TOP-END HOTELS IN DUBLIN
01
Aug
2016
www.escape.com.au
Booking.com envisions the future of travel
28
Jul
2016
www.director.co.uk
Shakespeare Inspired Vacation Getaways
27
Jul
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Capital Calling: Wellington Weekend
27
Jul
2016
www.mindfood.com
A stylish luxury hideaway in the City of Light
27
Jul
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
The Netherlands: Insider tips for Amsterdam
25
Jul
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Fiji a favourite for Kiwi families
21
Jul
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
How To Elevate Your Next Business Trip
20
Jul
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
Under the stars
18
Jul
2016
www.mindfood.com
Real Life Animation Destinations Around the World
13
Jul
2016
www.canadianfamily.ca
Deciding Between Destination Doppelgangers
05
Jul
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
FIVE TENTS YOU’LL WANT TO STAY IN
01
Jul
2016
www.escape.com.au
Find Dory at these ultimate dive sites
29
Jun
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Family trip to London: Harry Potter is a must
26
Jun
2016
www.torontosun.com
5 Top Diving Destinations You Need to Visit
24
Jun
2016
www.m2now.co.nz
The Best Pet Paradise Spots Around The World
22
Jun
2016
www.huffingtonpost.ca
The best yoga destinations in the world
21
Jun
2016
www.womensfitness.com.au
ITALIAN GEMS FOR FOODIES
16
Jun
2016
www.cntraveller.com
Five Shakespeare-inspired getaways
14
Jun
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
The Gisborne Wine Trail
14
Jun
2016
www.mindfood.com
WORLD’S BEST STAYS OVER AND UNDER THE WATER
09
Jun
2016
www.escape.com.au
Dressing for Success – Tips for Business Travelers
08
Jun
2016
careers.workopolis.com
The world’s most walkable cities
01
Jun
2016
www.womensfitness.com.au
A dog-friendly trip to Los Angeles
01
Jun
2016
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How To Have The Best Girls' Night Out In NYC
31
May
2016
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Seven great stays for agritourists
26
May
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
The world's most walkable cities
26
May
2016
au.travel.yahoo.com
4 apps for a worry-free vacation
25
May
2016
www.huffingtonpost.com
Back to the Beginning
23
May
2016
www.mindfood.com
WHERE TO STAY IN THE WINE REGIONS OF FRANCE
17
May
2016
www.cntraveller.com
100 awesome iPhone apps for 2016
12
May
2016
ca.finance.yahoo.com
15 of the world's most unusual hotels revealed
10
May
2016
www.dailystar.co.uk
Luxury hotel stays that don’t cost the earth
04
May
2016
www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Rome comforts fit for a goddess!
30
Apr
2016
www.dailymail.co.uk
Australia's most stunning vineyard getaways
29
Apr
2016
au.travel.yahoo.com
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti Got Married
26
Apr
2016
www.billboard.com
Where to go on holiday in June 2016
25
Apr
2016
travel.aol.co.uk
THE MOST UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY IN VANCOUVER
25
Apr
2016
www.styledemocracy.com
9 Game of Thrones Locations To Visit Now
22
Apr
2016
www.gq.com.au
Locales for Celebrity Summer Weddings
20
Apr
2016
www.eonline.com
10 steps to a stress-free break
31
Mar
2016
www.theguardian.com
Matakana: Marvels on the doorstep
27
Mar
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
A Lot of Exciting Things Are Happening in Cuba Now
21
Mar
2016
www.travelandleisure.com
Seven landmarks stays for St Patrick's Day
17
Mar
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
6 Tips for Planning a DIY Vacation
09
Mar
2016
travel.usnews.com
The World’s Most Isolated Escapes
09
Mar
2016
au.travel.yahoo.com
Best Hotel Deals for Spring Break
09
Mar
2016
www.forbes.com
How To Be More Productive At Work
03
Mar
2016
www.huffingtonpost.com.au
10Best: Hotels with ties to Oscar nominees
26
Feb
2016
www.usatoday.com
The world’s most fashion-forward hotels revealed
19
Feb
2016
www.cosmopolitan.com.au
The Most Affordable Spring Break Destinations
10
Feb
2016
www.travelandleisure.com
Take your time this long weekend
28
Jan
2016
www.nzherald.co.nz
Annecy: The Venice of France
25
Jan
2016
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Live Large in Sydney
20
Jan
2016
www.au.timeout.com
The Cheapest Places to Travel for Each Month of the Year
19
Jan
2016
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7 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday
19
Jan
2016
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10 radical travel trends to watch for in 2016
03
Jan
2016
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Dec
2015
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18
Dec
2015
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Dec
2015
www.marieclaire.com
Spectacular suites to spend New Year’s Eve
08
Dec
2015
www.heraldsun.com.au
A home from home in rural Suffolk
01
Dec
2015
www.independent.co.uk
Fortune's Top 50 Business Leaders
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2015
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The world’s most Bond-like hotels
03
Nov
2015
www.heraldsun.com.au
Feeling at home in Venice
22
Oct
2015
www.independent.co.uk
Haunted Hotels for Halloween Travelers
08
Oct
2015
www.glamour.com
Five of the best European Christmas markets
27
Sep
2015
www.nzherald.co.nz
Wacky hotel stays include igloos, planes and wine casks
23
Sep
2015
www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Booking Now has got your back
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Sep
2015
www.director.co.uk
Would you prefer a holiday over diamonds?
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Sep
2015
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Just Back: Amsterdam
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Sep
2015
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Sep
2015
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Best hotel deal search gets tougher
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2015
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