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A trip to Orlando can quickly become very expensive, with theme park access, accommodation, dining and getting around to think about on top of flights that will already have taken a big chunk out of your holiday savings, writes Tamara Hinson. With that in mind, we’ve put together some top money-saving tips for holidaymakers checking out the world’s theme park capital. Where to stay on a budget If you’re planning to hit the theme parks, consider a hotel which offers ticket packages and priority park access. For example, if you choose one of Universal Orlando’s hotels, you’ll get free transportation to their theme parks and CityWalk entertainment complex, along with early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Additionally, some of the most family-friendly options are also the most wallet-friendly. At the fabulously retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort (from £99 per room) the family suites have kitchenettes. Resort amenities include a well-stocked shop – you can save by preparing meals in the comfort of your own room. However, getting around Orlando is easy, and hotels away from the International Drive area are often significantly cheaper. They’re less likely to offer extras like complimentary shuttle services, but if you’re hiring a car, it’s an extra you might not need. For example, a double room at the Extended Stay America hotel on Major Blvd, just a few kilometres from the main theme parks, starts from only £51 per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Compare cheap hotels in Orlando Where to eat on a budget If you’re heading to the theme parks, why not take a picnic? You can bring your own food and drink – apart from alcohol or anything which requires heating – and food served on-site is usually extortionately priced. If you would prefer to eat in the parks’ restaurants, investigate the dining schemes on offer. Guests at Disney Resort Hotels can purchase ‘Disney Dining Plans‘ which include packages to suit all budgets, while Universal Orlando offers a very similar scheme. Families should also sign up for Orlando’s ‘Kids Eat Free‘ card, which allows younger visitors to eat for free at hundreds of restaurants. Don’t just focus on the restaurants closest to your hotel, either. You can make serious savings by heading to areas such as family-friendly downtown Orlando or the beautiful Winter Park neighbourhood. The latter is known for its gastro-pubs,...Read More
Gone are the days of hauling around gigantic maps and dog-eared guide books; we now have everything we need at the touch of a button on our smartphones. Some say our increasing digital reliance has taken the adventure out of travel (although of course those people are welcome to head off without any assistance!) but many others love how technology has made planning and taking a holiday so much simpler. To help you improve your trip, we’ve put together a selection of essential apps – some fairly established, others less so – that you might find worthy of a download before you head away this summer. For finding that perfect holiday TravelSuper App Hot off the press, our brand-spanking-new app is designed to take the stress out of booking a holiday by providing you with the best deals at the best possible price. You can compare holiday, hotel, flight and car hire deals through the app, as well as save and share potential trips with the clever My Suitcase feature. Platform: iOS Cost: Free For finding your way Citymapper Navigating the streets of a new city is never easy, but nothing screams “TOURIST!” like a massive, unfolded paper map. Citymapper not only takes away the stress of inner-city travel, it helps you blend in at the same time. By breaking down your route, suggesting the best method of travel and showing nearby landmarks to help you get your bearings, the app gets you from A to B with ridiculous ease. Although the app is limited to just over 30 cities at the moment, the big hitters such as London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Amsterdam are all catered for and ready for you to explore. Platform: iOS and Android Cost: Free Maplets Maplets offers 10,000 downloadable maps, including park guides, metro maps, bus systems, hiking trails, ski resorts, universities and theme parks. The more in-depth content is fairly US-heavy, but there are maps included for cities and areas all over the world, from Sydney hiking trails and the Santiago metro map to London park guides and Luxembourg bus routes. Platform: iOS and Android Cost: £2.28 on iOS, £1.64 on Android Google Maps Where Citymapper dares not venture, Google Maps simply laughs and strides confidently into the unknown. This app is extremely handy for more rural areas and has accurate maps for a staggering 220 countries and territories around the world,...Read More