Trip Coach: September 27, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions
Budget Travel Editors: Welcome to this week's Trip Coach. We'll be answering your questions all afternoon.
Murrysvile, PA: We are planning a trip to England in July 2006.
We would like to treat our 10 year old granddaughter to an overnight stay at a castle or palace but we have been unable to locate such a facility.
Do you have any suggestions for locating this type of accommodation?
Budget Travel Editors: We recently covered this topic in Budget Travel magazine. Here's how you can stay in nine historic British homes.
Miami, Florida: If anyone can answer this question, it'll be you folks. My sweetheart, (of 11yrs) & I are getting married in 3 1/2 months. Although own guests' prescence will be presents enough,for us, we've been told that a 'registry' makes gift giving easier for some. Being a rather 'bohemian' couple. whom have accumulated enough kitchen stuff & linens, but who LOVE TO TRAVEL,...we seek your help. Is there such a site, where friends could buy 'air-miles' for wedding couples? I've read vague references in wedding books about donating miles, but that seems rather awkward for us. We were just wondering if you knew of the most gracious, practical & convenient way of approaching this idea.
Your response is appreciated.
Bette & Vince
Budget Travel Editors: I'm not sure about donating or gifting miles (and given how hard it can be to redeem them, it's probably not worth the hassle anyway), but a lot of airlines offer gift certificates redeemable for flights . . . If there's an airline you fly regularly that's definitely worth looking into. Honeymoon registries like thebigday.com and thehoneymoon.com are a relatively recent phenomenon and can be useful if you have a particular trip in mind. Even if you've booked the trip already, you can ask your guests to add on extras like tours, spa days, and special meals.
Gonzales Louisiana: Going to Lake Tahoe in December...what do I need to bring. Staying a time share. What are the best things to do. besides sking, which I do not know how do do.??
Budget Travel Editors: There's plenty to do in Tahoe if you don't ski, though it's also a great place to learn if you feel like giving it a whirl. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sleigh rides are some of the outdoor activities on offer. Casinos, shops, and day spas are all available, too. It all depends on what appeals to you and where your time share is. (The east shore is part of Nevada; the west shore belongs to California.) Try these websites for general information: skilaketahoe.com, bluelaketahoe.com, and visitrenotahoe.com. Here are five things not to miss:
* Cross-country skiing at Royal Gorge, the largest groomed track system in the U.S. (royalgorge.com)
* Meeting the locals at 1/2 price fish taco night on Wednesdays at Sunnyside Restaurant in Tahoe City (sunnysidetahoe.com)
* Exploring the Village at Squaw: make a few candles at Waxen Moon then head to Mamasake Sushi for lunch (thevillageatsquaw.com)
* Riding the Heavenly gondola for spectacular views of the lake (skiheavenly.com)
* Splurging on dinner at Dragonfly in Truckee (dragonflycuisine.com)
los angeles, ca: I am trying to plan a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina for January of 2006. I would like to stay for about two weeks, but so far I have not been able to find any accomidations other than large hotels. Are there other types of accomidations available (such as hostels, b&b's, parada's or pensiones?) I am on a somewhat limited budget.
Budget Travel Editors: Lucky you! Buenos Aires is still very much a bargain for U.S. travelers and you can find hotel doubles for as low as $20-25 per night. In that price range, try the modern and centrally located Hotel Ibis facing out onto Plaza Congreso and a 10-minute walk from Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada. Alternatively, Lulu Guest House will place you in the hip shopping and nightlife zone Palermo Viejo, while Hotel Lion D'Or situates you in the stately, more residential neighborhood of Recoleta, famed for its cemetery--the resting spot of Evita. Hostels like Milhouse Youth Hostel or St. Nicholas Hostel run between $7-10/night per person, so depending on how large your group is, it may end up being cheaper to stay in one of the aforementioned hotels. Since you'll be in town for two weeks, you might want to opt for the added space and privacy of an apartment rental. Alojargentina has one-bedroom rentals from $250 per week. For a comparative splurge of $80 per night, you can stay in a converted townhouse in Palermo, BoBo Hotel, with seven art-themed rooms, free Wi-Fi access and breakfast. For more tips on where to stay, eat, shop and play, check back in a few weeks and download our forthcoming, free Buenos Aires Snap Guide.