Hotel guests are throwing away money while they sleep

The cost-conscious traveller should look at the money they waste on hours they spend asleep in their hotel room according to low cost hotel chain easyHotel.

In a review of the costs involved, the budget hotel chain has found that sleeping guests in posh hotels can be paying up to £38 per minute while they’re asleep, whereas an easyHotel guest pays as little as 3p per minute for a stay on a mattress that easyHotels claims is as comfortable as those found in some five star hotels.

“The fact is that if you have a decent bed and the hotel is secure, there is no advantage to paying for a luxury room while you’re asleep,” said Jorge Rodriguez from easyHotel. “When a guest is asleep in a reputable, secure hotel, there is no material difference to the quality of the experience.”

A recent study found that the average hotel guest spends just three hours and 22 minutes awake in their room.  The remainder of the time is spent asleep, with no discernible benefit from the premium cost of accommodation.

Looking at a range of hotel charges, easyHotel, found the following…

Why booking accommodation online is costing you more

Hotel bedWhen booking accommodation online, the check-out cost used to be the same as the cost you saw on-screen when you booked.

That is still how hotel booking sites work, but sites like Airbnb, and that book personal homes, apartments and rooms seem to be competing with each other to see what costs they can hide from their customers in order to capture business with the lowest possible initial prices.

For those sites, you need to read the whole page for each individual property to ensure you know what costs you are signing up for. This is frustrating, unethical and is only going to annoy customers to the extent that they take their booking accommodation business elsewhere.

Climb Mt Batur in Bali – for the sunrise, of course, but ignore the caldera

Mt Batur and caldera
Mt Batur and surrounding vast caldera

Mt Batur is the second highest peak in Bali, and an active volcano.  Climb for the sunrise, for the steam rising from vents, for the fear of the caldera that blew a previous Mt Batur entirely away, aeons ago.

Travel is a selfish obsession. Even the poorest of us is a rich westerner looking for distraction, excitement, enrichment. How many of the hordes of travel bloggers could continue to travel, let alone replace their camera phones, if their income was less than $1000 a year. That’s the average family income in the major travel destination of Madagascar.

Average – meaning half the families live on less than $1000 a year. I wonder how many Malagasy are travelling the world and blogging about their experiences on a nice new mobile phone?

Polar Bear travel and tracking guide

Polar Bear travel and tracking guide from Natural World SafarisHow to find polar bears and organise some polar bear travel – lots to read and good bear photos. What’s not to like?

Fill in the form – everybody wants you to fill in a form but hell, your name and email address are on the record with every company you’ve ever dealt with online anyway, so how can one more hurt?

I just came across this on their website, this is not a paid promotion. I just like polar bears and the places they liv.

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Karakorum – Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict by Steve Swenson

Karakorum by Steve SwensonBack in 1990 I had the huge privilege of being invited to go on a US/Australian expedition to K2 in the Karakorum with world-leading climbers Steve Swenson, Greg Child, Greg Mortimer and Phil Ershler. Now don’t get me wrong, I was a load-hauler, not a lead climber. Those guys are way out of my league.

But I shared a tent with Steve at Advance Base Camp for a couple of intense months and never had a bad word. Steve has just launched his book on climbing in the world’s great ranges…

Heli-biking in Nepal

I don’t spend all my days doing this, but if I’m going to have an adventure travel blog for the over 50s I need to check out what is out there in the market, and sometimes I find travel opportunities that are too good to pass by. Heli-skiing I know about. Rich kids splashing their parents cash, or city bankers tossing notes into the snow to fly high and scour the virgin slopes with their fibreglass planks.

Heli-biking in the Himalayas though…wow!

Lost Earth Adventures offers a range of heli-biking trips…

Climbing Mt Fuji

Climbing Mt Fuji sunrise

Climbing Mt Fuji trail over 50Last year I climbed Mt Fuji with my son, Pete. It’s a fabulous over 50s climbing experience – to watch the sunrise from the summit and to see Fuji’s arrow-head shadow spread over the surrounding landscape after dawn. Don’t expect to be on your own though. Climbing Mt Fuji is a rite of passage for young Japanese and every day during the climbing season there will be hundreds if not thousands of enthusiastic young Japanese with limitless energy and massive mobile phone photo storage capacity. Among them, the expected groups of backpackers…