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9 More Amazing Creative Hotels - Which is your Favorite

July 7th, 2010

The previous batch of Creative hotels was so popular, here are nine more to dream about.

1 - Dutch House Hotel

I’ll start with my favorite of the new batch. It was designed by the WAM architects to look like a bunch of stacked up Dutch houses. Perhaps something close to LEGO blocks too.

Dutch House Hotel

Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam - Zaandam, Netherlands

(Flickr User: bartvandamme - )

2 - Ice Hotel

Ice Hotel

Lapland, Norway

(Flickr User: ezioman - )

3 - Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel

Holbrook, Arizona

(Flickr User: caveman_92223 - )

4 - Teepee Hotel

TeePee Hotel

(I grew up going here about once a summer. Never got to stay in the Teepee’s however.)

Kah-Nee-Ta, Oregon

(Flickr User: Lyza - )

5 - Cave Hotel

Cave Hotel

Urgup, Turkey

(Flickr User: devittj - )

6 - Luke Skywalker’s Home

Star Wars set Hotel

Hotel Sidi Driss (actual set used in Star Wars films), Matmata, Tunisia

(Flickr User: stml - )

7 - Scottish Castle

Scottish Castle Hotel

Mansfield Castle Hotel

(Flickr User: conner395 - )

8 - Hotel made out of salt

Salt Hotel

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

(Flickr User: wili - )

9 - Hotel built over a lake

Hotel over Lake

Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

(Flickr User: tambako - )

If these hotels have you excited, check out our ‘Star Bar‘ of affordable luxury resorts.

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Travel Tip: How to Save Money if Your Checked Luggage is Overweight

April 17th, 2008


Luggage Weight

Recently when I was packing for my two week trip to Israel I forgot to weigh my luggage before I got to the airport. My luggage weight was 7 pounds over and it was going to end up costing me about $100 by the end of the trip. The $100 did not even include the weight of my souvenirs!

Luckily, my co-workers who were traveling with me knew that you can purchase a small duffel bag from the airline and it only cost me $30. The bag was a decent sized bag and not only saved me money but allowed me to go shopping while I was there and not have to worry about it. :-)

Erica Fischer Asides, Tips, Travel

Australia’s Outback - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

March 31st, 2008

If your first or repeat visit, visiting the heart of Australia is a must. This remote location is awesome, scenery sensational with Voyages Ayers Rock Resort offering a range of accommodation.

Ayers Rock Uluru Australia

The nearest town to Uluru is 480km - Alice Springs (and this is worth a look as well!)

Alice Springs Austrailia

Direct flights go into both Alice Springs and Uluru daily from all major cities. Once you get to Uluru, there are a large range of tours available - Sunrise, sunset - or try the Dinner under the Stars package. You can book through any of the resort properties or tour desks. Complimentary transfers meet all flights, no need to book.

lynnejackson Asides, Tips, Travel

How to Avoid Jet Lag

February 20th, 2008

Jet Lag is caused by changes in your circadian rhythm. The symptoms vary from person to person. In general, women seem to be more susceptible to jet lag than men and younger people tend to get jet lagged worse than older people. Some common symptoms of jet lag include dehydration (if you are traveling by plane from the dry air), fatigue, disorientation, grogginess, insomnia, irregular sleep patterns, loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach, irritability, mild depression, irrationality, headaches and sinus irritation. The following dos and don’ts can help you prevent some of the symptoms.


  • Get a good night sleep before taking any trip
  • If you have a connecting flight take a walk around the airport and on long flights stand up once and awhile to stretch
  • If you are going to be in a plane avoid alcoholic beverages and drink plenty of water to help keep you hydrated. Drinking alcohol will dehydrate you and make your jet lag worse.
  • Taking a shower between flights if possible or right when you get to your hotel room can help reduce symptoms of jet lag.
  • When you arrive at your destination, try to stay awake until the local bedtime. Taking a quick power nap is ok as long as it is a short one and you get up so you do not catch up on your sleep during the day.
  • Get as much daylight as you can to help your body naturally adjust quicker to the time zone.


  • Do not take Melatonin! It has not been proven to prevent jet lag and if you miscalculate, this tactic you can make your jet lag even worse.
  • Do not take sleeping pills! This can be extremely dangerous and even fatal due to the prolonged immobility of the body during the flight. Sleeping pills can cause passengers fatal blood clots and worsen dehydration.

Erica Fischer Asides, Tips, Travel