Eight cities where you can live like a local without breaking the bank

Eight cities where you can live like a local without breaking the bank 
Hotels.com finds destinations for budget-conscious Canadians looking for 
something new 
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Travelling ain't cheap. After flights, 
hotels and food, there is little left in the wallet for attractions and 
excursions. This is why so many Canadians travelling on a budget turn to 
all-inclusive packages where one payment can take care of it all. While this 
is great for some, the downside is that staying within resort grounds may mean 
missing out authentic experiences and culture the destination has to offer. 
So what's a world explorer - on a budget - to do? Well, turns out you can have 
the best of both worlds. The travel experts at Hotels.com® have sorted 
through their Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) to find eight interesting 
destinations where you can have an authentic cultural experience without going 
City: Hanoi, Vietnam
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $66 CDN
Why go? This nature-filled city is full of classic architecture, culture and 
great silks - who'd have guessed? If you're an adventurous foodie, the local 
cuisine may be an enjoyable challenge where cobra is a popular menu item. 
Hotels in this city experienced price drops of 14 per cent from 2011, making 
it an affordable option. 
City: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $67 CDN
Why go? Another city that experienced a significant drop in hotel prices, Siem 
Reap is known for its friendly locals and exotic temples. There's a lot to do 
and it may be hard to pick just a few, but a boat tour of Kampong Phluk 
Floating Village is a must-see. 
City: Reno, Nevada, United States
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $74 CDN
Why go? Many may have been to Las Vegas, but how many of us can say we've 
gambled in Reno? This is another 24-hour city that'll satisfy any gambler's 
desires. For those with a passion for more than cards and tables, this city's 
location is perfect for active travellers who can indulge in all-season sports 
and ski in the morning, and kayak in the afternoon. 
City: Pattaya, Thailand
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $81 CDN
Why go? If you're looking to party, you won't be disappointed here. Located 
only 90 minutes from Bangkok, Pattaya is the go-to spot for nightlife and 
beaches. Hotel prices in this city dropped 8 per cent from 2011, which can 
only mean one thing - more money for shopping! 
City: San Jose, Costa Rica
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $89 CDN
Why go? If you're into museums, San Jose has one for everything. Well, not 
everything, but gold, jade and insects are covered. If you'd rather get 
outside, plan a visit to the jungle or Poas VolcanoNational Park to view its 
impressive craters. 
City: Sacramento, California, United States
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $96 CDN
Why go? Skip the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and head to Sacramento where 
for four months of the year it's considered the sunniest place on earth. If 
that alone hasn't sold you, a visit to Old Sacramento might. Travel back in 
American history, check out some 19(th) century buildings and take a ride on a 
historic train or riverboat. 
City: Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $98 CDN
Why go? Located near Frankfurt airport, this scenic town is surrounded by 
forest and features pretty half-timbered houses, churches and a historic water 
tower that is often featured in postcards. It may not be as big as Berlin, but 
the town has plenty to experience with fifteen different festivals throughout 
the year. 
City: Valencia, Spain
Average Daily Hotel Rate: $104 CDN
Why go? Grand Prix, La Tomatina, paella and 300 days of sunshine… we're 
sold. A visit to this classic Spanish city is sure to impress. Plus it's 
affordable with hotel rates dropping a reported 17 per cent from 2011. 
It's time to experience destinations like a local. With so much to see and do 
and so little time off work, make a resolution to get in some real travel this 
year - the buffets and wristbands won't be missed, promise. 
About the HPI™
The HPI is a biannual report that looks at hotel prices in cities all around 
the world. The data is based on bookings made through the Hotels.com website 
and the prices listed are the actual prices paid by Canadians - not advertised 
rates. The report examines prices paid in 2012. 
About Hotels.com(®) Hotels.com (also known in Canada asHotels.ca)is a 
leading online accommodation booking brand.Through the Expedia, Inc. global 
network of websites,Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with over 200,000 
properties around the world, ranging from international chains and 
all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with 
all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits 
from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the 
best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and 
promotions. There are more than 7 millionGuest Reviewson the websites from 
users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an 
informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading 
loyalty programWelcome Rewards(TM), customers can earn a free night for 
every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under itsPrice Match 
Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, 
Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference.Travellers can book online or by 
contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile 
phones and tablets can also be downloaded 
atwww.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/enabling customers to book on the go 
with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning 
twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the 
Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual 
country editions, with North American data available 
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