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The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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32 ESCAPE FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE THRILL OF THE CHASE THE ADVENTURE OF TRAVEL SHOULD BEGIN WITH BOOKING A HOTEL LET THE FUN BEGIN... J O H N B U R F I T T KINGS CANYON RESORT, NT $589 per person, twin share This package includes: three nights in a standard room, breakfast daily, kids stay free and the Under a Desert Moon dining experience. Kings Canyon Resort offers everything you need after a day of walking and exploring through the amazing Red Centre of the Northern Territory. All travellers from backpackers to families and couples can find a room to suit on their next NT holiday. Cool off in the pool at the end of the day then enjoy an outback barbecue dinner with friends. Located between Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Alice Springs, Kings Canyon Resort offers quality accommodation just three and a half hours drive from both Ayers Rock and Alice Springs. Just 7km from the actual Kings Canyon, this Northern Territory accommodation is close to the Watarrka National Park and surrounded by the landscape of the Red Centre. The resort also enjoys an excellent range of onsite facilities including two swimming pools, a tennis court, mini-supermarket, a wide range of bars, restaurants and dining options, petrol station, tour desk, gift store, laundry facilities, sunset viewing platform and more. The Under a Desert Moon experience is available around April to October. Enjoy an exclusive dining experience set under a canopy of southern night sky. Enjoy wine and canapes before experiencing the divine five course dinner. Sale ends March 31. Visit travelonline.com You know how some people just goonline to a booking site when theyneed a hotel room, find a place that looks OK and is within the budget, and then book it, all in a matter of minutes? Well, to quote the old showtune, some people aint me. Im not wired that way. Booking a hotel is a definite process maybe you could even call it a quest for me. Whenever I attempt the task, I know to allow time to get the job done. Plenty of it. If you want a definition of the term going down a rabbit hole, then watch as I attempt to book a hotel room. It usually follows a pattern that goes something like this: I check one booking site, then another, and one more. Then I compare those offerings with the hotels own site, as well as the site of the hotel group the property belongs to. I also check that well-known hotel comparison site and am often astounded that more times than not I have already found a far better deal than they are promoting. An ordeal? Possibly a compulsion? Since I get a thrill out of the process seeing whos offering what, whats included, the added extras, membership benefits and how they all compare when lined up against each other I dont think so. Its all part of the quest. Ensuring its a same-same comparison can be the key, as the price might actually be the same on different sites, but there can indeed a huge difference in room standards, like finding a kingsize deluxe on one and the nowindows basement special on the other. (A lesson I learned the hard way in a damp London hotel room two floors below street level.) But its not just about the dollars or the standard of the room. Its more about whats in it for me. Its fascinating to see how a complementary upgrade, a breakfast package, free parking, a pass to a local attraction, a bottle of wine and late check-out might all be on offer on one site, and yet on another, it is a strictly room-only deal and for the same price. Then theres the matter of points and cashback deals. Loyalty can have big rewards, like when a particular hotel brand offers points each stay that then can go towards future bookings. Sometimes booking sites offer a free night for every 10 nights booked. Other sites have cashback deals, so after your hotel stay, you receive a $50 refund sometimes more. For all that, its still worth being eagle-eyed about the true value of what youre booking. I always aim for loyalty rewards by booking with the same hotel group or travel site, but if a deal elsewhere is significantly cheaper, then Ill do my sums. A big price saving could be worth far more than the value of the loyalty points. Again, its all about knowing what youre getting for your money. To be really honest, theres the thrill of the chase with this, as I am mad for a good deal and prepared to dig deep and spend the time finding one. And I definitely refute any suggestion of being cheap. In travel, Ive always believed the adventure should begin at the booking stage, with the journey as much fun as the destination and if that destination includes an upgrade, bottle of wine and extra points for my next trip, and at the best possible price, then all the better. ENJOY 25% OFF UNTOUCHED OUTBACK .. r .... ,

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