If you’re a music buff, you probably already realize that no self-respecting music fan would miss a trip to Music City. We’ve got a Nashville, TN hotel that suits any traveler’s budget, and if you’d like to check out Dollywood, we’ve got you covered with motels in the Pigeon Forge mountains. If you haven’t gotten your fill of peaks, venture out to our Gatlinburg Hotels in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
Hugo Martin covers the travel industries, including airlines and theme parks, and writes the weekly Travel Briefcase column for the Business section. A native Californian, Martin was part of the Metro staff that won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1993, 1995 and 1998. He was also on the Travel section staff that won the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2008. He is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and Lakers fan.
Expedia is one of the leading online travel agencies in the world, and while Expedia specializes in vacation packages, it also offers car rentals, hotel stays, cruises and the ability to book discounted attractions such as theme parks, shows and tours of famous and popular attractions. I love using Expedia because I can book everything at once — from my flight and hotel room to a car and tickets to hot destinations around where I’ll be staying — and not have to worry about a thing. Reading the guest reviews for our Florida vacation trip gave me an insider view of the hotels before I booked, and I used Expedia to coordinate the whole trip, so the flight, hotel and rental car were all set when we were ready to start our vacation. That took so much stress off of the vacation planning, and with the extra money we saved, we were able to buy extra souvenirs for our friends and family back home. Here are some ways you can ensure that your vacation planning is as relaxing and discounted as possible:
Shortly after moving to San Francisco in October 2007, roommates and former schoolmates Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft apartment. Chesky and Gebbia came up with the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and turning it into a bed and breakfast. The goal at first was just "to make a few bucks". In February 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, Chesky's former roommate, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of the new venture, which they named AirBed & Breakfast. They put together a website which offered short-term living quarters, breakfast, and a unique business networking opportunity for those who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market. The site Airbedandbreakfast.com officially launched on August 11, 2008. The founders had their first customers in town in the summer of 2008, during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America, where travelers had a hard time finding lodging in the city.