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August 31, 2004

Booked a holiday at last!

Writing about web page http://www.los-jameos-playa.de/html/gb/index.html

Finally! After scouring the web for the last week, we've finally found a holiday.

All we knew to start with was that we wanted to go on holiday for a bit of summer sun for a week.

Best places to start searching if you are looking for this kind of thing are:

Expedia UK (very good, lots and lots of deals)
Lastminute.com (not as good as I had hoped, they had far less deals than Expedia)
TripAdvisor.com (Great site for finding reviews of hotels that you are thinking about booking)

The reason this holiday was so damn hard to find was that I kept on checking on tripadvisor to see if the hotel had good reviews. If it looked fantastic, was 5 stars, great looking pools…chances are that a bunch of people would ruin my excitment by telling horror stories about the quality of the food or the location, or the service…
I think I'm just too paranoid, 10 good reviews, and just a couple of bad ones. Of course you take note of the bad ones and just assume the good ones were written by the hotel people :)

Also, when looking for last minute flights, do actually go and check the travel agents. We thought we had exhausted our searches for flights by checking Opodo/Kelkoo/Expedia/LastMinute/etc. but when checking with the Holiday Hypermarket in Coventry, they found us the perfect flights…go figure.

So, we're off from 5th Sept to 12th Sept. It's a little scary going away just weeks before we launch blogs for real, but if I don't get a holiday now, I won't do until Xmas.


Making webstats fun!

Writing about web page http://www.visitorville.com

Really neat stats package. It visualises your website as a town and shows visitors moving around the town. Each building is a page in your site. Very neat.

Not sure how useful it would really be after the novelty has worn off though.

Check out the way it represents search engines

Looks like Wired picked up on this a few months back.


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