Saturday, January 9, 2016

How To Choose A Cheap Hotel When Traveling

I'm not ashamed to say it - I like cheap hotels.

The way I look at it, when I'm on vacation, I would rather save on the hotel and have more money to explore my new destination.

Not that I'm a fan of sketchy hotels. There's a major difference. Here's the criteria I use when booking a hotel. Even if I can't score every goal on the list, I try for as many as possible.

My value hotel criteria:

-Free airport shuttle or easily accessible from public transportation
-Free parking
-Free breakfast
-Free Wi-Fi
-Private bathroom (duh)
-Safe location, walking distance to market, convenience store, bar, restaurant
-No add on or miscellaneous fees

Things I don't care about and try to avoid:

-A bellman to open the door for me and carry my bags to the room
-Room service
-Resort fees
-Anything with the word "luxury"
-Extra fees for Wi-Fi
-Minibar or in-room snacks (for a fee)
-Pay per view movies or in-room entertainment
-Extra fee for in-room coffee, helloooo Sheraton ;-(

So there you have it. It basically comes down to location. Free Wi-Fi is a close #2, and free breakfast is nice. Tourist class hotels such as Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Days Hotel, Red Roof Inn, etc. are usually good bets.

If you want to keep those nickels and dimes in your pocket, generally avoid full service hotel such as Renaissance, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham.

These are only general rules and subject to change.

A little research on TripAdvisor can pay huge dividends in terms of learning about the hotel's surrounding neighborhood. Cheap restaurants and markets within walking distance will save you a bundle.

Here's a YouTube video I made of the Travelodge Center Strip Hotel in Las Vegas. Watch the video for the epitome of a value hotel.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why I Love

Hey guys, happy 2016!

The year is new and I have a few resolutions. One of my resolution relates to my YouTube channel and this blog. Okay, I know it's blogger, and is pretty much laughed at by pro bloggers.

Let me tell you something. I love blogger. It's free real estate, easy to use, and already integrated with Google's other products. So....without further adieu, I present to you one of my New Year's resolutions - USE BLOGGER MORE!

Before you start laughing, hear me out. I have a Facebook profile set up that's linked with my Jonathan Browne Menzies YouTube channel. I use Facebook to post new videos and other news about my channel. While Facebook is a free platform, there's no direct way to monetize the content posted to the website.

Basically, when you post content on Facebook, you're helping to add a little cash to Mark Zuckerberg's bank account. You're providing Facebook with free content for them to monetize, not you.

Not that I plan on deleting my Facebook account anytime soon, because it's useful for sure. But I work hard on my creative endeavors. From writing, to making videos and designing artwork, I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Although my blogger page may not get the traffic I want, it does allow me to monetize my posts. To be sure, Google AdSense takes a cut, which is fine. But by sharing revenue with me, AdSense provides a strong incentive to keep my most important content right here, on

So there you have it. Expect more random posts on this dusty old Blogger page.