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Lexis Hibiscus vs Avani Sepang Gold Coast

Lexis Hibiscus or Avani Sepang Gold Coast, which one is better? Many parents were asking about it while deciding their family trip.

I had been to both resorts for family trip as well, here are some comparisons based on my experience.

Lexis Hibiscus

Image source: http://www.lexishibiscuspd.com
Lexis hibiscus family trip
Image source http://www.lexishibiscuspd.com

Since the resort was opened in year 2015, it has became one of the hot spot for vacation, perhaps popular due to the private swimming pool and glass panel on floor to view the marine life.

We went to Lexis Hibiscus resort last year and stayed in Premium Pool Villa, located in the hibiscus petal area. The resort was new and clean.

Same as other guests, we were excited with the in-room swimming pool, steam sauna room and the viewing glass on floor right after checked in the room.

Excited with viewing glass on floor!

Too bad the water underneath wasn’t crystal clear, so there were no marine life as described, a bit disappointed. Huhuu…

Nevertheless, we love the private swimming pool and steam sauna in the balcony.

We don’t need to carry swimming float, toys and etc and walk to public pool like other resorts. Just placed everything besides our own private pool, change in room then could jump into the water!

The best was you are able to enjoy private water fun with family members only without outsider in the same pool…!¬†However, don’t try to swim naked in the pool because other resort room was quite close to each other. Ha…

We spent most of our time in room only since the kids love their own private pool.

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View from the balcony

There were two big King bed in room, just nice for four of us. The facilities in the room were modern and clean as well. The resort even invested LED TV built-into full bronze mirror wall.

Other than the nice in-room facilities, you have to pay for the rest of the indoor and outdoor activities provided by the resort, too bad.. The kidz world, karaoke facility, bicycle, and some other water sports were all chargeable.

Avani Sepang Gold Coast

avani sepang gold coast
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avani sepang gold coast review

We had a short getaway at Avani Sepang Gold Coast just recently. Instead of hibiscus petal, Avani uses the similar concept with the resorts spread along to form the palm tree.

Same as Lexis Hibiscus, the buggies service are available round the clock in resort. My two little monsters were excited with it every time.

avani sepang gold coast review

Overall, the resort looked a bit tire and old as compare to Lexis Hibiscus. Our room was considered clean, the only shortcoming was four of us had to share a King bed.

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Sunset view from the resort balcony

The kids were having fun in resort although without in-room private pool because they were entertained with many activities.

There’s a public infinity pool located at clubhouse area. Other than that, kid’s play area was providing free movie, coloring and board game. Batik painting, sand art and few other activities were chargeable, but the free activities were enough to make the kids occupied for an hour.

avani sepang gold coast things to do

Morning and evening time were good for beach activities, e.g. building sand castle and walk along the beach. My girls were shouting to see a lot of baby crabs !

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Private beach of Avani
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Can you see the baby crab!

avani sepang gold coast things to do

Another good thing I like here is there were plenty of bicycles nearby the lobby area. You can just grab it and cycling in the resort.

avani sepang gold coast bicycle

Which is good?

It depends on your expectation. If you like modern resort with private pool, Lexis Hibiscus is a good choice.

If you have lesser budget and don’t mind a moderate resort with similar concept, Avani Sepang Gold Coast could be your cup of tea. They have more variety of activities and a private beach for you to have family fun as well.

No matter whichever resort you are going, family bonding is most important right?! ūüėČ

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Check out TripSpin booking website for the price comparison before you book, sometimes you may get surprise cheap rate than other online booking websites.

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Things to do in Perth – Fremantle, Cottesloe beach & Perth Night Market

In this post, I will share the things to do in Fremantle, our journey to Cottesloe Beach and the Perth City night market.

Captain Cook Cruise

There are several options of transports to go to Fremantle, you can either take train, self-drive or cruise.

I pre-booked Perth-Fremantle scenery cruise from TripSpin online booking website, then back to Perth with train, so that my mum could enjoy different scenery view along the journey.

The cruise terminal located at Barrack Street Jetty, just besides another tourist attraction, The Bell Tower. We didn’t have time to visit The Bell Tower but managed to snap a few photos with the tower, pretending I was there. Ha…

perth bell tower

Perth Explorer Hop On Hop Off Tram station located at Barrack Street Jetty too. They have many tours available with tram and cruises for tourists to explore Perth. Ticket can be purchased online or on the spot.

things to do in perth explorer

By the way, check out Hello Perth website too, as the websites may have some exclusive discount coupons for the tours and even dining.

All right, back to my cruise topic.¬†After boarding the cruise, don’t forget to go to the cruise front deck for the best view of Perth city. Front deck is the best position for selfie and snap the best scenery view of Perth…!

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Photo capture from the cruise

 

Photo credit to Captain Cook Cruise

Things to do in Fremantle

Upon arriving Victoria Quay in the Fremantle Harbour, the first thing we saw was E-sheds Market, a weekend market operates on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday only. It’s a good place to hunt your souvenirs with good price, and also fashion and jewellery.

To my surprise, many Malaysians own a shop there, speaking Malays.

Souvenirs shop in E Sheds Market

After bagged your souvenirs, hop on Fremantle tram just outside the market or catch the free Fremantle CAT bus which will brings you exploring Fremantle.

things to do in fremantle

Our next destination is Fremantle Market, another busy weekend indoor market to hunt for local food, local produces, clothes and handicraft. My mum was eyeing on all the big and fresh fruits and excited to have many free fruits tasting. Lol.

things to do in fremantle market

things to do in fremantle market
Fresh produces in Fremantle market

things to do in fremantle market

Well, the market wasn’t as big as I thought. We spent an hour there only exploring the local food and handicraft before heading on to Fishing Boat Harbour for the famous fresh seafood lunch.

Oh ya, there’s a Shipwreck Gallery situated opposite the seafood restaurant. We entered the museum with a token of donation at AUD1 only.

things to do in fremantle

Time for the delicious seafood ! There were two famous restaurants there, Kailis Fish Market and Cicerello’s. I opted for Cicerello’s after surveyed online.

things to do in fremantle

This was our most expensive meal in Perth, AUD35.60 per plate of mix grilled and fry seafood…!

fremantle itinerary

After treated our stomach, we departed back to Perth by train. I wanted to explore one of the beautiful beach in Perth on the way back.

If you have time, there are many other things to do in Fremantle in fact, e.g The Round House, WA Maritime Museum, shops in town and etc.

Cottesloe Beach

Departed from Fremantle Train Station, we stopped at Cottesloe Station and walked to the beach.

The hotel concierge told me that the beach just 10 minutes walking distance from the train station. But I was so regret and guilty because I made my mum walked for few kilometers to reach the beach! What an inaccurate information from the concierge!

Well, it was a beautiful beach and you will be enjoying if bring bikini for sun bathing. Hehe…

how to go cottesloe beach

I was worrying no transport back to Perth so didn’t dare to stay long. Quickly hopped on Transperth bus in front of the beach, and took the train at one of the station as train was much faster than bus.

The 2 zone train ticket was valid for 4 hours but I wasted another 10 bucks for the Transperth fare. Anyway, worth it as long my mum didn’t need to walk few more kilometers.

Perth City Night Market

Back to Perth, at last the night was lively because it was Friday! There was an Autumn night market in Central Business District. The CAT bus will be operated slightly late too during the weekend.

things to do in perth night market

Basically the market was international food fiesta. I even spotted Malaysia satay on charcoal stall there!

what's in perth night market

Guess what was our dinner? Japanese pancake with noodle. Hehe…

My Other Tips

The supplements in Australia are pretty cheap. If you are traveling there, grab some high strength fish oil, honey and etc. I ‘imported’ 7 bottles of fish oil, while saw other travelers luggage full of fish oil, crazy….

My Sweet Bonding Trip With Mum

We gotta packed the luggage the same night to fly back next day. It was such an unforgettable memory traveling with mum, chit chatting in room, browsing the photos together.

You knew, I didn’t subscribed to any mobile roaming and data plan there. The phone was purely for photographing and browsing photos. No distraction checking on messages and facebooking while enjoying the vacation. You want to try…? ūüėČ

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Check out TripSpin online booking website for your hotel, car rental and activities. Register for free and you may get surprise savings ūüėČ

Things to do in Perth – Swan Valley food tasting and King’s Park

Our Third Day…

Swan Valley Food Tasting Tour

swan valley food tasting

Swan Valley food tasting tour was my mum’s favorite because she wanted to buy tasty Australia local food to treat her friends.

This time I booked the half day Swan Valley food tasting tour through TripSpin again because it offered better rate than the tour provider, Explore Perth Tour itself. Here’s the website funtravel.tripspin.com/snap

The friendly tour guide, Peter fetched us at 8.30am in the morning. By the way, you can check out their website for various central Perth pick up point.

We got the VIP treatment again because there were 3 person only in this trip including us. Hehe…

best tour in perth
VVIP depart for the best food tasting …!

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Highlight of the tour
  • Chocolate – taste locally made chocolate in one of the Valley’s chocolatiers;

swan valley food tasting

  • Nuts – on your visit to Morish nuts you can try from their wide range of nuts: caramel coated, wasabi macadamia, hot cashews, almonds, abalone flavoured, savoury nibbles to name just a few;
  • Nougat –¬†if you have a sweet tooth you will love the Mondo Nougat factory with their Italian made soft nougat, but I prefer hard crispy nougat more lol…

  • Honey – you will be amazed at how many different varieties¬†of honey there are and how different they taste. Coincidentally I had sore throat that day, so I swallowed a lot of honey and Apple Cider Vinegar there. It works wonder. I bought few big bottles of Jarah Honey with TA20+ and Apple Cider Vinegar because it’s pretty cheap there.

wholesale travel deals

  • Wine¬†– Premium wine tasting at one of the many wonderful vineyards in the Swan Valley, but three of us didn’t drink, so we just took photos in the vineyards.
  • Aboriginal Art¬†– at the¬†Maalinup aboriginal gallery¬†you will get to learn about aboriginal culture and taste traditional bush food.
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Visiting Aboriginal gallery with their traditional bush food.
  • Coffee¬†– even for those that aren’t coffee lovers you will love learning about how coffee is processed and made. The Ice coffee was great! However…. I was sleepless that night because tasted too many variety of coffee there.
things to do in perth
Ice coffee is a must try…!

On the way back to city, don’t forget to ask the tour guide to drop you at any fruit or vegetable stall along the roadside. The fruits and veggies are very cheap and fresh. We bought a pack of grapes at only AUD1!

swan valley food tasting tour
Fresh fruits and vegetables stall along the roadside

Mum wished to buy fresh fruits back to Malaysia but didn’t, we were worried confiscated by custom, end up the custom officers in KLIA2 didn’t check at all. So, you can try your luck if want to bring some back to hometown. Ha…

Northbridge

After Swan Valley food tasting tour, we dropped by Northbridge for lunch because my mum missed Malaysia food so much. Our stomach were full by just sharing a plate of roast duck rice at AUD12.90 only.

Northbridge is another busy district with plenty of Asian restaurants and supermarket, and the best is many shops open at night. Perhaps here’s the only place to enjoy your night life. Hehe…

King’s Park

things to do in perth

After lunch, we took blue CAT bus to King’s Park road and walk a few kilometers only realized Transperth bus route 935 travel from the city right into the heart of the park. Sob….

King’s Park is a beautiful park in the city, you just have to visit the park with a relaxing mood instead of expecting exciting activities.

Mum was asking what’s special since it just full of grasses and flowers, but then she started to appreciate the uninterrupted panoramic, birds’ eye views of the Swan River and Perth City after reached there.

kings park perth

The pictures came out to be beautiful and relax although you just simply snap with any posture. Lol… self praising. Ha…

Free guided tours are conducted daily, and the time depends on the seasons. You may check out their schedule and plan your visit in advance.

Things to do in Perth – Caversham Wildlife Park and Watertown Brand Outlet

how to go caversham wildlife park

Our Second Day…

Caversham Wildlife Park

Sun rise and shine.. My vacation with mum kick started..!

Our first itinerary was Caversham wildlife park, because mum specifically requested to see the kangaroo.

There are two places to see the Kaola bear and Kangaroo in Perth, i.e. get on the ferry to go to Perth Zoo, or go to Caversham wildlife park in Swan Valley.

I decided to go Caversham, because the ticket was inclusive of taking photo with the animals, feeding food, and many good review online.

A few options to go to Caversham wildlife park. You can either book a tour which is inclusive of wildlife park itinerary, self-drive, or using public transport.

However, I found a value for money option, i.e. shuttle van from Explorer Perth Tours.¬†It’s AUD39 only inclusive of AUD28 park ticket !

The driver picked us up from our hotel at 8.30am, and fetch us back to the hotel at 1.30pm, pretty good timing and convenient.

We had ample time to join all the animal shows, took photos with Kaola bear, wombat and other animals and had fun with the lazy kangaroo before the driver fetched us up.

Mum said she felt like a VIP with driver.

caversham wildlife park

caversham wildlife park

things to do in perth

Farm show

There were a few daily attractions and shows, i.e. meet the wombat and friends, meet the kaolas, farm show, penguin feeding. Make sure you join all and take the photo for free with your cameras.

Kangaroos are always there waiting for you to feed them with the food provided without time limitation.

Watertown Brand Outlet

Our next destination was Watertown Brand Outlet!

Changed the plan from visiting King’s Park because it was drizzling day. So, you better check out the weather forecast prior to the trip.

After bathed and rest a while, it’s time to take the free CAT bus to the outlet, which was just few minutes away from Travelodge Hotel.

watertown brand outlet perth

Some said you could get cheap branded fashions there. For me, it wasn’t special since Malaysia has a few similar brands outlet.

Watertown brand outlet is a two storey shopping mall with many branded fashions, food & beverages, bags, pharmacies, shoes and etc. If you are fans of branded stuff, you will be able to grab some cheap branded deals there.

Be early there if you are shopping fans because the outlet opens until 5.30pm only except Friday, close at 9.00pm.

Night Life in Perth

By the way, you will be disappointed if you like night life because most shops close in the evening. The only entertainment at night is drink with friends in a nice cafe or restaurant.

Hence, try to plan and travel there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as there are more activities and events at night.

Anyway, my mum and I are not night owl, so we love the relaxing life there, sitting on the bench in front of the hotel, chit chatting in the fresh breeze every night. What a sweet bonding time with mum…!

Things to do in Perth – Travelodge Hotel at Perth CBD

Things to do in Perth – Travelodge Hotel at Perth CBD

At last have time to sit down and recall my sweet memories and exciting Perth vacation with mum…!

Perth Vacation – Our First Day…

Upon arriving Perth Airport, we hopped on Transperth bus to go our hotel in town. The bus fare was AUD4.60. I had to buy an expensive mineral water in the airport for small change, because the bus driver refused to take in big note. Sob…

By the way, you can plan the direction and time ahead using Transperth Journey Planner , a very convenient tools to help you plan your journey using bus, train and ferry. Just key in the landmark or address then you are set to go.

Trouble to take public transport? No worries, the bus driver will drop down the ramp for you to pull up your luggage, and there’s dedicated luggage track to put your luggage. The public transports there are very convenient ..!

Luggage track in the bus

The journey from Perth Airport to CBD took about 40 minutes. After hopped off the bus, our hotel was just 5 minutes away from the bus stop at St George Terrace.

travelodge perth

Travelodge Hotel Perth

I booked a room in 4 star hotel, Travelodge Hotel Perth so that mum could enjoy after tired traveling, and the hotel was just few minutes walking distance to the Center Business District with plenty of restaurants and shops.

It costs about RM1.5K /$341USD only for 4 nights with TripSpin Prestige member booking website, save me around RM900 if book from booking.com, a crazy savings for member!

Excited to stay in 4 star hotel with 3 star hotel rates…! Ha…

If you are comparing the hotel rates, check out TripSpin Snap booking website for public.

Register for Free with your email and create your own password, browse and book! You will get half of my savings without being a paid member.

Don’t be surprise if you found amazing deals for other hotels, car rental and tours in the said website too.

Perth Free CAT Bus

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Bus stop with bus route and time table

There’s a bus stop, Victoria Avenue for the red CAT bus in front of the Travelodge Hotel.

Everyday we will travel by CAT bus in town. I love it because it’s Free, clean and on time !

CAT bus service finished at 7pm+. By the time settled down after checked in hotel, it was already 6pm. So the only thing we could do was hanging around the shops nearby hotel, hunting for dinner.

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Surprisingly, there were many Japanese, Korean and Indian, Malay restaurant in town and open at night. At first I was still worrying starving after all shops closed early.

We took Japanese food in a shop nearby the hotel. The food in Australia serve in very big portion, compare to what was served by the restaurant in Malaysia. If you don’t have big appetite, a set of food in Australia will be enough to be shared by two person.

Okay… time to go bed early after dinner to prepare for next day’s adventure, Caversham Wildlife Park. We slept at 8pm+…! The night still young at KL for sure. Hehe…

Perth Vacation – Feeling guilty and excited….!

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Feeling guilty and excited…!

GUILTY…

.. because promised mum to bring her to Australia since 2008, 9 years ago but couldn’t make it due to family matter & dad unwell. It wasn’t easy for us to make the time..

My dad has diabetes problem and undergo dialysis three times a week. We were so worry about his health and we want to make sure he’s healthy only start planning the trip, so the flight ticket was a last minute expensive deal from Air Asia.

Thank to all the family members who made the effort to take care of dad and my little princess in homeland to fulfill mum’s wish.

I had to plan the trip during school holiday so that elder brother can bring the whole family back to hometown to take care of dad, and hubby can go back with my little princess as well for decent home cook meal from mother-in-law.

Our Perth vacation is an effort of four families. Pheeew…!!

EXCITED…

.. at last we make it in March 2017 !!! Our first ever mother-daughter Perth vacation !!!¬†ūüėćūüėć ūüõꬆ

First time see the grape tree. ha…

Sleeping, eating, and going tour together with mum…! I felt like I am a little girl to my mum again, it is an unforgettable memory for me !!

If you are planning to go trip with your family, your mum, your dad, your parents, don’t wait ok…

EXCITED also…

… because i saved a lot in hotel & tours with new booking website ! ūüėć

At last an alternative to Agoxx, bookxxx.com, Expexxx etc. Free registration to get discount, you should try it & register now !

Who said new booking website not user friendly ?! I said less user friendly website with greater savings is better than pay more for a user friendly website….! With it I can travel more! (I shared why it’s cheaper in this post)

Cheap Australia Visa Application Online – my complete guide

Cheap Australia Visa Application Online – my complete guide

Hey guys, are you going to Australia and wonder what’s the cheapest way to get the australia visa as tourist? In this post, I will show you how I got the application approval at cheap rate, and how to apply online yourself.

Don’t worry about the legitimacy of the approval, because I’m back from Australia with the visa ūüėČ

After browsing online and called a few Travel agencies, most agents charge me RM50 per application.

The cheapest rate, i.e. RM26 only from iAdventure Escape won my heart. Of course at first I was skeptical also, because it is half of the prevailing market rate. Applying from the embassy even cost a minimum of AUD135. What if they chase me back to Malaysia upon arrival?! I will cry loud !! Since there are hundreds of positive reviews on it, so I decided to try my luck.

Here’s the fee charged by iAdventure Escape for different countries residents for the australia visa application.

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Step by step Guide for Australia Visa Application Online

Now, here’s the guide to apply your australia visa as tourist. and it takes you a few minutes only to apply online.

  1. Get ready with your passport, email address and credit card or banking account, then go to https://australia-visa.com.au/ .

cheap australia visa application

2. Click on Visa Application / Online Application and select your country, visa type i.e. tourist and the number of visitors application.

cheap australia visa

3. Review the information you had filled in, and remember to note down your Temporary Application ID for reference.

4. Edit the information if needed, or continue payment if the information are in order.

5. You can pay with credit card, online banking or cash deposit.

6. Taadaaa… You are done! And here’s the message you will receive.

cheap australia visa

What to do next

You can check the visa application status on the same website with your temporary application ID. They will email you the visa approval as well.

In fact, the ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is electronically linked to your passport, so the email attachment just contains a few information such as your name, passport number, and entry status for your reference only.

If you are in doubt, you may go to their FAQ section for your questions of australia visa verification and why they are cheaper.

The ETA Visa is valid for 12 months, but if the validity of applicant’s passport is less than 12 months the expiry date of the passport will be considered. Many travel agents get me to apply last minutes, but my advice is to get it done 2,3 weeks in advance of traveling date, just in case anything crop up you still have time to go embassy to fix it.

I will share my itinerary and things to do in Perth in next few posts. so stay tune…!

Check out funtravel.tripspin.com/snap too to get some insider deals in hotel rooms, just register for free with your email and password in the said website to browse the price and book the awesome deals.

Don’t forget to share with your friends this awesome way to apply australia visa online, if they are going Australia too.

Online Travel Agency – How To Get Cheaper Travel Deals

Online Travel Agency – How To Get Cheaper Travel Deals

Who’s¬†Online Travel Agency (OTA)? They are Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Trivago.com, rentalcars.com, to name a few.

In this article, I’ll share with you how and where to get a much cheaper deals than those big guys.

First of all, do you ever spend a few nights browsing internet, just because want to save a few more bucks by comparing prices from various online booking websites?

No matter how you search from left to right, you hardly get a big chunk of saving, due to not much price differences between each websites?

Let’s go over 2 little-known facts of  the Online Booking Industry in order to get cheaper travel deals in the right place.

1. Virtual Monopoly of Online Travel Agency (OTA)

Most booking websites are most likely belong to two companies, i.e.

  1. Priceline Group, and
  2. Expedia Inc
Online Travel Agency
Images are the properties of the respective owners

Priceline Group owns Agoda.com, Booking.com, rentarcars.com, Kayak.

Online Travel Agency
Images are the properties of the respective owners

Expedia Inc owns Expedia.com, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Hotwire, Trivago, and even the new vacation-rental site HomeAway.

2. Parity Rates by Public Open Loop Accessible Online Travel Agency

rate parity by online travel agency

 

Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Agoda, etc are categorized as PUBLIC Open Loop accessible Online Travel Agency (OTA’s). It means that you can browse the price in the website without any account with them or password.

Hence, they cannot give you a wholesale discount on hotels or travel, because every Online Travel Agency has to be equal to or greater than the PARITY rates Рi.e. consistent rates for the same product.

Violate the parity rates equal to close up shop, because they will be dropped by all suppliers.

rate parity by online travel agency

If not them, where to get a better travel deals?

Travel is a commodity.

Meaning people do not care about the brand and anything but PRICE, if it’s the SAME Room, SAME Hotel, SAME Sand, and SAME Beach…

The question is : where to find it since it was monopolized by two companies?

Perhaps the only way for consumers to receive a true discount is to get the travel deals through a Private Password Protected Close Loop Online Travel Agency.

Why..? Because anyone can access the prices of Public Open Loop Accessible Online Travel Agency (OTA). They have to adhere to Parity Rate, and hence the prices tend to fluctuate less.

TripSpin

By chance, I came across a new booking website,¬†TripSpin. In order to browse the price, you have to register with email address and password. It’s free to create an account just like what you did with other website, but instead of do it during booking, you create your account beforehand.¬†

Thus, it falls into a ‘subscription’ category that allow it to gives the customers¬†cheaper price,¬†and you get the savings at no additional cost to you.

tripspin snap

TripSpin is a more comprehensive Online Travel Agency as the booking website is completed with not only hotel rooms, but also includes tours, and car rental.

Generally, higher rating or more expensive hotels in TripSpin Snap will have more savings compare to lower rating hotel, it’s not surprising as the cheap hotel has very thin profit margin.

What matter most is, regardless more or less saving, the overall prices is 7 to 8 out of 10 times cheaper than other Online Travel Agency.

The prices shown are all-inclusive rates with taxes, hotel charges etc, so you do not need to click through check out page to get the final price.

tripspin snap

Some may feel that the website is not really user friendly yet, as TripSpin is relatively new in the travel industry, but do you want to pay more for a user friendly website or rather to have a slightly less user friendly website with greater saving?

What impress me is they are constantly improving the website, customer service and even widen their inventory and range of hotels, cars and tour activities in their website.

How To Go About Booking A Cheaper Hotel Room, Cruises, Cars and Tour?

As you may aware now, hotels prices just won’t fluctuate that much as you are expected, so here’s what I would suggest to get the best deal online:

1.You can start with your favorite booking websites. (Remember to browse through their check out page to get the final rate inclusive of tax/hotel charges)

2. Always double check the room, cars, and tours available in TripSpin, if it is available, most of the time it is cheaper. (TripSpin rates are all inclusive with tax/charges all the time & currency conversion is available too)

3. Go to funtravel.tripspin.com/snap or click HERE to access TripSpin website.

4. Create a TripSpin Snap account for Free. (Just 30 seconds to fill in name, email and your desired password)

5. Compare the prices of your favorite website with TripSpin at the same time with same basis.

6. You can filter your search by percentage of savings, price, rating and hotel name. 

7. Track the price if you want, as the prices varies by day too.

8. Place your booking.

9. Double check with hotel, car, tour provider on your booking confirmation.

That’s all. Keep your booking receipt, enjoy your trip!

If you like this post, please share it with your friends and family members so that they too will know where to enjoy the cheaper deals.

Get Paid To Travel: Why I Choose To Be Home Based Travel Entrepreneur

Get Paid To Travel: Why I Choose To Be Home Based Travel Entrepreneur

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius

Finding a job you love is age-old advice.

Get paid to travel, perhaps this is one of the job most people simply love, what if I tell you it’s not a fantasy anymore?

If you want to start your own small business and have the desire to see the world, consider the opportunity in travel industry.

I’m not saying that you should be a tour guide or open up a travel agency, which needs training, certificate and courses.

There’s a lot of disruption in travel industry. Nowadays, many travelers are inclined to do research online and book travel themselves instead of booking a trip through a brick and mortar travel agency.

In USA, internet travel sites are hiring more people to market their travel-related products online and providing many opportunities for travel entrepreneurs to run their home based business.

And the wave of disruption has came to Malaysia! The first internet travel site that providing such opportunity in Malaysia is Tripspin by Hodo Global.


Here are Top 9 reasons why I grabbed the opportunity once it was landed in Malaysia.

1. Get Paid To Travel

The top reason to put your love of travel to work.

Most people love to travel, but can’t afford it or have to wait for the annual leave be approved at the mercy of kind-hearted boss before departing for dream vacation.

Being an affiliate of Hodo Global, owning a travel booking website, Tripspin, travel become my career.

A career with the opportunity to earn money from the comfort of my home while helping others to enjoy visiting new places, save money, make money and even travel for free!¬†And my hard work get paid to Travel for Free as well. It’s not unbelievable.

2. Home Based

Thanks to the internet, the technology disruption has enable everyone to market all the travel-related product provided from the comfort of our home, via a laptop, tablet or smartphone only.

In fact, I can do it online or offline at my preference, and I can do it part time on my own pace.

3. Suitable For Introvert Without Marketing Experience

I don’t know about you, I myself have no sales experience and professional marketing skill.

No prejudice to other niche, I’m shy to sell physical health and beauty product, I’m shy to share my ‘before and after’ product testimonial. But I can excitedly imagine myself sharing amazing places with friends and family when gathering.

It’s so easy to create curiosity and awareness about my travel business by just saying:

”Hey, where did you go last holiday? I have a new travel booking website with amazing deals that will save your money, will you want to try it!”

4. Make Memories With Your Beloved Family

Lots of people say :

“Take vacation! Go as many places as you can with your loved ones.

You can always make money; you can’t always make memories.”

My 3 years old and 7 years old children just love hotel, they can recall every memory of the hotel stay, which hotel has the best food, best kid’s area and best swimming pool.

With Free Travel privilege and passive income generated from the home business, vacation becomes very affordable!

That’s the vision and mission of Hodo TripSpin indeed, make traveling affordable for every family!

5. Travel Is The World’s Largest Industry

The travel industry has touched $8 trillion in 2015, it’s huge!

Maybe some people might tell you the the global economy is unstable and deterring travelers from going vacation. The truth of the matter is global travel is well on it’s way to rising to almost $12 trillion a decade from now, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.

When economic is good, people travel abroad; when economy is not good, people travel locally. Don’t you see your facebook friends were sharing their trips every now and then especially during year end holiday?

People are still flying, people are still booking hotels and renting cars, so we get paid through the process.

6. Worldwide Business Operated From Home

It’s online booking without physical product, I just need to market my personalized link with anyone in the world to earn money and free travel. Who’s that?

  • Frequent traveler
  • Honeymooners
  • Family
  • Single
  • Student
  • Retired people
  • Business travelers
  • People who want to customise trips

They compare the deals with other booking website, for instance Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com and etc themselves.

Most of the times TripSpin are cheaper. They book the trip themselves even when I ‘m sleeping at night, and I get paid for free travel, easy as that.

7. Legacy of Profitable Evergreen Home Business

Travel is evergreen activity that peoples do everyday. The business operates without my presence after established customers and network base, it’s a kind of residual income.

That will be a valuable legacy for next generation, which I’d never think before as an employee.

8. Meet Amazing People

This is referral marketing, as much as we embrace high tech, we also embrace high touch.

When you share the business opportunity and amazing deals in the awesome booking website, you will meet amazing people across socio economic line.

team asia hodo global

I have been to different places and meet different people from all walk of life. That’s including high social status people, businessmen from different niche, professional, and stay at home parents.

It’s a life lesson that probably you could not learn from school and organization.

9. Affordable

How much you need to begin a decent global business? I mean a business that earns USD with worldwide customers.

An ordinary people like me could not own a booking engine forever, a mini Agoda travel website to do the business. But now with the cost of a smartphone, I own the license and the travel booking website to earn the commission and free travel.

The Only Way To Do Great Work Is Love What You Do ~ Steve Job

I’m in doubt of the quote until I find TripSpin, where i get paid to travel the world, a steady stream of passive income.

I can’t help not to share the opportunity with everyone who loves to travel, who wish to start a side business or part time to supplement your full-time income.

If do it right, you can even quit your day job, get paid to travel the world with your loved ones while you are still young.

Check out Here or contact me if you wish to know more and I will help you along your Entrepreneurial journey.

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