I have now traveled all over the world, in more than 50 countries and have experienced all the different types of accomodation. Japan learned me to appreciate hostels, in Spain I got to know couchsurfing and in the USA I have frequently experienced Airbnbs. Furthermore I have stayed in the most basic motels, simple hotels as well as luxurious hotels.
There are various well-known booking websites and I have used them all. In nearly all my trips I have booked accomodation through a single website, simply because it gives me the most affordable options with flexible cancellation whenever my plans change last minute.
If there is one thing that you should remember, it would be this.
Have a look at the interactive Booking.com widget below this text. This widget will show you the results for all accomodation for a specific location on a specific date. You can hit ‘search‘ or click on one of the prices to have a look in more details. This is what I do during each trip, finding accomodation via Booking.com. I recommend you to make an account (by clicking on the widget), and start looking around / booking accomodation. You should always make bookings that offer free cancellation up to a couple of days before your actual stay. This will make your travels flexible and you can then change at any time!
I have made far more cancellations than actual bookings. Prices often change, making your original booking even cheaper. And sometimes you find more suitable accomodation, or you go to another place! Usually I have 2 bookings open for some places, 1 more luxurious option and a budget option. Most importantly, I always decide last-minute before the cancellation expires which type of accomodation I prefer.
Bed in a hostel near gorgeous Lake Bled (Slovenia), €10 per night.
Bed in a hostel in the city center of Dublin (Ireland), €12 per night.
2-star hotel room the city center of Brussels (Belgium), €19 per night.
2-star hotel room in the city center of Zagreb (Croatia), €30 per night.
3-star hotel room in the town of Tadoussac (Canada), €43 per night.
3-star hotel room in the city center of Québec (Canada), €44 per night.
4-star hotel room in the city center of San José (USA), €84 per night.
5-star hotel room on the copacabana in Rio (Brazil), €97 per night.
5-star hotel room on the strip in Las Vegas (USA), €113 per night.
A small secret
After some bookings you will become a genious member. Therefore you get 10% discount on nearly all accomodation on Booking.com. When booking, I usually look at the location. I want to be as conveniently located as possible, close to the sights or close to the train station. Usually I also pay close attention to all the pictures that show the accomodation, to see if I would like staying there.
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