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11. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Always a great debate - this one.

12. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

I just wrote a thousand word post on this topic. As I moved my mouse over to correct some typos, my laptop had it's first ever crash....Now I don't want to write it again......Bummer. It had stripper poles and Croatia in it.

Anyway. It depends on your comfort zone. My needs are basic. I didn't come for the cable tv. Usually, if I know a place, I'll just go and work it out there. I have found a better price online maybe once in 25 years of travelling.

But if it's a place I don't know....especially a big city. I'll pick a place online to have someplace to go. I'll book for two days, so I can get the lay of the land, and then I'll find that cheap but good place that there always is, where the owner is sixty and doesn't really get computers, but really gets the hotel business.

Remember. The good stories you get to tell for the rest of your life are the misadventures. The stories where you took a cab from the airport to your hotel and checked in and ate a nice meal are shitty stories. And, in my view only, it is a no-fun way to live life. Sometimes faking it til you're making it is the way to go. It may suck for a day...But it's a great story forever.

And that is why I travel. So I can be a blowhard story teller about stripper poles and Croatia.

GLOT

D

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jul-2010, at 17:51 by Piecar ]

13. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 6y

We only book in advance if we are arriving very late somewhere or it's a public holiday and we know the local population like to travel. That way we have flexibility and you actually see the room before you commit to paying money. Some places you wouldn't want to have your dog stay in and look very different from the pictures on the internet!

Yes, this method of doing things has had us walking around with big backpacks on for 5 hours sometimes trying to find suitable accommodation, but it all adds to the experience!

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15. Posted by david.B (Budding Member 32 posts) 6y

Pre scheduling always helps and you know about it. Then why take a risk and travel to an unknown place with no shelter on your head. Also some sites offer discounts during off season if you book a room in a particular hotel. And booking gives a peace of mind which should be your top most priority.

16. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

That's the thing, David. Peace of mind is not necessarily my top most priority. But I get what you're saying.

17. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Yes, it's all about what you are comfortable with. When I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana I decided on a whim to drive to Pensacola, Florida for a beach weekend. Didn't make any hotel plans whatsoever. I drove from one budget hotel to another and they were all booked. Finally, after it got dark, I found a seedy motel where I slept with my clothes on for fear of bugs and scared to death of the loudly arguing couple in the next room that shared an adjoining door with mine. Have never tried to wing it since.

18. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

So, one bad experience, and that was the deathknell of spontaneity? It's my opinion that that is a sad state of affairs. The whole point of adventure is that it could turn out bad....but mostly it turns out good....and you seemed to have survived.

Okay, if you're going to NYC or something, it's probably better to find a place before you get there. But if you're going to Oaxaca, or Arnhem, or La Serena, it's cool to look around.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jul-2010, at 22:12 by Piecar ]

19. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

So, one bad experience, and that was the deathknell of spontaneity? It's my opinion that that is a sad state of affairs. The whole point of adventure is that it could turn out bad....but mostly it turns out good....and you seemed to have survived.

Okay, if you're going to NYC or something, it's probably better to find a place before you get there. But if you're going to Oaxaca, or Arnhem, or La Serena, it's cool to look around.

Well, I'm not a weak woman by any means but considering I travel alone, have bad knees, carry my own luggage or backpack, makes me want to not schlep all over a strange town after a long plane or train ride looking for a budget hotel in a decent part of town close to stuff I want to see. I enjoy the planning process and do a lot of research into where I stay, trying to balance cost, location, amenities and hopefully charm. Because of that, I've stayed in some pretty awesome hostels and hotels :) I still remember the tiny attic fairy-tale room I had in a hotel built in 1438 with a view of the Canterbury Cathedral just a few hundred yards away...

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jul-2010, at 22:47 by laurim ]

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