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Booking.com is our go-to website for booking hotels. If we’re looking for a cheap place to stay in a city (which we usually are), I use the following strategy to find a cheap but decent hotel room.
1. Search for hotels in the city we’ll be visiting
2. Sort the results by price (from lowest to highest)
3. Filter out all hotels that have a rating lower than a 7
4. Filter out all hotels that don’t have free wifi
These filters are located on the left hand side of the search results page. After the filters above have been added, I’ll start going down the list to find our hotel.
If you’d like to use booking.com to book your next hotel, please use the search box to start your search. If you complete a booking after starting with our search box, we’ll get a small commission from Booking.com! It doesn’t cost you any extra, and we get a little money added to our travel fund.
Agoda is our second favorite hotel search engine. If we already where we want to stay in a specific city, I use Agoda because their map search feature is the best! Check out the screen shot below. You can search just by moving the map around. My favorite feature is that it displays pricing directly on the map. Plus, if you just click on the price you’ll get a small preview of the property without having to navigate to a different page.
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Airbnb is quickly becoming our go-to site for booking accommodations! Airbnb allows you to rent houses/apartments/rooms from other people. Don’t worry it’s not as weird as it sounds. Most people on Airbnb are using the property exclusively as a rental property. You don’t actually have to stay in the house someone lives in full-time.
We used Airbnb in Mexico, Japan, South Africa, Australia, and Mauritius. We’ve had fantastic experiences every time! It’s fun renting from an actual person as opposed to a big company. Plus, renting on Airbnb gives you an excuse to interact with a local, which will give you the opportunity to ask them where to find the best food!
If you’ve never signed up for Airbnb before, you can sign up using our link below. You’ll get $20 off your first rental, and we’ll get $20 off our next one. It’s a win-win! Love those!
We try not to stay in hostels often. However, there are times when staying at a hostel makes the most sense financially. In the rare case that we do decide to stay in a hostel, we always book a private room. We’re fine with sharing a bathroom with other people, but we draw the line at staying in dorms.
When we do book hostels, we use hostelworld.com. We’ve never had a bad experience with the platform, and it has tons of reviews so it gives you a good idea of what to expect at each hostel. If you plan to book a hostel, please click through the link to give us a commission, and keep us on the road!
Using hotel points to “pay” for a hotel is our favorite way to book accommodations. Unfortunately, we’ve already burned through all of our Hilton points in the first six months of travel. However, we had two amazing stays at the Hilton in Kuala Lumpur, and the Hilton Garden Inn in Hanoi!
Staying at nice hotels is a great way to recharge your batteries when you’re traveling full-time. We still have over 100,000 IHG points, and over 100,000 Club Carlson points that we plan to use in Europe later this year.
We’ve earned 90% of our hotel points by signing up for credit cards. Earning and redeeming hotel points for free stays is pretty straight forward. if you’re interested in getting a credit card that earns hotel points, you can use the links below to see all of your options.
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