Many people are still reluctant to use the internet as a web hosting tool. In few tourist places, mainly in Brazil, many lodges have not yet adhered to this system. Otherwise, the internet is the most practical and reliable way to choose and book your hotel.
We’ve done a little bit of everything already. In fact, we’ve done a lot of everything, lol. The most used ways for us to search for hosting are:
– Booking.com: It is, without a doubt, what we use most. It is a search site with interface and service in English and other languages, which greatly facilitates the life of those who do not understand English well and need to make a reservation abroad. We love Booking.com for a few reasons:
. is one of the largest reservation sites in the world. Today, with more than 1,400,000 accommodations worldwide, including hotel, inn, farmhouse, hostel,… That’s right, hostel! We already use a lot of sites like hostelworld and hostelbookers, but now with this facility of Booking.com, less and less we use these other sites;
. it is very practical and quick to make a reservation;
. you already see the final value at the moment of the search and you can still choose which currency you want to see, if you prefer to see real, euro, dollar …;
. almost always you can pay only when you arrive at the accommodation;
. you can choose to stay with free cancellation, which can be very useful (we already have to cancel several times);
. it is possible to use filters in your search, like searching by price and neighbourhood;
. the hotel reviews are only made by people who have actually stayed there (through booking made by Booking.com, of course), which gives more credibility compared to TripAdvisor Tripadvisor reviews, for example;
. has 24 hours a day and everyday service;
. does not charge reservation fee;
. It has last-minute availability, often even with super discounts (we have already taken advantage of it a few times);
. they cover the lowest price.
Uma Volta e Meia is part of Booking’s and Rental Cars affiliate program. That way, if you book your hosting or car through the blog links and banners, like the ones below, we will receive a small commission. You will not pay anything more for this and it helps to keep the blog and make it always up to date.
– Couchsurfing: we’ve done a lot in the world and in Brazil. For those who do not know this system, it is nothing more than a social network where registered people can offer their house to receive a traveller for free. We’ll talk more about this in a separate post;
– Airbnb: people rent their homes, bedrooms or beds;
– Booking made directly with the lodge: usually when we go to some inhospitable place. There is not much of a way there.