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Could You Travel Somewhere With No Reservations?

Flights, check. Hotel room, no check? Chances are you had one of two reactions to that last sentence — either heart palpitations and cold sweat, or you're already reaching for your suitcase and passport. Until recently, I was a stranger to the no-reservations travel method when it came to lodging.

When thinking about this, it makes sense on the surface: if you're visiting somewhere less developed, it's true that charming inn downtown or sweet cottages on a beach . . . won't have a flash-enabled website. Not to say that massive chains won't help when it comes to cleanliness and perk expectations, but cookie-cutter hotel rooms are unarguably less authentic.

I think the first step would be making a backup reservation (with no deposit or cancellation fee) before jumping in head first. After all, you won't know the local deals 'til you get there, and could come out with a better experience for less cash.

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skigurl skigurl 7 years
it would depend where i was going!! to somewhere where i'm unfamiliar with the culture, the city, and there may be a language barrier, hell no but to just fly to an american city for a weekend of shopping or something, i could do it (not to say i WOULD do it cuz i'm more organized than that, but i could without freaking out)
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I'd love to, but like RoaringSilence said, you end up spending a lot more money that way. And now that I think about it, some planning actually makes the trip more stress free for me, I like to know that I'll have a place to sleep at the end of the day...
lovekailua lovekailua 7 years
Normally NO WAY! I am a huge planner. But a few summers ago I was in Germany studying for two weeks, and we rented a car to drive to Switzerland on a whim. It was awesome, something I'd not done before. However, Switzerland isn't the worst place to do this but my worry was finding something we could afford not that places wouldn't have hot water.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i just got back from nearly three weeks without much advance planning! it was amazing!!! i am usually very organized and need to have a schedule for everything. i realized that my constant planning was making me stressed out, so i flew by the seat of my pants, and had one of the most amazing vacations ever! it was quite the adventure, and i don't have any complaints about my lack of planning.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I have booked the first night when traveling and then looked at the local places for the other nights, so far, it has worked out.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No way! If I were going somewhere less developed, I would research all the available hotels in advance. Otherwise, you seriously never know what you're going to get. The place could have no hot water or something like that.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
What Runningesq said.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
This whole traveling without a plan business may sound awesomely spontaneous and romantic at first, but it's really not when you get somewhere and have to pay tons more money to do anything at all - when you could have had it for so much less, by looking for deals beforehand. Not really willing to take that risk. I imagine it would be a ton of fun though if I had endless amounts of money.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I did this when I was in school, but I don't think I'd be so comfortable with it now.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I think it would be neat, but I am way too Type A for it !
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