We’re great believers in checking and double-checking the photos, descriptions and reviews of hotels and guesthouses before making a booking. What we’ve learned though is that you can’t always rely on the integrity of your research. Reviews can be faked, photos and descriptions can be misleading or out-of-date, and your budget accommodation nightmares become a reality.
Inevitably, if you kiss enough princes you’re going to find some toads… Check out some of the toads from our collection… and whatever else you do – don’t book them!
Budget Accommodation Nightmares
Mersing Malaysia is the gateway to Tioman Island, a very popular destination for travelers. We had a pleasant coach ride down to Mersing from Cherating
, ...Read More
As an addition to the wide and wonderful variations of ‘Glamping
’ accommodation, sleeping in a shipping container shouldn't raise any eyebrows. At 20 feet (6.1 m) ...Read More
Our 3-week trip through the Philippines
included a short break at a small guesthouse resort in Loboc
in the province of Bohol. However, don't expect ...Read More
After spending 3 days at Golf del Sur
in the south of the island, we headed up by coach to Tenerife North - Puerto de la ...
Our first impressions of Isla Bastimentos
were not promising. We were just hoping that the guesthouse we had booked 3 months earlier - the Ushuaia Guesthouse ...
Our journey west along the Panama highway had taken us through the foothills of the Cordillera de Talamanca
mountain range to the city of David ...
Since we arrived 2 days late on the island, we spent only one night in the first of our selected guesthouses - the Waru Guesthouse
. For ...Read More
We set out in the morning from our guesthouse in Negombo
. Our next destination was the Paradise Inn
Sigiriya. We took a tuk-tuk for the ...Read More
From Unawatuna, we moved a few kilometers along the coast to Galle
. Here, we planned to stay for 2 nights at a guesthouse located inside ...Read More
We arrived at Ernaculum Town station in Kochi later than expected - it was already getting close to dusk. We didn't know it, but we still ...Read More
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