Our stay in Chiang Mai is, sadly, drawing to a close and I am spending a lot of time researching our next adventure, our crazy budget tour of Europe.

Our two-month odyssey will take us through France to Switzerland, down to Italy and up to the Netherlands, with a quick stopover in Egypt on the way home to Asia. We don’t have as much saved as we expected so a LOT of planning is required.

We are going to keep our costs down by cycling and camping for at least a month. But I expect we’re going to need a break from camping, particularly on the days I have to start work (another budget-related necessity) at the obscene local time of 4am. I will need some afternoon naps … and a desk to work at would also be nice.

Just as I turned my thoughts to this tricky part of our planning puzzle, I was contacted by, a Europe-based online hotel reservation site, and asked to review their site.

The site has made planning so much easier … there are maps to show where hotels are located, there is instant booking confirmation, there are customer reviews and there is a handy “compare” function.

I did have a bit of trouble with the search function because I am not familiar with names of the French regions we will be traveling through. But a bit of creative clicking allowed me to check hotels in the Vaucluse region as well as hotels in the Drome-Provence region.

I almost ran into another problem – I fell in love with a hotel in a 13th century castle village that wasn’t on our route. But once I dragged my eyes away from the pretty picture, I realised it wasn’t available for the dates we’d be passing by. Whew, potential planning dilemma solved.

Le Castel du Mont-Boisé Montboucher-sur-Jabron, one of the properties available through

Even with the 80% discount on hotel rates that offers, staying in a hotel in Provence will be one of our “luxury” nights. But the currency selection function shows me exactly how much damage each hotel will make to our Singapore dollar savings account. (A quick search shows hotels in Cairo will be much easier on our budget, that’s for sure.)

The booking site also won me over because not all the reviews are positive, indicating that they are honest. I’m happy to book a place with a negative review, after all there are so many different kinds of travelers. We don’t a bit of peeling paint and thin walls if we are staying in a low-star place. But forewarned is forearmed and it’s better to be prepared for that kind of thing that expect something fancy and be disappointed.

All in all, I recommend using to plan for a holiday anywhere in the world. It’s not as well known as some of the bigger hotel booking sites, but it is easy to use and helpful in ways that other sites are not. I was so impressed with the booking engine that I booked our first two nights in Paris through the site.

*This is a paid review of The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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8 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Snap says:

    Thanks for the review. I’m always looking for more hotel booking sites, with the relevant information. Usually I have to consult a few, to find varying components of information: hotel, right location to stay, price, reviews, things to see in the area. Easytobook seems simple to navigate and looks like it would definitely come in handy when planning a trip.
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  2. I’ve used them in the past as well — always great to have booking sites in your arsenal. 🙂
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  3. chenyze says:

    I’ve used it extensively while I was travelling in Europe, and I really love it because it has powerful filters and a good mix of real reviews! Plus it’s so so so much easier to use (and more aesthetically pleasing!) than most other booking sites I’ve come across.

    Plus – no cancellation charges within a reasonable amount of time, so it’s a godsend!

  4. wanderingminds says:

    Sounds fun!! Are you planning to return to CM after the two months? We’ve just arrived (complete with toddler) and should still be here.

    • Barbara says:

      Chiang Mai is great for toddlers, even though it might not see so in the first few days. I hope you have a lovely time.
      We’re not heading back to Chiang Mai after Europe, unfortunately. We’ll be heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for a while.

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