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Thread: How do you plan your tours? Or, do you?

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    We travelled back from Melilla to Almeria one night landing around 10.30pm and still found 3 rooms, part of the experience

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    Apart from the first night in France or Spain then yes unless we have an overnight crossing.

    We normally ride as a group of four guys so two twin rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismckay View Post
    So do you book your place to sleep on the day?
    Bods do all sorts of things; do it your way.

    There’s a thread just starting in the accommodation section, with a bod looking for a cheap (£50’) bed and breakfast basis room in Aosta, Italy in August for just one night. That he also wants safe parking is also on his shopping list. Most of the hotels are a ton or more, for the one night. Imagine how fecked he’d feel if he just rolled into Aosta, all hot and bothered at 18:30 to discover that his wallet was about to be raped. But, by doing something in advance, he’s got what he wants for £65, leaving him £35 for beers or whatever. Sometimes, you really do have to make your own luck.

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    Booking.com has opened up a whole new world of flexibility. As long as you have signal, it is the work of moments to find somewhere with vacancies.

    When we toured with no bookings in advance, I found it quite stressful as the afternoon wore on. Maybe it was unnecessary stress, but it was stress nonetheless. Flicking through a Logis catalogue hoping that someone at the other end of the phone could speak English (or understand my schoolboy French)... So much easier now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinten View Post
    Booking.com ...
    When we toured with no bookings in advance, I found it quite stressful as the afternoon wore on. Maybe it was unnecessary stress, but it was stress nonetheless. ...
    Though it embarrasses me to say it - that's exactly how i feel.
    I've had some hare brained adventures in the past with little or no planning at all in them .
    But for a Bike Tour with Mrs Og (who is by far much more laid back / confident about finding a bed than me ) i like to know in advance where i'm sleeping.
    So is the consensus that now with a phone and few good links - like 'booking.com' the panic is needless - you'll always find a bed*?

    * that's also affordable and of reasonable quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismckay View Post
    See, I like the sound of that....it sounds like how it should be done!!!

    However, I have a trip lined up to France at the end of Oct/Nov.........the trip has in the middle a scheduled 4 day stay in Castellane to ride of a few routes, I have already pre-booked this on Booking.com, I was able to choose from the comfort of my PC a nice B+B in the centre of the village, with a lockable garage at a price that I liked, I know where the pubs and the petrol station and the supermarket. Im at the mercy of the weather but I also have a plan for a wet day, now.....there is a chance if I were to leave that until the trip commenced then I may or may not get accommodation in Castellane within walking distance to a pub etc etc

    horses for courses and all that...

    Chris.....
    Myself, i wouldn't be seen dead in Castellane, let alone spend four days there, having arrived unannounced on my bike with my pregnant missus on the back and walked into a hotel of our choice back in 1988.
    Ended up checking out and staying in a boat on the lake.. I'd have been pissed off having to stay in a hotel i'd booked before i got there and seen what eklse was on offer.

    So it's just as you say "horses for courses"...

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    Booking.com ... Filters, Breakie, Parking and Cheap. Some Hostel accommodation has turned out to be very good indeedy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    Myself, i wouldn't be seen dead in Castellane, let alone spend four days there, having arrived unannounced on my bike with my pregnant missus on the back and walked into a hotel of our choice back in 1988.
    Ended up checking out and staying in a boat on the lake.. I'd have been pissed off having to stay in a hotel i'd booked before i got there and seen what eklse was on offer.

    So it's just as you say "horses for courses"...

    HaHa...I was in Castellane last year and liked it........not a lot going on but its a decent base with a bar and restaurant and supermarket...

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