accomodation without booking

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Re: accomodation without booking

Postby JoeP89 » 26 Sep 2019, 11:56pm

I finished my Lejog on the Sustrans route on the 22nd of this month and I can honestly say that the biggest stress of my trip, was not pre-booking hostels/B&B's/hotels.

Whenever I arrived in a town or when it got towards 730pm which was my time to find somewhere to bed down, (either wild camping or paid accommodation.) There would rarely be a campsite near by, but mainly hotels/B&B's etc.

Lots of those places were fully booked and it would leave me having to cycling 30 minutes to 1 hour in the pitch black usually in the wrong direction to travel somewhere with a room available.

I'd say 50% of the time, I'd find it hard to find somewhere and the other 50% of time I either fell lucky with a decent hotel in a town or I was that remote I could just set the tent up without having to worry about being bothered by people mid sleep.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably do it the same and not pre book, but not pre booking does create quite a bit of stress if you leave it till 730pm like I did.

The advantage of not pre-booking though meant I could travel further each day and was not limited to only traveling the distance of the next pre-booked accommodation. Although it could work the other way and mean you have to travel further to reach your bed...
Lejog September 2019. I can't wait.