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Below you can check out the list of accommodations around the world where I stayed during my travels. You can also find a list of my favorite travel gear and why I love each item on this list, click here to go directly to the travel gear section.

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This list contains most of the accommodations I’ve stayed at during my travels. Please know that I only recommend hotels that I have a positive and personal experience with. I therefore only include accommodations I would happily return to myself. If you have any questions about an accommodation, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

I’m always looking for the best deal, so I provided links to the hotels on Agoda and Booking. I usually check both sites to see which one offers the best price for the hotel of my choice😉. Not every hotel is listed on both Agoda and Booking, furthermore, sometimes I found the accommodation to be cheaper on their own website (in which case I have provided the direct link to their site).

When I’m not staying in hotels I use Airbnb. Particularly in Europe, I find Airbnb a great alternative to a (in Western Europe pretty pricy) hotel. I’ve stayed at Airbnb accommodations many times and also rented out my own place via Airbnb on several occasions. I have nothing but positive experiences with them, both as a guest as well as a host. You can get €30 of your first Airbnb stay with this link!

Azores Ponta Delgada Hotel Talisman €65/$71,50 Agoda Booking
Cambodia Kampot Bohemiaz resort €12,30/$13,50 Agoda Booking
Cambodia Phnom Penh Diamond Palace II €14,50/$16 Agoda Booking
Cambodia Siem Riep Overflow Guesthouse (was Natural Angkor Villa) €13,20/$14,50 Agoda Booking
Hong Kong Hong Kong City Hong Kong Hostel €40/$45 Agoda Booking
Ireland Dublin Hotel St. George €55/$60 Agoda Booking
Japan Furano Log Yukari Guesthouse €24/$26 Agoda Booking
Japan Hakodate Hotel Yunokawa €46/$50 Agoda
Japan Hiroshima Hiroshima Pacific Hotel €40/$45 Agoda Booking
Japan Kanazawa APA Hotel Kanazawa – Katamachi €40/$45 Agoda Booking
Japan Koyasan Koyasan Guesthouse €56/$61 Website
Japan Kyoto Mi’s place €28/$31 Airbnb
Japan Nara Baek’s place €38/$42 Airbnb
Japan Sapporo Hotel Areaone Chitose €48/$53 Agoda Booking
Japan Takayama Hida Takayama Guesthouse Gekka €50/$55 Agoda Booking
Japan Tokyo Nicky’s Place €38/$42 Airbnb
Japan Tokyo Narita airport Narita Gateway Hotel €63/$69 Agoda Booking
Laos Huay Xai Sabaidee Guesthouse €10/$11 Agoda Booking
Laos Luang Prabang Sengphet Guesthouse €9/$10 Agoda
Laos Pak Beng Monesavanh Guesthouse €5,50/$6,50 Agoda
Laos Vang Vieng Vang Vieng Orchid Guest House €6,50/$7,50 Agoda
Laos Vang Vieng Vang Vien Boutique Hotel €17,50/$20 Agoda Booking
Laos Vientiane Mixok Guesthouse €11/$12 Agoda
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Lantern Hotel €25/$28,50 Agoda Booking
Malaysia Langkawi NR Langkawi Motel €25/$28,50 Agoda Booking
Malaysia Perhentian Kecil BuBu Resort €153/$166 Agoda Booking
Malaysia Tioman Bamboo Hill €25/$28,50 Website
New Zealand Auckland Ibis Budget hotel Auckland Airport €59/$64 Agoda Booking
New Zealand Christchurch Jailhouse Accommodation €61/$66 Agoda Booking
Oman Bahla Bahla Hotel Apartments €45/$50 Agoda Booking
Oman Muscat Mutrah Hotel €51/$60 Agoda Booking
Oman Sharqiya Sands The Desert Night Camp €155/$169 Agoda Booking
Oman Sohar Radisson Blu €100/$110 Agoda Booking
Oman Sur Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel €50/$55 Agoda Booking
Philippines Loboc Fox & Firefly Cottages €28/$31 Agoda Booking
Philippines Panglao Royal Paradise Guesthouse €25/$27,5 Agoda Booking
Philippines Cebu City Skypark Pensionne €16,5/$18,15 Agoda
Philippines Batad Hillside Inn Batad €11,50/$12,50 Agoda
Philippines Puerto Princesa Palawan Village Hotel €14/$15,40 Agoda
Philippines Puerto Princesa Tia Mers Guesthouse €11,40/$12,65 Agoda Booking
Sardinia Alghero Alghero 4u Guesthouse €33,40/$36,50 Agoda Booking
Sardinia Sos Alinos Cala Liberotto Hotel Residence €28/$31 Agoda Booking
Sardinia Palau Costa Serena Village Boschetto Holiday €34/$37 Agoda Booking
Sardinia Isola Rossa Isola Rossa Appartamenti €25,60/$28 Agoda
Sardinia Nuoro Pasquale’s place €29/$32 Airbnb
Sardinia Oristano Sa Domu e Crakeras €40/$45 Agoda Booking
Singapore Singapore city Vintage Inn €34,20/$37,60 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Colombo Siebel Serviced Apartment €16/$17 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Ella Ella Alpine Resort €25/$27 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Ella Mount Breezevilla €21/$22 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Galle The One €17/$18 Agoda
Sri Lanka Haputale Bawa Guesthouse €16/$17 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Jaffna Hotel Blue Whale €21/$23 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Kalpitiya Nethu Villa €19/$20 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Kandy The Travellers Home €14/$15 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Negombo Erandi Holiday Home €7,50/$8 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Sigiriya Pathum Homestay €19/$20 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Talalla Seaview Resort €16/$17 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Udawalawe Junction A to Z Family Guesthouse €7,50/$8 Agoda Booking
Sri Lanka Weligama Naomi River View Villa €6/$7 Agoda Booking
Thailand Ayutthaya Classic Kameo €65/$71 Agoda Booking
Thailand Bangkok Au Bon hostel €16/$18 Agoda Booking
Thailand Bangkok Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside €66/$72 Agoda Booking
Thailand Chiang Mai The Park Hotel €41,37/$45 Agoda Booking
Thailand Kanchanaburi Home Phutoey River Kwai €51,43/$45 Agoda Booking
Thailand Koh Samet Ao Prao Resort €135/$148 Agoda Booking
Thailand Koh Tao Jomthong Guesthouse €23/$26 Agoda Booking
Thailand Koh Tao Tarna Align resort €88/$98 Agoda Booking
Thailand Sukhothai Le Charme Hotel €43,48/$47,50 Agoda Booking
U.K. London Holiday Inn Express Limehouse €67/$72,86 Agoda Booking
U.A.E. Abu Dhabi Centro Al Manhal by Rotana €45/$50 Agoda Booking
U.A.E. Dubai Premier Inn IBN Battuta €60/$66 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Dalat Cam Ly Homestay €8,58/$9,45 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Hanoi Hanoi Serenity Hotel €10/$11 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Thao Nhi Hotel €12,50/$13,75 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Hoi An Jolie Villa Homestay €10,72/$11,80 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Hoi An Sac Xanh Homestay €11,19/$12,30 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Hue Hue Charming hotel €10,10/$11,10 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Phu Quoc island Kinh Bac Hotel €14,67/$16,14 Agoda Booking
Vietnam Tam Coc Tuan Ngoc Hotel €16,77/$18,45 Agoda Booking

You can check out my (accommodation) posts for Cambodia, Hong Kong, JapanLaos, Malaysia, Omanthe Philippines, Sardinia, Singapore, Sri LankaThailand, the U.A.E. and Vietnam for more details about most of the hotels in this list (a short review and score on Agoda).

One final note: if you are traveling in a country where getting cash is an issue, I recommend booking via Agoda. With Agoda you can pay for your accommodation with Paypal or with your credit card, which significantly reduces your need for cash!

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Before going on my five month trip I spent a lot of time planning what to take with me and what to leave at home. Reading packing list after packing list, one theme kept coming back:


In my opinion the key to smart packing is to bring versatile items and to invest in proper travel gear. Yes, that may cost a little more but good-quality items last longer. Also, there is nothing more annoying than stuff that breaks (always on the wrong moment) or items that just aren’t good enough (like a not so waterproof raincoat). Below you can find my favorite travel gear and why I love it.

Bags & Stuff

Backpack: I  tried out several backpacks in an outdoor store, stuffing it with heavy shop inventory and carrying it around the store. My Deuter ACT Lite 50 + 10 Backpack definitely was the most comfortable, it neatly follows the arc of my back and the straps fit snugly around my hips, making sure I carry most weight there and not on my shoulders.

Flight bag: I totally recommend using a flight bag because it helps to prevent damage to your backpack. All the loose straps of your backpack can easily get caught on a luggage belt, the rail of a jeepney, etc. Zipping your backpack in a flight bag streamlines and protects your bag and keeps it clean when it’s shoved on the roof of another local bus.

Daypack: I use my Nomad Topaz 20liter bag every day because I LOVE IT. It is the perfect size, for traveling but also for work because it fits my 14-inch work laptop without a problem. I used this bag for the three day hike through the Banaue rice terraces and for many weekend trips, like my trips to Sardinia and the Azores. It is big enough to fit clothes for a long weekend and has convenient elastic pockets on both sides. For me it is the perfect bag! It is a Dutch brand so I am not sure if they sell it on Amazon.

Packing cubes: I like being organized which means packing cubes are a must-have for me. I use one cube for tops, one for bottoms and another one for underwear, socks and miscellaneous clothing items. These packing cubes are very similar to the ones I have (I bought mine at Decathlon in the Netherlands).

TSA travel lock: I put a lock through the zippers of my flight bag. I know this won’t stop people from slashing through my flight bag and backpack with a knife if they really want to, but at least it puts up a bit of a barrier.

Travel sheet: a travel sheet is like a lightweight cotton sleeping bag and perfect for dodgy hostels/night bus/night train/night boat/etc. It’s tiny and weights next to nothing.


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mattress: this mattress is the best! It weighs just 540 grams and packs up into a 22 x 12 x 12 cm roll. Most important: it’s comfortable! In general, I hate sleeping on air mattresses because they are squeaky, bouncy and cold. But not this one, in fact, it’s said to keep you warm even if the outside temperature is -30 degrees Celsius. Why anyone would go camping in that weather is beyond me, but theoretically I have the perfect mattress for it 😉.

Sleeping bag: I am still looking for the perfect sleeping bag… I want it to be lightweight and small, but it has to be warm enough as well. I currently have this one from Bever Sport (a Dutch outdoor shop) but in the freezing temperatures of Hokkaido it wasn’t warm enough. I’ll let you know when I have found my perfect sleeping bag…


Lowa Lady Light GTXfor my trip to Japan I packed these B grade hiking shoes as I did multiple long hikes over demanding terrain and I absolutely love them. From the moment I put them on they felt really comfortable but sturdy enough for heavier hikes.

Teva Tirra I wear these sandals all the time, they are soooo comfy and give proper foot support.


Travel adaptercarry this in your hand luggage so you can use it on airports etc.

Mobile phone: I currently own an iPhone 6s and I absolutely love the quality of the pictures!

GoPro Camera HERO+: just like I love to be able to shoot underwater movies and images with my newly acquired Go Pro. Check out my Croatia itinerary to see the results:-).

Kobo Glo e-reader: I love to read and I love this e-reader because of the extremely long battery life and because the screen makes me feel like I am reading a regular book.

Asus netbook: for years I carried this small and light netbook, perfect for keeping a travel journal and watching movies.

Acer laptop: I recently upgraded to a new laptop because I want to keep the blog running smoothly during my Big Trip and writing post and editing photos is a little easier on a bigger screen and faster laptop.

Tep Wireless: => I used this convenient little device in Japan, Spain, Croatia and Ireland. It’s a tiny modem that allows you to connect to the internet everywhere in the world (provided there is a signal). You can buy a 24 hour pass with unlimited data for €7 and can connect up to 5 devices. I love to disconnect and be offline, but I like to have the option to look up important information or get in touch with my family and friends in case it’s necessary.

Headphone: I currently have a cheap pair from an electronics story in Vietnam, but these pretty red ones are on my wish list…

Lonely Planet of my next destination because I love these guides!

You can find the packing list for my 5 month trip here and my Japan camping list in this post. Visit the Travel Planning Library for more downloadable travel planning resources!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will receive a small percentage of the sale if you decide to make a purchase or book a hotel. I appreciate your support a lot, which helps to keep this site running. If you have questions about a product or a hotel, please don’t hesitate to contact me.