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Accommodation is generally easy to obtain. However, problems may be encountered on public holidays, during special events, close to popular tourist destinations, and in remote areas with limited infrastructure. Using one of the big travel websites such as those listed in Appendix D, or the website of the specific service required, is the quickest way to check availability and book accommodation in many areas of the world. However, it is also worth considering a totally flexible approach and find accommodation on arrival, or after a first pre-booked night. Ask at the arrival airport information desk for accommodation in the price range and location required. Licensed taxi drivers also generally know where rooms are available, but remember they may have vested interests in unsuitable establishments.

Don't take a room without first seeing it – it's worth five minutes. Check security, the facilities available, the type of toilet (seat or squat), cleanliness, and that there are no particular problems like excessive noise or nowhere to eat. Bear in mind that a room situated close to tomorrow's objective may be worth more than one several miles down the road. Also, ask whether the room rate is per room or per person, and whether it includes breakfast and taxes. Room prices are often negotiable so don’t be afraid to seek a reduction – particularly when booking several nights.

Outside the developed world, and in remote areas generally, it can be difficult to get exactly what you would like to eat. Special dietary requirements, such as those of strict vegetarians and vegans, may be impossible to explain or satisfy where there is no common language. Travel in the more exotic parts of the world depends to a large extent upon compromise. Those who are unable or unwilling to be flexible may sometimes have to go hungry.


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