Traveling around the world requires finding economical accommodation solutions that will provide a pleasant experience at the same time. Finding the balance between price and value is not always easy. With services such as Couchsurfing (I found many new friends through this platform!), travel planning got less financially demanding. However, a free bed is not always possible. Sometimes, one even needs to be alone! Especially in those cases, Airbnb and Booking.com are platforms to turn to.
In January, I typically analyze the data of Pipeaway’s recommendations you’ve been following in the previous year. Basing its choices in the bestselling bookings of 2019, this article suggests ten countries you should discover in 2020! Follow the steps of Pipeaway’s readers and find the best place to sleep at in Asia, Northern and Southern Europe!
Top accommodation choices in 2019
While Bali is definitely affected by the coronavirus outbreak in China and declining numbers of tourists from the world’s most populous country, it is still the star of Indonesia’s tourism. The turbulence in the market should lower the prices. Places such as Indonesia, Thailand or Cambodia, could become even more affordable, once the epidemic concerns calm down.
These are the accommodation recommendations on the island of gods!
Kashantee Village – One of the bestsellers in Seminyak, this three-star property comes with a swimming pool.
Booking.com guests review – 9,0/10
Japan has always been on the top of my travel lists. The country with a great balance of tradition and modernity, amazing food, extraordinary festivals, polite people and extremely high feeling of safety, is the one I’d move to. Just waiting for someone to propose, lol!
While I didn’t have a chance to visit Japan in 2019, I’m happy some of you did!
OYO Hotel MUSUBI KYOTO Higashiyama Gojo – This hotel is set in central Kyoto, the city of numerous temples, gardens, and palaces.
Booking.com guests review – 8,9/10
If you want to explore Tokyo, check these artsy places in Japan’s capital!
I discovered Malta only in December and, even in winter, the country had a lot to offer! If you love architecture and raw coastline nature, historical treasures and movie sites, this Mediterranean island should get to your bucket list!
Meditropical B&B – This small bed and breakfast in Sliema is a solid base. One can cook in the well-equipped kitchen!
Booking.com guests review – 9,2/10
Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa – This hotel in Mellieha might not be the best 4-star hotel on the island, but comes with a tempting price.
Booking.com guests review – 8,5/10
1926 Hotel & Spa – The recommended hotel from my article on things to do in Malta is an eco-responsible enterprise. While it has space to grow and develop, if you want to support environment-friendly operations, this is the one to book!
Booking.com guests review – 8,5/10
While I’ve written only about Rome, there are places in northern Italy that are solid destinations but are also close to the airports serving low-cost flights. In 2019, Pipeaway readers were booking places in Treviso and Trieste, check them out!
Due to its location, the volcanic activity might affect travel to the Philippines, but once you’re there, the country’s beauty will certainly enchant you. Palawan is at the top of the list of the places you should visit!
According to Pipeaway’s readers, Coron and Puerto Princesa are favorite bases from which you can explore the islands. If you wonder how that could look like, check my article about the boat trip to Coron Island!
Thai Baht is one of those Asian currencies that experienced the fall after the coronavirus outbreak in China. Every third tourist in Thailand was Chinese, and now that they stay at home, the market is thirsty for any visitor it can get.
Norway is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited. Many Pipeaway readers agree. Its incredible fjords, mountains, waterfalls and lakes provide great opportunities for hiking.
For those of you who prefer a mini-universe spared of big crowds, but with amazing hiking paths and even the longest staircase in the world, choose Flørli! For the best accommodation price, book your Flørli stay through this link!
Booking.com guest review – 9,0/10
Cambodia is a country I like to go back to. Whether you are into unusual traditions such as Songkran, the alternative insect meals, the ancient Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire, or even if you just want to travel safely as an LGBT visitor, Cambodia will be welcoming!
Gay travelers should definitely check Rambutan in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap! Use the codes mentioned in the article and get your room with a 15 % discount!
Booking.com guest review – 9,4/10
The last country on this recommended list for 2020 is Malaysia. Due to its famous events such as Chap Goh Mei (Chinese Valentine’s) and Thaipusam (Hindu festival in Batu Caves), Kuala Lumpur and Penang Island were on the top of your booking requests!
My friends lived in the capital, and Malaysian stamps were often in my passport in recent years. They did move out, but I will definitely be coming back. There is a lot to discover!
Bestselling bookings of 2019 – Conclusion
I hope these bestselling bookings of 2019 have provided some inspiration for your 2020 travels! If you didn’t find the hotel of your choice on Booking.com, it’s useful to check properties on Airbnb! For those of you who have never used this platform before, registering through this link will make your first trip 33 Euros cheaper!
I’d love to hear back from you if you stayed in any of the properties mentioned above! How did you like them? Please comment below!
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