I'm so excited about my upcoming trip to Vietnam and Cambodia this coming November that I decided to settle our accommodations in advance through the internet. I usually travel on a stringent budget and leave no room for costly decisions on the road. The more money I save will eventually roll-over to funding for my next trip. My trip to these two Asian nations also serves as a great opportunity to bond with my brother, the person who was responsible in introducing me to traveling when he took me on my very first out of the country trip to Kuala Lumpur in May 2007 and a month later to Singapore. Being tasked as the master planner of the trip I started by choosing Roomarama.com as a medium to look for our short-term accommodation.
Roomorama has became a leading rental platform in the world and a pioneer of its kind in Asia since it was launched in 2009 by Jia En Teo and Federico Folcia in New York City. Soon it expanded its service to the United States and Europe thereby offering backpackers and other travelers alike a one stop website for booking accommodations for both long and short-term rental. Today, it boasts more than 20,000 listed properties in 450 destinations worldwide and are open for future hosts to list their own properties for rent.
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Easy to use with top notch functionality and an ever present in-house customer service team available around the clock, makes it easier for new users to understand the process much better and faster. After signing up with a username and a password, you can easily navigate through its user-friendly and easy to explore interface. First, fill out the needed information such as the place you're going to, the date of your travel, check out date and number of guest.
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After inputting the said required information you will be directed to the results page where you can easily scroll down and look from the list of properties that best suits your preference. There are rates, description, maps, address and photographs that accompanies each properties listed.
After which, you can make inquiries on each properties by clicking the "Inquire Now" button. You don't need to leave personal information as Roomorama is built around to have streamlined and secure transactions to safeguard all personal and financial information sent through the platform. After sending out inquiries to a number of viable choices, you will then await the host's reply if the said property would be available on the date of your travel. This can be easily tracked by clicking the "My Travel Plans" tab. It will list down "Pending Inquiries", "Available to book" (those which the hosts have already replied to and is available for booking on your travel dates) and "Booked" which lists down properties you have already paid and booked online.
Payment can be made through credit card, debit card and a PROCESS Pay Pal account, after which you will be given a "Payment Code" upon confirmation of your booking. You will only present your 'payment code' upon arrival or checking-in.
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Roomorama perks offers loyal users to great deals that can be enjoyed in most destinations. Perk partners include Mint Car, Streetcar UK, Fonmingo, Crunch Fitness NYC, Luggage Free, DWS Language School, Slate NYC, Remote Stylist and many more.
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In the end, I was easily able to book me and my brother's accommodation in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap months ahead of time, saving us the problem of hustling up and looking for one during the actual trip itself. This definitely frees up a lot of time on our itinerary and will give us more time and opportunity to explore these two wonderful cities in Cambodia.
A dream destination and a hassle-free accommodation makes this upcoming trip of mine something to look forward to in the coming weeks.