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Booking.com – the hidden gems that can save you money in your next booking

Booking.com is by far, the largest website in the world to online book accommodations. There are endless options for personalization that help to find places at the lowest prices and at the best value for money.

Personally this is my favorite website for booking hotels and apartments abroad (even more than Airbnb) and I would like to share with you why.

Booking.com has some hidden gems that can save you a lot of money. After years of using Booking.com, we can say with certainty that it is one of the best hotels, apartments and guest rooms booking website in the world.

We have gathered secret tips to find the cheapest and best places on the site and enjoy significant savings in money:

Tip #1: Use the “Filter by” widget for smart filtering

Booking offers a large number of criteria to choose from that help to simplify the search process and more importantly, save you money. The obvious and first filter you should use is price. This way you will be able to match search results based on your budget without the temptation of booking more experience accommodation, just because it “popped up” in the search results. Filtering out-of-bugdet places will save you money.

You can also filter places that offer breakfast in their basic pricing package. Depending on the destination, this can save you around $10 a day, per person which can be translated to $140 for a weekly accommodation for two. 

Filtering based on location, can save you a lot of money by choosing places close to city center and avoid paying for transportation to get where you want. Sometimes, just picking the right location and do the tour by walking will save a lot of money.

Tip #2: Check out these nearby destinations

Regardless to the main search results, Booking will offer you cheaper places to choose from. Scroll down until the “Filter by” widget ends and you will see “Check out these nearby destinations” section where you can save up to 50% from your original search criteria. 

Tip #3: Map feature can save you money

Another great feature that can help you in saving money is Booking’s map view.  It will show you all the hotels that fit your criteria around a given area. This way, great deals can be found only in a few minutes walking distance in discounted prices. By clicking on each of the blue points on the map, you will see quick information including the name of the hotel, the number of vacancies,  users rating, price and photos.

Tip #4: Bad reviews can reflect an interesting opportunity

Although this tip is trivial, it has another angle that we wanted to tell you about.  Hotels with a rating of 8+ are considered good when the really good ones are rated 9+. However, sometimes, if you have several options that meet your criteria, you should check the reasons for the different rating. Putting aside the final review rating, you can find details of the rating that includes location, cleanliness, service, facilities and more. Sometimes, hotels that are considered good, get a relatively low score for a location because they are far from the center or from a nearby train station. The choice of such a hotel can increase the price of the trip due to the the cost of additional transportation required on a daily basis. This alone can save you a lot of money on your next trip.

 

Review: Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – Is It the Best Fitness Tracker for the Budget

Fitness trackers became one of the hottest gadgets in the world. They monitor your activity levels, track walking distance and calculate calories burned.

Couple of months ago, we got the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness tracker and discovered that it was possible to get great product at an affordable price, especially when considering other trackers in the markets such as Garmin’s and Samsung’s.

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker comes with a small, scratch-resistant LED screen. The screen has a single button that allows switching between time, pulse and pedometers. The tracker can hold up to 30 days without charging, and that depends on how much you’ll be using features on the tracker. Charging is done via USB connection. Straps can be replaced and the tracker is water resistant even at the shower. You can receive alerts for calls, messages, and alarms from Android devices. The tracker also monitors the quality of sleep and can display the data in the Mi Fit application, Xiaomi’s management application.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – Fitness Tracker // Technical Specifications

  • Battery – 110mAH. Enough to work for about 30 days without recharging.
  • Optical heart rate monitor.
  • Weight – 20 grams (with original strap).
  • The screen is 0.78 inches with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.
  • Water resistance – yes, even in the shower.Test
  • Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity
  • Operating systems support – iOS / Android

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What’s in the box?

In the box you will find the fitness tracker body, a strap, a charging cable and a manual. Note that this is a dedicated charging cable that you probably do not have at home.

What can (and should) be added to the purchase basket in addition to Xiaomi’s fitness tracker?

The trackers come in multiple color options for the bands, plus there’s a large number of third-party bands you can get including glass screen shield, straps – plastic, metal, leather and more.

xiaomi mi band 3 fitness tracker

Xiaomi’s fitness tracker – behind the scenes

This fitness tracker sends a vibration alert when it detects that an hour has passed while sitting without moving. By measuring the pulse during sleep, the tracker will show data related to the quality of your sleep.

  • The band is made of hypoallergenic materials and is suitable for sensitive skin.
  • The tracker is durable at between 20 and 70 degrees Celsius.
  • You can set an alarm clock through the app.
  • You can set the “display clock” mode without pressing the button. In this mode the clock will be displayed when you raise your hand to look at it.
  • You can set a daily steps target. The tracker will inform when the target is achieved.

fitness tracker xiaomi mi band

Things to consider

This fitness tracker does not measure pulse continuously, only when it’s activated. For non-athletes, this function is sufficient. Professional athletes will have to find another solution than the one Xiaomi is offering.

The screen of the tracker is relatively sensitive to scratches and fingerprints can be seen but this can be easily solved by purchasing a screen protector (link to purchase).

The strap is very durable and does not require high maintenance. After 3 months of intense usage, the tracker does not show large wear marks.

The fitness tracker that measures pulse and a number of steps, can also be used as an alarm clock, works with Android devices and iPhone through an application that gives even more control over your device.