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You should not have an issue finding a good hotel in Shanghai or Hong Kong. There are plenty of them in both cities and they are well advertised, especially to tourists. For you it would come down to prices. With early planning, you can easily find very good hotels for a fair price. Both of these two cities are very expensive but if you dont mind the ...


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China and Hong Kong offer so many hostels so I am sure that you will not have trouble finding the hostel. But if it is your first time in China, you should book a room a few days in advance because it's easier for you to visit a strange city for the first time if you have some plan of where to go.


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"Trust but verify." If you're traveling during a "real" off season, occupancy rates will be lower than usual. But there may be something peculiar to that location (a conference, sports event, etc.) that nullifies this. The "safe" way to play this game is to monitor the hotel vacancy rates for your target dates over the internet in advance. If somehow, ...


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This doesn't directly answer the question, but it's too long for a comment. If it's out of place, feel free to delete. As others have said, off-season rooms are usually available without a reservation (and often below normal/advertised rates, through sites like booking.com, priceline, etc). But one strategy you might consider employing is taking advantage ...


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Generally yes, but you need to be aware that the local definition of "Off Season" can vary quite a bit. Most places have really busy times that you may not be aware off. Boston, for example, has "Marathon" in mid April and "College Graduation" in mid to end May where it's almost impossible to get a room and where rooms are quite expensive.


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Basically, yes. Traveling out of season you do not need to make reservations. But if you travel in the low/closed season you might find many places closed and the few that are open very popular and at times booked out when you want to stay. And when weekdays are low season already, the weekends might still be mid or even high season. Further more, you need ...


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You should not feel self conscious about having to wake up early. We've all had to do this at some point during our (backpacking) travels, hence you can expect people to be tolerant about your early bird alarm. Having said this there are a few unwritten rules you should respect when having to get up early in the morning in a shared hostel room: Place your ...


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Have you tried a sleep cycle alarm clock (e.g. Sleep Cycle by Northcube)? I too am a heavy sleeper but if it vibrates at a shallow stage of sleep, it could wake you up without any sound. A much cheaper alternative than the shock wristband. Perhaps try using the sleep cycle as a primary alarm and the noisy alarm as a back-up if you really want to minimize ...


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If you fall asleep easily, perhaps you could fall asleep with the earphones (of earbud type) in your ears and have an alarm set up on your phone with the earphones connected to the phone (set up so that the phone's speakers are muted and all sound goes to the earphones). This can be enhanced by using the tip from the comments on having phone's vibration on. ...


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Many phones have a silent, vibration only mode as part of the regular alarms. A cheap Fitbit Flex band will do that too. If a vibrating alarm isn't enough, you can get a wristband that delivers electric shocks to wake up, such as the Pavlok wristband (store): At first, it will act like any other alarm clock, with a gentle vibration to get you up. But if ...


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You can also get a vibrating alarm, which you can find in stores selling goods for hearing-impaired people.


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Immediately turn off your alarm after you're awake. So, keep the alarm very close to your ears, under or next to your cushion, or perhaps above your head, if your hostel bed allows for that. And find the lowest sound level that wakes you.


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No, only a reservation is required. In fact, it is recommended you do not pay for your ticket (or hotel) until after your visa is secured. I do not know how hostels operate as I have never stayed in one (except boarding school), but for hotels you generally reserve (with your credit card) and then pay when you check-in. To do this you must book at the ...



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