Only staying in international chain hotels
Sure you might earn more Marriott points, but you’ll miss out on the character that makes each European city interesting; family-run hotels and B&Bs open the doors to the homes and lifestyles of locals. They also often rock the best breakfast spreads, just so you know. A lot of tasty pastries, breads, cheeses, and jams from local purveyors.
For great deals on smaller hotels and guesthouses with a solid selection of last-minute availability, use HRS, BedAndBreakfast.eu, and Booking.com. Or, if you’d rather not share a bathroom with Frau Schweinsteiger, you can live like a true local in an apartment from Airbnb.
And, finally, for the most Instagram-worthy digs, book your stay on a local farm, vineyard, or mountain hut through one of the many agrotourism sites like Austria’s Holidays on the Farm, French Vineyard stays, and Discover Tuscany. You can get your hands dirty by pitching in or just kick back and enjoy a different pace of life far from the crowded metropolitan areas.