One of the most important aspect of traveling far away from home is finding a place to stay, especially if there isn’t anyone in that area to stay with that I know of.
Not including my online friends that I have never met in real life, not many people I know of lived abroad. Heck, most of the people I know of hasn’t even been abroad. Basically, I have no one.
Due to the flight being booked less than a month prior to the departure day, that also naturally meant that hotels aren’t booked earlier since the exact dates aren’t known before booking the flight.
As Paris was the first destination in Europe, that naturally means that the accommodation dates are closer, which also translates to lesser odds of finding a room at a good hotel as other people had booked it, way earlier. Sure there may be vacancies, but of non-consecutive dates, or of an undesirable price. I ended up booking an apartment, which works out to be cheaper than the available hotels I came across by as much as half.
Have yet to book accommodation elsewhere due to uncertainty of balancing the days following that.
The clock is ticking, and with each passing moment, a room at a hotel is being booked, but that’s the problem with traveling with someone else who is too particular about things.