This review of Yonderbound is in direct conjunction with the platform, who asked me to be a part of their ambassadorship programme – a launch campaign to test and review their new accommodation booking service.
Whether you are a pre-planner who has to have every accommodation option mapped or the casual browser who books as they go along, you’ve no doubt spent countless hours on accommodation booking engines like Booking.com and Agoda – analysing prices, locations and reviews.
If you are anything like me, you’ll also have other browser windows open, because the likes of Trip Advisor and destination guide sites are needed to back up your final decision.
Since ditching dorm rooms a couple of months ago, I’ve been turning my attentions towards the larger booking sites, while still using the likes of Hostelworld for private room options in funky hostels. The downside is that I’m faced with more options, and that means more time spent in the throes of indecision. Recently, I spent more than three ridiculous hours searching through over 160 accommodation options in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, with too many website tabs open to retain my sanity.
So when the new booking site, Yonderbound came to me with an opportunity to try what is supposed to be a more user-friendly, streamlined and time-efficient service, I figured I had nothing to lose.
- 1 Using Yonderbound – Time Saving
- 2 Added Pros of Yonderbound
- 3 Save Your Favourite Finds
- 4 Yonderbound Price Comparison
- 5 Room For Improvement
Using Yonderbound – Time Saving
On the time-saving front, it’s an absolute gem. Not only does it immediately look more inviting with an easier-to-navigate and cleaner interface, but it pulls everything you need together in one place, severing the need for multiple options and tabs.
Your booking journey will begin with a minimalist search bar, which then opens up into a neat array of boxed options.
Added Pros of Yonderbound
The prices shown are the prices you pay
All options include fees and taxes, so no hidden extras that you sometimes find right at the very end.
TripAdvisor Review Comparison
Each accommodation listing has a TripAdvisor overview, which saves searching through a separate browser.
Everyone rates TripAdvisor as one of the go-to review resources, so having it right there couldn’t be better in helping to make a quicker and better-informed decision.
I love the filters I find on popular flight search engines like Skyscanner and am pleased to see it incorporated here. It makes search simple, and I especially like the ‘Freebies’ addition, since Wifi and breakfast are the two main inclusions I look for.
As someone who sometimes has to land a spot in a specific neighbourhood or region, I often spend time consulting maps while looking up places to stay. While the likes of Booking.com already offer this mechanism, Yonderbound’s Google map tool is a lot clearer, with uncluttered numbered icons.
Save Your Favourite Finds
Yonderboxes can be used in two ways – as a private scrapbook of your favourite finds, stored away for later browsing, or as a public go-to resource where you can highlight your favourite finds during or post-trip in order to help others plan. I love nothing more than a comprehensive travel resource put together by someone who has already been to that location.
Yet this added source of inspiration comes with a bonus. With Yonderbound you can monetise your travel knowledge – which means for any booking made through your Yonderboxes, you get a little revenue kickback.
Once more and more people build up Yonderboxes, the easier it will be to plan an entire trip.
Yonderbound Price Comparison
I decided to take a few hotels in Athens and Colombo to compare them across Booking.com and Yonderbound. While only sometimes being a difference of £1 or a matter of pence, Yonderbound remained a cheaper option on 7 out of 10 of my searches. Every small saving adds up over time, and once this service becomes more mainstream, I expect prices to get even more competitive.
Room For Improvement
While it’s still in BETA mode and ironing out tiny glitches, the only downside for me is that it currently has fewer options than the bigger search engines, and while my tired brain might prefer this option, I could be missing out. However, since this site is still in the early stages of development, it won’t be long until the database is built up as much as the others.
Yonderbound is a travel app and planning platform worth testing out and over time I can see this growing quickly, with a wider range of options, and time-saving options, making it a go-to travel resource. The added monetisation benefits will no doubt see an influx of sign-ups and ultimately, a huge database of knowledge, expertise and recommendation.