In previous travels, we have always found accommodations on the spot. This being our first trip with young children, we would like to reserve the majority of our accommodations ahead of time.
Looking around, I have been surprised to find booking fees and am wondering if that is a norm I need to accept, or if there is any way to avoid them? We are traveling on somewhat of a budget and an extra $20-30 here and there will add up. For example, I was looking at Apartments Hrabar in Trogir. Airbnb has a $28 service fee and tripadvisor has a $19 booking fee. Is it worth my time to try contact owners directly? Am I missing something? Thoughts??