When searching for accommodation, there are many options ranging from very expensive to budget to even free. Depending on your type of travel, you may want to book an upscale hotel, a cheap hostel, a home stay with a local, or even do some work for a free room and meal! There are plenty of options to choose from, and it’s very important to compare all of your options. The resources I’ve provided will allow you to search all over the world for your preferred choice of accommodation. I recommend checking different sources to try to find the best deals. Start checking out your options and find the best place for you!
You’ve definitely heard of Tripadvisor. It is the mother of all review sites, and provides ample reviews no matter what you decide to search. Tripadvisor is great for anything from hotels to restaurants, and businesses are constantly striving for improvement in order to get a higher ranking from their customers on the site. It’s huge! This is a fantastic resource to use when looking for accommodation, and you’re even able to book vacation rentals through there! Having a website where you can check many trip items off your list makes for a great trip. Check it out.
Booking.com is a great website that original started up in the Netherlands in 1996. A lot has changed since then, but not their ability to provide you with fantastic deals and comparisons to find great accommodation for you. They are able to find a hotel suitable for you as you plan your travels. With over one million properties all over the world, you can trust them to have a tremendous amount of options. With deals rolling out daily, and no booking fees, it’s a great way to save money, especially if you would would like to steer clear of more budget options such as hostels. They even offer a price match (conditions apply, check the website), but check it out and see how you can be accommodated worldwide!
Agoda is a fantastic resource based in Singapore that can assist you whether you’re in search of accommodation or flights. This website will allow you to search for a wide range of accommodation options and includes everything from hotels, to hostels, to apartments, which is a great way to check out many options at once. They are clear on discounted and updated prices and provides tons of pictures and real reviews on each property so you know exactly what you’re getting. They have a 24/7 customer service to assist you i you have any concerns. Start searching for your dream accommodation!
Have you heard of Airbnb? By now, you should have! It was created in 2008 and is based out of California. People are able to list or rent properties and set the cost. It’s a fantastic option if you are more comfortable in a residential property, and would like affordable prices. Many Airbnb hosts offer discounts for weekly or monthly stays. They set house rules, and are upfront with everything the home offers. In some cases, the host may rent their entire place to you, in other cases, you can get a room or part of the house. This is a great option if you would like to save money by cooking your own food, as you’ll have full access to the kitchen area! If your host is available, this is a great opportunity to talk to a local and ask about places and activities that only locals may know about. Many hosts are happy to share their culture with you and gain some knowledge about your own culture and experiences.
Ah, hostels. Always a fun experience! This is a great way to meet friends as a backpacker, or even as a normal traveler just passing through. Hostelworld went public in 2015, and currently have over 30,000 properties in countries around the world. A majority of their customer base is under 35, as many work and holiday visas have age limitations. There is a wide range of price options for hostels, and the best way to find your hostel is to check out hostelworld.com. It’s the most comprehensive tool to see pictures, read reviews, find out prices, and you are able to book online! Hostelworld will show you hostel options all over the world, so take a gander at what’s available! Many hostels offer anywhere from 12+ bed dorms, to private rooms. I’ve even been in a hostel where they were notorious for having a 32 bed dorm! In the dorm rooms, always check if locker options are available. Hostelworld will provide you with the information you really need to know. The security of your belongings should be a priority, especially when traveling with valuables.
Couchsurfing was founded in 2004 and is based out of California. This idea was released on the idea of making travel better with the option to form real connections and take part in cultural exchanges. If you’re struggling with money and need to stick to a budget, this is a great accommodation option that is technically free! I say “technically free” as you should always offer some form of compensation to your host for kindly offering to let you stay. Whether this is a home cooked meal, or a small token of your appreciation, make sure your host knows you are not taking advantage of them. This is a fantastic option to meet locals, and make friends. Being able to have such an enriching experience with those of different cultures will help broaden your mind. Make sure you are a courteous guest, and you’ll get positive reviews that will help you find accommodation in the future. Be safe about who you message, however; and always go with your instinct. If the situation seems dodgy, it probably is.
Similar to Workaway or WWOOFING, this program allows you to work for a determinable amount of hours (usually averaging four per day) in exchange for accommodation and food. This is a great opportunity to save some money and to get to know the locals, and maybe even get help with a paying job if you need one, or at least make lasting connections! Accommodation costs will always eat up a good portion of your budget, so check out these programs if you like hard work and new experiences. Some are only available in certain countries so research thoroughly. If you like horses, there are sometimes equestrian options as a helpx, and same goes for all other interests!
These are all great resources for you to use when searching for accommodation during your travels. Do you use any other booking sites? What’s your favorite? Leave a comment!