Accommodation

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!

Travel Accommodation

 

Tripadvisor.com

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

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.com

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!

 

AirBnB

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.

 

Hostelworld.com

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

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.

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HelpX

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!

10 Comments

  1. I usually travel 3-4 times a year but I have only booked my accommodation through booking, which I think works for me. I did not think of other possibilities, so I can absolutely use your review. I especially liked the idea with Couchsurfing because it is expensive to travel and I think it would be great to be able to find cheaper accommodation.

    • I’m glad I can help! Couchsurfing can be a bit more time consuming than many people are interested in dealing with, as you have to write to the hosts and ask to stay with them, and they don’t always accept. But once you get established as a good guest, it’s quite easy to get a host!

  2. This is great! I am planning a trip with my husband and was looking for a good site to find a place to stay, and this is the perfect information for finding what I want! I’m thinking of trying AirBNB! I’ve heard so much about it, I think it might be time to give it a go! Thank you for this great information and all these great sites for finding my travel accommodations! 🙂

    • Wonderful, I’m glad I could help! Airbnb is so awesome, you’re able to find so many different types of properties no matter what your budget is. I wish you luck with your trip, if you need any other recommendations, please let me know 🙂

  3. We’re a family of four planning a trip to Orlando in the Fall, and have been using AirBnB to make the arrangements for our stay. Your article is timely and confirms what we have already experienced as we’ve gathered information through the site. The rates are unbelievably low for what they are offering, and their selection is huge. We will be making our decision shortly. Thanks much.

    • You won’t regret it! It’s a fabulous alternative to staying in a hotel. Good luck with planning your trip! If you need anything, let me know 🙂

  4. Hi Lauren,

    Predominatly, I book holidays which include the higher end hotels and I am a bit of a bargain hunter so try many sites including the usual suspects – Expedia, Kayak and so on; I also find great deals occasionally on airline websites.

    Recently however, I’ve been looking for something different – like staying with a family in a more authentic environment, so your recommendations here are very interesting to me.

    Do airbnb and couchsurfer serve mainly single people, or would families have success seaking places to stay as well?

    Also, the idea of doing work in return for accommodation strikes me as something really worthwhile and I’ll definitely look at some options on there.

    Thanks,

    Al

    • Hi Al!

      So couch surfing may be a bit difficult for a family, as often you are doing as the title states…sleeping on the couch, which is nice for free accommodation. Often times, hosts are weary about accepting other guests that don’t have their own accounts and references. Airbnb will work well for families, just type in the amount of guests that will be staying, and then you’ll be able to see which properties are suitable for a family.

  5. My cousin suggested AirBNB when I was trying to visit her in New York City. In my search, I actually came across hostel options, but I don’t believe it was Hostelworld. This is very good to know.

    I’m not sure that I understand the incentive for the people who offer free places to stay on CouchSerfing, even though it’s a really cool concept. The working for stay one is also neat.

    I will definitely be looking into some of these for when me and the bf do some traveling to go backpacking.

    • Hostelworld is definitely the most comprehensive hostel search out there, so keep it in mind! Hosts on couch surfing do it to meet people from all around the world, get acquainted with new cultures, learn new things, and just out of the goodness of their hearts. There’s a trend of paying it forward with couch surfers…people who have been guests are usually very willing to open their homes to travelers once they’ve settled down.

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