One of the highest costs when traveling can be booking a place to stay. However, there are so many alternatives to staying in hotels that accommodation can become one of your lowest costs. Below are five websites that we use to find places to stay when we travel.
We were hosts with Airbnb when we lived in California, and had such a great experience that we knew we wanted to use them when traveling. What’s great about Airbnb is the flexibility. Whether you prefer an entire apartment yourself or just need a sofa to crash on, there’s an option and a price for every person.
Booking is simple and their customer service team is excellent should you have any problems. With Airbnb, we’ve been able to stay in some very nice, conveniently located places while learning about the local culture and making some lifelong friends. Get $35 off your first stay here.
HostelBookers is our go-to site for when we want to meet other travelers. The site allows you to choose to book either a bed in a dormer or a private room, and prices are rarely more than $15-$20 per night.
In some countries like Morocco and SouthEast Asia, hostels average $5 a night, leaving the rest of your budget for experiences and food!
4. House Sitting
A different option while traveling is signing up for a service like Trusted House Sitters or House Carers. These sites allow you to stay for free in someones home in exchange for taking care of their pets and house while they are away. We did this for two weeks in Spain, and wrote about our experience here. If done correctly, you can eliminate your housing costs completely by just house sitting.
Couchsurfing is another free option and a way to meet locals. We haven’t personally used this service and have found that many hosts don’t want to host two people. If you’re a solo traveler, you may have better luck.
What are your favorite sites to use when traveling? We love to hear how other people travel and hope that these tips help you plan your next trip!