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Below you’ll find companies we use to book our low-cost accommodations whenever we’re traveling. If you want to learn more about the specific types of accommodations you can pick from, read about it in our article: How to Find Cheap & Free Accommodations.
Booking.com has every option possible when it comes to accommodations. You can find everything from low-cost accommodations to 5-star hotels. One of the reasons I love Booking.com so much is that when you are looking for a place to stay, it gives you the full price you’ll pay in total, not per night, and with no extra fees (other than maybe the tourist tax that is required to pay in many cities around the world). So I love it because I don’t like having to spend my own time doing the math of what my total will be, Booking does it for me. It’s just very convenient, and convenience is nice when you’re busy planning a whole trip.
HostelWorld is a budget-friendly site for finding great hostels around the world. I used this site while
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Airbnb. The reason for this is that I feel like the price I’m going to pay ends up being more than what I see when searching for a place. Airbnb has a few extra fees; the first is Airbnb’ service fee which is charged on top of what you pay per night, so you don’t see that fee until you are about to book. The people who rent to you pick the other extra charges; these can be cleaning fees, and extra for every guest in the booking. So if you are four people staying in an apartment, they could potentially charge you an additional $5 per person. Not all renters do this.
The reason why I have added Airbnb to this list is because it can sometimes be well worth the price, often you’ll find renters who don’t charge you extra per head, and if you are staying something long term, say one month many renters give a discount which I’ve seen as low as 50% per night. So long-term stays often work in your favour and end up being cheaper and more comfortable than hostels or hotels. Just keep an eye on those extra fees.
Couchsurfing is probably one of the most amazing platforms I’ve used while