Accommodation will be one of your biggest daily expenses – and lowering that cost can lead to huge savings. To a lot of people, the choice seems to be either expensive hotels or cheap hostel dorms. But there are many other options available to travelers – whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, or a family. These articles will help choose the right accommodation for yourself, find the best deals, avoid being scammed, and break out of the hotel/hostel dynamic.
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Need Specific Accommodation Suggestions?
My Favorite Hostels in the World – Here’s my ever-expanding list of the best hostels in cities all around the globe. They’ll ensure you have fun, stay safe, and save money!
The Best Neighborhoods to Stay in – I’ve compiled a list of the best neighborhoods to stay in cities all around the world.
Ready to book? Here are my favorite booking companies:
Hostelworld – The best hostel site out there, with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability. You can also search for dorm beds or private rooms. I use it for my bookings (and it is an official sponsor of this website).
HostelPass – This card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and so I’m glad it finally exists. Use the code NOMADICMATT to get 25% off too!
Couchsurfing – This site allows you to stay on people’s couches or in their spare rooms for free. It’s a great way to save money — while meeting locals who can tell you much more about a city than you will find out through a hostel or hotel. The site also has groups where you can arrange to meet up for events in your destination.
Booking.com – Booking.com provides is a great resource for cheap hotels and other accommodation. I like its easy-to-use interface.
Trusted Housesitters – For a unique (and free) way to travel, try house- or pet-sitting. In exchange for free accommodation, you simply look after someone’s house and/or pet while they’re away. It’s a great option for long-term travelers and anyone on a budget.