How to Get Cheap Accommodation

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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?

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. – 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.

RVShare – RVshare is like Airbnb for RVs. You can browse privately owned RVs all around the country, find one that suits your needs and budget, and then rent it directly from the owner. It’s super affordable and makes RVing easy and accessible.

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