Travel Hacks:

Booking Your Next Accommodation


Nowadays, travelers have many options when it comes to choosing an accommodation. Many new types of accommodations have popped up in past years offering travelers much more choice and flexibility. It’s good to know what options exist so that you find the perfect type of accommodation for your preferences, your needs, and your budget.



The most traditional, and often the most expensive, type of accommodation are hotels. If you decide to stay at hotels, try to find ones where you can get points to put towards free nights. Some hotel chains offer air miles or their own points reward system. If you travel often, these points can add up fast and give you free nights.  When looking for a hotel, use a hotel comparison site to compare ratings and prices.

  • Booking
  • Tripadvisor
  • Trivago
  • Kayak



This form of accommodation can be ideal for budget travelers of any age. Many people think of hostels as something for only young travelers. This is simply not true. Many hostels offer private rooms designed for solo travelers or couples and accommodate travelers of all ages.

  • Hostel World
  • Hostel Bookers


Short Term Rentals

Another option is to rent someone’s home on a short term basis. These accommodations tend to be more spacious than hotel rooms. They’re a good bargain for families and groups who can split the cost. Additionally, having a kitchen can save you money because you won’t need to eat out as often.

  • AirBnb
  • VRBO
  • 9flats
  • Join Overnight
  • Wimdu
  • Roomorama


Home Exchange

In a home exchange you swap homes with a family from another country. It’s a great way to live cheaply abroad. You live in their home while they live in your home. You get all the comforts of home (hot water, laundry, etc.) while in another city for free.

  • Home Exchange
  • IHEN
  • Home for Exchange
  • Seniors Home Exchange


House Sitting

House-sitting allows you to live in someone’s home for free. In exchange you will often be required to look after pets and care for the property during your stay. If you want to spend a lot of time out and about, you’ll also need to consider whether this works for the home owner and the animals in your care.

  • House Sitting Magazine
  • TrustedHousesitters
  • MindMyHouse



Sleeping in someone’s spare bedroom or on their couch is one way to save on accommodations. Often, it’s free and is a great way to meet locals. Locals provide you with a place to stay, travel tips for their city, and are often willing to show you around.

  • Couch surfing
  • Global Freeloaders
  • Hospitality Club
  • Stay4Free


Religious Housing

Depending on where you’re traveling, there may be accommodations offered by religious organizations.  Most ask for donations or are free, making them a unique experience and great budget option.

  • Monasterystays

Happy travels from NeatPack!