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Top 8 Best Websites to Find Accommodations

Finding accommodations is certainly a lot easier these days than it was long ago. There are many ways to book accommodations, how can one possibly choose which websites are the best or most reliable? How does one know if the reviews on a hotel are accurate? Alternatively, what if you have no idea what you want to do when you have arrived at your new destination but do not want to take a risk and find a place when you arrive? All of these are major concerns when traveling, as having a place to rest your head and put down your stuff after a long day of sightseeing is crucial to having a good time. Utilizing these websites will help take some of that stress away:

Airbnb is a great way to find lodging.

Airbnb is a great way to find lodging.

Airbnb.com

Airbnb is a great option for people who love to travel, have a specific budget, and want to meet new people. With listings in nearly every city in the world, Airbnb is where people rent out an entire house they own, a room in their house, or a separate area of their house to provide guests with the comforts of being home while on the road. The options on Airbnb range from a mattress lying on the living room floor of someone’s house, to a gorgeous beach condo that you can call yours for the entire length of your stay. Most hosts will be happy to meet you at the airport, show you around their city, and even provide a bike or motorbike you can rent.

Hipmunk.com

If you are tired of checking absolutely every booking site out there to compare rates, then let Hipmunk do the work for you. Hipmunk is similar to Kayak in that it compares various prices of hotels (and flights!) from different websites all at once. Then, you can just click on the website that has your hotel listed as the cheapest and go from there. Hipmunk also has a very user-friendly page that helps you filter your search quickly, as well as detailed information and reviews on each property.

Volunteers at WWOF.org

Volunteers at WWOF.org

WWOOF.org

WWOOF is an organization that gives volunteers an opportunity to work somewhere in the world, typically an organic farm, in exchange for room and board. It is an excellent way to explore the local side of a country that not many tourists get to see. It gives you a chance to know the people and the culture very well, as your host family will be like your real family during your stay. Best of all, most volunteers only need to work 4 hours a day, so you can have the rest of the day to go out and explore!

Helpstay.com

Similar to WWOOF, Helpstay is a way to ‘help’ out abroad in exchange for a place to stay. There are tons of different opportunities to choose from (not just farming), and you’ll get a chance to meet tons of other people, while doing something good. Like many of these websites, this one is very easy to use by having the option to filter out what you are interested in.

Hotels.com

While sometimes a generic name can be the last place you want to look to find a good deal, hotels.com has excellent deals as well as programs for frequent users. Every time you stay ten nights with hotels.com, you get a free night. The website is incredibly easy to use and offers packages and deals as well as promotions and a rewards system to help save you money on your trip.

Trivago.com:

Like Hipmunk, Trivago compares many deals at once. When you get to the home page, all you do is type in where you want to go, and it instantly brings up rates from nearly 300 booking sites at once. Don’t waste your time checking each and every site. If the lowest deal is out there somewhere, then Trivago will let you know.

Booking.com only uses your credit card to hold the room.

Booking.com only uses your credit card to hold the room.

Booking.com:

Booking.com is great if you want to secure a stay somewhere before your trip, but you are not so sure of your itinerary just yet. Alternatively, if you want to make a reservation and pay in cash when you arrive. This is because booking.com only uses your card to hold a room for you, but you can cancel up to two days before your stay, and they will charge nothing to your credit card. Booking.com also tends to have very competitive rates for the rooms.

Couchsurfing.com:

Couchsurfing is not for everybody, but everyone should try it at least one point in his or her lives. It takes the old “you can crash on my couch” kind of stay and has made it accessible to 10 million people around the globe. Like Airbnb, you can stay as a guest in someone’s house, but for free. Couchsurfing also hosts many activities and events for couch surfers everywhere!

What other websites do you use? Comment below and let us know so we can Go! See! Learn!

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Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the creator of The Traveling Vixen, which captures her adventures around the world. Her passion is to inspire others to grow by experiencing and learning new things in the world.

2 Comments

  • Marion

    In my next life, I will know how to find places and accomadations with your help,
    very informative and interesting

    June 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm
    • Michelle Rae
      Michelle Rae

      Thank you, Marion!
      I have found that finding the perfect place to stay can be overwhelming at times, so I’m happy this article is helpful for you. 🙂

      July 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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