When I travel and share pictures of the places I stay at on Instagram, people always flood me with messages asking me how I found such a beautiful place and how I got it so cheap.
For example, I stayed in this beautiful villa in Albania for just $58/night. This kind of place in other countries would be unaffordable. (By the way if you haven’t used AirBnb before, get a free voucher from me here).
To be fair, Albania is a pretty affordable country, but I still stand by the statement that it’s possible to get cheap and good accommodation wherever you travel. So here are the top four sites I visit to get the best places to stay when I travel.
I love CouchSurfing because it’s completely free and you get to stay with awesome locals who can make your travels a lot more interesting. Sometimes they share fun stories or even bring you around to cool places in the area.
Just make sure you do your due diligence by checking if the host is verified, if they have good reviews, etc. If you’re a woman try only to stay with other women or families as many male hosts unfortunately have begun to use CouchSurfing as a way to take advantage of women.
2) Hostel World
This site is one of the best places to check out hostels, no matter where you’re travelling. There are so many options and so many pictures and reviews to help you make sure you’re making the right decision.
Hostels are pretty cheap too. You can find them as cheap as $10-$20 per night depending on the location, how many people you share a room with, and the standard of the hostel.
AirBnb is my next favourite option. It’s usually more expensive than hostels, but sometimes you find hidden gems. And if you didn’t know, you can save money on your AirBnb if it’s your first time by using my voucher!
I like AirBnbs for the homely vibes and the ability to cook and do laundry however you’d like. Sometimes it’s cool to stay with a family, but sometimes if you want your own privacy, you can rent it without a host. I love that flexibility and sometimes it warrants paying a bit more.
And as for how I find such beautiful AirBnbs? Just keep searching. It takes a bit of patience and you gotta keep looking at the listings individually, because sometimes the cover picture alone doesn’t show how awesome a place is.
Now if I don’t care too much about price or I just want all my needs taken care of for me, I go and book a hotel on Hotels.com. Also if you’re traveling with another person sometimes a hotel can be just as cheap as a hostel if you’re splitting the price!
It’s trusted and easy to use, and there are so many filters it makes the process a lot easier. Like, I could filter the hotels I want according to the neighbourhoods or landmarks I want to stay close to. Or I could pick the kinds of facilities I want, like a pool or gym.
So those are the four sites I check to find the best places when I travel. I hope it helps you, especially if you’re planning a trip and you don’t know where to start.