There are five types of places you can stay while traveling: hotels, hostels, villas, an apartment that you temporarily rent out, or on someone’s couch/ guest room.
$-$$ HOSTELS: Hostels are a great place to meet people. Some are conservative and others tend to have a back-packer party vibe. Check out hostelworld.com to compare hostel prices.
$$$ – $$$$$ HOTELS: If your prefer luxury and privacy, I suggest comparing prices for hotels with Hotels.com
$$$-$$$$ Villas: For a luxurious escape and grand space, check out Luxury Retreats
$$-$$$ AIRBNB: People rent out their apartment or house. You get to live like a local and they make some extra cash out of renting their space.
It’s also a great way to make some money while you’re traveling.
Sign up to host or book here on the AirBNB website. You get $20 towards your first adventure (& I do too for the referral).
HOME STAY: Stay with a local for a rate better than a hotel room. Homestay.com
COUCH SURFING: Stay with a local for free, hang out with them and make them dinner or bring them a gift from your country. I briefly couch-surfed in Ireland, Amsterdam, and Berlin with my guy best friend in 2013; it was cool. We met incredible people.
Blog post with Couch-Surfing Tips coming soon!