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There are far more accommodation options available than you might think and I don’t just mean different hotels. Whether you want to meet new people, sleep in a luxury bed, enjoy a relaxing spa, or just save money, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our seven favorite ways to bed-down for the night!

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This little-known gem in the world of travel allows you to connect with homeowners worldwide who don’t want to leave their home vacant and at risk for a length of time and so are looking for someone to live there, for free, while they travel, work abroad or a variety of other reasons. They have peace of mind, you get a free house. What else could you wish for?! Check out more details here on how you can become a House sitter.

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Dorms are great. You’re guaranteed to meet people with shared interests, passions, ideas and even itineraries. It’s the best way to meet new people on the road. You might not like everyone you meet, but you’ll definitely find someone to hang out with wherever you are and maybe even someone to travel with!

There are various sites you can use, here’s our Ultimate Guide of Best Hostels around the World.

  • Family/Relatives/Friend’s House

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If you know someone in a town or city, give them a call! If they can fit you in somewhere, they will. If not, you can be pretty sure they’ll know the best places to stay and invite you over for a meal!

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No one expects you to live on a minimal budget every day, so treat yourself with a real hotel, with a pool, a spa and a huge, feather pillowed bed! There are a lot of different deals out there, you just have to know where to look and check more than one site. We’ve been using Agoda and Booking.com when we need some inspiration – sometimes you can even book now and pay later. Check out our list of recommended Luxury hotels around the world.

  • Couchsurfing

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Couchsurfing connects travelers in need of a bed or sofa for the night with friendly locals who have exactly that. Growing in popularity all over the world, it’s the perfect way to meet interesting people from all over the world and get to know new places and cultures outside of the usual tourists’ perspective. Here’s my Couchsurfing account so you’ll have an idea on how to create your own account.

  • Apartments and Rooms

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If you want something a bit more independent, your own space and maybe even your own kitchen, an apartment or shared house might be for you. AirBnB offer exactly that in locations all over the world.

  • Overnight Transportation

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Trains, boats and bus are great for backpackers looking to save their valuable daylight time and some money by travelling through the night instead of paying for accommodation. Don’t stretch yourself too far though, if you arrive exhausted, it might not be worth the money you save!

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11 thoughts on “Where to stay – The best accommodation for backpackers

  1. Hello
    Inspired sa trip mo sa Mauritania:)

    I’m.planning to go there for a visa run im in Morocco atm

    Can u do a good package for me flight, food and accomodation?

  2. Hello there. I am grateful that I’ve found your article. It is really difficult to look for group accommodation packages and your tips helped me a lot in my plans for my trip.

  3. Actually, this is the first time I’ve heard of such options as Overnight transportation and Flashpacking but it seems to be amazing. I will definitely try out these options for sure. I will bookmark this page for future reference. Thank you for sharing this great blog with us. Keep up the good work.

  4. This is the first time I’ve heard of such options such as overnight transportation, couchsurfing, etc. and it’s great!!! Thank you so much for posting this very informative article. I’m not yet a traveler, but this is definitely going to my bookmarks and I will let my traveler sisters read this. 😀

  5. Flashpacking is so great when you’re travelling for a long time – it’s important to get a good night’s sleep every now and again!

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.