Hotel stays usually account for more than 30% of the traveler's budget, but finding a place to stay around the world does not have to be expensive. Many travelers have found ways to make accommodations affordable. If you would like to add a resource to this list, please feel free to contact us.
Simple Budget Lodging For The Long-Term Traveler - Great Family Escape
How To Travel The World And Not Pay For Hotels - Traveling Canucks
How To Stay Around The World For Free - Dave's Travel Corner
Finding Cheap Accommodation - Nomadic Matt
Flipkey.com – A great website for affordable short and long-term vacation rentals. You might have a property you can advertise here as well.
Roomorama – Short-term room rentals around the world.
AirBnB – Seek and find world-wide lodgings.
Enrout – A great way to search multiple sites for cheap, alternative lodging.
Hostel Finder – Find youth hostels and budget accommodations around the world.
SellMyTimeShareNow - For anyone looking for a unique and spacious rental, this site has loads of timeshare condo rentals (and sales) all across the world for prices FAR less than directly from the resort.
Couchsurfing - Find a free place to stay while you travel.
Couchsurfing for Families – Find other families to stay with as you travel.
Warm Showers – Hospitality and free accommodations for cyclists.
GlobalFreeloaders – Free stays anyone? Yes Please! Free is something the budget traveler should never turn down.
Camp in my Garden - Want to camp in some of the best backyards in the world? Here is your chance!
Freecampsites.net - US and Canada only, but lots of free places.
HospitalityClub.org - Bringing people together around the world. Free rooms and even free local guided tours.
Trusted Housesitters - $80 a year to register and find a home to stay anywhere in the world. Our favorite!
Mind My House – $20 per year! "Lowest annual fee on the web."
HouseCarers – $50 per year annual fee. Homeowners list for free which improves selection
The Caretaker Gazette – $30 a year to subscribe. Great resource for house sitting and care-taking opportunities.
Workaway - Opportunities to volunteer and get free room and board.
Helpx - Volunteer in exchange for food and accommodation.
WWOOF - Work and stay on organic farms around the world.
Volunteer Stays - See the world like a local.