Airbnb is the biggest home-sharing site on the internet now and its the best place to find unique places to accommodate long or short term stays. You can easily find budget stays under 30$ or private villas and everything in between. This blog will discuss some other alternative sites to book stays for your next vacation.
I have been using it for years and now you may want to know why would you need more alternatives to this home-sharing website. In recent years, Airbnb has gathered many negative reviews with price surging so there is no harm in looking at all the possible resources before you whip out that credit card.
booking.com is amother site where you can book budget or luxurious stays. The website is available in 228 countries and in over 43 languages. It has been online for over 23 years and is a very trusted site. You earn a 25$ credit on your first booking and it has a great refer a friend program too. You can also earn a 150$ for any of your referral who lists their property on the site.
Homeaway changed itself into Stayz and has been running since 2014 so it is fairly new to the house-sharing platform. This site caters more to luxury stay and has a great range of villas and beautifual properties. If you are looking for a private beach-side property or a secluded house in the mountains this is definately the place to find it. Most of its listings are modern sleek properties that cater to high-end travelers. The website does not have any referral program for its users at the moment but runs in over 50 counties.
PRO TIP- you can also book a castle on the website, well if you can afford it.
This option isnt really for families or anyone above 35. Many young travelers look for cheap accomodation and nothing is as cheap as a hostel. you can rent from 5$ depending on what country you are visiting. hostelworld has a vast majority of hostels registered on its site and some of them are super cool for the price you pay. I stayed in a hostel on my trip to sydeny and its a great place to make friends and be social if you are traveling alone. I saved a lot of cash for sure but I had so much more fun than I would have had anywhere else.
Do you want to earn money while you stay in a modern sleek apartment or live in a house with a pool or share a house with cute puppies then house sitting is the perfect option for you? There are many websites online where you can sign up and stay at peoples places for free in excahnge for some simple tasks like getting in mail or watering plants. Some websites even pay you if the tasks list is a bit longer but it is a great way to travel on a budget
This is the perfect site to book luxury properties. It has a portfolio of over 6000 properties so its safe to say that you get only the best of the best. The expereince is more curated and the team will help you find your dream place. As the site has very limited listings you might not always find a place for your destination but if you do then it is well worth it. The listings look like straight out of movies only if I could afford it.
My favorite option out of all the listings is definitely staying in a hostel as its the only one I a 21-year-old university student can afford. I love Airbnb but sometimes I find better deals on booking.com and I hope that this has helped you for future bookings.