Cheap accommodation

Indie Travel Podcast brings you the best cheap accommodation options, from traditionally cheap hostels to modern twists like Couchsurfing and apartment rentals.

Hostelling

We highly recommend hostelling to find great, budget places to stay while you travel independently.

Modern hostels are generally clean and have a lot of amenities hotels do not offer. It is not uncommon to find free wifi, relaxed bars and private rooms for the dorm-shy.

We book through Hostelbookers — which also powers our own hostel booking engine — and can happily recommend them as a site without booking fees for over 3,500 destinations worldwide.

You might find our 10 things to look for when booking a hostel online useful or just book a hostel online.

Then there’s seven reasons hostels suck and seven reasons hostels rock.

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Couchsurfing

More and more these days, we’re using the Couchsurfing network to find local people to stay with. Even if we can’t get a “free” bed, we’re loving being able to meet people for a coffee, beer or meal as we travel around the world. This is one of the best ways to discover a little of local life, to fin out what people are thinking, and to get off the treadmill of tourism and into the grain of daily life.

Other options

If you’re really not the hostel type, we understand. Maybe a short-term rental from Roomorama is more your style. They offer different sorts of short term rentals, short term apartments and furnished apartments.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re hostelling, staying in guesthouses or even in five-star hotels. What matters is finding time to do what you enjoy, doing something different — perhaps even meaningful — in the places you visit.

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