General Accommodation Links & Online Resources

Below are links to sites that we think offer good information on finding a place to lay your head while you’re on the road. If you’ve found a site that you think should be included here, send us an email with the URL and a short description of why it’s helpful.

Hostels
BootsnAll’s Hostels Guide
BootsnAll’s hostel booking engine and resource for all things hosteling, from info on individual cities and hostels, to online reservations.

ElderHostel
Programs for travellers aged 55 and older.

Hostel Blog
News & stories about hostelling.

Bed and Breakfasts
BedandBreakfast.com
Directory of B&B’s from around the globe.

Select Registry
For over 3 decades, inspects the best inns and B&Bs in the US and Canada for quality assurance. Easy search and online booking.

Hotels
BootsnAll Cheap Hotel Booker
Excellent prices on hotels, apartments, long and short stays in Europe and the United States.

Cheap Hotels
Awesome deals on hotel rooms around the world, with online booking.

Hotels.com
Exclusive internet-only rates on hotels worldwide.

1800USAHotels.com
Great US and international hotel rates, plus online booking.

Hotelguide.com
Extensive database of hotels world-wide and an easy system for online reservations.

World Executive
Executive based travel hotels.

Homestays, Exchanges & Rentals
Cheap Vacation Rentals
Find cheap vacation rentals online, and book online too, all from one site.

International Vacation Home Exchange
Find holiday villas, condos, ski apartments, chalets, log cabins, yachts and lots more, all in popular, exotic and historic travel destinations.

Invented City Home Exchange
Join over 1500 families who swap homes with one another, and learn more about the benefits of home exchanges for your travels.

Vacations Abroad
Find a condo or vacation rental with this large list of properties from around the world.

World Homestay Friends
Site looking to connect travellers with people willing to house them for negotiable periods of time for a negotiable fee.

HomeExchange.com
The name says it all. You offer to let people stay at your house while you stay at theirs.

The Caretaker Gazette
Annual subscription fee, but they send you a newsletter containing property caretaking and housesitting opportunities, advice, and information. Great way to live in a place and maybe even get paid for it.

GlobalFreeloaders.com
A free six-month registration allows you to lower or eliminate accommodation costs. Crash in people’s homes, and open up your own to them.

Hospitality Club
Looking for a free place to crash? Here’s another site to check.

Couchsurfing.com
This free-stay site has fewer members than the other ones but also places a greater emphasis on safety with a ‘verify’ system.