Accommodation: Long & Short Term

Confused as to whether you should stay in a: B&b, Hostel, Guesthouse, Apartment, Hotel, Resort, Backpackers, Lodge, Self-catering, Airbnb, Castle, (should you try) Coliving, Couchsurfing, House-sitting, or a Homestay (whew!)? There are many many different types of accommodation for short and long term stays.

The links below describe these many different types of accommodation, and help you to decide which to avoid and which ones are the best. They also discuss how to locate long term stays without paying tons in the process, and other very helpful tips and tricks

Chris, Leslie, and their 5 kids, packed up, sold everything, and left their regular life to travel the world in 2018. They’ve explored Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and South and Central America.

Their goals are to empower other families to travel more, to break the mould of society and expectations they feel like they “should” fill, and to really LIVE the way they want to.  They love their full-time travels and desire to be a platform for learning more about full-time travel, especially for families. 

They run several successful businesses and have become experts at balancing the family/digital nomad life. They want to show everyone that travel with kids is, not only possible but enjoyable! Check out their awesome jam-packed informative site here…

Matthew Karsten has been traveling around the world for the last 9 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are his passions. Let him inspire you to travel more with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving tips. He will show you how to travel the world, to seek experiences over possessions, and open your mind to new possibilities. To visit places that you didn’t even know existed!

Here is his excellent article about how to find cheap travel accommodation…

Lauren is a full time traveler and digital nomad, traveling for 4 years she has been to 48 countries. Through well-written travel stories, itineraries, and photos she hopes to inspire others to see the world in a new light, and explore it themselves.

Have a look at her beautifully set out website and read her secret to free accommodation around the world

Nick and Dariece are Canadian Travel Bloggers with an aim to show others how to earn money online, on the road and on-the-go, so that they can make travel a bigger part of their lives. They have been traveling for over 8 years and their motto is: Keep your life on your back and get more back from your life!

There is lots and lots to have a look at on their website – like this very interesting and informative guide on the best airbnb rentals

Mike and Oshin have been full time traveling for over 7 years. This incredible blog is about where they go, what inspires them, and explains in a lot of detail the numerous ways how they consistently make money online to foot the bill on a travel-intensive lifestyle. Their primary objective is to help and motivate others to pick up a passport, get a remote job and explore it –to find balance and improve their quality of life.

Have a look at this article chock-a-block full of fascinating information about Couchsurfing alternatives.

Skyler and Ross, with their 5 kids, packed everything up and changed their life. They wanted to have adventures and see the world as a family: to create shared memories and to see what the world had in store for them.

They decided to share the ups and the downs of a crazy, real, and imperfect family of 7 traveling the world and trying to live a richer, more fulfilling and memorable life: Learning Brave is a website with fun and crazy travel stories, as well as tips and tricks for family travel. They also run international Teen Adventures Tours

Read all about their experience with house-sitting as a family of 7 here…

Jodi Etternberg, quit her job as a lawyer in 2008 to visit Siberia. She planned to take only a year sabbatical to travel the world but never returned to the law. Instead, as a celiac, she ended up living the Nomadic Lifestyle with exciting work in food, public speaking, and storytelling.

In 2017, a botched spinal tap derailed her life and left her disabled. Her work and travels ground to a halt. Legal Nomads now reflects her new reality: she shares lessons from the road, and also how to cope with grief and chronic pain. And how to cultivate the resilience required to navigate tough times.

Legal Nomads remains a place to connect with others through curiosity and discovery.  Read her fantastic article on How to Find Accommodation here…

It is the mission of the Nomad Genie team to reduce single-use plastic consumption and encourage responsible travel experiences. They love exploring, and as a group they have travelled to a multitude of different countries across the world via countless modes of transport. They want to help you to travel with no regrets. Have a look at their site and read their very interesting posts on their blog about eco-friendly travel.

This post covers how to bag yourself a travel bargain online.

Fabienne and Ben are 2 bloggers, authors, and web entrepreneurs from the french part of Switzerland. After working for 2 years in Vienna, they left backpacking around the world for 19 months (2013-2015). This was a real “life changing” experience and they discovered during this trip what the words “freedom” and “flexibility” really mean.

Since then, they have been moving forward on the path of web entrepreneurship, embracing the digital nomad lifestyle

You can read all about Coliving in this incredibly useful and well-written article here…

Gaby and Kristen‘s website is full of real, actionable information that guides you, step-by-step, into the digital nomad lifestyle – representing the idea of maximum travel with minimum baggage (and not just the luggage kind). One Bag Nomad exists to help you leave all the unnecessary behind and to save time by finding all the information you need in one place.

Peruse this awesome site and learn the finer details of being a Digital Nomad and how to find the perfect Airbnb rental.

Will Hatton has been an adventurer and entrepreneur for 10 years. He is passionate about real adventures; freezing peaks and steaming jungles, crashing waves and raging rivers; if it gets his heart pumping and his blood racing, he is down. The goal of The Broke Backpacker is to show budding adventurers how to ditch their desks, hit the road and discover the intoxicating levels of freedom that can only be found while traveling the world. Will believes that travel is the ultimate learning experience and that when you are out of your comfort zone, this is when you learn the most.

What a website! That’s all I can say… have fun reading Will’s post on Couchsurfing 101.

This website is all about the travels of a family of four from Belgium. They say that the world is out there to discover and they can’t wait to see as much of it as possible. They want to discover all the magic that’s out there and share it with you.

Their website is family-orientated and wonderful to read. Be informed by checking out their post on how to organise cheap family accommodation.

Alina and Andrei Ceclan, from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, started travelling around the world with their two-and-a-half-year-old in June 2018. You will find their experiences as they wander around the world with a young kid, but also holiday memories from the past or tips and facts to help you plan and arrange your travels better.

This link will take you to their accommodation reviews for places such as Dubai, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Melissa and Wade, a fulltime RV traveling couple, show you how they travel cheap without a retirement fund, a remote fulltime job, or a trust fund. Two middle-aged people who left the rat race for something totally different. 

Click this link to find out how to get free and cheap accommodation with points.

Nora Dunn, originally from Canada, slow traveled the world full-time for 12 years (through over 55 countries and 5 continents), and still travels for half the year! She’s an expert on travel, personal finance (as a former Certified Financial Planner), and lifestyle design. She’s lived a variety of lifestyles by working in trade for free accommodation. Her location independent writing career takes care of the rest of the expenses. She has got a ton of content on her website. Since 2007, she’s perfected the art of traveling full-time in a financially sustainable way. If you’d like to learn how to do the same, then check out her brilliant site.

For her post on free or cheap accommodation, click the button below here… 

A family of four (Jason, Jenny, Arthur and Ezra) from the UK, who believe that global adventure travel should not wait until the kids are older. They offer honest and personal support and inspiration for like-minded parents. 

Read their advice on check lists for accommodation when travelling with toddlers by clicking on this link.

Chelsea and Matt travel the world full time with their daughter Kailen, who’s already been to 16 countries. Through location independent employment, they gained the freedom of mobility and gave up the comforts of the suburbs. All their possessions fit in their backpacks. Through this experience they learned that collecting memories, not things, is the best way to live. Revel in their wanderlust and let them help you plan your next adventure.

Here is their article about how to book affordable accommodation.

Transport sorted >> tick (if not, click here). 

Accommodation booked >> tick (if you are looking for specific country accommodation, click on the continent’s name in the main menu at the top of the page, and view the accommodation that is specifically for that country). 

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