Traveling without staying in hotels (alternative to hostelling and couchsurfing)

I doubt I’ll be traveling anytime soon since I’m settling down, but I will still travel from time to time.

I also will not want to couchsurf as much as before when I travel again.

Although couchsurfing was fun and I met some really genuinely nice people, it can be extremely exhausting and time-consuming to coordinate everything.

For people who travel in group and/or need privacy, I learned about several alternatives to couchsurfing from other non-couchsurfers.

The sites for those alternatives are:

And a listing from an article that appeared on the Sunday edition of New York Times, July 18th, 2010:

Sofa, so good

AIRBNB.COM

AirBnB.com, founded in 2007 in San Francisco, is the largest of this new generation of social B&Bs and has the most user reviews.

Where: About 5,378 cities in 146 countries.

Accommodations: Air mattresses to entire villas.

Price: In New York, from $10 for a room to $3,000 for a loft.

ISTOPOVER.COM

IStopOver, founded in 2009 in Toronto, specializes in big events, like this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

Where: Mostly North America, Europe and South Africa.

Accommodations: Apartments and houses.

Price: $10 to $8,000 a night.

CRASHPADDER.COM

Founded in 2008 in London, Crashpadder.com operates mostly in Britain, with a surge expected during the 2012 Olympics in London.

Where: 898 cities, including more than 1,000 listings in London.

Accommodations: Bedrooms to houses.

Price: From £15 (about $21 at $1.43 to the pound) a night, plus £3 booking fee.

ROOMORAMA.COM

Founded in 2008, Roomorama.com focuses on higher-end properties, especially in New York City.

Where: 36 cities, including more than 1,000 listings in New York.

Accommodations: Bedrooms to houses.

Price: From $30 to $5,000, plus an 8 to 12 percent booking fee.

You can read the rest of the article here: http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/travel/18couch.html?ref=travel

 

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