When planning a trip, you will need to figure out which type of
backpacking accommodation best fits you. There are a few options, some which you may know about, and some that may be new to you listed below.
Hostels: Hostels cater to the independent traveler on a budget, and are the most popular among backpackers. The days of the shady, dirty hostel are over, as there are many good ones out there that offer a clean, fun and unique experience.
Hotels: Hotels can be affordable if you are with a larger group of people, and many areas offer quality, cheap hotels, especially places like the US that don’t publicize hostels as much. They can also be a nice break every now and then on a long trip from bunk beds and strangers snoring if you prefer some privacy.
B&Bs: Similar to the amenities that hotels have, Bed and Breakfasts or boutique hotels can be a cozier alternative. In some very small cities, there may not be hostels, and if you don’t want to stay in a chain hotel, a local B&B can still be economical but with a personal touch.
Couchsurfing: Couchsurfing is an online community of individuals that open their homes, or couches, to fellow travelers for FREE! Staying with a couchsurfer not only has cost benefits, but gives you the opportunity to meet locals and form life long friendships.
Camping: Camping is another cheap alternative and is not just restricted to rural areas and beaches. Many cities have campgrounds that are very centrally located, and camping is more popular in other countries than the US, like Europe. If you are willing to carry around the extra luggage and forego the luxuries of hotel or hostel living, then camping could be for you.