13 Types of Accommodation to Choose From When Traveling

4. Airbnb

If there’s one service/website which literally disrupted the accommodation business, it’s Airbnb. When you think about it, the idea is brilliant: everyone can be a hotel! As long as you have empty rooms – or an empty house – you can start making money by renting them out.

When it was first launched, it was a lot cheaper, and a threat to hotels and hostels. As it grew bigger, so did the prices and nowadays, using Airbnb is more a matter of preference. Like Couchsurfing, you can also have the local house experience and like hostels, you have access to a kitchen which makes your trip slightly cheaper.

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5. WWOOF

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and it was created by Sue Coppard in 1971. She lived in London but wanted to have real experiences working on organic farms in the countryside, so she made her dream come true!

The main idea here is an exchange that is beneficial for all involved. Travelers work on the organic farms for accommodation and food while farmers get some much-needed help. But obviously, it’s more than that! They’re not just working and slaving away, they’re learning about organic principles, like permaculture for instance, and nurturing a deeper connection with nature.

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6. Camping

Camping is probably another all-time favorite. There’s nothing like going deep into the jungle and being completely self-sufficient. Not only the jungle but mountains, deserts, or the classic beach camping — where you can literally wake with the sounds of the waves.

This type of accommodation tends to be one of the cheapest, but I understand it’s not for everyone. You’re usually in charge of everything, from making sure you don’t get lost on the trek there to setting up the tent and cooking your own food.

If “struggling” is not really your intention, remember you can always go “glamping,” which is camping’s luxurious cousin!

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

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Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.