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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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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How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

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No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.