Tired of paying hotels at unaffordable prices? Tired, especially, of the coldness of a room that is equal to another thousand and without the possibility of having contact with the local people?
The Internet has ended the tyranny of traditional accommodation. If you feel like paying less for an accommodation in the heart of London, Paris or new York (who is not!), but especially looking for different experiences, collaborative consumption and very especially create community and share other cultures with the people who live there, the best It’s renting a room in a private house.
These 7 website make it easier:
Wimdu. Rent of private apartments, but also of rooms in shared flats. Its web is very easy to use and you will find more than 50,000 houses in more than 100 countries. His motto is “Travel like a local”.
Airbnb. They are one of the pioneers and leaders of this market. They put in contact with individuals who offer accommodation in their house, from a simple apartment in Manhattan to a castle in the French countryside, with travelers who want to pay little and live with the local population. Its catalogue includes more than 31,000 cities in 192 different countries.
Couchsourfing. A classic among the classics. More than a web of accommodation in private homes has become a travel philosophy for young internet users. You offer at least one sofa where you can sleep a traveler for free and you know that the day you need it, you will have another couch (or a folding bed) anywhere else in the world.
BedyCasa. They offer rooms, studios, apartments… in more than 162 countries at very cheap prices (in Paris, from €30 the night). It has more than 15,000 registered accommodation.
Familink Travel. They have created the first virtual community of traveling families; You’ll travel beyond the traditional sense of the term, of course. For €1 you sign up on their website and account what you offer: type of accommodation, experiences you will share with your guests, visits to the area … I’m sure that somewhere else in the world there’s a family interested in sharing with yours for a few days, and vice versa.
Casahotel in Cuba. A website specializing in private accommodation in Cuba, from flats in Havana to Casa Coloniales throughout the island. To live the Cuban reality with a Cuban family and very affordable appreciations.
Onefinestay. A twist to the imagination online: accommodation in private houses (like the others), but in this case in luxury mansions while their owners do not occupy them. At the moment it only works in London and new York, where they offer 500 exclusive accommodations; In the price is included the use of an Iphone with free local calls.