Accommodation Travel Articles

There is much more to accommodation options than hotels and hostels (and there are many misconceptions about hostels . Learn more about camping, Couchsurfing, WWOOF’ing, homestays, house-sitting, and more in the following pages.

 
All-Inclusive Resorts and Indie Travel: Is It Possible?
All-Inclusive Resorts and Indie Travel: Is It Possible? Have you ever been tempted by an all-inclusive vacation package but afraid you'd lose your independent traveler cred if you went on a trip like that? This article by JoAnna Haugen may help you see that while there are some drawbacks to vacation packages, there are some serious perks, too - even for indie travelers.
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Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing
Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing Last month, news broke that Couchsurfing, the web's largest travel social network, had its CEO step down, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the company. In this article, longtime Couchsurfer Nithin Coca explores how an idea with so much promise lost its foundation – its member-build base – leading to its present day downfall.
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Why a Home Exchange is a Great Indie Travel Experience
Why a Home Exchange is a Great Indie Travel Experience When Margaret Foley and her family began traveling using home exchanges, they discovered that nothing about home life is universal.
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Hostel Tips, Etiquette, FAQs, & More
Hostel Tips, Etiquette, FAQs, & More Hosteling might be a bit confusing or even intimidating if you've never done it before. This fantastic collection of articles will tell you all you need to know before you check into a hostel dorm room for the first time.
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15 Must-Haves of Great Hostels
15 Must-Haves of Great Hostels As a backpacker, hostels are your home away from home. Conni Biesalski fills you in on the must-haves of a good hostel so you know what to look for.
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How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental
How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental A vacation rental can be the ideal way to get to know a new area and culture, but you've heard the nightmare stories. Maureen Kennedy has some ideas and tips to make sure you get what you expected on your vacation.
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Why You Should Hostel with Your Family
Why You Should Hostel with Your Family Hosteling is not just for the young gap-year traveler anymore. Jennifer Miller shows families how to choose a hostel, what to pack, how to make the most of the experience, and maybe even score a private room. (Hint: have more kids!)
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8 Things that Separate Great Hostels from Average Hostels
8 Things that Separate Great Hostels from Average Hostels Hostels come in all shapes and sizes with varying amenities. After a year of round-the-world travel, Adam Seper is comfortable declaring which 8 amenities separate the great hostels from the so-so hostels.
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Do You Want to Open Your Own Hostel?
Do You Want to Open Your Own Hostel? Opening a hostel is not an uncommon dream among travelers who return from a trip around the world, but is the dream the same as the reality? After turning a parking lot into a 132 bed hostel in Kyoto, Japan, Nobu Tabata speaks to Jo Fitzsimons about the highs and lows of the hostel business.
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What Couchsurfing Meant to Me
What Couchsurfing Meant to Me Couchsurfing has lost its mojo. It can get it back, but not until after we know what it was in the first place, and how to design for human experience.
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