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Budget Friendly Travel Accommodation

Flights are already expensive and to find a good deal sometimes it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. We all want to travel but you may not necessarily want to wait until off peak or shoulder seasons to get a good deal on accommodation. You may just be going for a quick business trip and will probably not use half of the luxurious amenities at the hotel so why pay for it all then? A youth hostel is certainly not even an option.  There must be a better, more economical way to still travel and sleep well.

The travel arena has evolved to the point where you can find affordable vacation rentals at the click of a button or the tap of a screen. Rentals vary from homes, condos, villas, cottages, cabins and apartments. The prices on these websites range to fit any budget and the beauty is that you can tailor your accommodation needs as you desire and discuss any possible changes with the host you will be renting from. But where can you find these sites? Two popular ones are and

On airbnb you will find over 1,500,000 rentals listed in over 34,000 cities worldwide in 191 countries. You get to explore another city or country as if you actually live there. For any selected city you will find over 100 possible rentals ranging in price from $10 to $1000. The site gives you the average cost of rentals listed in the area you are looking at and you can tailor your room type to narrow your searches. There are also reviews under the listings and a picture of the host so as to make you feel more comfortable with your selection. A plus on this site is that if you are a host, you would get a discount from other hosts.

Flipkey is similar to airbnb with the difference being that they have a best price promise. They also offer payment protection on their listings and reviews. Flipkey does not have pictures of the host which some persons may find to be more comforting. One may realise that the prices on this site are similar to that of their competitors. Though you may not find the same listing on both sites being compared you may find deals on one which aren’t on the other. However, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

There are affordable ways to go exploring the world and many are just a click away. Get started on thinking about your next vacation today.


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