There are many types of affordable accommodation out there for your trip! You can choose to stay in laid back hostels, share modern apartments, funky camper-vans or party backpacking digs. Whatever you're searching for ----- How do you find it? And how do you know if it's the right place?
Once you have figured out your budget, you will know what you're willing to pay per night for a place to sleep. Your accommodation is very important for your daily budget because it's something you need to have every night. However, cheap prices doesn't mean living in squalor!
Lets look at how to find your future base and the things you need to take into consideration before finalising your booking.
HOSTELWORLD is by far my favourite website to find the best and most cost effective hostels around the world. Both the site and app are designed beautifully and perfect to navigate. I love how much detailed and helpful information they provide. From hundreds of reviews, exact directions on how to get to the hostel and which nationalities are most likely to stay there. After you have searched through the cheap listings of dorms or private rooms and have chosen a place to sleep --- confirm the booking, pay a very small fee for a deposit then be charged the rest when you arrive.
BOOKING.COM shows you a complete list of budget accommodation including all cheap hotels and guesthouses available in the city or area your researching -- as well as serviced apartment listings and the most popular hotels there are. All you have to do is 'Sort' the findings so it shows you the cheapest deals first and work from there. Type in any city's name, landmark, street or area in the world & be shown lists of accommodation options. I love how you pay nothing until you arrive and cancellations are mostly free and always straightforward!
For a while AGODA.COM was the cheapest accommodation comparison site around! They produce fantastic deals daily with up to 80% off prices you would pay normally. It's an easy site to use and includes features like 'Pay Nothing' until nearer your travel date or 'Free Cancellation' until very close to your date of arrival. Also, every time you use AGODA, you can earn points and rewards which means free accommodation at a later date when you have enough!
However, I don't like how you can't see the Service Charge & Tax that's added to your bill until just before confirming because it makes the purchase look cheaper than it is. This is why I have other favourite comparison sites. (see above!)