There are a lot of websites and resources out there on the internet which is wonderful but also means it can be overwhelming and difficult to narrow down the best, reputable sites. So, I figured I’d share with you exactly which lodging websites I go to for us and my travel planning clients depending on the situation I’m looking for.
If we’re looking for a hotel or resort
Booking.com – Fantastic for finding the absolute best hotel rates and very user-friendly. The one-stop site I go to if I want to book a hotel/resort.
If we’re looking for a house/villa
Airbnb – Find lodging by locals (shared rooms or entire places).
If you somehow don’t already have an Airbnb account, you can use this link to get up to $55 off your first booking.
Travel Keys – If you’re feeling fancy and looking for luxury villas around the world.
Marriott Villas – This is the Marriott hotel chain’s version of Airbnb.
Luxury Retreats – Another site for luxury house/villa rentals that has personal concierge services. Definitely a level up if you know what I mean haha
Cuvee – Fancy villas in a handful full of gorgeous vacation spots.
If we’re looking for budget-friendly and international
Hostel World – Hostels aren’t as scary as you may have seen in a movie. Some even have individual rooms similar to a hotel (they’re just pretty basic). Just be smart and look at ratings/reviews on this site. This is the best site for searching for hostels.
Cheap Caribbean – If you’re wanting to go to an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean on a budget, this is the site to browse.
If we’re looking for camping spots
The Dyrt – Helps you find campgrounds. I like to check this one or Reserve America then see what it looks like for real on Campground View (below).
Reserve America – Great resources for finding campgrounds.
Campground Views – Helps you see what campgrounds really look like (photos and videos) so you know what to expect.
Free Campsites – This site is how we find free/dispersed camping sites around the US typically on BLM (bureau of land management) or public lands. Just make sure you leave no trace!
If we’re looking for a unique lodging experience
Nat Geo Lodges – These are unique lodges around the world put together by Nat Geo. They’re for the explorers and more adventurous folks.
Glamping Hub – Unique lodging options (yurts, treehouses, cabins) that are more budget-friendly.
Cabin Escapes – Cute and cozy cabins around the world.