Hostels, Home Exchange & House Sitting

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Top Sites

HotelsCombined - Compare all the top travel sites in one simple search and find just what you're after.

Housesit Match - Homeowners can go away with peace of mind while us working travellers feed the dog and look after the property This network is active across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

HouseCarers - Has been securely matching Homeonwers with House Sitters since October 2000. We have researched the practice of house sitting and created acceptable guidelines to help their members make informed decisions.

House Sitting

 

Links

The Caretaker Gazette - Published since 1983, The Caretaker Gazette list hundreds of property caretaking opportunities across the USA and worldwide each year.

Caretaker-Jobs.com - Caretaker-Jobs.com is dedicated to serving the needs of property owners and caretakers world wide. They also have related live-in horse jobs, ranch jobs and summer jobs.

Casa Versa - Browse for home exchange opportunities in your own country and around the globe and never feel like a tourist again.

CouchSurfing - Use this network to meet people and crash on their couches. Hosts provide accommodation that can range from a penthouse apartment to a back yard to pitch your tent in. Stays can be as short as a cup of coffee, a night or two, or even a few months or more. Over 2000 cities represented.

DirectRooms - Search over 150,000 hotels around the world.

European Hostels - Search this site to find youth hostels and budget hotels across 18 European countries.

Global Freeloaders - An online community bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world.

Homeforswap.com - Through international home listings, member reviews, and tips, Homeforswap.com strives to make every home exchange fan feel prepared and comfortable in planning their vacation exchanges.

The Hospitality Club - With over 25,000 members in over 150 countries the Hospitality Club seems to be achieving its aim to bring people together: hosts and guests, travelers and locals. Hospitality Club members around the world help each other when they are traveling with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town. Joining is free and members can look at each other's profiles, send messages and post comments about their experience on the website.

HostelBookers - Is the only budget accommodation website in the travel industry that does not apply a service charge and is, on average, 8.7% cheaper than its nearest competitor. It features over 20,000 hostels and budget properties on its website in 3,500 destinations across the world.

Hostelling International - The leading provider of budget accommodation, with over 4000 affiliated hostels around the world. Check them out using the search tool for immediate bed booking. Hostels especially suitable for families or groups can be found easily and discounts are available to IYHF members.

Hostels Central - Nice looking site with hostel booking and information plus a helpful backpacker magazine that includes working abroad articles. Also includes festival news and plenty of fun stuff.

Hostels Club - Secure world wide online bookings for hostels, hotels, B&Bs, apartments, guesthouses and campsites.

Hostels of Europe.com - An online guide to over 3000 independent hostels in Europe. Reservations can be made now to ensure a bed waiting for you at your destination.

Hostels.com - A huge range of over 8000 hostels around the world are listed. Hostels found after using the search facilities are rated along with a description and an optional pop up map showing its location. Prices can be viewed in your favourite currency and individual or group bookings can be made. A number of travel resources are also provided including a guide to hostelling, message boards and travel tales.

Hostel World - Provides online bookings for hostels around the world. Check out things to do or read the destination guides to find out what’s hot and what’s not. Plenty of features and travel information is available including some info on working abroad.

Hostelz.com - Hostels guide with honest reviews, exclusive photos, guest comments, and online booking.

HotelsCombined - Compare all the top travel sites in one simple search and find just what you're after.

HouseCarers - Has been securely matching Homeonwers with House Sitters since October 2000. They have researched the practice of house sitting and created acceptable guidelines to help their members make informed decisions.

Housesit Match - Homeowners can go away with peace of mind while us working travellers feed the dog and look after the property This network is active across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

House Sitting Guide - A guide to the world of house sitting, a popular new form of travel where travellers look after other people's homes and in return, stay for free. The site covers everything from getting started and creating a profile on a house sitting site, to what to write when applying for house sits. The site also has a growing number of interviews with house sitters from around the world, each giving tips on how they landed that particular house sit. There is a free ebook too.

House Sitting & Pet Sitters International - Connecting international house and pet sitters with house and pet owners around the World, but mostly in the UK, USA and Australia.

Love Home Swap - Over 53,000 home exchange listings in more than 160 countries to save money and build new relationships. 

Petsitter.com - Look after someone’s pets while they are away.

Servas International - A non profit NGO founded in 1949, Servas aims to promote international understanding and tolerance. Each area of the world has its own coordinator to help bring together hosts and travellers.

Stay4Free - Home exchange via this Dutch based free accommodation network.

Travelaholics.com - More than 30,000 backpacker hostels and cheap hotels in 5,900 cities in 180 countries.

Trusted Housesitters - Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer to join here).

VRBO - Vacation rentals by owner.

VIP Backpackers - Worldwide hostel booking. We've stayed at a few VIP hostels in Australia. Typically they are lively, can pick you up by minivan and include inhouse travel and tour information and bookings.

Women Welcome Women Worldwide - Aims to foster international friendship by enabling women of different countries to visit one another. Members are of all backgrounds and from many parts of the world. Any woman may become a member, regardless of nationality, religion, home circumstances, etc.