Whether it’s a weekend city break or a fortnight in the sun, booking accommodation is an integral part of planning a holiday. In fact, there’s a lot more to it than simply finding a comfy bed for the night; the right lodgings can really make (or break) your trip. With so much choice online – and multiple strategies for getting a good deal – most of us tend to automatically opt for a hotel. However, there are plenty of other options which, whilst offering just as much comfort, can bring an additional element of adventure to your getaway. Here are three fun alternatives to consider when booking your next trip.


1. Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is undoubtedly one of the most sociable options when it comes to choosing travel accommodation. By creating a Couchsurfing profile online, you gain access to a global community of potential hosts as well as fellow travelers – simply browse by location and see which locals have a couch available in your destination city. As well as being a great way to meet people, this option also presents a rare opportunity to experience new places from a resident’s perspective.

Of course, staying with a stranger is somewhat outside of the usual traveling comfort zone, so it’s essential to be prepared. Check out these personal safety tips from the official Couchsurfing website before you get started.

2. Motorhome

Staying in a motorhome is the ultimate way to enjoy the open road and combines the facilities of traditional accommodation with the adventure of camping. Whether you’re traveling alone or in a larger group, there are all sorts of larger rental vehicles to choose from – be it a spacious Class A motorhome or a more modest travel trailer. Much like booking a hotel, sites like Campanda enable you to browse a wide range of available vehicles by date and location, and even offer last-minute deals.

With adequate planning, renting a motorhome can be an effective way of keeping costs down whilst taking in new places at your own leisure. It might be possible to find a quiet and safe place to park, or you could also visit a local campsite to stay at when using the motorhome. Prepare for your trip by ensuring you have the correct driving license and insurance in place, and if traveling abroad, take the time to familiarize yourself with the country’s regulations beforehand.

3. Airbnb

If you like the idea of experiencing the city like a resident but aren’t so keen on sharing with strangers, Airbnb is the perfect middle ground. With everything from apartments, villas, and even castles, it’s easy to discover unique accommodation for all holiday types and budgets. Again, finding and booking a place to stay through Airbnb is as simple as reserving a hotel, and the site also offers a guidebooks feature with recommendations and tips from hosts.

When signing up, both guests and hosts are required to verify their ID, and the profile reviewing system makes it easier to pick a trusted host. Additionally, the messaging system enables guests and hosts to communicate beforehand, making the process a little less anonymous.