ACCOMMODATION: Some shut eye after a long day’s adventure
If you elect a digital nomad lifestyle, suitable accommodations are important. While enjoying the cultural nuances of your new community is one of the perks, it’s still necessary to secure accommodations that are safe, reliable and provide fundamental or required amenities. Trust me, the quaint novelty of cold showers in a Cambodian hut definitely wear off after a week or so.
Hostelworld – Although it may sound like you’re roughing it, there are some gems in here. Hostels are nomad friendly and can provide a level of social interaction that you won’t find in a hotel or Airbnb. They provide a built in community of individuals also looking for adventure which is particularly welcomed if you’ve been on the road a while. It’s a nice break from what could feel like solitude. Again, though, I recommend using Speedtest to make sure the Wi-Fi is up to snuff before you commit.
Airbnb – Airbnb is ideal for digital nomads as you can rent an apartment for less than the cost of a hotel room. I’ve used it for almost all my accommodation in South Africa, Paris and even parts of the US—the monthly deals are especially good. Granted, It can be slightly more expensive in developing countries but the privacy and freedom of feeling like you have a home is worth it. Plus, Airbnb has a $1 million insurance policy to protect you and the owner in case of mishaps. The peer reviews are super helpful and you gain a sense of safety from the corporate benefits of this crowd sourced accommodation site. Sign up here for $35 off your first stay.
Booking.com – Whether out of convenience, exhaustion or personal preference, sometimes you just want to splurge on a hotel. If I’m staying somewhere for one or two nights I’ll book a hotel instead of Airbnb. Booking.com is my favorite hotel booking site primarily due to ease of use. Much like Hotwire, Expedia or Priceline, Booking.com is an aggregator of available inventory. This site, however, shows you the discount you’re getting and how many rooms are left without booking charges and hidden fees. Agoda is also popular and can have good rates, especially in Asia, but they add on tax afterwards whereas Booking.com includes extra fees upfront.
Trusted House sitters – Um, have you ever seen the movie, The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett… they used a house sitting site! House sitting is a great way to save money on accommodation, get off the beaten track, and enjoy the comforts of a home and possibly pets for a while. Trusted House sitters lists house sits around the world with lots of choice in Europe and North America. Who knows maybe you’ll end up in a mansion in LA (not likely).