The Best Forms of Travel Accommodations to Use in the United States

The United States is a huge place and with so much to explore and try out, it can be overwhelming when it comes to finding a place to stay. Between hotels, couches and Airbnb, there are countless ways to look for accommodation in the United States, but how good are these options and are there any hidden gems when it comes to accommodation?

In this article, we’re going to look at the best forms of travel accommodation to use in the United States to help give you a better idea of what to expect and how to save on travel expenses.

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Temporary Rentals

Temporary rentals are a fantastic way to get a place to yourself in the heart of the city that you’re traveling to. Services like Airbnb are a fantastic way to find affordable rentals but you can also consider holiday homes if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale and holiday-like. These tend to be a lot more expensive but there’s a lot of choice for those with deeper pockets and want to have a complete luxury experience.

Hospitality Exchanges

Although not an official form of travel accommodation, this essentially means staying with a friend, family member or even a stranger in exchange for helping them out. This could mean house sitting, it could mean Couchsurfing or even staying at a place like a restaurant or a farm and helping out with the chores in exchange for lodging.

Affordable Hotels

When you’re looking for a place to stay in America, there are countless hotels to pick from. However, most of them can be relatively expensive and don’t offer great amenities, which is why we’ve linked a reputable chain that offers ideal locations, excellent amenities and close proximity to attractions. Hotels can often be seen as low-quality forms of accommodation or luxury options that are far too expensive, but there are plenty of in-betweens if you’re willing to look around.

Home Exchanges

If you already own a home in the United States and are looking to temporarily visit another state or city, then a home exchange can be a great option if you’re able to find another family or property owner that wants to temporarily move to a location close to you. There are many different logistical challenges involved when it comes to home exchanges, but it’s a fantastic way to seek travel accommodation if you’re looking for something more unique.

Cheap Hostels

Lastly, there’s the option of cheap hostels. While not the most secure, they’re definitely a very cheap form of accommodation if all you’re looking for is a bed and a shower. We wouldn’t recommend a hostel for a long-term stay, but if you’re traveling solo between cities and just missed the last train then a hostel is a great overnight option.

Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on where you can stay when you’re next traveling across the states. These methods come with some fantastic monetary savings and are a perfect way to help you explore the country at a much cheaper price than you’d expect.

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Do you agree with these picks for affordable travel? What are your favorites? Tell me about your opinions in the comments below.

Until our next rendezvous…



11 thoughts on “The Best Forms of Travel Accommodations to Use in the United States

  1. My son stays at hostels quite often – more so out of the US. I’ve had great success with Airbnb, but I do my research before booking. Lots of alternatives to explore!

  2. For the last few years, we’ve been using a time-share, but now my husband works for a hotel and we get 12 free nights per year. Hopefully he’s happy working there because that’s one perk I want to take advantage of.

    1. I haven’t tried them yet. But, it is mostly illegal in NYC, especially after récents stories, I’m not sure if I would take the chance stateside.

    1. That’s the only one I’d be iffy about, since I’m so territorial over my personal space. Have you ever rented out space at home like an Airbnb ?

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