How to find the perfect hostel ©  Chris Goldberg

How to find the perfect hostel © Chris Goldberg


Gap Year Accommodation

All you need is a destination and a great hostel


In the good old days, finding a place to stay for the night consisted of consulting the faithful Lonely Planet guidebook and asking for recommendations from the staff at the bus stop.

Nowadays there are many accommodation websites that help you find the right bed for you. Filters allow you to match your needs with the services being offered, for instance the location; the ‘funness’ (what time curfew is); the rates. And most importantly, whether they offer a free breakfast.

Here is our list of accommodation services we use when travelling.




Hostelworld is our go-to hostel search engine. Going to Valencia, Spain, for the weekend? Simply type in the location, the dates and how many people you’re travelling with. Then you’ll get a list of available options and can choose which one will be right for you.

We recommend saving Hostelworld as a bookmark on your browser. Click here to go there now.



This is hitchhiking for accommodation. Create a friendly profile on the Couchsurfing website and then try your luck contacting people in your destination to see if they’re willing to put you up for a night or two. If you do get accepted remember it’s a two way street – share anything of cultural interest and offer to do the washing up.


Have a recommendation?
We’re always on the look out for more affordable accommodation options, so if you have a hot tip please let us know.  Send an email to or comment below and we’ll add it to our list. If you write a review of a hostel we will even feature you in a blog post.

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