Basically the only website we use for booking hostel beds. If its not a busy time of year we usually use it to find out about hostels in the area and then book the bed in person as a walk in. This saves the booking fee that is put on your booking.
Great alternative to a hostel if you want your own personal space a little extra money. Airbnb is a roomsharing community that allows people locals to put their spare beds and bedrooms up for rent. So most of the time you get not only a cooler and cheaper place than a hotel, but also local information from the owner!
A great community of locals and travellers who put their couches/sparebeds/tent-space up for grabs for free! Well, kind of, it is free in the sense you don’t pay for the beds to sleep on, but there is an unwritten rule you should reciprocate their kindness with drinks or dinner. Great opportunity to meet like minded people and get to know a city with a local. We are BIG FANS of Couchsurfing and its philosophy.
If you want to go down the hotel room avenue, Booking.com is the best of the rest. They still allow smaller hotels on their site, unlike expedia and other big booking websites. This means you’ll still be able to find cheaper options in far flung places.
The same as Booking.com, except more aimed at the asian market place.