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Of course every traveller has a different budget. One person's budget for a fortnight in Spain could run to a few thousand dollars, for others it would be a few hundred.

Budget Accommodation Listings:
Budget travellers can browse cheap hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in popular travel destinations around the world.

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Budget Travel Resources

Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel:
Go behind the scenes with Arthur Frommer to find the unadvertised and unpublished rates that smart travelers pay.

Canvas Holidays:
Luxury self-catering tent, mobile home and lodge holidays at some of the finest campsites in eight European countries including France, Italy and Spain.

Car Sharing

Lift Share:
The largest car sharing scheme in the UK - over 10,000 members.

Ridesharing:
Previously known as The Carpooling Network, a major transformation to a new platform has been developed to integrate online payment and seat booking for long distance ride share in Canda and the US.

Fly Cheaper

Cheap Flights:
Working with over 300 travel partners to bring you the widest range of flight and travel deals available.

Fly China:
Founded in 1997, FlyChina is dedicated to travelers between the United States and China. Low fare wizard searches all major airlines' discount fares to find the lowest airfares from 200 US cities to 200 China destinations.

Flights.com:
Search millions of airfares in the TISS database of worldwide flights.

JetBlue Airways:
JetBlue Airways took to the air on February 11, 2000 when it inaugurated its first flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL. By the end the year, the airline served 12 cities with a fleet of 10 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft.

Sleeping in Airports:
Donna McSherry's original guide to overnighting in airports.

Home Exchange

Home Base Holidays:
International home exchange service based in London. New listings on-line daily plus published in three directories each year. Free bi-monthly Home Swappers newsletter provides information on arranging successful home swaps. Established 1985.

Home Exchange:
You vacation in my home while I vacation in yours; all over the world. Find your home exchange partner in a click or two.

Love Home Swap:
Rather than renting a house, or stopping in a hotel, you can swap your home for a hacienda in Spain, a townhouse in San Francisco, a chalet in the French Alps, or a villa in Tuscany.

Youth Hostels

1800-Hostels:
Not all properties listed are hostels but there are plenty of budget hotels that like to call themselves hostels and they attract a young crowd of travellers from around the world.

Go Hostelling - USA:
HI-AYH operates a network of nearly 130 hostels in the United States. Each hostel offers affordable, safe and clean accommodations.

Hostelling International:
With over 4,000 hostels worldwide, in fantastic and unique locations, HI offers you the real hostel experience. Whether you need a private room, or simply a bed for the night with shared facilities, all HI hostels meet assured standards which guarantee good quality, safe accommodation at affordable prices.

Hostels in Canada:
From modern downtown Vancouver to historic Halifax Heritage House, from the mountain chalet experience of Lake Louise to the cosmopolitan Montreal, budget travellers can choose from over 70 locations across Canada.

Asia Hostels

Hong Kong Hostels:
Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association.

JYH - Houth Hostels in Japan:
Japan Youth Hostel Association.

Taipei Hostel:
The Taipei Hostel is about 10 to 15 minutes walk away from the Central Railway Station. Buses to and from the airport can be caught from the Lai Lai Sheraton Hotel, which is about 3 to 5 minutes walk from the hostel. Map on the site.

Thai Youth Hostels:
TYHA - Thai Youth Hostel Association.

YHA India:
Youth hostel associations of India.

Backpackers Australia

YHA Australia:
YHA Australia is the largest backpacker accommodation provider in Australia, with quality, fun and affordable hostels all around the country.

More than 150 Australian youth hostels, located in gateway cities, the country, areas of outstanding scenic and natural beauty, and places of historical significance.

Alice Lodge - Alice Springs:
The smallest backpackers in Alice Springs offers free pick up from bus, train and the airport.

Aquarius Backpackers Motel:
The Aquarius Backpackers Motel is located in the centre of Byron Bay, just a short stroll from the Main Beach. Relax by the solar heated pool or just soak up some sun in the comfortable, landscaped surroundings.

Backpackers by the Bay:
Waterfront hostel in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays; a mid sized budget resort, sleeping up to 70 guests. $18.00 in shared rooms, $44.00 for doubles.

Backpackers Inn - Byron Bay:
In the heart of Byron Bay, one of Australia's most spectacular and unspoilt holiday playgrounds, the Backpackers Inn has direct access to the beach. 46 spacious carpeted rooms with fans, nestled amongst sunny palm filled courtyards.

Halse Lodge - Noosa:
Noosa's closest backpacker hostel to the surfing beaches and national park. A fully restored 1880's building, Halse Lodge backpackers is a YHA associate offering the budget traveller 97 beds with dorm style accommodation starting at $18.60 per night.

Hoey Moey - Coffs Harbour:
Follow the road to Park Beach, one of Coffs Harbour's best surf beaches, and you're bound to find the Hoey Moey.

Sydney Central Backpackers:
If there is such a thing as a home away from home in the Sydney backpackers district of Kings Cross, then this could be it. With a rooftop garden and barbecue, once you stay here you might not want to leave.

Hostels in Europe

An Oige - Irish YHA:
An Oige has youth hostels located country-wide providing good quality accommodation for individuals as well as families and groups.

Austrian Youth Hostels:
The Austrian Youth Hostel Association was founded in 1946 and offers over 30 of its own hostels and 68 hostels in partnership. These modern and comfortable houses provide around 10,200 beds in Austria.

Danhostel - Hostels in Denmark:
Looking for a hostel in Denmark? You'll find them on the official Danhostel website.

DJH - German Hostels: (Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk)
Germany haas around 450 youth hostels, located in all the major tourist destinations.

Finnish Hostel Association:
Finnish hostels are comfortable, environmentally friendly places for budget-minded travellers to stay for one night or longer.

Hostelling in Scotland:
Visit the Scottish Youth Hostels Association web-site to find out more about hostelling in Scotland.

Hostelling Russia:
Find members of the Russian Youth Hostel Association - RYHA.

Hostels in Iceland:
Youth Hostels are more then just places to sleep. All Icelandic Youth Hostels offer their guests a variety of exciting activities at the Hostels or in the neighbourhood.

SJH - Swiss Youth Hostels:
Experience everything Switzerland has to offer with the Swiss Hostels Pass.

Stay at an STF Hostel in Sweden:
STF (Svenska Turistföreningen) has a network of some 350 youth hostels - Vandrarhem - throughout Sweden.

Stay Okay:
You can find 22 hostels around the Netherlands; not just the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag, but also at the beach, in the woods and along the water.

YHA England and Wales:
YHA England & Wales is a charity with over 150 properties, open to anyone from schools, to families, couples and backpackers.

You don't have to be a youth to stay but you do need to be a YHA membe,r with the discounts and benefits membership brings.

Youth Hostels Luxembourg:
Youth hostels and hiking trails in Luxembourg.

Israel Hostels

Israel Youth Hostels Association:
Hostelling International (HI) Israel was founded in 1937 as a non-profit organization under the Ministry of Education's Youth and Social Administration.

Hayarkon Hostel:
Located on Hayarkon Street and the corner of Allenby, Hayarkon Hostel is only a two minute walk from the beach.

Momos Hostel:
Located on Ben-Yehuda Street, close to the beach and Tel Aviv's popular entertainment venues, Momos Hostel is one of the biggest and oldest hostels in Tel-Aviv.

Latin America Hostels

Brazil Hostels:
The Brazilian Youth Hostel Federation has more than 95 youth hostels in the most incredable places around the largest country in South America.

Hostelling in Chile:
From Arica to Vina del Mar Backpackers Chile is a network of tourist hostals based on mutual cooperation, and maintaining similar high standards while promoting Chile as a tourist destination for the world.

New Zealand Hostels

Lodge in the City:
Large modern, spacious lodge located in central Wellington with a wide range of accommodation available - from backpackers bunks to self contained units.

YHA New Zealand:
The official website of YHA New Zealand and the only place you can access a 10% discount for Hostelling International members.


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