We use this service constantly when we travel and have stayed in some lovely places. We have also offered Airbnb in our own apartment in Auckland and met some really interesting people. Check out our profile.

“Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetise their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.”

Warm Showers
“The Warm Showers Community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.” We didn’t use this but we’ve heard that it is good.

“Offers its users hospitality exchange and social networking services.” This is another option we have heard about.

Work/accommodation exchange

Trusted house sitters
“Helps home and pet owners find trusted sitters to care for their home and pets while away.”

Luxury house sitting
“Luxury House Sitting was created to unite prospective house sitters with homeowners.”

Mind my house
“Provides online tools for home owners and house sitters to find each other.”

Work away
“The site for travel, language and work exchange.”


Jobs Abroad Bulletin Board
“The Jobs Abroad Bulletin (JAB) is a bulletin board full of job vacancies posted by employers looking for staff. They allow employers to post vacancies for free so JAB can contain as many jobs as possible.”


DB Bahn
Apparently, this is the place to go to find out about any travel in Europe. Even the travel agents go here to find out what’s happening.

The website says that their “mission is to make booking a train as simple as booking a flight”

Voyages SNCF
This is the French train booking site.

This is the Italian train booking site.

This is the train booking site for the Netherlands.

This is a very handy website to figure out how to get anywhere in Europe.

Google Flights
This was very useful indeed when we where trying to find the best options for flights home