But the prices are generally higher than on and free cancellation is not as common.
Maybe this isn't a common app for backpacker, but we've used Airbnb a few times when we want somewhere a bit homier, with privacy, a kitchen or a washing machine.
Disclaimer here: We haven't used Couchsurfing on the trip.
But many budget backpackers swear by it, so we're going to recommend it.
If you make two bookings, you get upgraded to their 'genius' status for additional discounts.
After that, the more you book, the better your genius discount is. Hostel World will always show you the coolest, most trendy place where all the backpackers are hanging out.