Hotel, Hostel or Couch-surfing? Traveling within the U.S.

More and more International students are taking the opportunity to explore the United States while studying abroad here.  Apart from low fare airlines, student discounts, and convenient access to airports, train/bus stations and rental car services, students may also take advantage of a great variety of Hotels, Hostels and Couch-surfing possibilities.

We here at peerTransfer have come up with a few points to consider and help you choose the right accommodation for you trip!

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  • The most comfortable accommodation
  • Free toiletries, fresh towels, and bed made every morning
  • Usually guaranteed own room with en-suite bathroom


  • The most expensive choice
  • Most impersonal (yet luxurious) service
  • Unlikely to meet other travelers (depending on your travel style this could be a pro)



If there are hostels available, I’ll generally go with them. It’s like a nomadic home for me, I see similar faces, similar banter and similar vibes all around the world. This is where I belong most often, but nothings perfect so let’s look at the pros and cons:


  • Usually the cheapest option
  • Budgeted tours available through the hostel
  • Ability to meet other travelers (good if you travel alone)


  • You will usually have to share a room and bathroom
  • You will usually have to bring your towels, sleeping bag and toiletries
  • It can get noisy if other roommates are on a different sleeping schedule or have different party incentives


Airbnb is increasingly becoming more popular, renting someone’s room or entire home at a reasonable price.


  • Reasonable pricing
  • Ability to experience a city from a local’s perspective
  • Feeling like home – including kitchen, living room, bathroom


  • Room/home not guaranteed
  • Have to sign up and communicate with owner first (can take some time)
  • Unlikely to meet other travelers



Couchsurfing is a free way of getting around. Sign up and “surf” the world.


  • Absolutely free
  • Meeting locals, having them show you hidden gems and introduce you to their culture
  • You can make lifelong friends


  • No guarantee you and your things are safe
  • You usually only get some space on the floor, a couch if you’re lucky
  • The place can be dirty (you don’t know what you get really)

We hope you’ll have a great time traveling and choosing the accommodation that’s right for you! If you have any tips, please let us know in the comments below!

4 Responses to Hotel, Hostel or Couch-surfing? Traveling within the U.S.

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