Discover the websites I use when planning trips in Europe.
Accommodation, visits, tools...
Couchsurfing, the first place I use too look for free accommodation. But couchsurfing is not only about getting a free place to stay, it's more about meeting locals and staying at their place. The couch' community is quite big, and you can also find a lot of advice, parties, language-café, and even some people willing to give you a tour of the city.
Airbnb is a must-check nowadays. Prices and quality can vary a lot but if you pay attention to comments you shouldn't be disappointed and could even discover amazing rooms for a really decent price.
If you are more into outdoors, check Gamping. Privates propose a place in their garden, access to amenities for a cheap price. It works for now mostly in France (a bit in Spain, Portugal, Italy). There is also CampInMyGarden that covers more parts of Europe. Depending on the country, camping can be allowed everywhere, that's the case in Sweden for example.
play_arrow Work and travel
Few websites are now gathering people who need volunteers to help in their garden, for taking care of the kids, of their animals... In exchange of your work, they offer accommodation and food. Helpx is one of them with hosts in the whole world, not only Europe. You can also check WWOOF, WorldPackers and WorkAway. Now you can also find people who need house sitters (take care of the house and animals) when they go away, have a look at TrustedHouseSitters or Nomador.
play_arrow Sights and Maps
When I'm starting to plan and look for places to visit, I often start with cities websites but also Instagram. I think it is one of the best way to see how a place looks like and what people visit there. There are also road trip planners / maps such as Furkot. It allows you to plan the different steps of your trip by creating your own map, it gathers accommadations from booking.com, airbnb..., places to eat and sights, activities and more and you just have to select them so they get added to your plan.
Rome2Rio is quite similar. You can't create your own map, but it provides best routes (walk, bus, subway, train, plane), accommodations from Booking.com, but also sights and activities.
Weway is a new map tool, gathering some sights mostly in France but not only.
If you are into travelling by bus, which can be extremely cheap nowadays, have a look at Busbud, the Skyscanner for buses. I also recommend you to look for low cost companies direclty through your browser, there are more and more bus companies in Europe, opening new routes all the time, and these kind of comparison website doesn't always gather everything (this also applies to flights!) and often add taxes!
If you are travelling by car, take a look at Parkopedia, a map with free and paying parking lots, infos about them and prices (they also have an app).
HolidayPirates lists everyday some really good deals for flights, accommodations, package trips, and vouchers. The website exists in the UK but also Spain, France, Germany ... Each country has different offers so if you are german planing to visit spain, you should check the spanish version also.