Here’s a list of sites where you can find the best accommodation, gear, gadgets and sharing community resources.

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Couchsurfing is a free online community of travelers. You can either offer your home (and couch) to travelers as a host or surf at host’s homes all for free. You can also meet up with locals just to hang out if you’re not looking for a place to stay.

 

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Find and book a hostel through HostelWorld and choose between 33,000 properties in 180 countries with 24/7 customer service.
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Airbnb allows you to stay with locals and find unique places to stay that are off the beaten path.
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REI offers free wilderness, backpacking and travel classes in their stores that are open to the community. They also have all sorts of awesome travel and outdoor gear, gadgets and clothing.
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Lonely planet is the largest guidebook publisher in the world. Their website offers forums, blogs and detailed unique guides.
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Share a home-cooked meal with locals in their home, EatWith has hosts in over 200 cities.
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Help locals in over 155 different countries through volunteering and cultural exchange programs.
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Search grassroots volunteer organizations and travel experiences.
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Volunteer work in exchange for free accommodation and food all over the world.
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Bla bla car is the world’s largest long-distance carpooling service.
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