Check out the Spotted By Locals app/website. I used it traveling around Europe and led us to some of the best restaurants/bars/activities we encountered for the whole trip.
Poor 'ol LP may not be long for the world because the BBC recently sold it to a media company in Tennessee.The resources I like beyond doing Internet research and the usuals (Air BnB etc.) are * Afar, which besides the magazine has a pretty robust user community and app. * Fathom, which can be a little fancy or trendy (lots of features on where to stay during SXSW), but fun to browse. * Not For Tourists publishes nice small guides for major cities. * Atlas Obscura is more for unique places to see and activities, but it's fun. And I know one of their editors/trip planners, so they're a great source of information for hidden history and urban exploration. There's also the Field Trip app which will ping you when you're near sites of interests (restaurants, historic locations, etc.). Although I hope it's better in big cities because when I have it turned on for Sacramento, it always tells me when I'm near a Dos Coyotes.
Private rooms at some hostels are still a good deal, as well as quiet and comfortable...Jed
private rooms are ok, that's true. i'll consider them for sure, but we were probably about 15 years older than the kids in the last hostel we stayed in. i just couldn't relate to their constant playing of skrillex and one direction
We were a good 20+ years older than the vomiting masses in Munich. The noise only got close to us one night. What about guest houses? Usually only a few units.Jed
I do airbnb as much as possible.
Ask around on couchsurfing.com
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