Sept. 28, 2021

How To Find Housing Overseas Without Using Airbnb

How To Find Housing Overseas Without Using Airbnb

When it comes to moving abroad, there are many tasks to check off your to-do list, one of which is finding somewhere to live. But did you know that Airbnb is one of the more expensive places to look? Whether it be in France or the Philippines, a funky flat or a luxury villa, there are endless options that will suit your budget and lifestyle… but where does one even begin to search for a home in a foreign country? In this episode, you'll learn 27 unique ways to find a short- or long-term rental abroad.


When it comes to moving abroad, there are many tasks to check off your to-do list, one of which is finding somewhere to live. But did you know that Airbnb is one of the more expensive places to look?

Whether it be in France or the Philippines, a funky flat or a luxury villa, there are endless options that will suit your budget and lifestyle… but where does one even begin to search for a home in a foreign country?

In today's podcast, we are searching far beyond Airbnb and getting creative with the housing search process.

For travelers and remote workers alike, here are 27 unique ways to find a short- or long-term rental abroad.

Helpful Housing Resources:

Badass Digital Nomads Episode 127: How To Find Housing Overseas Without Using Airbnb

  • Intro: The best part of relocation is finding housing [00:30]
  • But first… Kristin is speaking at the VidSummit YouTube Conference in Los Angeles + Come to her in-person meetup! [1:40]
  • Sponsor: Ready to Relocate Relocation Course [2:58]
  • Using Airbnb as housing inspiration [5:55]

27 Ways to Find Housing Abroad in 2021: Timestamps [6:57]

  1. Plum Guide - high-end, luxury short-term accommodations [7:01]
  2. Search for executive rentals or serviced apartments [8:37]
  3. Search for housing on Google and use Google Maps [10:26]
  4. Contact local real estate agencies [11:35]
  5. Search local, classified sites for great deals (and use the local language or a VPN) [12:30]
  6. Expat rental sites [14:04]
  7. Sublet.com [15:00]
  8. Nestpick - The largest platform for furnished apartments [15:33]
  9. Housing Anywhere - Renting rooms and apartments (lots of monthly housing options) [16:15]
  10. Flatio - Affordable fully furnished European rentals starting at a few hundred euro per month [16:37]
  11. Vrbo [17:38]
  12. 9flats.com [18:12]
  13. Tripping.com - Conglomerate housing website that shows you the best prices [19:04]
  14. Trivago - A mix of quotes on car rentals, lodging, and flights [19:43]
  15. The Inspirato Pass - Luxury subscription-based travel access pass [20:26]
  16. Try co-living [21:35] 
  17. Sign up for remote work retreat groups [22:49]
  18. Facebook Groups and Facebook Marketplace [23:26]
  19. Tripadvisor [24:54]
  20. Use hotel booking websites to find longer-term housing [25:29]
  21. Hit the pavement and look for “for rent” signs! [26:01]
  22. Try a home exchange website [28:27]
  23. Become a housesitter [27:58]
  24. Rent an RV, van, or boat! [29:47]
  25. Go camping! [30:33]
  26. Search budget websites for affordable housing options and work exchange programs [31:15]
  27. Looking in the US and Canada? Use domestic travel websites [32:08]

Would you like to move abroad in the next year? Enrollment is open in Kristin's new coaching program, Ready To Relocate!

🌎  Send an email to info@orbisrelocation.com with the Subject Line: Ready To Relocate for more details.

You can also apply for a Free Relocation Strategy Call here.

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Kristin Wilson

Host of Badass Digital Nomads and YouTube's Traveling with Kristin

Kristin Wilson is a long-term digital nomad and location-independent entrepreneur who has lived and worked across 60 countries in 20 years. Since founding a fully-remote, international relocation company in 2011, she has helped more than 1,000 people retire or live abroad in 35 countries. Today, she helps aspiring remote workers, digital nomads, and expats achieve their lifestyle goals through her YouTube channel (Traveling with Kristin) and podcast, Badass Digital Nomads.
 
Kristin is a Top Writer on Medium and Quora in the topics of business, travel, technology, life, productivity, digital nomads, and location independence. She has been featured on The Today Show, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN, The New York Times, WSJ, Huffpost, HGTV’s House Hunters International, and more.