By BuggedinBelgium - 24/09/2015 20:15
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You get what you pay for! Hotels in Europe are definitely more expensive, but the cheap ones are always cheap for a very good reason.
I agree with hostels, as well as Airbnb. It's an app and you can rent out people's houses or just a room or even just a shared space. My fiancé, and my two best friends and I backpacked Europe this past summer and all we used was Airbnb. It was soooooooo worth it and the prices were about the same as a decent hostel. I highly recommend it!!
You might be better off staying in a youth hostel? They're cheaper and pretty much always clean. I hope your clothes aren't infected with bedbugs
Be very careful about the bedbugs. They can sometimes travel with you and spread. I had them once and it took weeks, many bites, and a lot of money to get read of them. OP, I highly suggest washing everything with you at a commercial laundry mat. They are the only places that get hot enough to kill the bugs. Wash on the hottest setting. Keep washed and unwashed clothes separate. Be careful that the clothes you're wearing don't transfer bugs to the clean clothes.
Use those vacuum/compression clothes bags to store the washed clothes in. They are airtight and thus bug-tight. Get your backbags/suitcases professionally cleaned. Make sure you don't spread the problem by taking potentially bug infested stuff to the next place you stay at!