One of the biggest suckers of your travel budget is accommodation. But there are a lot of ways to bypass this large expenditure. Here are a few fun alternatives to the classic hotel .
Couchsurfing. This one is really popular among youngsters because it’s free and you are able to stay and interact with locals. They will provide you with warm bed, local information and maybe someone to hang out with. It is a great way to learn about the local culture on a budget. You will be taken to parties, museums and paths that aren’t in any touristic brochure. But remember to look for a couple of things before you go and sleep with a stranger. Check if the account has a profile picture and if the details of the account have been filled out. The most important is to check if the have reviews, the more positive reviews, the better for you.
Hostels . They are a great option for budget travelers. The rooms are dormitory style, but you have all the facilities. Hostels are a great place to meet new people that have a lot of things in common with you. You can learn about new cultures, plan future trips and make new friends. You will get the same comfort as in a hotel but ten times the fun. Usually, you can find a decent hostel to stay in with less than 12$ a night, but this depends on the country and on the period of your holiday.
There a lot of websites that offer apartments or rooms to rent but for a short period of time, for a few days or maybe weeks. You can find nice families to stay with or even a whole apartments for yourself. It depends on your budget and on the availability. You can get a really nice place to stay for under 10 $ a day.
Airbnb is one of the most popular sites and you will find rooms for every budget.
HomeSwap. This alternative is best suited for older travelers who have a house and they are willing to trade it for a week or so. You can have all the comfort of your home, all the utilities and a kitchen at your disposal for free. You just have to trade your home for a house from your holiday destination. Cool friendships could be born this way.
If you want more action in your trip you should totally go for a farm stay. You can find farms where you can stay for free in exchange for a little bit of work, but there are also touristic farms where you can pay for your room but you can still see how the farm works and maybe even do some things around.