One of the biggest expenses in travel is accommodations. Yes, airfare is expensive, but booking a hotel can be just as much, or more, depending on your location and length of stay. Over the years, I have found several ways to save money on accommodations when I travel.
- Use a hospitality exchange: one of the most popular that I have used is Couchsurfing. It can be very intimidating staying in a strange city you don’t know with a stranger, but I have found it to be a great experience. Make sure that anyone you are considering staying with has many great reviews, though, to ensure you are staying with a legit host. Couchsurfing is a great way to have an insight to the local community you are staying in while enjoying free accommodations.
- Try a Hostel: the rooms in a hostel are like a dormitory, where everyone shares common areas. Though many people tend to think of a hostel as a place only for young people, that is not true. There are many hostels that cater more towards families and older people. Look around and you may be surprised!
- Look for a Home Exchange: this idea is exactly what it sounds like. If you own a home, consider exchanging homes temporarily with another homeowner. If you don’t own a home, look into house sitting instead. You will be responsible for that person’s home while they are away, so make sure you can follow through with your commitment.
- Look for an Airbnb: these are becoming more popular lately. There are many Airbnb options available around the world for you to consider.
- Stay on a farm: this is my favorite option if you love the outdoors and are willing to help on a farm. This will give you the option to learn more about farming while also providing you with a place to lay your head.
As you can see, there are many options available for the budget-minded traveler. Find the one that suits you best, and get to traveling!