I am lucky enough to got so many opportunities to stay for free with family and friends. But this is not the case all the times.
Accommodation plays an important role in trip planning. If we manage to reduce this cost then it will turn to big savings. When it comes to accommodation everyone has a different taste.
Many people believe that, to see the world you have to be rich. But as you scroll down and check these cheap accommodation options , I am sure it will shake your belief.
Fancy big budget hotels are not the only way. You will be surprise to know that there many cheap, and even free places to stay when traveling.
Along with these cheap accommodation options I have shared some tips to help you make the best choice for your trip.
#1 Home Exchange
Home exchange, also known as house swapping, is a type of hospitality service in which two parties agree to offer each other homestays for a set period of time.
Here no monetary exchange takes place. Many people avoid this due to security concerns. Sites that facilitate home exchanges usually have various levels of verification and security
HomeExchange.com bills itself as the #1 home exchange website in the world. This website was featured in the movie “The Holiday,”
Hostels are still an excellent choice for budget accommodation for travelers.
In hostels, rooms are dormitory-style with all the facilities shared. Many people think of hostels as a “young thing” and are not interested in sleeping in a dormitory.
Hotels are not meant for backpackers. Nowadays many hostels offer small rooms, singles, and doubles designed for solo travelers or couples.
Hostelworld : They have the good inventory, deals, and interface.
- Before Booking check if they have lockers to keep your valuables
- If you are on high saving mode then you for a bigger room. The bigger the room, the cheaper the cost.
- Carry earplugs and an eye-mask. It will save you from late night noise and light..just in case
Do you know there is a community of people from all over the world who open up their homes & apartments to travelers for free.
A host is someone who offers travelers a couch to sleep on for free, and a surfer is someone who sleeps on a couch for free. If you are lucky then you will get a whole spare bedroom for zero cost.
But the question is why do they do it? To meet interesting people. To share their culture. To find adventure partners.
CouchSurfing.com – this is the website. At least have a look of this interesting world.
A lot of times, people are scared to couchsurf because they wonder if it’s safe. Couchsurfing.com is aware of these concerns and takes many steps to provide security.
- Join local CouchSurfing meetups to get your first references
- There has to be a picture with the profile. This just shows me that it’s a real person.
- Check for reviews.
#4 Short Term Rentals
If someone has a spare room in their house, or a whole apartment they are not using, they may rent it to travelers. The rental can be on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Websites which support this:
- Sometimes you may get a kitchen to cook and decrease your food cost.
- Always check review before doing acutal booking.
#5 Local Home Stay
When I was in Kokan, India. Instead of staying at hotels, I decided to go for a Homestay and what a experience it was. Delicious home cooked food, and friendly local people.
When you are in different country and interested in learning their culture then homestay is a good option.
This is when a family rents out a spare bedroom for extra income and may teach you about their lifestyle.
A homestay usually includes breakfast and in some cases meals too.
homestay.com – If this website does not satisfy you then search on Google for “homestay” and the country’s name to get different homestay websites.
- Check if you host is ready to provide meals too
- If your host doesn’t speak your language, learn some basics like ‘thank you’, ‘Good morning’ for the internet ( provide a link of website which converts)
Camping is a great option to get close to nature while you are travelling. In many cases its free except you camp in popular tourist locations or private properties.
Gamping.com offers plenty of listings of where you can do camping. Homeowners mentioned on this website make a few extra bucks by listing a spot on their land for campers, and guests get a cheap place to stay on someone’s private property .
- Keep food , fire away from your shelter.
#7 Volunteer / Work Exchange
If you have a tight budget and not ready to go for free accommodation options then how about cheap accommodation in exchange for working or volunteering.
The most popular places to find this kind of accommodation are farms, schools, hostels etc. Generally, you’ll be expected to work between four and six hours per day to get free room.
Work exchanges can teach you a new skill and help you save money at the same time.
There are specific set of websites which are developed to provide farm stays. Farm stays allow you to stay on working farms, learn how a farm works, possibly get involved in the workings of the farm , and enjoy a number of organized outdoor activities.
#8 Monastery Stays / Religious Stays
How about trying a totally different experience. Most of the times its a simple form of stay.
#9 Guest Houses
As compare to a bigger hotel, guesthouses or budget hotels provide a simple, affordable room without the perks or service. Kitchen and breakfast may and may not be part of this type of accommodation.
Booking.com check this site for good guesthouses
Guest House Tips:
- Check the room first and then book it.
- Make sure doors, cupboard and windows are in good conditions
Choosing a guesthouse over a hostel really depends on my mood.
If I’m feeling sociable and don’t have a ton of work to do, I usually prefer a hostel. But sometimes the privacy of having your own room is worth the extra expense.
Now next time while your trip, consider one these options to lower your accommodation costs. Change your hotel mindset.
With proper research these ways will help you reduce your travel expenses, help to save some money to do other activities and get more experiences.
Have you ever tried any of the above accommodations? Yes/ No? Do let me know by commenting below.