One costly mistake often made by travellers is restricting themselves to hotels for accommodation. This not only bleeds your budget, but just isn’t necessary. There are plenty of cheap alternatives to hotels that are well worth trying. And no, they don’t compromise on safety, cleanliness, or your overall trip experience!
With the number of non-hotel accommodations increasing, we’ve decided it’s high-time to round ’em up.Here’s 10 cheap alternatives to hotels that will save you big bucks!
1) It can’t be said enough AirBNB has been a game changer for travel. Whether you want your own apartment, a private room, or just a hammock to snooze in, AirBNB offers a huge range of affordable options. It’s our go-to choice for travel and living since we are nomadic. If you’re two or more people, it’s nearly always cheaper than a hostel dorm!
2)Visiting a city or town with a university? Check if the local college dorms rent out their rooms to travellers. Most commonly this is offered in the summer, term breaks, or weekends when dorm rooms may be vacant.
3) Convents, monasteries, temples, synagogues, and more can all offer accommodation at cheap rates, or even free. An obvious catch is that you must be respectful of any rules in place, such as no alcohol on site. You may also need to be affiliated with the religion (determine this beforehand!).
4) Want to stay with a local and get an authentic travel experience, for a fraction of the price? A home stay can offer an immersive opportunity to see a new place. Keep in mind with this option it is common courtesy to interact with and get to know your host. If you can, it’s also a kind gesture to bring a small gift or souvenir from your home country.
5 ) Volunteering is a great way to give back to a local community and enjoy a cost-free, local place to stay. It’s important to volunteer for the right reasons, and cautiously select an organization, as some programs do more harm than good.
6) Want to travel somewhere for free, stay in a local’s home, and have your home looked after while you’re gone? A home swap is a great opportunity to find someone in a country you want to visit and do just that. Simply exchange homes with someone (you need to align your holiday dates first), and switch it up!
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