For those of you that are poor, like me, or are budget travelers, this tip is for you. Besides the cost of a flight, accommodations are usually the most expensive part of traveling. I have three tips that will save you a lot of money, which can be donated to fund your next trip.
The first tip is visit Couch Surfer. This website lets you find individuals, wherever you are traveling, who will let you stay on their couch for free! What a deal! It sounds riskier than it really is. Take a look at the website to get info on how it works. It’s a great way to meet locals and get a true feeling of the country. My friends and I have done it, and all of us have had great experiences.
My second tip is visit Hostel World. You don’t have to book a hostel through the website, but it will give you a great starting point. They usually have very good deals and hostels are the way to go if you are broke or on a budget.
If you’re like me then don’t worry about planning where to stay. Meet as many locals as you can to increase your chances of finding people that will allow you to stay with them. Many times I met people that had a relative or friend living in a city that I was going to visit, and they told their friend or relative to let me stay with them.
My recommendation would be to go for the triple threat! Use a combination of all three. Sometimes it is fun to have no place to stay and other times it is nice to have a place so you don’t have to walk around looking for a place to stay. Whatever you accommodation decision is, remember, my tips will save you money and I am not above taking donations for my future travels.