Hostels are probably the most popular type of accommodation for a budget conscious traveller. You have a chance to share a room ( and meet new,exciting,like minded people) or have a private one just for yourself.
If you planning to stay for some time at a hostel, you can even get a job in exchange for room.
Campgrounds might be even cheaper, but if you are travelling in a big city, the closest one will be miles away.But there is another way of “camping” ( no, I am not talking about “tent city”).
It’s called “Backyard Camping”. Some travel websites are now catering to campers and are offering to connect them with private landowners who have grass, dirt, or concrete to spare for campsites. For a fee, campers can rent space worldwide-from a rooftop in Brooklyn ($100) to a coffee plantation in Peru ($3) to a beach in Croatia ($14)-to pitch their tents. Visit Single Spot Camping to locate a “private camp site” around the world.
Here is another adventure travel buzz word, popular among young and adventurous -Couch Surfing.
CouchSurfing is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world. It’s very similar to “backyard camping”, except that surfing somebody’s couch is always free. It’s a great way to travel around the world, learn about a culture right from the source and get inside tips on local sights and adventures, that you wouldn’t find in a single guide book.
Remember the movie “Holiday” about two women troubled with guy-problems, who swapped homes in each other’s countries ? You don’t have to be that desperate to use this great vacation alternative. Home exchange (swapping) is a very economical and rewarding method of travel.There are certain drawbacks ( in my opinion): paid memberships, you have to have your own home, you exchange homes at the same time.
But all in all, you save money, you experience an area like a local and you have the comfort of being in a home rather than a cramped hotel room. Here is one of many (now days) home exchange web site -HomeExchange.com
Did you know that Craigslist.com has established itself in approximately 570 cities in 50 countries ? In its housing section you can find everything from a short term room for rent to vacation rentals and even housing swaps.