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Hey Happy Travelers!
We love sharing tips to make traveling fit in your budget, so we're stoked to share these tips on finding free housing while on the road!
Everyone knows that when you’re out exploring the world, your two biggest expenses are your tickets and accommodation. Luckily, frequent fliers have figured out several hacks for cheap flights, so now it’s just a matter of finding affordable lodging.
Hotels have always been pricey compared to hostels and B&Bs, but these days it seems that downtown hotels are upping their rates by the minute. More people are discovering the cost efficiency of airport hotels, expanding said market, although that doesn’t mean much to the budget traveler given that finding a good cheap quality hotel at the airport can be a challenge. Anyone traveling on the cheap will probably stick with hostels and family-run inns. Then again, why would you need to pay for accommodation at all when there are a bunch of hospitality networks that offer free housing?
Here’s an overview of highly recommended online communities that you should consider joining:
What started out as a small project back in 2004 is now a global community that pretty much ignited the boom in housing exchange websites. More than 10 million people from over 200,000 cities have signed up to Couchsurfing, giving you the chance to meet people from around the world and make lifelong friends, one couch at a time.
Couchsurfing and Global Freeloaders are great networks to be part of, though people are more likely to feel closer to their community when they have common interests. If you love cycling holidays, then you’ll love this hospitality exchange that caters to touring cyclists. Hosts sup_ply their contact information on Warm Showers so that fellow bike enthusiasts from all over can stay with them and swap stories over a drink or two.
Whether you want to work in exchange for accommodation, pay a small fee to move in with a local resident, or just need a place to crash while you’re in town for several days, Staydu doesn’t discriminate. The perfect platform for budget travelers, this is also a helpful resource when you’re getting acclimated with the local culture and lifestyle.
This was a guest post written by Mike Redding. We hope these help you find some creative fun ways to have an amazing trip on a budget and travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz