There are many alternatives to staying hostels, that may offer you a totally different experience. Staying in hostels is great fun, i love it. But it's always cool to try something new, you never know you might like it more, and it might offer new opportunities and give you a really awesome adventure. So here are six cheaper alternatives to staying in hostels, if you want to try something different.
Wwoofing- Wwoofing is usually where you work on some sort of farm, in exchange for accommodation and food. This can be a really nice opportunity too. Everything is free and paid for and you just work on the farm for a few days each week. There are loads of different types of farms, all over the world. From fruit and vegetable picking to cattle and horse farms, the choice is yours. This is often cool, as the family will take you out and show you around on weekends. So is fun alternative to hostels.
CouchSurfing- This is a free and fun alternative to staying in hostels. This gives you a great opportunity to interact with locals, and stay with people that live in the local area. You often get to see some cool places that you wouldn't usually have the opportunity to see, or even known about. I know it can sound a bit dodgy, just crashing on a stranger's couch for a few days. But usually if the person is letting you, a stranger into their home, they are usually pretty chilled out and open minded. And quite often have some cool travel stories or their own. So this one is definitely worth a try. Head over to www.couchsurfing.com and sign up.
Stay With Family or Friends- Staying with family and friends that you've met while travelling is another awesome experience. Again it's usually free, and you get shown around by the locals and people that live there. You usually get to see a whole different side to the area you are staying, and i can guarantee you will have an incredible time. It's also really nice to meet up with old travel friends too.
Work Away- This is another really awesome website. Check it out, www.workaway.info. There is a little fee for signing up, it's about £20/$30 for a year but it's definitely worth it. There are loads of jobs and opportunities all over the world, where you get free accommodation and sometimes food in exchange for a some work. There are thousands of different options in hundreds of countries from working in hostels in spain, to teaching in China, to working on farms in Italy, to teaching english in schools in Peru. So definitely have a look and check it out. This could be an amazing experience and there is lots of opportunity.
Camp/Sleep in Your Car- If you are driving around, or going on a big road trip, and have your own car or van then sleep in it. You could easily make it cosy, by getting some duvets and just fitting some curtains into the windows. This could be perfect. And would save you looking for and booking hostels, and save you £20 per night on accommodation. You could also camp. A lot of countries you can camp for free anywhere, as long as it's not in a fenced area. Even if not, paying for a campsite is still a lot cheaper than a hostel. Especially if there is a group of 4-5 of you. You could have a lot of fun. And wake up to some pretty amazing views.
Airbnb- Airbnb is a reasonably new thing, it's basically where people rent out a part of their house/flat for travellers to stay in, sometimes the whole flat, when they go away. It can often be a lot cheaper than hostels and give you a different experience. Usually it will be someone that has a flat with a spare bedroom. So again you get to socialise with locals, they may even take you to some cool places, or at least give you tips and advice. It is often cheaper than staying in hostels, and will give you a totally different experience. So check out the webiste www.airbnb.com