Affordable Stay Options for Frequent Travelers
One of the major expenses faced by tourists and travelers is accommodations. Typically, it is the lodging expense that takes the biggest chunk out of a budget for vacation. The average cost of a hotel stay for a night is $100 – $200 and can run you even higher depending on the destination, or the quality you’re looking for. Well, why go for those expensive options when there are convenient places to stay in virtually every destination across the world, no matter where you go? Creative and adventurous travelers often look for alternatives to hotels and can not only spend a fraction of the price of typical accommodations, but also have an incredible experience. This is a win-win situation: you save money as well as enjoy a unique time during your holiday stay. What we are talking about is short-term home rentals, farm stays and staying with locals.
Short term home rentals
Short-term home rentals are an ever-growing trend in the travel world. The cross between home-stays and vacation rentals is getting popular. Travelers can rent a room in someone’s house or apartment at very low rates and get a great place to stay as well as a good deal. If you want, you can have the whole house to yourself, depending on your needs and the budget. Trust and word of mouth works here, and you can be sure that you are perfectly safe in your home rental. You can find companies that cater to the specific country you’re looking to visit (such as CasaGo), or you can find a company that caters to worldwide travel. Make sure your booking site is reputable to ensure a safe, and quality trip. Even you can afford to stay at world’s expensive places, like staying in Alps, on Greek islands like Santorini / Mykonos and many more in limited budget.
Staying with locals
One of the most economical ways to travel and save money on lodging is to sleep in someone’s house in their spare bedroom or even on the couch in their living room. You couldn’t ask for a better hospitality exchange and an aesthetic, cultural stay. The best part is, in many places the locals are willing to put you up for free! This is your great chance to meet locals and understand their way of living and culture. One can look for well-established hospitality networks for home-stays. Staying with local is now getting popular among frequent travelers as it allows to see that particular place in most authentic and natural way. You learn the difficulties and goodness of that place in same time. It is a true learning in itself while adjusting with new environment, living and even the local culture and people.
If you love being out with nature, then working on the farm and staying with the local farmers is the right option for you. This type of stay can cover working ranches and cattle farms. Take advantage of those rural stays and enjoy waking up in the farm. You could milk a cow, feed the lambs or give cornmeal to chickens. In many farms, you could even learn how to make cheese or spin wool. While it does require some work, these stays can be long term, and meals are typically included. This is just the perfect idea for a break away from the mad urban life. This is your chance to be a real farmer, even if for a couple of days.
There are other ways to cut down on your lodging expenses while traveling such as swapping houses with another traveler or camping under the stars. Another great option is looking for academic housing offered by many colleges and universities during the summers when the host students go home. Youth hostels are another form of accommodation that is perfect for the budget travelers. Many religious organizations offer affordable lodging in their convents and monasteries as well.
Discover new options in staying and it would be fun to stay in many unique ways.
So, till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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