We all know how expensive traveling can be, what with flights, taxes, accommodation, insurance. Not to mention money to actually explore once you get there. So if you could remove one of these costs that’s so much better right? That’s what we thought so we’ve collated our top websites and services to find free (or cheap) accommodation during your travels.
- Couchsurfing: Some of you may already be aware of couchsurfing.org but for those who don’t it’s a great website where you can find people who have a spare sofa for you to stay on during your travels. You can also list your own sofa or a spare room if you would like to return the favour. All you need to do is sign in with Facebook or an email address and you can search for a couch wherever you’re planning on going. This has to be the most social website out of the three, when you search for a place it also brings up events in that location, comments from other people about the location and much more.
- Rentasofa: This is a similar website however without so much of the social element and this includes a price to stay with the host.
- Homestay: Very similar to the previous sites, some will also state whether they provide meals as well and other extras as well. Homestay also features reviews from people who have stayed at the homestay before which is great for getting a feel for the place.
The added benefit of using any of these services is also that you’re staying with locals so you really do get the local insight and knowledge about wherever you’re staying.
I actually stayed at a homestay when I volunteered in India back in 2011 and I have to say I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The local knowledge my lovely host (seen below) had proved invaluable not least in stopping me getting ripped off all over the place!
For this reason I would definitely recommend trying out one of these services next time you go on your travels, what can be better than a free or cheaper stay and also seeing the real side of the city/country?!
Have you used one of these services or is there any we’ve missed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!