Accommodation is one of the largest day to day expenses tourists have when they travel. No matter what your accommodation tastes may be, one thing everyone desires is not paying a lot for accommodation. Most tourists stay in hotels while on vacation but hotels are not cheap. They are definitely not the cheapest option for travelers.|
A good alternative to staying in hotels are hostels. Hostels are like inexpensive hotels. They offer dorm or single rooms, shared bathrooms and showers, common lounges, and kitchens to cook your food in. You dont get as many perksas you get in hotels or the luxury either but if you are travelingon a budget or just hope to meet other travelers, staying at hostels should be a priority.
If you are looking to pay nothing, consider Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing connects travelers with people around the world who let them stay for free in their home. Sometimes you get a nice bed, sometimes a couch, sometimes you just get space on the floor. You make a local friend and learn the insiders view on all sites and activities. People are scared to couchsurf because they dont think it is safe. But you dont need to worry. The people use this service are usually very open minded people and nice people. Just use common sense. Moreover, this site and sites like it are aware of this and take steps to provide security for their users. They provide various levels of verification and allow users to rate and leave comments on travelers profiles so you know if someone is a psycho or worth staying with.
Home exchange is another good alternative for travelers. Home exchange has been around a long time but is growing in popularity as hotel prices rise and people look for other places to stay. Home exchanges are just like they sound- you exchange homes with a family from a different country. Like Couchsurfing, people dont do this because they worry about security. But the other family is also trusting you with their home too. Moreover, people, always suspicious, send people to check up on you when you arrive at their home. Its a great way to get piece of mind for you and gives the other family a chance to meet locals.
Like home exchanges, apartment rentals also allow people to stay in furnished places while they are on holiday. These apartments are usually cheaper than hotels and give many more amenities like a kitchen, laundry, and TV room. They are great to get if you plan to spend a week or longer in one place. Youll get the comforts of home without spending a lot of money like you would have to do at a hotel.
Staying at a hotel can be a wonderful place to stay for a little pampering and relaxation but hotels are often impersonal ways to see other travelers and get to know a city besides its major attractions. These alternatives to hotels will allow you with a more intimate way to see the city, connect with the locals, and meet other travelers. It also mixes up where you stay and many times that is enough to give you a whole new perspective on a destination. Consider staying somewhere other than a hotel the next time you travel.
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Article Added on Monday, March 2, 2009
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