When traveling the two things that will weight more on your wallet are accommodation and food. On this post I am going to cover accommodation. How to save up as much as possible and make the best out of all the options I’m going to go through.
This is is by far the best option when it comes to money-saving. Couchsurfing is an app that connects hosts and travelers. It is free of charge. Just download it, set up a profile and start using it.
Besides the free accommodation, you can really make use of (be a pat of) the community that is built around it.
Even if accommodation is not a problem for you, this app can still be very useful. You can meet up locals for a beer, or a meal and get to know the culture, and the people of the place your traveling to – and let’s be honest, there is no better way to navigate a city than having a local giving you all the insider tips.
Very often the app will let you know of meet ups happening around you. So you just have to show upand enjoy yourself.
Couchsurfing is a great tool for travels. It will decrease your costs and increase your experience.
In my opinion/experience Workaway is a gift from the Gods. It is a tool that can save your ass while providing you with great experiences. I am dead serious.
Workaway is a website that connects travelers to hosts that are in need of voluntary workers. Travelers will work around 5 hours a day and will be paid in meals and accommodation – let me tell you, this is a great deal.
When looking for hosts travelers will find a great deal of hostels (where you will likely do some cleaning, and reception/desk work), farmer owners on the countryside that are in need on some helping hands, andeven people that are looking to learn a new language and are willing to host travelers on their house.
Usually in about 48 hours you’ll have it all sorted out. Workaway is very efficient.
It will cost you 30 dollars for a 2-year subscription(US$ 1,25 per month if you will). The way I see it, it’s a symbolic fee meant to keep people that are not serious about it away.
For more info surf on their website www.workaway.info
Airbnb is an app where travelers can rent out a room at a local’s house, or two rooms, or even the entire place. A room is usually the same price as the cheapest hostels you will find around the city you’re traveling to, but you’ll be able to enjoy some privacy, not to mention that the neurotic minds out there will feel a lot safer than if they were staying at a hostel
On these apps you will find the best accommodation for your needs/budget. They have a rating system based on guest experience. No bullshit advertisement or anything like that. You will get real ratings from real guests.
I hope this post was useful to you, and please let me know on the comments down below if you know other ways to save up on accommodation.