Culture, Travel

Travel Cheap: Inexpensive Housing Options

Joshua Earle

Looking to travel, but trying to save money? Housing is one of the largest expenses of your trip, so finding inexpensive lodgings for your stay is an easy way to travel cheap. Here are a few reliable options for housing that will cut your expenses and give you a safe, clean place to stay.


Though hostels are often the go-to for traveling cheap, many people dismiss this option without really doing their research. What some people don’t realize is that hostels usually have cheaper private rooms available if you don’t want to go dormitory-style. Additionally, most hostels provide you with resources like lockers, maps, community rooms, free breakfasts, and recommendations for places to visit. If you’re worried about cleanliness or security, have no fear! Sites like Hostelworld provide reviews and ratings for each of their hostels, so you know that the hostel comes recommended.


Couchsurfing is an awesome option if you are willing to be a bit more daring and adventurous. With 400,000 hosts and 4 million surfers supported every year, couchsurfing is free for everyone. However, hosts can spend a small one-time payment to get verification on the site, which proves their interest in hosting surfers. Therefore, if you’re looking for hosts who are dedicated to couchsurfing, make sure your host is verified. You can also check out the site for statistics about safety protocol that ensures you stay safe on your trip.


If you’re more interested in low cost B&Bs and apartments, AirBnb is the best option for you. With AirBnb, you can search for places that local individuals will rent to you for your stay, with rates and accommodations varying based on your needs. To ensure the best results, make sure you begin searching for housing a few months before your trip so that everything is still available. Additionally, you can narrow your search options by specifying the accommodations you expect. These may include free WiFi, laundry appliances, English-speaking hosts, free breakfasts, or wheelchair accessibility. Overall, you can control the price you pay, so you determine how much you’re willing to pay for your housing needs.

Home Exchange

Ever since the movie “The Holiday,” home exchange has become more popular and several people have signed up to participate. Home exchange works exactly how it sounds: you find someone who is willing to stay at your house for a vacation, while you stay at theirs. If you live in a particularly interesting or expensive location, then this option is perfect for you. Home exchange also allows you to communicate and plan directly with your host so you both get what you want. If you’re interested in home exchange, check out sites like Home Exchange and Stay 4 Free. The best part is that these sites allow you to list your home for free!

Farm Stay

Though this option isn’t as popular, if you plan to visit one location for an extended period of time, then you may want to investigate farm stays. For organizations like WWOOF, you get to stay on an organic farm for free in exchange for your labor. The WWOOF site helps you to locate different farm hosts in the area you want to visit, and then to contact them about your stay. Overall, farm stays are a great way to experience another nation’s countryside while contributing to the environment.

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