How to Book Hostels Around the World
Hostels are another popular choice of accommodation, especially for budget travelers. Hostels can be found almost anywhere in the world and are usually much cheaper than hotels. Hostels are also a better place to meet other travelers as they usually have a common room where everyone hangs out. Hostels also provide much better advice on destinations and things to do and hostels can be a good place to find people who will join you on adventures. In Australia, for example, you can find postings for people looking to rent apartments together, to rideshare around the country with, partake in activities together and so forth. Even if hotels are in your budget, you might want to stay in a hostel just for the social aspect. [Read more…] about The Best Way to Book Hostels Around the World
Why Couchsurfing is a Great Way to Travel
Couchsurfing is one of my favorite types of accommodation when traveling. It’s a community of like-minded travellers who are willing to let you crash at their place for free. While the name certainly implies that you’ll be sleeping on a couch, this isn’t always the case. When searching for a place to sleep, you can read profiles and search for people who have private rooms available rather than a couch, which comes in handy for couples and families. I have found couchsurfing to be the best way to meet friendly locals. Think about it – they are letting you stay with them for free! You can view their profile and see if you both share similar interests and if other people found them welcoming. Couchsurfing is much more work than Airbnb, hostels or hotels because you need to sift through your potential hosts, read their profiles and send messages to each and every one of them, waiting for a reply as to whether they can host you or not. You can’t just book it like you can with the other options. Also, couchsurfing is not the best option if you only plan on staying one night or have no interest in the host themselves. Hosts generally expect that you spend a little bit of time with them. After all, you’re staying in their house! Couchsurfing is built as a community so if you’re looking to actually meet and hang out with the hosts, this option is for you!
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How To Become a House-sitter
House-sitting is a great option if you’re looking to stay somewhere for a couple of weeks or more in one area. This can be really great for those wanting a local vibe as you’ll be staying in someone’s house in a local neighborhood or in the countryside. House-sitting takes a lot of preparation in the beginning as you’ll need to create a well-rounded profile and research all the listings. I find house-sitting much more fitting for those without permanent jobs or for retired couples, though it can be for anyone. Typically, it involves taking care of pets or plants, so you need to be ready to do your part in exchange for a free place. [Read more…] about How to House-sit Around the World
The Best Ways To Go Camping Around The World
Camping is a unique option for the more adventurous. It’s extremely popular among backpackers in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, but can be found in most countries around the world. While campgrounds are certainly the most common way to camp, some hostels also offer the opportunity to camp in their yard. As long as you have a tent, you’ll pay a fraction of the normal hostel fee and still have access to their bathroom and kitchen facilities. If you’re traveling long-term and really want to budget, this is something worth looking into. In some countries such as Australia, it’s also popular to just camp in your vehicle in designated areas. When I was in Australia in 2009, we just parked our vehicles on the sides of roads and slept but I’ve heard the police are clamping down on this. [Read more…] about How to Camp Around the World
Working for Accommodation Around the World
If you’re looking for a unique experience or traveling for a long time, you may want to consider working for your accommodations. This can be a great way to learn new things, meet interesting people and get ingrained into the local culture. Although you won’t typically be paid, you will get free accommodations and food as well as many stories to bring back home with you.