Choosing Cheap Accommodation
One of the biggest dents in any backpacker’s budget is that of accommodation. If one were to remove the cost of air tickets and overland travel, accommodation would be the next biggest amount of money spent on a trip. Therefore, it is important to find the best value for money accommodation whenever possible.
Some backpackers like to seek out the cheapest places possible to stay in, whilst others prefer to get the best value for money that they can. Whichever camps that you fall into, here are a few ideas to help you along the way, and hopefully be able to save you a little money in the process.
This is a great way to both get free accommodation and also get to know the locals of the country that you are travelling through. Part social network, part hospitality site, people register to say that they have a couch or bed free, and basically have an open invitation for visitors. All a backpacker needs to do, is to contact the host and arrange a time to stay. Find out more here – Couchsurfing.
A variation on the couchsurfing scheme, warmshowers is specifically aimed at cyclists. So, if you are on a bicycle tour, you can contact a warmshowers host in the area. They will be able to provide a bed, shower, laundry and also local information.
Both of the above schemes can save the traveller a great deal of money, but remember do not abuse them and do not overstay your welcome!
Hostels are synonymous with backpackers. They provide cheap, affordable accommodation in even the most expensive cities in the world. There are, however, a few drawbacks. Normally, you will be sharing a dormitory with anything up to 12 other people, so if you end up with a snorer in the room, it might not be conducive to a good night’s sleep! In addition, some hostels get a reputation as party hostels, so if this is not your thing, you may again feel uncomfortable. Onto the good stuff though! – They are cheap, are a great source of information, and often have cooking facilities. This means that you can prepare meals yourself rather than eating out all the time… Another great way to cut costs whilst travelling.