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Hotel Schmotel! Cheap Alternatives For Holiday Accommodation

23rd January 2017
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I’ve been trying to plan a little trip for myself and my boyfriend in the summer, perhaps Rome because he’s never been and I love it, or somewhere else in Europe that neither of us have visited, but travelling is so expensive! I’ve found so many cheap flights to European cities, but the overall expense of a hotel, food, and everything else makes it out of our reach. Today’s blog post is totally relevant to poor students like myself who want to travel, but can’t afford a hotel…

Are you worried that you might not be able to afford a holiday this year? Well, you might be very pleased to hear that there is one easy way to keep your travel expenses down to an absolute minimum – just don’t stay in a hotel! Hotels are notorious for being very expensive forms of accommodation and, thankfully, there are many cheaper alternatives out there. So if you are trying to plan a travel adventure on a budget, why not consider one of these great options?

 

Go Camping

There is no cheaper form of accommodation than camping! Lots of people are put off of camping because they think if is terribly uncomfortable and chilly sleeping out under the stars. However, this misconception couldn’t be any further from the truth! In fact, there are lots of modern camping supplies that you can now buy which will make things extra cosy. One of the main advantages of camping is that it is a great excuse to get out of the city and reconnect with nature. You will find it very beneficial if you switch off your phone and enjoy the great outdoors for a few days!

 

Find A Homestay

If you would rather go on a city break than go camping in the countryside, you probably won’t fancy pitching a tent on a busy street! Thankfully, there is another great cheap alternative to hotels in cities. Homestays are becoming incredibly popular, and the industry has seen a big boom over the past few years. So what exactly is homestay accommodation? It is when somebody rents out their spare room or flat to travellers. Lots of locals are doing this to help them pay their rent. Travellers love it, as it gives them a chance to stay with someone who can give them some great recommendations and insider tips! AirBnB is probably the most famous example of this – I’ve not personally used the app before, but I’m considering it for a short trip to Rome in the summer.

 

Hostels

If you want some of the comforts that come with staying at a hotel but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag, you should consider booking a room in a hostel. Hostels often benefit from city centre locations close to the top sites and attractions in a city. They work out a lot cheaper than hotels but have most of the same features. However, for the really cheap deals, you will have to share a dorm room with a few other travellers. But if you are happy with this setup, then you will be able to make the most out of all the bargains on offer at hostels!

 

Couch Surfing

Of course, if you are really struggling to scrape together a few pennies for your accommodation, you could think about couch surfing. People have been couch surfing for quite a few years now, and there is a loyal community of travellers who offer up their spare sofas to those who are visiting their city but can’t afford anywhere to stay. The hosts don’t expect payment, but many guests take them out for a beer or dinner to say thank you.

 

Hopefully, one of these accommodation options can help you afford a holiday this year! I’m certainly looking for a cheap holiday after I finish my degree – have you tried any of these methods?

Thanks for reading,
Emily

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