5 Alternatives to Hostels & Budget Hotels

Who says the only way to travel on a budget is to stay in a budget hotel or hostel? Here are 5 alternatives if you’re looking for other budget accommodation options wherever you are:

1.University Rooms

An alternative to hostels and budget hotels, University Rooms offers B&B or self catering accommodation in university residences in 120 cities around the world! You don’t have to be a student to benefit from this form of accommodation and both short-term and long-term accommodation is available. Prices vary depending upon location and the time of booking, but it is usually on the budget end of the scale and cheaper than a hotel.

2. Homestay

Homestay is essentially a service that allows you to stay in a local person’s home instead of a hotel or hostel. From a travel perspective, many see Homestay as allowing you to see a destination more from a local’s perspective – which is the main benefit of using it.

3. Glamping

Glamping is a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than traditional camping. If you literally put the two words “glamourous” and “camping” together, you get what we call “glamping”. You could be in a tent, yurt, airstream, pod, igloo, hut, villa, cabin, cube, teepee or treehouse. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice much in luxury, and the price is still within reach for a budget traveller when compared with hotels.

4. House Sitting

Another way to see a destination from a locals perspective and also in a way that doesn’t break the bank is house sitting. House sitting is essentially what the name suggests – you stay in a person’s house and look after it while the owner is away, often rent free. More often than not you’ll also be looking after pets too. It’s a great way to experience  a place on a budget whilst seeing it through the eyes of a local too.

5. WWOOFing

WWOOF essentially enables people to live and volunteer on a variety of organic properties. These volunteers help on the land and in exchange hosts provide food and accommodation. WWOOFing is not for everyone, but it is certainly a budget-friendly way of seeing the world, getting accommodation for free.

-So if you’re fed up of the traditional forms of accommodation, but you’re still travelling on a budget, hopefully these 5 alternatives to hostels & budget hotels have given you some food for thought!


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2 Responses to “5 Alternatives to Hostels & Budget Hotels”

  1. Wow,amazing! Thanks for sharing.Now I know more on how to save money on living when travel, not only hostels!

  2. John says:

    Hi Jane, I have always enjoyed hostels. I get to interact with more people than when staying with hotels. I even have some of them as Facebook friends now. I might try that farming thing you mentioned. That will definitely be something different.


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