How to Find Cheap Housing for Your Trip
One of the toughest areas to economize on while traveling is housing. With a little creativity, there are plenty of cheap housing options to choose from.
The most obvious answer for solo travelers. Hostels provide a cheap and convenient option for people, but that does come at a cost.
- Can be extremely cheap
- Flexible booking, can usually be booked up last moment
- Meet new travelers
- Usually have a cheap bar attached
- You’ll have to share a room with multiple people and form to their schedule
- Sometimes can be overpriced
- Laundry/Kitchen facilities are not always present (critical for extended travel)
- Most come with kitchen/laundry use included (helpful for extended travel)
- Roommates can be fun and make you feel at home
- Most hosts are more than happy to provide recommendations of their favorite spots
- Some have discounts (~15%) for staying at least a week
- Some of the Airbnbs can be VERY cool and unique
- Often more expensive than hostels as a solo traveler
- Won’t have as much of a “going out” atmosphere as a hostel
- Sometimes you’ll have to operate on the schedule of the host (checking in/out, not being noisy, etc.)
- Quiet and easy to recharge
- Some cities have tough regulations on Airbnbs, making hotels a more necessary option
- Can use hotel/credit card points to book
- Expensive. Even the cheapest hotels usually aren’t as good of a deal as most Airbnbs
- Lonely, harder to meet people
- Most large hotel chains aren’t located in areas conducive to going out/finding local activities.
- Free (you should probably buy them a drink or some groceries though)
- Meet new people (who you’ll at least have something in common)
- Get to know their perspective on the local culture, lifestyle and mindset.
- Might be a little awkward at first, but that’s about it.
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