Vacation, traveling, time off, these may be just words for you but for some it is a necessity that they need in their life, some are addicted to it but what happens when the whole ordeal takes a toll on one’s purse? Well then you find alternatives to various aspects and save as much as you can, this article is going to focus on ways to expand the budget of solo travelers to the maximum.
After a long, exhausting day of traveling a bed sounds as heaven but this heaven comes at a hefty price when you take the obvious option of a hotel but since we are looking to save some cash couch surfing can be a very convenient alternative. Having the feel of home away from home is better than most other things. You can crash at host’s house sleeping at whatever is made available to you.
Keep a lookout for Free Accommodation
Now, the question is how to find them, you can find a host of nonprofit organizations or communities over the internet which felicitates your meeting with a host. It is a good thing because when you meet the native people you get to have an up close and personal look at the local life and festivities something that you would have missed otherwise. You just have to pay a little attention to the vetting procedure that the site advocates. The vetting procedure will entail an interview of both the parties that are the host and the guest. Whatever is the cost of the vetting that has to be paid by the guest and since it takes time it cannot be your option when you want an immediate place to crash.
The major drawback with this kind of sleeping arrangement is that you put in much effort in order to find the right host and then due to some reasons the host can back out at the last minute which leaves you in a very dicey predicament with no place to sleep and hence agreeing to whatever you get offered and at whatever price. It also puts a kink in your traveling experience. Whereas a hotel will be free of all such worries.
You can even look for hosts that will offer a place to sleep in return for some work done. This is added on to your experience as well because even though you are supposed to work real hard for a couple of hours you get to have a close look at the country’s local life and most of the time you help projects meant for noble causes.
You can even go for home exchange, and it is a less conventional option and hard to find as well. It entails that you swap your place with someone else and you stay at their place for your vacation while they stay at yours.
Though not very fancy, but an option nonetheless, you can always consider sleeping at airports. You can get associated guidelines over the internet easily. You can also try to sleep on trains while traveling, and you can always get a pass made that will not only help you travel across the nation but will also have large comfortable seats for you to have peaceful sleep.
Now when you couch surf it is comfortable and convenient but it also is restrictive in terms of the hours when you can leave and when you have to get back. So if that is the case you can even go for a hostel which would be a better suited option when you are a gap year traveler.