6 Tips For Getting Cheap or Free Accommodation
In this post I share 6 tips for getting cheap or free accommodation. Accommodation is, for me (and probably most other travelers) the biggest expense during long term travel.
I suppose if you like fancy restaurants for every meal then that would add up, but I prefer street food.
Transport may also top the expense list but generally I find the longer to travel for the less that becomes, but accommodation is always constant.
Anyway, here are my 6 tips for getting cheap or free accommodation.
6 Tips For Getting Cheap Or Free Accommodation
1. Fly red eye flights
The first of my tips for getting cheap or free accommodation is to take red eye flights.
Red eye flights are flights that are overnight. They save you on accommodation and as a bonus, these flights are often cheaper.
2. Sleep at the Airport
If your connecting flight is less than 24 hours away then it may be worth sleeping at the airport, unless you want to have a look at the city your layover is in.
Sleepinginairports.com is a pretty good website to check out for this.
3. Couch Surf
The third of my tips for getting cheap or free accommodation is Couchsurfing.
There is a whole community of couch surfers out there willing to give you a couch (or even a bed) to sleep in for free.
I’ve heard a couple of ‘horror stories’ but they have been nothing more than funny tales and ‘weird’ people.
4. Rent a Car
I only do this if I am planning to rent a car anyway, but while you’ve got it you may as well sleep in it.
If you use a bit of imagination I’m sure you can find a place to pitch a tent for free where-ever you are. Take into consideration trespassing laws in the country your in, and if all else fails use a legitimate camping ground.
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6. Abandoned buildings and/or Squats
The last of my 6 tips for getting cheap or free accommodation is one I only used as a last resort back in the days when I was a really ‘poor’ traveler.
If you find an abandoned building and are considering staying in it, do a little reconnaissance first. Look for signs of life. The last thing you want is to be in someone else’s squat, it could get a bit hairy.
There are often underground communities in the know-how of communal squats and usually these people are quite friendly and happy to help travelers. You can find them over the internet, in chat rooms and such.
Well that’s it for my list of tips for getting cheap or free accommodation. Share yours in the comments 😀 .