Hotels aren’t the only place to rest your head when travelling. Here are seven alternative forms of accommodation to consider that could add to the adventure.
Stay in a hostel
Hostels are favoured by backpackers as a cheap means of accommodation. You’ll find them all around the world – particularly in cities. You may have to share a room with strangers and there’s unlikely to be much in the way of luxuries, however, hostels are great places for solo travellers looking to meet wonderers. Many hostels come with bars, good wi-fi and a comfortable lounge area.
Rent a holiday villa
For a more luxurious form of accommodation, a holiday villa could be worth looking into. This is a holiday home that you rent out for the week, giving you your own private space to go back to. Many villas have cooking facilities so that you can prepare your own meals. Some homes such as these holiday villas in Bali even come with their own private pools. If you’re going away as a family or with a group of friends, a holiday villa could be the perfect option.
Book a guest house
A guest house is usually someone’s home with several rooms converted for guests. It includes many motels and b&bs. The level of luxury varies significantly depending on the property – some guesthouse may involve a single room whilst some may give you your own private annex with a pool such as these Spanish guesthouses.
Camping is one of the cheapest forms of accommodation when travelling in rural areas. It’s possible to bring a tent and go wild camping for free in many places. If you’d prefer facilities on your doorstep such as toilets and showers, you can always search for campsites. There’s even the option of glamping for those that want the wild thrills of camping with a few modern luxuries such as electricity and a bed.
Live with a local family
For truly experiencing the culture, nothing beats homestay accommodation. This involves staying in a local family’s home. You can eat home-cooked meals prepared for you and have the chance of learning the language. You could even get paid to work as an au pair.
Couchsurfing is by far the least glamorous form of accommodation; however it could well be the cheapest. If you have friends abroad, they may allow you to sleep on their sofa for free, saving you a lot of money. Couchsurfing round strangers’ houses can also be done, but like hitchhiking it takes a lot of trust, plus you’ve got to work up the courage to ask to sleep on someone’s sofa.
Take a camper van
Another option could be to bring your own hotel on wheels. Campervans allow you to combine accommodation and travel costs. Those wanting luxury can splash out on a motorhome, whilst those prepared to rough it may be able to get away with a big car by putting the seats down and laying across the boot. There are companies that rent out camper vans for those that don’t have the funds to buy one.