Where to stay for your budget.
There are so many options for people travelling now. You can get away with travelling on small budgets. Let start cheap and work our way up.
Couch Surfing is amazing. I have used this service as both a surfer and a couch. While I travelled around Europe with a friend we found some great places to stay, for free. You are literally staying on someone’s couch or in their spare room. It’s customary to bring them a nice gift or take them out for dinner but you save so much money for a places much nicer than a hostel. It’s also great because people who are lending their couch are there support the community of travellers and have great tips for what to see and where to eat. It’s a great way to get some insight from a local. Remember to respect their things and their rules. Unlike a hostel you will not be able to come and go. Most hosts have work and things to do, so you will be locked out during the day.
HelpX is a way for traveller to match up with volunteer work, for a small fee (26$US for two years). Remember that as a traveller you most likely can’t take on jobs to make money. Helpx.net connects hostels/farms/boats/other with travellers who are looking to work in exchange for room and board.
WWOOFing stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms and this site also helps travellers find farms that can work on for room and board, for a small fee (20 Euros for 1 year). The challenge with WWOOFing is that each country has it’s own site and fee to be paid so if you want to do this in multiple countries you have to sign up multiple times.
Hostels are a great way to travel on the cheap if you don’t want to be tied to one place for a bit as you volunteer. You can choose your level of comfort, do you want to share a room with 3 people, 7 people, 15 people? Hostels are a great way to meet other travellers and learned about all the great places they have been to. It’s also a way to find short term travel company. If you plan to do this remember to be safe. I have met many people this way and the best part is if they don’t make good travel company you can leave them and head off on your own again.
Hotels are nice when it is time to get away and have your own room. Many times I have found budget hotels that have private rooms for cheaper than I could get a private room in a hostel.