Travelling is a fun activity that may cost a bomb, depending on where you go and how far it is from where you live. In addition to the transportation cost, you will also incur costs for food, accommodation, visa, etc.. Many people would bring along packaged food like bread and instant noodle to save some dough for food and visit a visa-free country before travelling to other countries, but what would they do to avoid making a larger dent in their wallet when it comes to accommodation?
1. Staying with a family or friends
This is pretty obvious especially if they know someone staying in the country they are going to. If this family/friend is someone they are close to, staying with them would sometimes go on to become an obligation and not an option anymore. Moreover, if they are highly hospitable, they can also expect to get some nice home-cooked meals, which the host will gladly prepare for the guests, or the guests can cook by themselves, or they all can do the cooking with each other because you know, friends who stay together, cook together.
2. Couch Surfing
This is a platform which you can use to mooch off a generous homeowner who is able to offer you a free sofa/bed for you to sleep on in exchange for a certain job like English speaking practice, gardening and so on. Some hosts do not expect guests to do anything other than being a friend whom they can introduce to another friend or family member. You can sign up on the website for free and send messages to a maximum of 10 hosts per week.
If you don’t mind doing a voluntary job on your travels, this website is definitely for you and you can sign up for it for only USD 32. Hosts from all over the world would love to attract the suitable candidates to do different kinds of jobs in their homes such as teaching, care-taking of pets, article writing, house chores, so on and so forth, and they will offer a bed for your job well done. Many hosts offer meals as well, and for most of them, they only require you to work up to 5 hours a day, and you’ll get to tour the area in your free time. Be sure to ‘sell’ yourself to hosts by writing wonderful things about yourself on your profile as these hosts can be quite picky about whom to welcome to their homes. Not to forget, you’ll also need to make sure you are up for the jobs the hosts hope you would do.
There are many other platforms where you can sign up and find some friends or hosts to hang out with in return for some volunteering work. At the end of the day, be sure to take smart and safe decisions by checking out the host’s profile, feedback, and references. Do not say yes or agree if you feel something is wrong, always trust your intuition and listen to your gut.
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