10+ ways to get really cheap or free accommodation


How to get cheap or free accommodation around the world

Finding accommodation abroad can get very stressful. And it’s where most of our budget goes. That’s why I put together a list of useful resources to find free accommodation, very affordable, or in exchange for work. It’s not just about saving money, but also to experience new and enriching experiences. Make sure you save this article into your favorites!

*Prices are in the currency offered by each website.

COUCHSURFING: This is a place where people from around the world offer their couch for you to stay. It is a wonderful opportunity to know a city “from the hand of a local. But that’s not everything, there is much more than a free stay. If you want to know more details, read this article Couchsurfing: sleeping with strangers.

HOSPITALITY CLUB | BEWELCOME: they have a similar system to Couchsurfing.

WARM SHOWERS: this community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists with more than 50,000 active members around the world. You just have to create an account to start looking or offering accommodation. It may be a bed, a couch, or even a site to camp. Members can choose between the Free Membership, Free Donation Level, or the Hosting-only Donation Level.

HOME EXCHANGE: This website is what it says, a place to exchange homes with other travelers. Just create your home profile and make contact with other members. The annual membership costs US$150. If you don’t do an exchange during that year, you will receive a second year, for free.

AIRBNB: This is a social network for people to list, find, and rent their homes (full or rooms) to travellers for a fixed price. Very good for cheap accommodations options.

HOMESTAY: They describe themselves as a global accommodation booking website for people seeking a real and genuine travel experience. It allows someone to book a room in another person’s home. The traveller pays 15% online and then the rest directly to the host.

NIGHT SWAPPING: You can host travelers and for each night you host, get a night to spend anywhere in the world. Nightswapping is free to use. However, each finalized transaction with other members is charged a 9,9 euro fee for service. The host doesn’t have to pay for anything.

These sites put together homeowners with house sitters. You can also petsit. Incredible but true. This way you can get free accommodation almost anywhere.

HOUSE CARERS: free limited membership / 1-year membership: US$50.

TRUSTED HOUSE SITTERS: 3 months $74.70, 1 year $99, annual combined plan $119

HOUSE SIT MATCH: 1-year membership between 35 and 75 pounds.

WOOF LATIN AMERICA | WOOF INTERNATIONALOOF: WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Volunteers help producers and in return, they receive accommodation, meals, and the opportunity to learn about a sustainable way of life. Membership costs vary by country.

HELP EXCHANGE: HelpX provides a listing of organic farms, non-organic farms, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, hostels, and also sailing boats, inviting volunteers to work in exchange for food and accommodation. You can create a free account, but you must upgrade to premier membership in order to contact hosts directly. It costs 20 euros and it’s valid for 2 years.

WORLDPACKERS: These social networks put in contact with hostels and travelers, where they can use their skills in exchange for accommodation.

Subscribe to this link and help me to get discounts. You just have to click “Help Francisca” and recommend some of my skills: social media, teaching languages, tour guides, video making, web developers, or anything you consider. that fits me. If you send me an email, I’ll do the same for you 😉

I hope you find this list useful and travel more, a lot more. Please SHARE with others 🙂

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