Travelling has always been a very expensive pastime limited to a certain group of people with the means to spend. However, in this modern day and age, especially for the youth who do not necessarily want or need the same facilities as adults and can rough it out, there are a large number of opportunities for travelling, not only within the country, but all around the globe. These means are not only closer to the actual local population, thus giving a much more authentic experience of the country or city, but also is a great way to interact and network with others of the same age sharing the same interests. Following are ways in which one may reduce costs on accommodation, which after transport and food expenses, cover the bulk of the expenses. A reduction in the cost of accommodation reduces a significant amount off your travel budget, and the following are some such options open in the market, especially for the younger generation who wouldn’t mind bunking on someone’s couch or with a five other people and a common toilet.
As the name suggests, yes it is bunking on someone’s couch, usually for free or for a very small price. This concept was derived especially for the youth who want to travel but have little money to spend on fancy hotels. People started renting out their couches, rooms and air mattresses to people for a very small charge compared to the hotels and even motels. Thus, people from all over became a form of an Airbnb property manager, someone who not necessarily rents an air mattress, but rents some form of accommodation to travelers for a very small price. Some locals even help you explore the city and even allow you to cook meals, thereby saving on food costs significantly.
Youth hostels can be found all around the globe and are specifically designed for the youth with a vibrancy that matches their exciting lifestyles. An interesting array of individuals travelling alone or in groups pass through these hostels creating an interesting web of connections linking people from all parts of the world. If you do not mind bunking with a few others in the room, most hostels have cooking facilities, decent toilets and other amnesties plus people with an exhilarating new perspective of the world.
This is an ingenious way of cutting down on accommodation costs but still travelling to new places. While the owners go on vacation, you can watch over their houses. I personally am not sure if I would want to leave my house open to a complete stranger, but it is apparently a common practice in certain countries and is something one might try when trying to travel on a low budget.