Where to stay

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It’s not always easy to find good and cheap places to stay. And since you’re often traveling from place to place, finding that comfortable roof over your head all the time might be a bit tough. But when you finally succeed in finding the perfect little spot where you feel at home, it’s well worth all your troubles.

To start out, here are some general rules when choosing places to stay:

  • Remember that even though the guidebooks offer long lists of hotels, everybody uses the same guidebook. Give the hotel next to the one that the guidebook mentions a chance - who knows, maybe you'll discover a new unknown small paradise on earth?
  • If you're traveling during high season, it's always a good idea to book your first night or two well in advance in the next major city on your route so you don't risk not having a roof over your head, or find yourself forced to pay a price for accommodation that will blow your budget.
  • If you're traveling during off-season feel free to negotiate the price - you might get some extensive discounts.

Generally speaking you could say that the standards and prices of accommodation all over the world fall into these categories:

Tent and camping

The cheapest place to stay is in your own tent on a camping site. But not all countries have as extensive a camping tradition as Scandinavia and Europe. USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are easy camping countries. At some camp sites you can also rent a hut or cabin for the night.

Hostel

Hostels are also a cheap solution where you'll often share a room and toilet with a lot of other travelers. Usually you have to buy a membership card to the hostels in the country in question, which isn't always that cheap, but once you've paid for it you'll have plenty of cheap places to stay.

Guest house

Guest houses are a third relatively cheap solution. A guest house is a hotel without stars where you usually have your own room with bath in the hall.

Hotels

The most expensive solution is regular hotels which offer different degrees of luxury, as signaled by the international star rating system - the more stars the better, and the more expensive.

Couch surfing

Couch surfing is a popular way to get free accommodation. It's all about exchanging accommodation, meaning that you must be willing to host other travelers when at home, so you can get free accommodation when traveling. However the couch surfing idea is also about cultural and social exchange and getting to know your host and the local area. Bear in mind that couch surfing is for the open minded traveler. Forget all about couch surfing if you just want a room with a closed door!

Free accomodation

What! Did you say free? Yes, in some parts of the world you can actually get free accommodation and perhaps a free meal by volunteering for social work 5-8 hours a day.

Of course, it's all up to you what kind of accommodation you feel most comfortable with but we recommend that you mix different kinds of accommodation. Save money by staying on camp sites, meet new friends at the hostel, relax at a guest house and spoil yourself once in a while at a good hotel - then your money will go a long way, and you will be able to reload your batteries from time to time.

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