We're continuing with that freeeee because not everybody is a ballah like me! That's right! Just a dollar bill? This all I got? I got anything else? If you like falling asleep on couches then do I have the option for you! Couchsurfing is a community of travelers who open up their homes to strangers. Yes, for free! You don't even need this dollar bill! You can stay on their couch and sometimes even their guest room and for what in exchange?
For a genuine travel experience where people around the world open their home and share their lives, share their stories. To meet a new friend from another part of the world. While this may seem kind of scary and unsafe, I get it. The Couchsurfing community is truly loving and friendly and embodies the kindness of travelers. And the site goes very far to ensure there's safety, trust, and security when you are making hosting arrangements. Good ol' hostels, you can't go wrong with them. Hostel is a very sociable accommodation.
Think of it like hotels except it's much more budget-friendly. $10-30 a night for staying at a 2 person bedroom, 6 person bedroom...even 18 person bedroom? There's even 24 person bedroom, I know...it's kind of crazy! Hostelworld.com is the main resource to find the best hostels around the world! No need to go anywhere else. Now, things to keep in mind if you're going to book a hostel. It is cheap but expect a lot of noise! There are people coming home from 4am after drinking, people unpacking, people packing, people chattering. There's a French dude sleeping two feet above you and an Australian girl three feet next to you. You don't get a lot of personal space.
There are party hostels and there are hostels that are quiet and calm. Be sure to read the reviews thoroughly otherwise you're going to be at a party hostel when you rather get some sleep for the night. In general, hostels are awesome. Usually hostels have a bar, they have food, they have travelers all around the world and even the staff are experienced travelers. You really can't go wrong with hostels. Airbnb is a site that allows people to list out their rooms and their homes. And for other people to rent it out! And if you're sitting there thinking, "eeerrmehgad TJ I already know that!" Did you know...you can negotiate on Airbnb?! Save that dolla, dolla bill! If you are staying more than a few days, let's say more than a week, you can actually contact the host through the listing and ask for a better price. You can ask to cut out the cleaning fee, ask for a discount if you stay X amount of days. Don't be afraid to ASK. Next, it is always cheaper to rent out Airbnbs off tourist season.
Oh, and there's a code for $25 off your first booking in the description below. Now as a bonus tip, the same thing applies to hotels. Last minute booking on hotels will actually get you cheaper deals than if you were to book super far in advance. And that's because hotels would rather have their rooms filled than not filled. Let's get the party started!!! [dying] Alright travel bugs, I gave y'all 5 awesome ways to find cheap and even free places to stay when you're traveling solo. Not only are they affordable they are also a great way to meet new people when you are on that solo life. Subscribe, stick around, and if you are already part of this wacky travel fam... I love you. Alright travel bugs while I go to bed in broad daylight, I hope you start planning your first solo trip.
See you next time! I love dem free... I'm all about dem free stuff!! Freeeeee!!!!! FREEEE!!!! FREEEE. FREE! FREEEEEEEEEE. SOMEONE SAY FREE?! [giggles]