Top 5 Alternatives to Hotels

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Summer is here, and what happens in Summer? Anyone? VACATIONS!!! Now you have the classic vaycays going to the lake, all inclusive resorts or the Hamptons (if you can afford it). But if you are more of the non-traditional type then here are some alternatives to hotels you can try out on your adventures. These options can be used for a wide range of destinations, from the US to Europe to Asia.

Vacation Rentals- Vacation rentals are great they allow you to live like a local, have kitchen facilities by renting apartments or unique spaces. There are many sites that you can use to find the perfect rental Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, HomeAway,  or onefinestay are just a few. If you prefer to compare you can use the one stop shop  that allows you to search all the top rental sites.

Home Exchanges- If you aren't too particular about letting others into your house while you inhabit theirs, swapping spaces might be the perfect way to save some dough. Just think of the movie The Holiday  and hope that you get Jude Law and not a Jack Black fellow. HomeLink, HomeExchange, and Love Home Swap can connect you with interested swappers safely, securely and cheaply.

Nightswapping- Is a novel concept introduced by the French start-up Cosmopolit Home in 2012, based on the idea that peer-to-peertravel should be reciprocal. Here's how it works first, you host your apartment or house. When guests stay in your home for a night, you'll earn credits that you can exchange for nights at other members' homes. you earn one night for each night your home is swapped, but you can purchase additional nights through the website to tack on existing nightly credits.

Hostels- Hostelling isn't just for bearded backpackers and twenty something spring breakers.  Hostels have hosted travellers as young as six months and as old as 80 years. They are perfect for longer trips to multiple destinations, no frills accommodations can save you big money. While the six, eight or ten- person dorm-style rooms with bun beads and shared bathrooms are the cheapest offerings many hostels also offer private accommodations for just a bit more money. Hostle Worl, Hostelling International and have thousands of adult-friendly properties around the world.

Camping- Camping is a great tradition, and it's on the rise. More people are taking to the roads and tents than ever before, not just to save money on family getaways but to rediscover the byways, trails, and parks that speckle the country. Besides the great outdoors, camping's greatest asset is the financial flexibility it affords travellers. Now camping doesn't have to be synonymous with tenting if you want a bit of luxury you can rent Cabnins, RVs, and even a yurt. Check out Camping Canada for campsites across Canada or National Park Service if you are in the US. 

How do you save money on travel? Any travel sites we should check out?