Best hotel alternatives

While on holidays it can be great knowing you will be resting your head in a comfortable, safe and reputable hotel room. For those of you who want to try something different though, you have plenty of options these days. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel and a crowded hostel or a local Bed and Breakfast let's work through the different types of accommodation you could be staying in.

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One of the most common hotel alternatives is staying at an Airbnb. Local hosts on Airbnb may rent out single rooms or en-suite rooms in their homes or possibly even full apartments depending on the host. Once you become a member, you can search the dates, location and price range you are looking for, and view various profiles to see which one would be the best match for you. Airbnb makes for a great way travel as you get access to local recommendations of where to visit as well as being able to save a few extra pounds compared to hotel prices.

Home Exchange Network does exactly what it says on the tin. You simply exchange homes with someone in a location you wish to travel to. To get started and networking, all you have to do is register, add a listing, send and receive requests and then exchange places with another member. If you are worried about the safety of your home while you are away and/or enjoy comforts of a home while you are abroad, this is the perfect option as a verified person will be occupying your home while you are abroad.

A much cheaper and possibly more rewarding option is to pull out the underused tent and enjoy the outdoor wilderness by camping. Relax next to an open campfire roasting marshmallows and soaking in the sounds, sights and scents of nature. Alternatively, you can opt for a cabin with a few more creature comforts.

If you are on a completely tight budget or are just looking for a completely unique experience, Couchsurfing is a great way to go. Locals open up their homes to you for free and let you sleep wherever they have space and for however long. Another option is to stay in a religious place such as a monastery or convent. These are great options for those of you travelling throughout Central and Southeast Asia where monasteries are in plentiful supply.

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