You can’t get a much better deal than Free, so if you need to really stretch your travel budget, here are some great options that will do just that and allow you to stay for free. Plus, using one of these services allows you to experience your travels with locals and get a great feeling for the culture.
- Servas: An international peace association that matches travelers to hosts. Operating in over 100 countries.
- CouchSurfing: With hosts in just about any location around the world, you can crash on the couch for free.
- Tripping: A newer service than the others that puts hosts and guests in touch from around the world.
- HomeLink International: Allows you to swap your house or apartment with others from all over the world.
- Home Exchange: Allows you to swap your house or apartment with others from all over the world.
Staying with people you don’t know may not be for everyone, but if you’re up for unique experiences then this might just be perfect for your next travel adventure. Just be sure to do your homework and look for hosts that have hosted before and don’t be shy to ask for a reference. If you know of any other great services or have tips or experience using any of these, please leave a comment.