No matter where you’re travelling in the world, finding a cozy, convenient and economical place to stay at is extremely easy today.  Aside from airfare, it’s the lodging that typically takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. If you’re willing to consider affordable alternatives to hotels, here are the top options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.


Though the common notion is that hostels is for youth; the truth is it’s for anyone travelling on a budget. If you’re not up for sharing a bed in a dorm, you can also book a basic private room at a hostel for significantly less than the cost of a simple hotel. However, it’s best to book hostels after reading the reviews and recommendations.

Vacation rentals

Vacation rentals offer unique and affordable lodging around the globe; that’s because they tend to be more spacious than hotel rooms and are a particularly good bargain for large families and groups. The convenience and savings of having a kitchen and a laundry room during your trip, and having everyone gathered in one home is what makes it such a great option.


Airbnbs have literally cropped up everywhere, and for good reason. If you don’t mind using a bathroom down the hall, bed-and-breakfasts will often save you a lot of money as opposed to hotel rooms. Importantly, it’s the coziness and camaraderie of an Airbnb that makes it such a hit among travellers. Plus, as the name suggests, it includes breakfast, so you ending up saving on meals as well.


Camping is a great option for anyone seeking a digital detox; a campfire beneath the night sky is the most relaxing and fulfilling experience provided you don’t mind compromising a tad bit on luxury. From perfectly toasted marshmallows on a bonfire, to singing and dancing around the fire with a happy bunch will give you a lifetime of memories.