20 Alternatives to a Hotel

As a generation that grew up on budget backpacking journeys across Europe / Southeast Asia / name your gap year, we haven’t been able to shake the idea that hotels are way too expensive. Many of us actually find the idea of staying at a hotel ludicrous.

Think about it.

As opposed to the alternatives below, you’re paying more money for a smaller space and the privilege of paying for extras like Wi-Fi that are most likely included in a cheaper alternative. Here are 20 better choices:

Hostels

You’re no longer in college, and neither are hostels. Many now offer an overnight experience beyond a bed in a shared room full of strangers. Private rooms – some even with ensuite baths – are now available. A few are even offering amenities like swimming pools.

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Bed and Breakfasts

B&Bs are probably the closest on this list to a hotel. However, the facilities are often more quaint – sometimes even in historic houses – and breakfast is included. For an even more budget friendly version of a B&B, seek out one with shared bathrooms.

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Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Couch Surfing

Couch surfing is probably the cheapest and craziest alternative to a hotel on this list. But hey, if Couchsurfing.org has over 4 million members, it can’t be all that bad, right? The idea is you stay in a stranger’s home while they’re still there. Accommodations can include a space of the floor, the couch, or a guest bedroom. Sometimes the overnight is free and sometimes it comes with a small fee.

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