Spending a few days away from home is almost always mean extra expenditures on accommodation, the travel, leisure and food. It is often necessary to save all year to enjoy the summer holidays in the beach, in the mountains or exploring abroad.
But in addition to traditional travel there is another set of much cheaper options that provide insight elsewhere without making a large financial outlay
One of the alternatives for a nearly free vacation, as far as housing is concerned, is the home exchange. The system is simple and practiced for years by tens of thousands of travelers.
You only need to register with a site that manages this type of barter and be willing to provide housing in exchange for spending time in someone else’s home. The user selects the country of interest, exchange he wants to do and sends a message to the owner.
Once enrolled, he will also receive hundreds of submissions from around the world. While the first may seem strange to think that strangers will occupy the house, is an experience that gives good results. Usually, once chosen the place and the person with whom the exchange is made, the participants in this initiative exchanged e-mails, pictures, calls and engage in certain friendship. This in turn helps to better know the site to which you travel, thanks to suggestions from the hosts.
Some think that the location of his home barter will be difficult to not be in a downtown or attraction. But the fact is that one of the objectives of those involved in the exchange is to live as do the residents of the town in which they arrive and not as tourists, so that anyone with a floor can participate in this exchange.
With this initiative, it is possible to know the five continents from a different point of view living those staying in hotels, and almost free. The pages that manage the exchange charge participants a fee of 50 or 70 euros per year.
To this food costs, which can be done at home and save money on travel restaurants- and other movements in the area to be released they would be added. Some people also exchange the car, so the payment for renting a car or public transport disappears.
Another more affordable experience that study tours abroad to learn a language is to exchange. A month in another country can cost about $ 3,000, but staying at the home of a student during this time and then offer home ownership for the partner lives in his is quite cheaper. Moreover, young people know the true culture of the place, leaving the student with friends and share with him the day.
Couch surfing. Couch surfing is defined as a service “online entertainment” in which a person selflessly offers other free accommodation in their homes. The idea came decades ago when surfers were down sofa in English -couch other people who were looking for good waves. The experience was expanded into a worldwide network.
But couch surfing is much more than a free hosting; it is a cultural exchange to find the destination as it is lived in reality and not superficially as a tourist. The host explained the customs of the country and indicates the places you can go your guest to enjoy the area. The guest, meanwhile, tells how people live in the region and exchange views.
Those wishing to participate in this experience must enroll in the couch surfing website and provide some details about your profile.
They can then search for people, called “hosters” which provide accommodation. There are also other participants do not pay a portion of your home but to help visitors experience the town to traveling: they are called “coffee” or “drink”.
The applicant submits a request to anyone who considers that matches your profile and expected to be accepted. It has no obligation to pay anything, although their maintenance should be separate.
Travelers who have tried this way to meet other cultures repeat and recommend the experience to those who want to live a few days as do the natives of the area.
Field of work
Another way to spend the summer, aimed especially at young people, is to participate in a labor camp. It is an initiative in which people from different backgrounds come together to collaborate on a social project, such as the recovery of historical heritage, improve the natural environment of the destination or help particular groups of people. While a different experience in other countries or provinces lives, it helps others.
Members of these projects are usually groups of between 15 and 30 people performing work about 20 hours a week and after participating in the activities created by the organizers of the field. Tours around the place also make the way of life of the residents of the region learn, and there is free time to enjoy with peers.
In addition to social work, labor camps are used to meet young people from other countries with which often friendship ensues and, if done abroad, allow to practice another language.
Registration cost is not very high (sometimes it’s free), and includes accommodation and meals for the young as well as leisure activities conducted and accident insurance. Travel costs have to be borne by the participants.
With these four options the cost of accommodation is covered, but transport is still pending, something that can get quite expensive.
An alternative to reduce costs is to go to the low cost airlines.
Keep in mind that saving is essential to strictly fulfill the conditions laid down when purchasing the ticket. You have to fly with a suitcase of small dimensions that can be introduced into the cabin, so you have to part with large luggage.
Other conditions as additional insurance or print the ticket at home save cost and surprises at the airport. If promotions are taking advantage, you can travel to many places in Europe for less than 10 euros return.
If this option does not convince or are not offers to your chosen destination there are other cheaper alternatives such as contact with strangers who want to share their car. In specialized websites or portals classifieds, who wish to travel you can find people who are going to make a journey on a particular day and join them.
There is also the option reverse: to be communicated to a particular route and wait for the others to sign up.
This alternative has expanded in recent years and there are many portals on the Internet hang their journeys. Therefore it is not difficult, especially in summer, when most trips are realizan- find someone to carpool with this holiday. The costs are reduced by increasing the number of people occupying the car.
Cheap conventional destinations
Not every summer you can enjoy a few days off at a hotel beach. In fact, although this year the tourism sector picks up again, more and more Spaniards have to settle for cheaper and perhaps less comfortable accommodation alternatives such as campsites or shelters to spend the summer months.
Camping: Camping weeks can become a great vacation at a very affordable price. The contact with nature and the outdoors makes thousands of people choose camping as first choice for the summer.
They are very nice places, equipped with all services and often nearby places to enjoy, like the river, the mountains or the beach.
Besides the use of tents, caravans fixed installation is allowed throughout the year. This makes many families every summer friendly match in these spaces and outdoors, a further incentive to opt for camping.
Hostels: hostels also allow a holiday outside the place of residence at a cheaper price than paying for an overnight stay in a hotel. Europe has an extensive network of accommodation of this type; some offer very similar to the three-star hotels are located in conditions and central areas of cities.
Depending on the chosen accommodation can sleep in single or double rooms, while others only have to share rooms with strangers.
Around the town : the more traditional option is no less fun: spend the holidays in the village. For many citizens it is the best summer possible and seize every opportunity to return to the place where they grew up. Easter and the weekends are short, but spend a month in the village is what some people have been waiting eleven months.
Lets reconnect with people who shared the best years and not seen more than in the summer while accompanies uncles, parents and grandparents who receive their family with open arms time.
And it allows a return to childhood, cool nights and enjoy the festivities, which attract people from other locations.
Children have friends his age and can spend the day on the street, surrounded by nature and safer than in larger cities.
Along with these benefits, the costs are almost nil. Camping is free and usually, the daily consumption is lower, because the prices are usually lower than in the big cities and in tourist areas.