I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – my heart grows five sizes when i’m on the road.
Travelling is my favorite thing to do. The open road, interesting people, new experiences, new places; it all adds up to make even the most unadventurous person a little bit more well rounded. However, as this consumeristic world should have it, sometimes people equate big experiences with big costs. Travelling should free the mind, not entrap it with money woes!
I’m drawing from personal experience here. As some of you may know, the set list for the Osheaga music festival in Montreal, QC, was just released this past week. I’ve decided that for the benefit of my development as a human being/ music connoisseur, I must go. I have given myself no options in the matter. The first thing I did when I decided to definitely get a ticket was look up hotel prices, as one does when they do not know anyone who lives in a different city, as music festivals tend to have a draw that will make even the most dingy hotels completely booked within weeks of the festivals announcement. Upon looking at rates I realized that, if I were to stay at a conventional hotel, this trip with all its expenses would end up costing me my life savings. As I am someone who is not looking for this trip to be the end all be all to her financial stability, I quickly turned to google for answers to this impending personal strife. So to the wanderer reading this; I am about to give you options. Options to stay somewhere where you feel comfortable at night; somewhere that doesn’t break the bank!
1. HOSTELS – It seems that every single time I mention that I’m going to be staying in a hostel to my friends, their eyes go big and they exclaim, “But you’ll be MURDERED“. To which I laugh and say, “Not unless I jump in front of a train first!” (Please note that this makes no sense to you unless you’ve seen the movie Hostel). Hostels, in some socil groups, have a bad rap; after all, there is a possibility that you will be rooming with strangers. The most expensive type of room in most hostels is the private one; just you and yourself in there. More often than not though, the least expensive hostel option is the 4, 6, or 8 bed room. This is a great opportunity to meet some amazing fellow travellers while saving a buck or two!
2. COUCH SURFING– In short, couch surfing is when you sleep on a strangers couch. Sounds sketchy, you say? Not as long as you completely check the person’s profile out. The safety of this method depends on your ability to look through the testimonials written about the person, making sure every one involved has gone through the credit card verification system, and by looking at how many times they’ve been vouched for. Couch surfing is available in over 100, 000 cities across the world and is currently being used by over six million members.
3. AIRBNB – Much like couch surfing, this method requires you to stay in another persons home/castle/apartment/yacht. The website has had over 500 000 listings and is currently available in 192 countries. The deal with Airbnb is in exchange for the homeowners hospitality, you rent out the room they are offering. I’ve seen prices range anywhere from $20.00/night to $100.00/night. A quick look at their website, Airbnb, and you can see just how many options there are! You decide if the vibes are right!
These are just a few examples. If you have any ideas on how to travel on a budget, send them my way! And now I’ll leave you this (It’s somewhat relevant):