For students and those with tight budgets, the race to find the cheapest lodgings when travelling is one of the biggest challenges faced, right after transportation. However, there are all kinds of possibilities available, from a free bed to one that only celebrities can afford. Whether you opt for a homestay, camping or some other form of paid accommodation, there is no lack of options to satisfy all tastes and cultures.
For Hostelling International hostels you must have a card, but you can obtain one on the spot (£10-£16 depending on your age). In exchange, you receive a guide of all of the HI hostels around the world. Keep in mind that in several countries your card entitles you to coupons giving you discounts on various entrance fees and museums, shows, etc.
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Bed & breakfasts
B&Bs are still a very worthwhile option. Moreover, staying at one pushes you to make more effort to converse in the language of the country you are in, seeing as most of them are run by the owners who hire out a room or two to make ends meet.
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Last minute hotel deals
Finally, if luxury tickles your fancy, the Internet is a mine of last minute deals, which can open up doors to some of the biggest hotels and palaces in the world, for half the regular price.
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