8 Alternatives to Staying in a Hotel

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6. Become Part of the Family

For anyone looking to really immerse themselves in the culture of the region they’re about to visit, arranging a home stay is an ideal solution. And no, we’re not talking about renting a room in someone’s house, a la Airbnb. To learn what life is like in another country, it’s best to be part of the action, smack dab in the middle of a family. This helps a visitor learn not just the language, but customs and traditions. Those staying with families get an idea of what an average citizen might eat, drink, read, watch, and even talk about, all while spending much less money than they might on a hotel room. To arrange a home stay, it’s best to search the country or city desired, along with “home stay”, as few sites exist that group these options throughout the world. The experience is worth the effort, however.

Arriving for home stay

5. Get Back to Nature

There’s no rule that says travelers must leave behind their camping gear when heading across international borders. Of course, it might be a pain to lug a tent and camp stove around, but imagine just grabbing a sleeping bag and waking up under the stars, thousands of miles from home. Of course, there’s a bit of risk to laying your bag down in just any old space. Fortunately, there are sites like Gamping, which advocates “Garden Camping,” in which travelers can find themselves a spot of land on which to rest their weary heads. If staying just outside a private home doesn’t appeal, take that risk and try wild camping. Seek out trails near lakes, in the hills, or simply follow the ocean to an isolated spot. Trust in your instincts – they’ll let you know if a place is safe to spend the night.

Camping at Lake

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