Now that we are getting back to normal, travel is back. However, the cost of travel is now high due to the impact of the pandemic. Also, you need to get a place to stay for few days travel. First thought is to book a hotel for your stay. You can either opt for a luxury hotel or affordable hotel. However, there are several hotel alternatives that are more affordable options for your travel. So, I will be rounding up the 5 best cheap hotel alternatives you need for travel in 2021. These alternatives are not just cheap but gives a feel of the local. So, if you’re looking to cut cost on accommodation and enjoy your vacation on a budget, opt for these 5 best options for hotel alternatives.
Vacation home rentals/apartments
Airbnb is one of the most popular vacation apartment rental platform. This brand offers a platform where home owners can list their house for vacation stays. So, Airbnb serves as an extra source of income for home owners and affordable hotel alternatives.
I love the option of Airbnb or apartment for my travels. This is because you get a feel of a home. Also, I get to cook my own food and shop from the local stores. So, I get to save on accommodation and foods too. It is super easy to book an apartment for your travel. You can book your apartment via hotellook or Airbnb to book.
There are several concerns around booking apartment like cleanliness and the current pandemic. Airbnb has placed measure to ensure that travelers safety. All listed apartment has to pass their cleanliness guidelines. You can read my post on tips on how to book apartment rentals as a firstimer.
You can several apartment options suitable for your budget. So, if you’re looking an affordable hotel alternative, opt for apartment rentals. Click to book apartment rentals for your next travel.
Academic Guest houses/hostels.
Another of the 5 best hotel Alternatives you need for your travel is Academic guest house. This options is suitable if you’re travelling to a place that has a university or college with hostels or guest houses.
However, you need to find out if your itinerary includes such an area. Also, you could reach to such schools to find out if they have guest house for rentals.
There are several factors that affect availability of Academic guest houses. One of such is when student are in session or during the admission process. These guest houses tend to get filled this period.
However, if you’re travelling during school holidays you can opt for Student hostels or guest houses. This hotel alternatives is very affordable.
Before you book an academic guest house, kindly note the following.
- Call to confirm the availability for your travel period
- Go with your own beddings and toiletries: This options may be available already. I prefer going with my bed cover because that of the guests home may not be neat.
- Accessibility to restaurants, local markets and commute options.
- Hostels may involved shared room options so if you need to be alone, opt for academic guest houses.
Hotel look has a some listing of university hostel listings you can check out. However, this may not be available in all countries.
If you’re looking to visit Nigeria or Lagos, you can book academic hostels on hotellook. I keep referring to this brand as it host a lot of accommodation options for travelers. You can book hotels, hostels, academic guest houses and rental apartments on this site.
Home stay options is another affordable option for accommodation for your travel. This option is perfect if you want to mix with the locals.
Families list to host tourist in their homes for a cheap fee. In this setting, the guest gets to stay with them. Also, you eat and dine as part of that family.
However, this option is not available in all countries. There are no home stay options in Nigeria. Also, just a few African countries have homestay options. ( don’t know why).
If you want to book a home stay option, click here to book and confirm availability.
Before you opt for home stay get to know the family. You can reach to them before hand to familiarize yourself with them. Also, I would recommend you go with a thank you gift for the family. ( Gifts makes people happy).
This option is super easy way to save on travel if you have friends in the place you want to visit. Why pay for a hotel or rental?
You can reach out to your relative or friends to let know of your visit and seek permission. I would pick staying with relatives or friends over rentals anyway.
However, everything has its pros and cons. I love my freedom to explore on my travels. But since it’s not my home, I get to abide with their rules. Some relatives will not allow keeping late night out. So, if you’re not cut for restrictions, opt for apartment rentals or hostels.
In terms of cost cutting cost, this is my most recommended of the 5 best cheap hotel Alternatives to opt for. You get to pay nothing to stay with relatives. You could contribute to the home upkeep while you’re with them.
Another hotel alternative you need to know is religious homes. So many religious home offers places to stay for free or at a cheap rate.
Religious places to look out for are churches, monasteries or mosques. This places do not discriminate what religion you’re. All you need to do is to abide with their guidelines or rules.
So, if you’re looking to spend way less on a place to stay, opt for religious home. Also, religious homes are quite safe to stay in. I had once stayed in a religious home of Opus dei ( a catholic home). It was comfortable and I was well taken care of.
So many cities have this religuous homes available for travelers. All you need to do is to look out for such places on your travel.