Want to stretch your travel budget? Instead of going for the usual hotel, book your stay in one of these cheap alternatives instead. We guarantee that you won’t have to sacrifice comfort for savings.
Bed and Breakfast Inns
Also known as B&Bs, these mini-hotels or private homes offer overnight accommodations and breakfast meals to a limited number of visitors. Bed and breakfasts provide a unique vacation experience because you’re treated like a house guest instead of a tourist. The buildings are homey and rustic; the meals are homemade and give you a sampling of the native grub; and the owners are often seasoned locals that can tell you a lot about the place.
Thanks to AirBnB, there’s a renewed interest in vacation rentals. Instead of booking a hotel, travelers can take their pick among the various properties being rented out by fellow AirBnB users. Wherever you’re headed, your options are endless–there are rooms, condos, apartments, houses, and even castles, and private islands!
Hostels are popular among the hip 20-something crowd, the adventurous backpackers, and the budget travelers because of their affordable rates. They offer dormitory-style rooms furnished with bunk beds, communal bathrooms, and basic amenities. You can also get a private room if you’re not comfortable sharing a room with strangers, although it might cost more. Because of the close-quarters setup, socialization is a major part of the hostel culture. There are usually barbecue nights and happy hours organized for guests to encourage bonding and mingling with fellow travelers. Hostels are also very quirky and creative with their interiors, which make for a lot of eye-candy and Instagrammable photos.
Homestays haven’t really taken off yet in the Philippines, but a lot of people overseas are already doing it. The concept is simple: You just make arrangements to stay at a family’s home in your destination. You eat with them, sleep in their spare bedroom (or maybe the couch), and basically do as the locals do. If you want to experience a place in the most authentic way possible and truly immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, then homestays are your best bet. It’s also a great avenue for practicing your verbal skills if you’re learning a new dialect or a foreign language.
For the adventurous wanderers and the nature aficionados, camping is definitely a good choice. It helps you save a lot of money because you won’t need to rent a place to stay, and it also puts you right in the middle of the action. Popular nature destinations like beaches and mountains usually have camping grounds where you can set up tents, cook your food, and even have bonfires. If you don’t want the hassle of bringing too much stuff on your trip, you can just rent the equipment from rental stores or even from the locals.
Not so sure sure if you can survive the big outdoors? Try glamping, a new travel trend that’s rising in popularity around the world. Short for "glamorous camping," glamping allows you to be close to nature without sacrificing the luxury and comfort that you’re used to. Glamping accommodations are usually in the form of a big cozy tent, villa, cabin, or treehouse with enough amenities for a relaxing and cozy outdoor adventure.