Posts Tagged With: couchsurfing

Day 13

Kick back with a cold one at this beach-side bar in Belize!

Kick back with a cold one at this beach-side bar in Belize!

Now is the time to start thinking about where you will stay on your trip! Will you go to hotels? b&bs? hostels? huts on the beach? some combination of these? My plan is to couchsurf as much as possible in expensive locales like Europe, ideally about 20% of the time, and stay in hostels the rest of the time.  In Southeast Asia, South America, and Central America, I’ll be staying in hostels most of the time (maybe a few huts :-D). Australia and anywhere I will be staying for at least a month, I will try to rent an apartment, as in many cases it can be as cheap or cheaper than staying in a hostel and certainly affords more luxuries…private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, more security, etc.  I’m also looking into housesitting. MindMyHouse is a nifty site where, with a $20USD annual membership, you can potentially house-sit around the world, drastically cutting down your budget.  Another important thing to keep in mind is when are the high seasons and holidays of the places you’re visiting.  It might be prudent to book a hostel months in advance for Rio’s Carnival, while in Paris, it is easy to find a place in August, because that is when most Parisians travel (that last part was completely made up, just trying to give an example haha). Anyway, the point is, be cognizant of when people are traveling away from places as well as when they generally travel to places. Till tomorrow!

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Couchsurfing…it’s like surfing, except not…

Silly title, I know. I’ve been thinking about the first leg of my RTW trip and have been racking my brain on how to cut costs on my sojourn across Europe.  In England, Germany, Holland and France I have friends who have graciously offered up their couches or guest rooms to me, but I have a whole host of other places I’m going where I’ll probably be paying $20-40 a night for a bed in a hostel. Couchsurfing would really help my budget out, giving me an extra $140-280 a week to play with…it means I could eat out every night or take in as many museums as I want. It also means accepting a certain amount of vulnerability…hoping you get a non-creepy host that smells good and is eager to show you the best parts of their cities. I’ve never done it, so I’m a bit apprehensive. My current roommate had great experiences couchsurfing in Austria and Hungary, but I’d like to hear some other people’s opinions as well. Leave me comments, thanks!

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