Alternative Lodging

When it comes down to budgeting for travel expenses, spending money on lodging takes the biggest chunk. On the lookout for alternatives, we discover:


What could be better than joining the ranks of our peers and collaborating our experiences within the same space? We gift ourselves and recieve back the vibrancy of people in their living flesh. This is the heart of it. We come to share a universal experience, stopping to catch a glimpse of each and every one of our unique paths in travel.

Prices range from free with work accommodation to a cheap campground. Yet, you get the benefit of all. Working in exchange for lodging gives one the opportunity to confront ideas different from oneself, working towards a greater cause and spirit of the earth, and one acquires new skills.

The hindrance is the same as a hotel, in that you may make a payment, but its one cheap leap in the right direction. Don't forget to bring some earbuds!



Standing for World-Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms, WWOOF is a great introduction to long term stays in foreign places. The opportunity to work alongside locals, perhaps even living together, is hands down the closest you could get to a truly enlivening experience. An exchange of work for accommodation is little for the feedback from the real deal.

Downfalls can be varied working hours, inconsistency at large between hosts over disparate climates, and expectations, but that's life. Take it or leave it, it's happening.


A free way to spend the night, with an assumed exchange of yourself and experiences. A simple way to meet terms, but it all depends on your host, and more importantly, you. Coordinating times with others can make scheduling difficult on a time crunch, but there's value to be had when one is patient.

Be willing to break some social barriers


While it may not be one's first choice, spending a night in an airport is an inconspicuous place to cheat a days rest. Nobody said anything about sleeping well. But if you're questioning where you can go at odd times, it's a safe bet you'll pull through the night. Best for when you're already exhausted from giving it your all traveling.

Train Stations

Locations vary, but a quick nap throughout the day is often all you'll need to get back at it. Not as easy as an airport, but not difficult to do in the right spot. Worth the shot when moving between destinations if you couldn't sleep on the train.


Laying in a field of mother nature's grasp is a real vitalizing way to keep her in the city.  Whether you nap or sleep during the day, you can be sure to get some rest. It's when night falls that this relaxation becomes increasingly hard to stay. Cities often have rovers pushing you away, or you face many mysterious individuals in their own little world. Can always make something work in a park, and good to keep the look out throughout the day. You may never know if you need to come back for a lack of options.

That wraps up our alternative ways to lodging while adventuring out into this wonderful world. If you know any other good ways to spend your night, be sure to spread the word!

3 Ways to Cut Lodging Habits for Travel

What's wrong with Lodging?

Lodging while traveling is an experience we've all shared. When done right, it can be an easy and efficient way to travel, but at a hefty sacrifice. Through minimalism, we can reflect on the way we must pursue lodging and discard that which is not needed.

First Steps towards minimalist lodging

The majority of the time, lodging is draining on our potential experience out in the travel destination, and depletes our resources. You're always looking for the next affordable stay, wasting time searching, or worried about booking in advance. This is where we must focus and change our perspective on what lodging can be. To begin:

Abandon Hotels

Not only are hotels the most expensive means to residing in your travel destination, they keep you locked away from authentic experiences. Commercial chains provide the comfort of home in a systematic structure of the corporate world. This is direct contradiction of our values and objectives traveling, so removing hotels from our options is the first step towards living fully. We shall strive to live with the culture and people we've come to see!

Skip Airbnb

I love Airbnb and support it's efforts, but for the purpose of our travels it becomes another burden. It's a great way to treat yourself to a unique location, and done right, a hub to reset with accommodations: laundry, Wi-Fi, and community interactions. One can easily find rare spots that are cost friendly, however Airbnb is often just a cheaper hotel and fails to completely justify the long term expense. For those times you're away from the city and have fewer options, check out camping instead.


If you've invested the money in gear, then one is almost obligated to persist in using it. This limits your options and becomes a daily grind to carry along on your adventures. Camping (at least in the USA) in our experience, has led to pre-staged areas where you're sleeping beside vehicles and other modern comforts that distract from nature itself. It's a complete contradiction for its intent.

They can vary greatly, ranging from more well-developed, family-friendly camp sites with electricity, Wi-Fi, and running water (like KOA), to sites not equipped with modern luxuries and everyday household items. Finding the right campground ends up becoming a comparison to more hotels, and we don't need that. They're also usually in awkward locations between destinations, or fully booked out. Who wants to scavenge for a pile of worn dirt at night when it's first on arrival? While much cheaper than the first two options, our striving for authenticity sways us away.

Next Step?

With these cut out, some might think "What's left?" We cover the topic further on how to do it right @ Alternative Lodging , and Camping the Polywander Way. What are your thoughts? Let us know!