When going to a new place, I always try to meet local people and go past the normal tourist destinations. What better way of experiencing a new culture than living with the locals? In addition to normally being a lot cheaper than your average hotel, you get to see how local people live and in most cases get some good tips on what to do or see. Jaclyn already shared her best couchsurfing tips with us, but there are also several other ways to live for super cheap. Have you ever heard about airbnb, crashpadder and iStopOver? Well, if you haven’t, this might save your travel budget on your next trip.

Here’s Airbnb’s guide to how it works:

If you’re not all about saving money, but want to live like a princess, this French castle for 145 euros a night might be something for you! What’s 145 euros to royalty anyway?


Photo: Airbnb

The premises for these pages are quite simple. Anyone with spare space in their home can let it out to guests on a short-term basis. According to Airbnb, the biggest of the three services, you can find everything from a castle for a night, a sailboat, or an apartment for a week. iStopOver promises to “show you how to travel like a local, meet cool people along the way and do it on a dime.” If this doesn’t sound promising, I don’t know.

Checking out where you could live, I even found an igloo for 11 euros a night. To live in this one you have to be pretty lucky with the weather forecast, and remember it is only available during the winter.

Photo: Airbnb

If you’re not to keen on hanging out with strangers during your vacation, you don’t necessarily have to share your igloo or castle. Since you’re actually are paying your host, in contrast to couchsurfing, you have less obligations and can expect more privacy.

Have you lived with the locals?

Kathrine Opshaug BakkeKathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.