1. Look into hotels and hostels
Of course, if you have family and friends in the area, stay with them. But if they’re all back home, hotels and hostels are the standard option. Some hostels are incredibly fishy, so do your research beforehand.
Don’t let the one bad hostel ruin the whole bunch. There are quite a few reputable chains and you don’t have to go wandering up a dark alley to find one. Hostelling International makes finding one easy and just like booking a 4-star hotel. If you’re willing to share accommodation with strangers, you can really get a bang out of your buck. And you might meet some fascinating people.
2 . Consider couch surfing or woofing
Though it may seem too good to be true, couch surfing has a huge following and is a completely legit form of travel. Couchsurfing.org can set you up with people just like you all over the world.
If you’re willing to stay a bit longer, consider woofing. You’ll work on an organic farm for as little as a couple of weeks in exchange for a roof over your head and a some meals. You can build up your skills and get much more into the culture than if you stayed in a hotel, frequenting your mini bar.
3. Get into house sitting.
Even better than couch surfing, house sitting has entire networks now that let you stay in a place for free just to feed the cat. Two of the biggest sites are HouseCarers.com and MindMyHouse.com[. For an initial fee, you can put up your listing (and don’t forget to sell yourself) and meet people looking to leave their home in trustworthy hands.
Understandably, there are far more people looking to house sit than need house sitters. When you sign up, do some research on creating a striking profile. Think of it as a job interview where you’re in a pool of thousands of applicants (because you are). Set yourself apart from the herd in whatever way you can.