Whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple, a young backpacker or even a senior wanderer, staying at a hostel is bound to make your travel exciting. Hostels are typically dormitory-style rooms or even single or double rooms wherein all the facilities are shared, and majority hostels these days offer the best of comfort and cleanliness. Besides the fact that hostels offer budget accommodation, you get to meet and connect with complete strangers who share your love for adventure, travel and unconventional living!
Couchsurfing is the latest trend in travel lodging and is quickly catching up all over the globe. The whole idea behind this nifty concept is to offer travellers a bed or couch at your home, for free or at cheap rates! Be it any country that you visit, find your host from the couchsurfing community, crash on their couch, share meals, drinks and outings with them, and live life like a local – an experience money surely can’t buy.
Live amidst the wilderness, cook your own meals over a campfire or a camp stove, snuggle yourself to sleep inside a cosy sleeping bag, watch the stars over your head as you lay beside a lake – without an iota of doubt, living in a tent is one of the most magical experiences of life. Camping not only saves a huge chunk of your travel money, but also offers you a close communion with nature, that no other hotel or resort can. Pick your spot besides a lake, at the foothills of a hillock, on top of a mountain or at a campsite, and let the outdoor charm take over your senses.
Religious Housing – Temples, Monasteries, Convents
You don’t necessarily need to be a priest or a hard-core devotee to check into God’s abode. Add a unique tinge to your travel by staying at numerous religious retreats across the globe, and at the same time, get swathed by the divine glow around you. Right from the gleaming Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, to the picturesque monks’ quarters in Nepal, Kathmandu, from the quaint abbeys in England and Scotland to the surreal monasteries in Europe, living in a religious retreat is the ultimate way to soak in the culture, religion and heritage of a place.
We’ve all come across homestays and guesthouses, but if you’re thinking of something offbeat, a farmstay is what you need. Ditch the concrete jungle and head to a rural farm. When you look out of your window, see lush fields and rolling hills instead of dark skyscrapers. When you sleep at night, listen to the sounds of night critters instead of horns and traffic. When you eat, savour a stunning sunset in the backdrop, instead of watching cars go by. Ideal!