- 1 Hospitality exchange
- 2 Cheap alternative accommodation options
- 3 Camping
- 4 Home exchange
- 5 Retreats
- 6 Other notable mentions
BeWelcome (often abbreviated as BW) is a hospitality exchange service that is run by a non-profit organization. The website was founded in February 2007. As of September 2013, the organisation has more than 48,000 members in more than 150 countries all around the world who offer free accommodation and help during travels. Joining is free and the software behind the site is free and open-source software.
Couchsurfing is the most popular and well known of these particular 'free accomodation' community sites. It connects surfers with hosts all over the world. Not as popular with some since it was sold to the private for-profit corporation Better World Through Travel in 2011.
The Warm Showers Community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.
GlobalFreeloaders is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local's perspective!
People offering places to stay in rural areas (villages and farms, not towns).
Not unlike CouchSurfing, Hospitality Club aims to bring people together—hosts and guests, travelers and locals.
"The Hospitality Club is an international, Internet-based hospitality service of appr. 300,000 members in 226 countries. Its members use the website HospitalityClub.org to coordinate free accommodation and other services, such as guiding or regaling travelers." wikipedia
A nomadbase is a communal living space, whose main purpose is to give long-term travellers the opportunity to have a place they can call home for free and without long-term obligations, where they come to (and leave) whenever and as often as they want. It is a place where they are not guests, but flatmates, no matter how long they stay. As a side effect of this, it furthermore accomplishes to connect long-term travellers amongst each others and creates a space where it is also easy for less-travelled people to meet and connect with each other. Nomadbase.org is a growing network of nomads and bases all over the world. other resources include http://vimeo.com/73860016, http://nomadbase.info/ and http://www.shareable.net/blog/every-guest-a-host-inside-a-nomad-base
For all you need to know about bothies ad where they are located, check out www.mountainbothies.org.uk
Cheap alternative accommodation options
"Cheap alternative accomodation and a nice way to get to know the locals."
Airbnb connects travelers seeking authentic experiences with hosts offering unique, inspiring spaces around the world.
"Home exchange is when two parties agree to exchange their homes for a period of time for vacation. It is easy to list your home and find available homes on Stay4free.com. The advantages are numerous: 1) you stay for free, 2) live like a local in an authentic home, and 3) save thousands on expensive hotels!"
The Abbey offers retreats at their Guesthouse on a donations basis. Get in touch via their website to book.
"Nunraw Abbey or Sancta Maria Abbey, Nunraw is a working Trappist (Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae) monastery. It was the first Cistercian house to be founded in Scotland since the Reformation. Founded in 1946 by monks from Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Ireland, and consecrated as an Abbey in 1948, it nestles at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills on the southern edge of East Lothian. The estate of the abbey is technically called White Castle after an early hill-fort on the land."
Boulder Gardens Eco-Sanctuary
"In the California mojave desert north west of joshua tree there is an accommodating space for temporary living for just about all nomadic souls who can also bring the needed manifestations to the land and inhabitants. If you are passing through or in need of decompression and/or healing, you might find what you need out there amongst the ancient Joshua's." - www.facebook.com/boulder.gardens.9
Other notable mentions