Book Unique Lodgings Without Burning a Hole in That Traveler’s Pocket

Posted by on March 3, 2015

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 Wanderlust.

It caught you’re attention over a year ago. For months, you’ve resisted its advances. But like a moth drawn to a flame, you eventually give in. Instead of dipping a toe, you leap and take the plunge. Those hour long lunches are now devoted to scouring the web for great deals on plane tickets and hotels.

Ah yes, hotels. It’s an establishment embodying the luxury and comforts of home —— away from home. However, this option, while readily available, is not always the cheapest.

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Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives for people who want better lodgings. Why better? Because the places we have in mind are not just easy on the pocket. They pack a bit of history, culture, and charm too.

So, on to our list!

Religious housing

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If you’re travelling to Southern Europe, you’ll find plenty of affordable accommodation offered by “people of the cloth”. Many religious organizations open their doors to travelers. Rich stone architecture and quiet environs await you at a monastery in Italy. Discover a bit more about the beginnings of Judaism when you stay at a Jewish guesthouse in Jerusalem.

Website to check out:

http://www.monasterystays.com/

 Homestays

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For people who want to do cultural immersion while on vacay, homestays are the best option. The idea is to stay at the home of a local and take part in their daily routine. Say you find room and board on the French border. Depending on the predominant trade in the area, you’ll be able to try a hand at picking grapes or doing farm chores. 

Websites to check out:

http://www.homestaynetwork.org/

http://www.homestays.co.uk/

http://www.homestayinternational.com/

Academic Housing

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Admit it, but the chance to stay at the dorm of a school that has been around for a century can be exciting. The nerd in you would jump at the chance to check out the humungous library. You’ll also get to rub elbows with upper classmen enrolled in a summer program. Rooms in an academic housing facility are basic but comfortable. You’ll have everything necessary for a rested stay.

Photos by: Bradley GordonweisserstierIndia UntravelledArya Stone

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