If Couchsurfing Isn’t For You

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Couchsurfing isn’t for everyone as we discuss in this post. Some people like their own space and others aren’t that keen on continually having to meet strangers. But couchsurfing is a very affordable way to travel, so if couchsurfing isn’t for you what else can you do to keep accommodation costs down? Here’s a few options:

Find a cheap hotel

Hotels don’t have to be ridiculously expensive, they can be affordable especially if you keep an eye on the latest hotel deals in NZ. Don’t just go for the first hotel you find, shop around and be willing to compromise on a few things like location in order to find a really cheap deal.


House sitting is a relatively new phenomenon and sites like Trusted Housesitters are rapidly growing in popularity in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The concept is simple: home and pet owners often need someone to live in their home while they’re away; looking after their pets, home and garden. In return for a few chores such as dog walking, cat cuddling and watering the plants, you can find free accommodation in an increasing number of countries throughout the world.

If the weather is warm enough, and you’re feeling adventurous enough, you can use camping as a way to cut down on your accommodation costs. You’ll need a tent to begin with, but unless you’re going to Antarctica, you should be able to find a reasonably cheap tent from a sports shop or online that’ll be suitable for your needs.

Wild camping is allowed in some countries, which means you can camp for free. Otherwise look out for campsites where you can expect to pay a couple of dollars a night, which is usually well worth it as you get access to facilities such as showers and toilets.

Go Wwoofing

Wwoofing stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms” and essentially means working on organic farms in return for accommodation and a daily meal. Most postings require you to work for around four hours a day, which depending on how you value your time may seem like a lot to cover the cost of the bed for a night, however it’s important to realise that this is more for the experience: how often do you get to pick grapes, raise goats or anything else on a holiday? Every now and then it’s worth doing something a little different, if only to spice up your travels.

Take a campervan

Hiring a campervan to travel around New Zealand has become increasingly popular in recent years. Campervans give you your own space, but not only that a mode of transport for seeing more of the country as well. Campervans, such as those from Maui, are well kitted out with everything from beds to a BBQ, toilet, shower and LCD TV.

If couchsurfing isn’t for you, or if you just need a break from the scene there are plenty of alternatives out there. From travelling by campervan to finding a cheap hotel, you’re sure to find an option that’s right for you.