Accommodation is one of the biggest costs you have when visiting Barcelona or any other cities for that matter and reducing that cost can lead to big savings. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can find a decent place to stay without forking over your entire vacation fund.
Free housing, where you also meet locals? What could go wrong? One of the best ways to get free accommodation is by staying with someone who lives where you are going. You can save money on accommodation and learn about the local culture as well by being able to stay and interact with a local. If you like this way of traveling you will end up saving hundreds of dollars on accommodation and making friends around the world.
Hostels are a great option for budget travelers. In these places rooms are dormitory-style with all the facilities shared. The bigger the room, the cheaper the cost. Yes, you have to share a room with a lot of people, but if you are on a budget, it is your best way to save money. If you are traveling in a group, you could get one of the dorms for your entire group and not have to share with strangers. Hostels are safe, secure, and cheap. Do not overlook them—even if you are not part of the young backpacker set.
Another way of getting cheap accommodation is home exchange. They are just like they sound––for a certain amount of time, you swap homes with a family from another country. It is an excellent way to live cheaply abroad. If swapping homes is not your thing, then consider house-sitting as an alternative. In exchange for watching and cleaning someone’s home while they are away, you will get a place to stay in the area you are visiting.
We hope that these options will help you reduce your expenses, freeing up more money so you can do activities, eat out, drink more, and experience Barcelona at its best. Once you are here, join our pub crawl any time by showing up at the meeting point. Get a discount by booking your tour online. See you tonight!