While once in a while it is fun to splurge on a fancy hotel like the Chateau Laurier (pictured here) in Ottawa, I usually find adequate places to stay for around $100 a night. Check out these quotes; they do a good job of capturing how I feel about hotels.
This blog contains an interview from October 2004 with Casey Felton, the founder of Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is much bigger today, and Casey Felton is not associated with the organization.
Hospitality Exchanges are a great way to meet people and travel the world on a budget. I once even met a woman who spent a year traveling around Europe staying with hospitality exchange hosts and only spent $7000 on the whole trip!
Home exchanges (also known as home swaps) seem like the perfect fit for many long-term travelers and expats. This post features tips to help you arrange the ideal home swap for you.
Long-Term travelers should stay with local families in homestays, usually as part of language schools or volunteer travel programs. Homestays have made a significant impact on my life and are also highly economical.
Roberta Rich wrote this article about staying in love motels in Mexico during her annual drive from Vancouver to Colima, Mexico. She stayed in these motels because they were the only places she could find that allowed dogs.