Below were going to show you how we get accommodation for free and how you can too!
We currently own a Starwood express credit card with American Express. With this card every time you spend you earn points. Every point you earn adds up and earns you rewards such as flights and hotel stays. We used our card to pay for most of our trip then paid if off straight away so that we didn’t get into debt. Before coming away we had earnt ourselves 40,000 points. We decided to use 35,000 of them on a one night VERY luxurious hotel stay in Langkawi, Malaysia. The hotel we stayed at was called The Andaman, we were treated like royalty with free room upgrade, free welcome drink, free massage and the hotel itself offered a range of free activities for the guests as well as being in the most insane location! If we had paid for this night away it would have cost us £185! Having said this you could use your points on multiple stays for a lot less points. Since our stay we’re back up to 25,000 so it does add up fast. Plus if you use our link you’ll get 33,000 points as soon as you’ve spent you first £1000.
Trusted House Sitters
This is our newest find and we already love it! Trusted House sitters costs £89 a year or you can get 25% off if you join using our link. This website allows you to stay in people’s homes for FREE in exchange for looking after their pets. We recently just completed our first house sit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We looked after three cats and they let us stay in their beautiful three story home, the owners we stayed with actually unexpectedly left us £50 as a thank you gift so not only did we stay for free but made a bit of extra cash doing it! (Money shouldn’t be expected)
This is one I think a lot of people know about but after asking around a lot of people are actually too nervous to try it. We couchsurfed twice whilst we were in Cambodia and loved it. Our first host was working during the week so we actually didn’t even see him until the weekend, once we met him we clicked immediately and he took us out to places we would have never had found without him, memories that we will never forget were made with him. Our second host was also great and because he’d lived in Cambodia for over 30 years it meant he had a lot of knowledge on the local area. If you enjoy integrating yourself with the locals we highly recommend that you give couchsurfing a go!
This sums up our top three ways to get free accommodation, if you have any others do let us know in the comments!
If you want to learn more about how we saved for our trip you can click here!
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