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You can find cozy, convenient places to stay for $50, $20, or even free in destinations around the world—as long as you know where to look. Aside from airfare, lodging is typically the expense that takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. Or you can find the budget Europe tours on the site.

The Best Way to budget your European trip:

Religious Housing

Depending on where you’re traveling, there may be affordable lodging offered by religious organizations—such as convents and monasteries in Italy (see MonasteryStays.com), or Christian or Jewish guesthouses in Jerusalem. You can find the right places on the site or a visit to the local tourist board’s website can help you find these options.

Hostels

Though they’re commonly known as “youth” hostels, this can be one of the best hotel alternatives for budget travelers of any age. Even if you’re not up for the cheapest option—a bed in a shared dorm—you can often get a basic private room at a hostel for significantly less than the cost of a low-end hotel.

Homestays

Sleeping in someone’s spare bedroom or on the living room couch is by far one of the cheapest ways to travel. In many cases, it’s free, and it’s also a great way to meet locals.

Vacation Rentals

A Paris apartment, a villa in the Caribbean, a log cabin in Vermont … vacation rentals offer unique and affordable lodging around the globe. Because they tend to be more spacious than hotel rooms, they’re a particularly good bargain for families and groups who can divvy up the cost.