If you want to travel on a budget, then utilizing your credit card rewards to pay for a plane ticket is a great idea. However, this then begs the question, how do you find affordable lodgings? Luckily for you, we have a few suggestions.

A home exchange

This does exactly what it says on the tin. With a home exchange, you’ll temporarily swap your home with someone else. One of the best services to use for this is the GuestToGuest website. Usually, this sets you back $11 a night or approximately $147 per year. Some people even let you use their own car during your stay!

You should note: The person you’re exchanging with can also request additional charges like a cash cleaning fee. Be sure to clarify any extra before committing to anything!


If you love animals and enjoy looking after pets, or if you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and doing a few chores, then housesitting is excellent for finding low-cost accommodation. If this piques your interest then is well worth checking out, they also have a handy app you can use.

The membership fee sets you back $119 a year. However, before you agree to housesit, consider all the responsibilities sent over to you. After all, you want to ensure you still have time to travel!

Top tips

There are a few things you should look out for before selecting a host. For example, do they have any positive references? Do they have a profile picture of themselves? What’s their description like, is it detailed?

You should also set up a video chat, that way you’ll get a better feel for whether the arrangement is a good fit for you. This is especially true if you’re thinking of sofa surfing on a stranger’s couch!