But before I get into details I must say, I'm a bit of a wuss. I don't really like staying in hostels (never have) and am most likely missing out on a whole lot of fun. So yes im a wuss and have an unfounded fear of a possible whole world of fun i could be missing out on. So with that off my chest, i'm here to offer some alternatives ways to find dirt cheap yet non-backpacker style accommodation.
Being location independent means you can work anywhere and at any time. And my ideal living situation would be a nice little apartment in Bangkok, that I can stay in for a month or so before moving onto another incredible location. Of course, this is a completely different style of living as compared to being "nomadic", where instead of a home base you would travel from hostel to hostel on a regular basis. Personally, I would much prefer a home base type of situation. What would you prefer?
You could stay in a hotel for a month, but this would be very costly and not really following the "living within your means" ethos. Instead, I like to use an amazing tool, Airbnb to search for privately let pads.
From their website:
Called the "Ebay for space" by Time Magazine, Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space.
The site focuses on short term stays but I have found many listings offer monthly rates.
For example, I'll be spending a month in Bangkok in August 2010 (hit me up if you'll be there at the same time!) and I'll be needing a place to stay. A search on Airbnb for August brings back a number of results. Most are for entire homes and apartments for between just $20-70 a night.
Ask for a Long Stay Rate
Lots of listings will include a rate for an entire month, but if your dream place doesn't, simply contact the host and ask. Because your not dealing with a company, and instead an average Joe, the chances of you getting a good rate is very likely.
Although a city central penthouse apartment sounds amazing, it might pay to be a little more adventurous and shop around for an "out there" kind of place. Some of these include a treehouse, a castle and even a shoe! Of course, if you're staying for a month it also has to be praticle.
Make sure the pad has wifi or ethernet access and is close to public transport.
So there you have my technique for finding a place to stay. Whats yours?