Five Places to Get Free Accommodation During Your Travels

Exploring the world can be quite costly, which is why it’s great when you can get free accommodation. Whether you are looking for a bed in a hostel or a room in a five-star hotel, there are ways you can get what you need without charge. Here are five places around the globe that offer a gratis stay. 

Writers Can Stay at Shakespeare & Co.

Five Places to Get Free Accommodation During Your Travels

Shakespeare and Company is a historic bookshop in Paris, France. It was established in 1951 and since its opening, it has been inviting writers to take up residence in its corridors. Through its Tumbleweeds program, writers can get accommodated in the book-lined apartments on the second floor or on beds that are hidden between the bookshelves. The only thing that is required of them, is to either write a one-page autobiography or help for a few hours a day around the bookstore. 

Artists and Writers Are Welcomed at the Ace Hotel

Five Places to Get Free Accommodation During Your Travels

Located in New York, the Ace Hotel offers free accommodation to two types of creative minds – artists and writers. The establishment has an artist-in-residence program, that invites artists to stay on Sunday nights in exchange for creating artwork for the hotel. Also, it offers writers free overnight stay for writing an open letter to guests to be put by their bedsides. 

Explore Italy During Barter Week

Vineyards in San Gimignano, Tuscany region, Italy.

Barter Week started a decade ago. The idea behind the event is to allow travelers to explore Italy and stay in thousands of charming and lovely B&Bs in exchange for goods or their skills.

It takes place towards the end of November, and enthusiasts can check in advance the establishments that have opened their doors and the services they would like in return. It can be range from cooking to writing to woodworking, and anything in between. Guests can apply for the accommodation of their choice and once they are approved, they can start packing their bags.

Get Free Accommodation at the Vagabond Club

Five Places to Get Free Accommodation During Your Travels

Singapore is considered by many as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Artists can explore the country while getting free accommodation from the world-renowned Vagabond Club. It was the first hotel in Singapore to adopt an artist-in-resident program. Creatives such as writers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, etc, can apply for a stay that can extend from a week to two weeks. The only thing that the hotel requires in exchange is for artists to leave some of their works behind and perform at The Salon, the establishment’s restaurant. 

Enjoy a Comfortable Layover in Doha 

Five Places to Get Free Accommodation During Your Travels

The Marriott Marquis Doha is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Qatari capital. It works in partnership with Qatar Airways and offers fliers to have a comfortable layover at their hotel free of charge. This way travelers (two adults and a child below the age of eleven) can explore Doha and relax before their next flight. 

Accommodations without a charge are a real thing and if you know what to look for, you can enjoy an amazing vacation for half the price that it would take others!