Some years ago I was reading an interesting travel magazine and I discovered WWOOF, that i san interesting website that offer a great opportunity to have holidays almost for free, but is required a little bit of manual work from you. I wanted to do it, but I am still unsuscribed but in the 2016 i'm going to subscribe to it.
Let me explain a little bit better because I'm not so sure the phrase had a sense, however, I want to visi San Candido a lovely èplace in the north of Italy so I look into wwof site if there are farms as hosts, then I contact the host and we decide together kind of work I can do to repay their bed ( I pay with manual work), is true I could pay an hotel but experience and add new skills hasn't worth for me
Well if I'd be a normal tourist I'd must to travel with car or train or plain, plus adding the cost of the hotel, well traveling with train from my hometown I would must to change train 3 times and average cost is €107 so cost from/to is more than €200, hotel aren't expensive but if you have normal job with offices closed in August well you must to know that prices are higher so for a week in hotel you can spend....
WHOA I've just looked for a week on Booking and see the results, a week would cost me over €1000, while with wwoof I would must only for travel...let me say that with €1000 I can plan some nice week end in Europe and still have leftover money in my pockets!!!
Another great idea to have holidays without spending a fortume is Swap homes, have you ever seen the movie "The holiday", well I think it is a great idea but I couldn't be able to swap my house, I am a little bit jealous while wwoof is perfect for me and also airb&B.
Is possible have grat holidays without going into bankruptcy but everything depends from you and your style, what can work for me, couldn't work for you and viceversa.