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How to Find Free Accommodation in Sri Lanka

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How to Find Free Accommodation in Sri Lanka

How to find free accommodation during the holidays is not known to many travellers around the world. Finding free or cheap accommodation definite is good news for any traveller, especially people who travel on a tight budget. There are several ways to find procuring free accommodation in holiday destinations around the world. They can be broadly categorized into three categories volunteering, self-organized and acquaintance.


Usually, camping is categorized under the adventure holidays. But you must not necessarily be an adventurer to make camping holidays. Most of the solo travellers not forgetting to include camping gears on their holiday checklist these days. It can be very handy in a situation, where the hotels are overbooked, closed for renovations, or not being able to find a local accommodation. It not only saves money but also allows you to have great flexibility with regards to the time management. You can spend plenty of time with your sightseeing, while you have no pre-planned place to reach for the overnight stay.

There are camping sites in every country allowing having free access. Some site may charge you a very nominal fee to grant the access. The camping is very practical during the summer in countries with four seasons. But in the countries such as India and Bangladesh allows having travelled with camping gears throughout the year. Some of the best camping sites are the beaches. In most countries, the beaches are protected area and people are not allowed to build permanent constructions. Therefore surely you have the plenty of space for your camp in beach holiday destinations. Patches of forests, mountains, estates, city Parks River banks are also can be used for camping.

Camping allows you to enjoy the nature as well, while you have wide exposure to the surrounding. Sleeping bag or sheet, a tent and a sleeping pad are the required equipment to arrange your camp. The camping can be very handy when you go to explore places such as rainforests, mountains and remote areas because you have no accommodation facilities in most of these places.

Temples and monasteries

Temples and monasteries can be best alternatives for hotels and other forms of expensive accommodation during the holidays. These places open its doors for travellers who need help. In most Asian countries such as Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Buddhist temples are providing free accommodation for visitors. It is not mainly due to the religious factors but because most of these countries are very hospitable.

Maybe the accommodation is very basic but more than enough to spend a day or two. In fact, you might not spend the whole day in the room. In the remote area, this can be the only possibility to have a good sleep. Most of the religious institutions do not charge money for providing accommodation but you can donate few dollars to show your gratitude. This is a highly unpopular accommodation facility among the travellers, due to the fact that it is not published through the media. This accommodation facility is spontaneous and no advance-booking available.

Accommodation with acquaintance

This is the most popular free accommodation facility in any part of the world. With knowingly or unknowingly our friends and relatives provide us with the free accommodation. Some travellers make friends in the destinations, where they often make holidays and arrange the accommodation with these acquaintances. Living with local family save you money as well as give you the thorough knowledge of the culture, tradition and traditions of the native people.


Volunteering is most popular among young people who like to mingle with the local community. Volunteering helps you to help the people of the country while staying with a local family. As a volunteer, you can work for a school, religious institution or various organizations that are involved in charity works.

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