Now its okay to sleep at airport and sleep on buses and trains and on planes and even outside train stations. But the thing that gets to you is you're own health and well being. You can't always spend a whole week without sleeping on a mattress in a hostel. Every few days you need to be sleeping on a mattress somewhere in the world for either free or a small price,
In June 2013 I spent Tuesday evening at a Hostel in Birmingham. Wednesday night was spent on a bus. Thursday to Sunday i was sleeping in a tent at Hellfest and on Monday I was on a bus back to Birmingham where i spent Tuesday night at the same famous Backpackers hostel of Birmingham.
So i went a whole week without sleeping on a mattress and still I was on 4 nations in that week.
After I left Sofia in July 2013 I spent 3 nights without sleeping in a bed and this made me sleep deprived. I was falling asleep on the Metro in Dubai and at Delhi Airport I nearly missed my flight to Kathmandu because I feel asleep in transit
So whenever you are tired of sleeping on buses or in airport these are the best options to get a good nights sleep
STAYING WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS
In New Zealand. i always stayed with my mothers family and that's why all these reunions ended up like dog shit. staying with family can be a good thing. But sometime it always ends up bad. I haven't spoken to my unsupportive cousin John because he is a total tool for not supporting me moving to the UK.
I get along well with my Dad's family in UK. But it gets boring when i stay in Middlesbrough as its online a small town. But hey CAPTAIN JAMES COOK came from Middlesbrough and he discovered Australia.
I got distant/extend relatives in cities like London, Manchester, Melbourne, Ireland and even in America and i got friends all over the world.
Hostelbookers is a website that helps anyone find the best hostel accommodation in many countries in the world. I have used hostelbookers since June 2011 and I still swear by it to this day.
This website has help me book hostel in nations like: France, Spain, England, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia and its even booked me hotels in India and Nepal
To secure a booking you pay 15% and then you pay the rest at the hostel. If you don't check in without canceling then your debit/credit card will be slugged a nights worth of accomodation. So your best to cancel any bookings 24 hours in advanced.
AIRBNB is the best place to use if you don't want to stay in a hostel. You might find hostels for $40AUD in Brussels and Amsterdam. But you can find people renting out their spare room for like $15-20 a night. Best of all you get a nice bed or sofa for the night and access to the hosts bathroom. hell you might even get a breakfast or a guided tour THROWN IN FOR FREE
I have used AIRBNB to stay in cities like Los Angeles, New York and even Baltimore. 5 years after my trip to Maryland Deathfest 2010 I am still good friends with my host John.
I stayed in 3 different apartments in New York City. One time i stayed in Harlem, the 2nd time in Park Ave and the 3rd time in Downtown.
In Port Moresby I stayed with a local lady called Evilina. She was a nice lady to rent me her room for the night as it was not safe to stay in a cheap motel in 6 mile. Evilina provided me with a driver called Ronald who was more like a body guard that protected me while he showed me around Port Moresby.
I have never experienced Couch surfing. But my time spend with my unsupportive Cousin John in London was allot like Couch Surfing.
Couch Surfing isn't luxury. But it is staying with someone for free. Just as long as you don't engage in sex and clean up after yourself YOU'LL BE A WINNER!
Staying in a Hotel
I don't always get to stay in hotel at all. They are not always cheap but sometimes the can be affordable.
You can stay in an Easy hotel in Budapest starting at like 19 Euros a night and to me its all you need. Easy Hotels are nothing more than shoe box hotel room.
I stayed in a shoe box hotel room for 25 Euros in Andorra and that was a good price.
I once stayed at a tacky hotel in Bucharest with Plastic Sheets and a non working TV remote for 25 Euros or 100 Lei. It was crap but the hotel was outside of the train station. I do wish I did stay in a hostel/
Hostels always tend to blow the budget. Its okay if you stay in a hotel on your last night. But doing it every day in America made me broke.
I stayed in a $140 a night hotel in Brunei because I had no other options and the Youth Hostel wasnt even open.