Quirky Ideas for Budget Travel

Camp In My Garden
This outdoor housing specialist provides a range of private garden options, from the bare basics to glamping. Most locations are in the UK (snag a bargain for the Olympics!), with some regional spots in Thailand and Indonesia. Places are sorted by area events (from music fests to sports competitions).
Homestay Malaysia
The Malaysian Ministry of Tourism partners with kampong (village) dwellers to offer stays at communal longhouses all over the country. Harvest and cook local produce and learn about traditional handicrafts like batik and woodcarving firsthand.
Warm Showers
Long distance bikers know the plight well: You’ve been on the road for hours and are in dire need of a good scrub. Enter Warm Showers. The online community allows you to use hosts’ home bathrooms and potentially negotiate overnight stays.