For the majority of travel enthusiasts, getting out and and seeing as much of the world as possible is paramount in planning on how to spend our precious vacation time. After all, whose bucket list doesn't include at least a few destinations in faraway lands and foreign countries? Traveling is a great way to gain a new appreciation for the wide world around us while offering opportunities for new experiences we simply cannot find on a staycation at home.
But, despite our global determination, the fact remains that most of us are limited by costs, even in the face of a recently declining Euro and cheap travel to Europe. Starry-eyed and bright with the ambition to reach new horizons, we scour the web for the best deals, working hard to fit as much as possible into our respective budgets. The rise of the internet has yielded plenty of outlets to find everything from cheap flights to special travel promotions, but one non-profit has taken cost-efficient travel a step further by offering a free place to stay for those looking to visit Athens this summer.
Travel House: Making Athens More Accessible
You know how to spot a real steal when it comes to finding low prices on accommodations, but what about a free 4-night stay in the balmy hub of Greek tourism? The non-profit organization, The Travel Club, is offering just that with an opportunity to stay in their communal Travel House completely free of cost and with no strings attached. Although specifics have not yet been announced, the Travel House will be located within Athens' city limits and will operate between July 1 and September 1 as a place for any and all travelers to stay for free. Granted, the amenities aren't on par with a 5-star luxury hotel, but the opportunity is geared more towards those who will be spending the majority of their time out and about, exploring with an Athens rental car or on foot, rather than remaining on-premises for the duration of their stay. For the budget-conscious traveler in particular, there simply isn't a better deal out there!
A Communal Emphasis on International Travel
This isn't the first Travel House appearance; the annual venture has already been successful in several other countries over the past three years. The program was introduced in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012 and proceeded to take place again in Granada, Spain, in 2013 and then again in Tbilisi, Georgia, last summer. With its roots among travelers in Eastern Europe, the Travel Club states its mission with the Travel House projects as being "a place for travelers to sleep, eat, get to know each other, connect, share stories, experiences and skills. It's a small step towards building a global culture of independent, exploratory and creative travels, but above all a step towards building a culture of solidarity and understanding of our planet."
Over its three-year career, the Travel House project has hosted almost 800 travelers of all ages from around the world, proving that it's always possible to live out your travel dreams even when you're on a budget!