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Double your trip, by living in a room for a month

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  055
DATE:  January 11, 2002
TIP:  Double your trip, by living in a room for a month.
LOCATION:  Iquitos, Peru





Wouldn’t it be nice to spend twice the time traveling?
Instead of only three months in South America, to be
able to spend six months. Maybe this is possible.

One of the major expenses of traveling is the hotel or hostel.
According to how you travel and where you travel you can
probably double the time you spend in each country. It takes a
little more planning, but is worth the effort.

I am in Peru right now, and decided to save money on my
room cost. I was paying about 10 soles a night or 3 dollars US.
This is already 5 soles cheaper than the listed price because I
negotiated with the owner. But when I ask her,
“How much for one months rent?,
She said,
“200 Soles”.
That is about 58 dollars per month in USA dollars.

I am sure all of you are going... So what. Peru is already cheap.
Yes, you are correct, but this can even work in Europe or
the USA where the cost is 10 time as high. There are
boarding houses or people looking for roommates all the
time. Go to a college and look around you will find posted
advertisements wanting a roommate. They usually want
a person to stay longer, but it would be lots of fun for them
to have a person sleeping on the couch for a month from a foreign

When I was in Chili a year ago, the guidebook was quite bad
on telling me good hotels, or hostels. I asked a local person how
to find a room. He said all you do is go to the bus station, and
walk around and knock on doors of houses. He called them
residencials. Not this word means a lot of things in Spanish
and sometimes that is a hotel. But it means in loose terms
their residence. So you are living in their house. I did just as
the guy told me, and knocked on doors. The first couple kept
pointing me down the street, and when people saw what I
was doing, they started to point and lead me to places. Soon
I had a home to live in, but it was not just a home. I had my
own room, and a place to wash clothes. Very nice

I am sure a negotiate price would be cheaper by the month.

Of course I understand you want to see the country. But in reality
there are so many sites to see in some places that is would take
a month of day trips to really see everything. I am in Iquitos, Peru
I am sure it will take at least one month to visit all the sites. But
this is also the same for Cuzco, Peru. There are lots of day trips
or short overnight trips to make, and when you can leave your bags
at your room, you can travel light, cheap and fast. Plus it is lot safer
and more comfortable.

I like to live in hostels, or hotels because there
are other people to talk, and share trip with in the hostels.

Just a thought.
Try to rent rooms for a month, or more!


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