While experts have recommended cutting back on takeaways and subscriptions, Express.co.uk has discovered a fun way to save a fortune on travel this year.
A 46-year-old woman from York has shared how she saves money on travel by staying with strangers, for free.
He has enjoyed cheap vacations in exotic places like the French island of Réunion south of Mauritius by not paying for accommodation or food.
Smart Brits like Suzi Bewell are part of a couchsurfing phenomenon that could be about to become a lot more popular.
“I went to Reunion Island and stayed for three days for free with a family and people from all over the world stayed here in York,” Suzi told Express.co.uk.
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She’s not the only one excited about couch surfing as a way to save money on travel.
While it’s easy to see how this way of life would be more appealing to the younger generation, senior surfing is also a thing.
On the Couchsurfing blog, Paul Miniato wrote: “The average age of a Couchsurfer is 28, and only about three percent of users are over 50.”
Still with around five million members, that’s 150,000 ‘golden age’ surfers and hosts.”
However, he said the good news for travelers who may find a week on a couch a bit uncomfortable is that many people offer a private room.
Jane Hawkes, consumer expert at ladyjaney.co.uk, said it’s a great way to save money.
She said: “Couchsurfing is a novel way to get that much-needed vacation for a fraction of the price.
“You can also get cost-saving travel tips, local information, and tips from your hosts on where to go and what to do.”
Couch surfers like Paul say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience they’ll never forget.
“Our first Couchsurfing experience was in the coastal town of Sequim, Washington.
“Our host, Teresa, was both interesting and friendly, and the accommodation our new friend offered us was as good as an old friend could provide.
“Couchsurfing will be high on our list for our next trip.
“We would recommend it for yours.”