Many trips just don’t happen because we’re perennially counting our pennies. Even if we can cough up the airfare, the thought of hotel tariffs in countries like Italy, Greece, France, Australia is enough to deter me. Till I discovered the wonderful world of hostels, and alongside, the wonderful world of the Internet, which allows you to scour the whole wide world in search of the cheapest digs. So, you have which lists all hostels under USD25, or hostelbookers which lists everything under the sun from bed and breakfasts to dorm rooms. So, like a squirrel in summer, I’m saving my links, hoarding all the nuggets of information I can find on cheap travel. Hopefully, by next year, I should be posting blogs from a room in Venice!

First published on September 12, 2006