Hi! I'm slowly starting to plan a 6 month trip to Europe (Scandinavia in particular) next year... As far as accommodation goes I'll be staying with family whilst in Germany, and hostels and the occasional hotel during that time. BUT,.....
I'm more interested in staying in the countryside areas of various countries so I can experience that kind of lifestyle, be close to nature, etc... so I'm guessing there must be people who offer a spare room to travellers or something.
QUESTION: **** Does anyone know of some kind of website directory where I can find listings of "alternative" accommodations? ****
I don't know of one website with a web directory listing alternate accommodation, but I do know of other sites that may help.
You can look at:
http://www.hospitalityclub.org That is the one with the most members.
also you can check:
Mostly the places are more city places, but if you know the country you are looking for and what part of the country you want to stay you could try your luck. I have heard of others, but they aren't coming to mind at the moment but the hospitality club has members in 210 countries (as at when I typed this message). You have to become a member (which is free) to be able to use the site. If you are lucky enough to find some people where you want to stay and they do agree to host you, in Scandinavia it can save you a fortune and you can make some good friends out of it.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 21, 2006, at 3:16 AM by aharrold45 ]
Have you considered joining WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). If you're interested in the countryside and nature, and don't mind doing a bit of work, (generally 4-5 hours a day, but it varies - make sure you check this out, along with the type of work you'll be doing.) Basically you'll be exchanging your work for board and lodging, and staying with the families that run the farms. It costs about 15-20 quid to join the WWOOF network.
If you're not so interested in working, then have a look at www.globalfreeloaders.com and www.hospitalityclub.org. They're basically world-wide sofa surfing networks of people who have travelled and understand how wonderful it can be to have someone who knows the local area to show you around.
Hope this helps,