…as a journo compatriot once said to me at aUAE press conference, the land where they used to give away iPods and laptops. <Sigh.> Those were the days.
My favourite cheapskate sites of the moment:
Pay £18 and have access to a moderately good database of people offering free board and lodging in exchange for graft. Really, it’s how those shite gap-year projects should operate. Found out about it from a German guy that I met in Wadi Rum, Jordan, just hanging out in the desert watering flowers.
Ok. I’m not a pioneer here by any stretch but I had avoided the couch surfing thang cos of it striking me as a portal for freaks and weirdos. That is until recently when I was talked around by a fanatical friend who ‘surfed’ all the way across to Mongolia and China. Tried it in Perpignan for the first time and it’s ace. Cheap as chips and a wondrous way to meet the locals and get straight under the skin of a city. Get to it.