Though it might be as pricy as a budget hotel you will quickly discover the abundance of coziness, cultural experience and local tips that will make your travels unforgettable.
The concept is simply, make money by renting out a spare room in your house, apartment etc. But though it is a source of living for some people, you will never be greeted in the usual hotel way. These people have let you in to their homes and they will ensure that your stay will become like no other
Check out https://www.airbnb.com
Barcelona and Alghero
In Alghero (Sardinia) we settled with Alessio. His apartment was modest, by amazingly decorated with all sorts of things. His creativity quickly became apparent and he showed us his latest hit: CloChaRD (http://www.facebook.com/pages/CLoChaRD/434131593333994?ref=stream) --> One can send clothes to him and he will make a stuffed animal. The concept is simply but has a lot of potential. This is perfect for people who have a special memory engulfed in a pile of old clothes. Thereby the memories can live on for eternity as a teddy bear. Check out his facebook site.
I do not believe I am able to reward either Alessio or Oscar according to their merit and I will always be graceful for having stayed at their homes.