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Quirky cost-saving tips for last-minute trips

Posted July 23, 2012

Need a place to stay? What about staying on the couch of a new found friend? And don't forget your pets – maybe they'd like a vacation, too.

Here are some quirky ways to save on last-minute trips.

Whether you need a place for your pet to stay or a private home in another country for yourself, there are some options you've probably never considered.

AirBnB.com, for example, can help you find a last-minute bed and breakfast, house or a room in just about any of the world's 192 countries. Just download the app.

If you need a place for visiting family to stay, there are plenty of budget listings right here in the Triangle on AirBnB.com.

But back to your travels – how adventurous would it be to stay with new friends? That's the idea behind CouchSurfing.org.

Quirky cost-saving tips for last-minute trips Quirky cost-saving tips for last-minute trips

You crash in someone's house (maybe even literally on a couch) and the host doesn't charge you a thing!

While you're out of town, how about a vacation for your pet? {{a href=external_link-3"}}DogVacay.com{{/a}} will help match you with a nearby dog lover who will host your dog in their own home – in your hometown or even in your destination city if your hotel doesn't take pets.

Need a ride once you get to your destination? Consider peer-to-peer car rental services such as RelayRides.com, where you can rent people's personal cars by the hour or day. All rentals come with insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

If you'd rather ride a bike, download the Spotcycle app for peer-to-peer bike sharing. 

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