Swap stops: Barter Week offers ‘free’ stays in exchange for skills

With properties in more than 60 countries, the world’s first Barter Week will allow the budget-conscious to swap goods or expertise for accommodation

10 of the best places to stay in Marrakech

These riads, hostels and hotels not only offer roof-terrace views of the medina and calm courtyards to escape the heat, they are also excellent value given Marrakech’s enduring popularity

Bordeaux’s free holiday cabins: basic but still beautiful

Dotted around Bordeaux, Les Refuges Périurbains are architect-designed shelters that cost nothing to stay in – though don’t expect hot tubs or minibars

The best secret beaches, pubs and places to stay in the UK

For those who like to keep things low-key, here are some lovely, quiet coastal spots, cosy pubs and boltholes with superb views

10 of the best B&Bs in Europe

From a boutique guesthouse above a Bordeaux bistro to a surrealist-inspired retreat in Berlin, these 10 stylish and friendly B&Bs are perfect bases for European city breaks

Top 10 B&Bs in France to break your motorway journey

Break up the long drive to your French holiday destination with a stop at one of these chic but affordable guesthouses – chosen by Alastair Sawday