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
Dotted around Bordeaux, Les Refuges Périurbains are architect-designed shelters that cost nothing to stay in – though don’t expect hot tubs or minibars
For those who like to keep things low-key, here are some lovely, quiet coastal spots, cosy pubs and boltholes with superb views
From Picardy to Provence here is some recommended accommodation in chateaux, converted stables and cottages to suit all budgets.
Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital
Still in the midst of its debt crisis, the notion of UK travellers on a budget in Greece might induce some black humour from locals, but tourists can help the economy – and save a few euros themselves