Backpacking South America? How to Stay in Hostels For Free

Backpacking South America? How to Stay in Hostels For Free

For the past couple of months, I’ve been developing a new website called the South America Tourist. The site is a collection of hostels, tour companies, blogger guest posts, South America destinations, and everything else that will make a backpacker’s life easier and more enjoyable in South America.

Since I arrived in Ecuador, I’ve been staying in hostels for free. In exchange for a listing on South America Tourist, including an original description, photos I take myself (normally), and social media promotion, I stay in the hostel in a private room for about 3 to 4 days.

The reception from hostels and hotels has been great, and I get a response in almost every city.

Then I had an idea – why not help you guys stay for free too? You get free accommodation, the hostel gets free publicity and an expert review, and my website gets free promotion as well.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in staying in hostels for free in South America and writing for my website, shoot me an email at jasminewanders[@] At first, I’d like to take on just established bloggers and writers who have a social media following on Twitter and/or Facebook and a personal travel blog or website. Send me the URL to your blog and your social media accounts as well as an interest letter to apply.


To maximize the benefit for the hostel, the following is required for the free stay:

–       Write an original description of the hostel/hotel of 3 – 5 paragraphs

–       Take high quality photos of the grounds and rooms

–       Promote the hostel/hotel via your social media accounts

–       Complete the report before you leave the hostel/hotel

–       Do appropriate keyword research for SEO

If you have any questions or would like more information, leave a comment here or send me an email. I look forward to having you on board!

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