This ancient Alpine monastery has offered refuge to travelers for more than 1,000 years. Today, $51 will get you a bed, views of three public squares and a vista that would make the Von Trapp family yodel in ecstasy.
INDIA The Golden Temple
Not for the high-maintenance tourist, this vast Sikh temple in Amritsar operates a hostel and a community kitchen. With about 40,000 mouths to feed each day, service is spotty, but who cares? Room and board are free.