Some resources for the young traveling adventurer
To meet locals and save up on money, you can join a community of adventure lovers on couchsurfing.org the site was founded by a young college student traveling to Iceland who decided to contact a list of students through the local university to show him around, many responded and even offered to host him at their dorms and homes, that’s how he started this website. You get to stay with a host at the country you visit or just meet a local to show you around.
warm showers.org is a great site for bicyclists and travelers alike who need a short notice stop on their journey for like the name suggests a warm shower and a place to rest. I’ve never used it but heard its great more so in a practical shelter from the storm sort of way.
HI or hosteling international.com is a world renowned and reputable hostel company that can be found in almost every state in the u.s and all over the world. Their bunk beds are usually under 20 bucks a night and you can meet many other young adventurous people sleeping above you, below you or to your side who are often eager to share and hear stories of travels while they rest their weary tired feet.
Wwoof.org is a great website I have used once and plan to use again where you connect with a host who owns an agricultural land and needs volunteers to learn and sometimes help teach sustainable farming. You receive much experience, and a hard earned bed and food for your time there.
Kibbutz in Israel usually accepts volunteers though may be done online with an application process. You can work in different departments and facets of life maintenance on this small socialist villages in Israel that are completely self sustainable run by the people for the people.