9 Ways to Travel the World for Free
August 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
1. Swap Your Home!
But if you do have a house to offer up, there are various websites that provide online classifieds for owners to advertise. Most require a registration fee (to weed out the crazies), but then you can advertise your property for the entire year. The length of time for exchanges depends on the needs of the two parties swapping houses.
WWOOF is just one organization assisting those who would like to work as volunteers on organic farms internationally. Many farmers are willing to open their homes to travelers who don’t mind putting in a few hours in the fields. Chip in with a few chores, and they will likely give you free meals, too. A great way to spend a few days (or weeks) in the country.
Certified “secret” and “mystery” shoppers can find work in any sector, including travel. You won’t have much control over when and where you travel, but you will get there for free and get paid for easy work. For instance, you could have been one of the secret shoppers who flew around England and exposed discrimination against disabled passengers.
4. House Sit!
Finding a gig like this is ideal, although you’ll probably need an impressive resume and references. You’ll get free accommodation in exchange for watering plants, walking a dog, and attending to other light chores and errands. Leaving plenty of time to explore a brand new city!
5. Become a “Driveaway” Driver
You can drive across the country in someone else’s car for free. It’s called a driveaway, or auto delivery service. And yes, it’s legit! While you do have to pay for gas, and often some type of deposit, car delivery services offer a much less expensive alternative to renting, especially if you’re looking for a cross-country adventure.
6.Teach English Abroad
Teaching offers the opportunity to go almost anywhere in the world, and it’s undoubtedly one of the most rewarding options for travelers. As well as getting to know a culture from the inside and meeting plenty of like-minded folk, most of your expenses are covered and many schools will pay you on top of this.
7. History Buff? Try Giving Guided Tours!
If you’re looking to spend time in one place, consider getting to know your location and applying to become a tour guide. Tourism offices, hostels and specialist tour companies recruit English-speakers with local knowledge to become guides. You’ll need to be charming and confident to be successful, but it’s certainly possible to cover the costs of longer-term trips this way.
8. Become a Flight Attendant
International flight attendants often get to spend the night and maybe a day in a foreign city. They also receive great discounts on personal flights. If you want higher pay, think about becoming a pilot.
9. Volunteer With the Peace Corps
Though the Peace Corps is 27-month commitment, it comes with a myriad of benefits, including medical and dental care, free transportation to and from the country of service, intensive language training, student loan deferral or cancellation, food, housing, and, upon your return, a $7,000 readjustment allowance.
This position also offers you up to 48 paid vacation days, so you can travel within and around your placement country. Learn how to apply on the official PeaceCorps website!
As for me, I often use Couchsurfing (https://www.couchsurfing.org/) or Global Freeloaders (http://www.globalfreeloaders.com/) everytime I travel. I got to meet lots of awesome people, local or foreigners and also helped me a lot in my intial itenerary.
“Couchsurfing.org is a hospitality exchange and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event.”
“GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local’s perspective.”
I also use HelpX (http://www.helpx.net/) for a longer stay, which is more than 3 weeks stay. It save me lots of money especially on accommodation and sometimes foods. I always go for backpacker hostels as I get to meet other travelers and the place is often in the city centre.
“HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts.”
Hope it help. Have fun traveling! 🙂