Many people say the reason why they don’t travel more often is because of money. A lot of you might say that travel is too expensive. While that can be true, if you travel smart, there are ways you CAN travel the world for FREE. Don’t believe me? Check out the list below…
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms or Willing Workers on Organic Farms. It’s a national organization that “facilitates placement of volunteers on organic farms.” Basically you work on a farm for free, and in return they offer free accommodation and meals! Food guys…free food!
2. Volunteer Work
Very similar to WWOOFING, Volunteer sites such as Work Away allows you to connect with local hosts who need volunteers, and in exchange you get a free place to stay. Work Away has listings all over the world, and it’s a great way to travel more authentically; living with locals and getting to know the culture.
3. House Sitting
Watching someone else’s house (free accommodation!) sounds too good to be true, but there are thousands out there that do this often, some even full-time! While you may need to feed some pets or water some plants, it’s a fair trade for free room and board all over the world. If you want to see a good round up post of housesitting 101, click here.
4. Travel Hacking
I’ve only found out about travel hacking at the beginning of this year, and man I wish I found out about it sooner! With travel hacking you can maximize credit card sign up offers, allowing you to use points to get free plane tickets, hotel stays, and more! I’ve only done one offer so far, but it’s enough to get me 2 free international plane tickets to South America! If you’re responsible with credit cards, I’d start earning those points now.
Couchsurfing is an extremely popular thing among budget travelers nowadays. Through the website you can find someone who is offering up a bed/room in their place for absolutely free, no strings attached. This is a great way to meet people and make new friends! Obviously there are some safety concerns, but I’ve heard almost nothing but great Couchsurfing stories, and I definitely want to give it a go one day!
There’s always the old school hitchhiking option if you’re really on a tight budget. Again safety is a concern for this one, so always use your best judgement!
Have any tips on how to travel the world for free? Have you ever done any of these things?