Free travel is possible and not as hard as you think it might be. In some cases you can stay for free and get paid to travel. Travel doesn’t have to be super expensive, why not continue reading to help save your bank account.
Here are 9 ways you can travel for free:
1. HOUSE SIT
If you like the sound of having a temporary pet, watering some plants, some small errands and FREE accommodations then house sitting might right up your alley.
House sits can range from a weekend to a couple of months. It can be a great way to live like a local and really get to know an area. House sits can work as a great base, as long as you are able to keep up with any prearranged responsibilities.
Now I am not saying that hostels are free but, you can often work at the hostel for free accommodation and usually food. In some hostels, you will get your accommodation free plus some payment too.
You will need to contact the hostel before you arrival and apply for your position. When applying, keep in mind that there are many travellers applying for jobs, so make sure you put your best foot forward.
3. WWOOF IT
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an international network of organic farmers who provided travellers with free food and accommodation in exchange for volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers typically work for 5 – 6 a hours a day and then after that you are free to explore the area.
4. HOUSE EXCHANGE
The basic idea behind a house exchange is that you find another family (or person) to switch houses with. An easier way to explain this is to recommend the movie “The Holiday!”
With homeexchange.com, there is a system in place, where you don’t necessarily have to live in the home of the person who is living in your home. You can choose another destination if you would prefer.
5. COUCH SURF
Couch Surfing allows you stay on someones couch for free for a night or two. Sometimes if you are lucky they will have a spare bed that you crash in rather than sleeping on the couch.
Not only do you get a few free nights of accommodation you also get to know some locals! On the website you can read past reviews of your potential host and get in touch with your host before you arrive.
6. TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD
Teaching English Abroad is a fantastic way to get paid to emerge yourself in a new culture. Most of your expenses will be covered and many schools will also pay you a wage. To teach English abroad you will need to become TEFL certified which does require some online learning.
7. BECOME AN AU PAIR
If you would rather live in a new country and take day or weekend trips on your days off you might consider becoming an Au Pair. An Au Pair is essentially a live in nanny. There are many companies that will help you find a family to pair you with as their Au Pair.
Most Au Pairs have their living costs covered and will receive a small payment on top of this. If you are lucky and you are paired with a family that travels a lot, you will often get invited on these trips to help care for the children.
8. SKI RESORTS
If you love snow and snow sports why not take a seasonal job at a ski resort. Ski resorts from all around the world hire people to work at their resorts for their winter season. You could employed doing anything from operating ski lifts to working in the restaurant.
Why not get paid to do something you love?
Not only can you find free accommodation and paid opportunities around the world, you can also find free (or very cheap) transport options. Blablacar is a long distance carpooling platform. The website connects travellers who are heading in the same direction and share the cost.
What are your tips for free travel?