We know that we could budget our way to traveling the world; but do you know that you could actually travel for free??
Yes. Free! How?
- Couchsurfing. Probably the most popular way to travel for free is through couchsurfing. This is done by finding a place to stay or share one’s home with travelers.
- House sitting. This is when you get free accommodation by looking after one’s house – while the owner is out of town – with responsibilities that include general maintenance.
- Homestay. This is when you get a roof for the night to over a year at a local’s residence in exchange for helping out around the house, or monetary compensation whatever the agreement.
- Woofing. Just like homestay, in woofing you get free food and accommodation by doing part-time work for the household that took you in. This enables people to live and learn by volunteering on a variety of organic properties. Volunteers stay and help work on the land and/or home for 4-6 hours a day.
- Work for Accommodation. Simply put, this is doing part-time work in hostels to get free accommodation.
- Exchange Your Skills. This is almost like working part-time for accommodation or food where you would offer your services to, say, a hostel. The difference is that, you are not bounded by stricter time as compared to part-time work where you would likely have to report according to schedule.
- Volunteering Abroad. This is like working for social advocacies, conservation institutes or charity. While time may be restricted due to responsibilities, point is, you get to travel for free.
- Work in a Travel-related Industry. This is quite similar to item #7 albeit with more restrictions, else, freedom depending on your situation. Like, it’s restrictive not only because of responsibilities but because regulations could be stricter since you are working in a for-profit organization. On the other hand, it’s got “freedom” in a way that you get to places for free, like being a flight crew.
- Work in a Cruise Ship. We could have just merged this to item #8 yet we separated them both since being in a cruise ship is like the ultimate travel experience as you would only get to step out of a ship after days of travel and fun at sea.
- Frequent Flyer Program. This is designed to encourage airline customers enrolled in the program to accumulate points (also called miles, kilometers, or segments) which may be redeemed for air travel or other rewards. Points earned under FFPs may be based on the class of fare, distance flown on that airline or its partners, or the amount paid.
- Hitchhiking. Getting a free ride is certainly traveling for free. Just be decent and courteous to get cars or trucks to stop for you.
- Carpooling. Quite related to item #11 except that in car sharing, you are either the passenger looking for a ride – or the driver (if you own the car) offering a free ride.
- Walk or Cycle. One often overlooked means to travel for free is walking – or even cycling – as people nowadays equate this to just nearby errands and would not really try to go the distance with it. Yet if only one is not just trying to save money but keeping fit as well, then walking or cycling is the way to go!
- Camping. Just like items #1-6, this is free travel (though you actually spent for your trip) in the sense that accommodation – which is a major part of travel – has been taken cared of.
- Travel Blogging or Vlogging. This is either writing or recording a video of one’s travels; however, this path requires perseverance and personal savings to begin with as you would be spending a ton for a lengthy stretch before you could get the benefits of blogging or vlogging.
Happy and safe travels!