If travelling were free, I’m almost certain that most of us would quit our jobs and spend the rest of our lives adventuring around the world. Travelling frees you from the daily grinds of routine- you can explore new places, see breathtaking landscapes, you can meet new friends and try new experiences. By keeping things to the minimum and knowing where you can cut down, you will be able to travel the world without having to spend months saving. There are many things you can do whilst travelling that will minimise your costs and some organisations that will help you while you’re at it. This guide will give you some ideas of how to travel the world for free so all you’ll have to pay for are your plane tickets.
Sleep For Free
For most travellers, accommodation is the biggest cost of all. It is likely that you will spend the majority of your daily budget on a place to rest at night. These costs can hinder your dreams of travelling for longer, so knowing how you can cut out these costs will be a big help.
Sometimes you’ll be sleeping in a room, or a couch and sometimes on an air mattress but it is always free through couchsurfing.com. It is a great site that will help you to find a place to stay in someones home for one night or even up to one week. You won’t only meet new people this way but you’ll meet locals and this can help lowering your costs further.
Your hosts will know all the best and cheapest places to go in the area so having access to this knowledge is extremely beneficial. There are also a number of local couch surfing groups that you can join on Facebook. It’s one of the easiest ways to travel the world for free and you’ll also meet just as many people in your new city as you would have if you had paid to stay in a hostel.
See some couch surfing testimonials here.
If you don’t fancy sofa surfing, you can house sit to save money. Trusted House sitter is an organisation that was set up to aid people who want to go on holiday but have houses and pets to look after. Sign up and you could be housesitting for 1 week, 1 month or even for a whole year at a time. You have to pay $150 to join the housesitting club, however after this one cost you will be able to house sit for as many people and in as many countries as you like.
There are so many perks to house sitting; $150 is much less than you will spend on accommodation over time and as the houses are located globally you will be able to find somewhere to house sit almost anywhere! You’ll stay somewhere that’s both comfortable and homely and having a kitchen to cook your own food in will cut your costs further.
Visit www.trustedhousesitters.com for more information.
Other favourable housesitting websites are:
- MindMyHouse – House sitting jobs primarily in North America and Europe.
- Housecarers– House sitting focused in Australia, New Zealand and North America.
Volunteer and Receive Free Living
Workaway offers volunteering opportunities for those who are travelling in exchange for free food and accommodation. They offer a whole host of volunteer work varying from teaching languages in schools to looking after dogs, to working in a hostel. You can also volunteer and live with a family, doing household chores such as cleaning and nannying. All you have to do is work for as little as two hours a day to live for free in return.
The organisation will help you to find placements all around the world once you have set up a profile. It’s not only a great way to travel the world for free; you’ll also have the opportunity to learn new skills or a new language, be a part of a local family and meet like minded people.
visit www.workaway.info for more information about volunteering.
WWOOF is another worldwide organisation that connects people looking for volunteer help with people who are willing to work to live free. Like Workaway, hosts offer food and accommodation to those who are willing to give a helping hand in return. You can find work all over the world, from Africa to Asia to Europe. With WWOOF, you will also have a unique opportunity to learn about organic lifestyles.
The majority of the work opportunities offered are on organic farms, so you could be working at a fruit farm in Nigeria or a vineyard in Tuscany or a coffee bean farm in Nepal. All you are expected to do is work 4-6 hours a day for two days of the week. You will have the rest of the time free to do whatever you please, so you can go and explore the local surroundings.Visit wwoofinternational.org for more information about volunteering on an organic farm.
Volunteering for these organisations will be a priceless experience. You won’t only cut costs by getting free accommodation and food; you will also become embedded into the countries culture, meet lots of local people and fellow volunteers whilst doing some amazing things that will be beneficial to the community.
Get Around for Free
This is the cheapest way to get around when you’re travelling, as you often don’t have to pay anything at all. Get from one side of a country to another or from one city to another by catching a lift with someone on the road. This way you can live like a true Nomad and meet many friendly faces on the way. Hitchhiking is common in a a vast number of countries across the world, like Central America, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information about hitchhiking in the country you are travelling, visit Hitchwiki for a guide.
Drive a Car
There are a number of companies that require people to drive their cars for free. AutoDriveway offer this service in order to move customers cars from one place to another. Other companies require you to drive their wrapped car in order to advertise their business on the move. All you need is a clean driving record and you’ll be able to drive a car for free. It’s a great way to travel the world for free as you can move from one location to another without having to spend any money!
While this isn’t a free site, blablacar will save you a lot of money on travel costs. The site has a community of over 35 million verified users and connects people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats. All members are moderated and you are able to view their profiles and ratings before you choose whom to share a ride with.
The service operates mostly in Europe, however there are also drivers in Brazil, Mexico and India! As you’ll only have to make a contribution to petrol costs, using this service will save you a substantial amount of money. The service is also more efficient for the environment and best yet, you’re bound to meet some interesting people on your way.
Other car sharing websites to check out are:
So now you know how to travel the world for free!
Hopefully, this guide has shown you that it is possible to travel the world for free or travel without having to spend a lot of money. Travelling the world doesn’t have to be a dream for you anymore, take the plunge whatever your financial situation and embark on a truly life changing adventure- I promise you’ll never look back.