The ultimate guide to traveling for free

Money

A lot has been written about free travel.

So much, that one gets tired just thinking about it. But hey, that doesn’t mean everything has been said and so here you have it: We have compiled a long list of the resources that will make you travel for free right below these lines.

Use it wisely!

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

  • GET LUCKY

  1. Win a contest (google “travel contest”)Get lucky
  2. Do some research. There are endless opportunities out there!
  3. Get a sponsor. Here’re some of our partners.
  4. Become a huge influencer just because. Like the majority of these cool Instagramers.
  5. Get yourself a sugar daddy or mommy (and yes, this is just a joke, people!)
  • SAVE SOME MONEY

  1. Work your ass off before going anywhere
  2. Sell everything you have (or just some stuff you don’t need)
  3. Raise money for your project or cause (crowdfunding, donations, charity..)
  4. Cut your daily expenses, like your phone. Use a calling app to talk to other users for free and make cheap calls to everyone else.
  5. Follow our saving tips

WORK ABROAD / ON THE MOVE

Dalvik beach

Now that I am reliving these pictures (here’s Dalvik beach, in the North of the country), I really need to get myself back to Iceland soon! Seriously.

  1. Get a skilled migrant visa to any country looking for people with your education and experience background
  2. Trip leader (Contiki, Trafalgar, HF Holidays, Intrepid,  EF, Backroads, Dragoman, G Adventures, etc. )
  3. Group tour organizer (Adventures abroad, Adventures incorporated, ..)
  4. Trekking or mountain guide.
  5. Take a challenge (Global Adventure, Across the divide, Charity treks, Mongol Rally, Rickshaw Run, etc.)
  6. Flight attendant
  7. Travel seller (at G adventures for instance)
  8. Rock star on a world tour
  9. Video blog for Tripfilms
  10. Create a start-up and head to Chile (with StartUp Chile, and get 40000 dollars to develop it)
  11. Travel writer
  12. Importer / exporter of goods. Check applying laws first.
  13. Work for a non-profit organization. Start looking for it on Idealist
  14. Travel photographer. And you could be doing cool photography things soon!
  15. Freelancer (designer, SEO analyst, online teacher, translator .. )
  16. Journalist
  17. Bartender all over the world
  18. Expat if your company gives you the chance
  19. Caregiver
  20. Au-pair (in Aupair.com or GreatAuPair.com)
  21. Language teacher (get your TEFL certificate for free and teach in a far away country like Myanmar. Remember, though, that it’s best to book your Myanmar visa in advance )
  22. Cruise (CruiseShipJob.com) or yatch crew (crew seekers.net
  23. Temporary fruit picker
  24. Farm worker
  25. Sailor or worker at a ferry crossings company
  26. Ship unloader
  27. Conference speaker (you should, at least, pretend you are really good at what you do..)
  28. Diplomat, politician
  29. Chef (there is always a high demand of these!)
  30. Busker
  31. Musician
  32. Artwork specialist
  33. Product reviewer or secret shopper
  34. Seasonal worker at ski resorts in winter
  35. Worker at hotels during high season. For instance, at Club Med
  36. Start your own tourism related micro business (city guide, photo tour, .. )
  37. (Your favourite sport) instructor
  38. Work camper (in National Parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite or campsites)
  39. Bar hostess in Japan (just for women, we don’t like it either but it pays really good!)
  40. Test medication (we wouldn’t recommend it..)
  41. Join the Navy (we hate this one)
  42. Spread the word.. of God (another non-keeper)

VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Djupavik coast

How would you like to spend here 15 days? This picture was taken nearby Djupavik, a tiny and isolated Iceland village located near the Arctic circle. I did it as a volunteer and couldn’t stop recommending it if you are adventurous and ready to take in new and challenging experiences! Here’s to that!

  1. Super short-term: Join a workcamp. SCI, worldwide. Small fees may apply.
  2. Short term: Geekcorps, Winrock, ACDI VOCA, FSVC, IESC
  3. Long term: Peace corps and United nations, worldwide. Americorps, USA. VSO, UK.
  4. As an English teacher. Pueblo Ingles Program, Spain
  5. Artists programs. Find more on Artcorp.org
  6. Sudan volunteer programme
  7. Kibbutz volunteer, Israel
  8. Volunteer in an NGO abroad. Go Abroad has lots of programs.
  9. EVS if you are european (like I did, in Iceland!)
  10. Turtle teams worldwide
  11. Helpx
  12. Workaway
  13. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
  14. Conservation volunteers (Australia and New Zealand)
  15. Sister city exchanges
  16. Workampers (if you are a RVer)
  17. National Park rangers (USA)
  18. Disaster relief
  19. Hiking Trail Volunteers (CDTrail, PNT, Appalachian Trail, .. )
  20. Organic Volunteers (almost every kind of volunteer work)

STUDY ABROAD

  1. Get a scholarship.
  2. Go to a country where education is free (Sweden, ..)
  3. Take part in an exchange funded by your local organization, university or govern

GETTING THERE

  1. Hitchhike
  2. Register to get every airline in the world’s newsletter and wait till they offer free seats (like Air Asia)
  3. Work your passage as a sailor
  4. Ride a bike
  5. Walk everywhere
  6. Use frequent airline’s miles (small fees may still apply)
  7. Free travel schemes for seniors (Ireland), children, ..
  8. Relocate vehicles (Britz, Maui, Autodriveaway …)

SLEEPING

  1. Couchsurfing (is Couchsurfing safe?)
  2. Global Freeloaders (register at least 6 months prior to your departure)
  3. Hospitality club
  4. Servas
  5. Hostels and monasteries of Saint James’ Way, Spain . They are no longer free, but really affordable for pilgrims and hikers (5-7€)
  6. Beach or free camping
  7. House swap (Night swapping)
  8. House sit (Housecarers,  Caretaker, Aussiehousesitters, Mindmyhouse, Housesitworld, Happyhousesitters, ..)
  9. Hostel worker (in exchange for food and accommodation) South America, New Zealand, worldwide.
  10. House sitting
  11. Warmshowers (bicyclists)
  12. Clubs (Lions, Rotary, Motorcyclists, Gays and lesbians, Educators, Women, Optimist, Mensa if you are really intelligent and after paying the intelligence test cost, Tandem bicyclists, Evergreen for 50+ , …) For many of them, a small fee apply.

EATING

Bonus Iceland groceries

And here are the groceries we bought in Bonus Iceland to survive 15 days in a Djupavik work camp as volunteers.

  1. Plant your own food
  2. Go fishing and hunting (where permitted)
  3. Take the food supermarkets get rid of at closing times
  4. If homeless, daily meals are offered in shelters
  5. Dumpster dive in cities
  6. Trade restaurant food for dishwashing
  7. Donate blood (and, luckily, you will get something to eat afterwards)

VISITING

  1. There are plenty of “free city walking tours” worldwide. Do some research
  2. Museums: during off-peak hours might be free / some of them are based on donations / Plenty of them cost nothing!
  3. Art galleries are usually free (and, if you happen to arrive during an opening, you might get a glass of wine too)
  4. Parks and nature spots are usually free of charge
  5. Most of online travel guides cost virtually nothing (like our Andalucia Road Trip Guide. Go check it out!)

What else would you add?

Always looking for your tips, please let us know in the comments below!




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    Great list!!! Here are a few other things that I have done, and plan to do, to travel for (kind of) free. Enjoy!

    – Get a teaching degree/teaching English certificate (it will hopefully allow you to travel anywhere and everywhere!)
    – Work at English camps overseas (some companies will pay for your flight overseas and back to work for them)
    – Crash at a friends place, or a friend of a friends place (social networking at its best!)
    – Apply for free tickets to music festivals (check out this site for contests during the spring and summer http://consequenceofsound.net/ )

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