“I can’t travel because I don’t have the money for it.”
Ehm, cough cough, BS, cough.
This is everyone’s ultimate excuse for not traveling. They just don’t have the money. But I call BS on that. You buy tons of things that you don’t NEED everyday. Cut back, save a little, and get smart with how you travel. If you open your options and mind to other ideas on how to travel, you can end up traveling a country or two and spend very little money doing so.
The key is selling your time for the necessities.
What does that mean? It means you can give up some of your time to dedicate to a few hours work each day and in turn you won’t have to pay for things like shelter, food, and possibility other benefits. On top of this you will likely be helping a local individual or group ascertain their goals, whether it be a new cafe that needs help being built or local farmer who needs help in his garden.
This is a chance to get to know the people hosting you and get to know the country as well. People who do these volunteer work exchanges are individuals willing to take on something different, help people, and get a deeper knowledge of a destination.
Oh, and it lets you travel for practically free… That too.
This is a popular choice for many. If you have a love for everything green, this is the volunteer position for you. WWOOFing is a volunteer exchange program that connects people to organic farmers who need help on their farms. It’s an excellent way to learn skills about growing organically and helping people make these farms flourish with ton of fresh produce! All while getting a free room to sleep in and organic veggies in your belly.
These are some of my personal favorites on this list. I have been a HelpX-er before and it was an awesome experience! I got to live in Pai, one of my favorite spots, and the work was easy and fun. Not to mention I had a sweet house in the mountains with a kitchen (yay!), a mango orchid in my backyard, and the cutest puppies as my neighbors. Heaven!
These two websites require a small fee to join but it’s well worth it. What these site provide is a opportunity to connect with people around the world who are willing to exchange some shelter and food for your help. The positions range from helping out at a B&B, running a guesthouse, and doing some gardening work, to teaching in a underprivileged school, helping someone build a house, and help take care of animals. The jobs and benefits have a wide range. Some offer just shelter, some food, some both, some might have other benefits. Sometimes you stay at the guesthouse, sometimes they have a room for you. You have to check it out for yourself.
You can look at the jobs on the website before you buy the membership for the nominal fee. You can even wait to purchase it until you find a job you want to apply to. It’s a great way to connect with people, help them, and travel for practically free. Of course, you will also get to know some locals and immerse yourself in the culture during your time.
So you’re super hardcore and don’t mind jet-setting for at least two years? Want to help people around the world? Good for you. The Peace Corps give great benefits for those who join and commit, and opportunities are plentiful. The process might be a bit long but the rewarding positions are worth it. The position might have a small allowance and other benefits such as transportation and accommodation paid for as well.
Everyone knows about Couchsurfing. This is a given. If you’re too poor for accommodation, you Couchsurf. If you are in a cheaper country it may seem unnecessary to Couchsurf. Honestly, I haven’t used Couchsurfing for this reason, because the cost for accommodation is so low in the countries I’m currently traveling. However I have used Couchsurfing to network with others. If you are in another country and you meet someone through Couchsurfing, it can make your travels cheaper and of course, more enjoyable. Making friends also means you get to split things, whether it’s a room or a taxi.
If you’re not up for the couch crashing then house sit. It seems so simple. There are actually tons of people who want you to house sit for them and there are websites that help you see this process through like Houses it World and Trusted House Sitters. Besides being able to live there, you will have access to a kitchen which saves money on meals. Plus a home is way more comfy than a hotel room, right?
So maybe you want to take things a step further? You want to really get a job abroad so you can make some real money and wander about. Sounds good, that’s what I do most of the time! Check out these awesome jobs you can get abroad.
So, you know you want more tips on how to save money so you can stretch your dime further for the sake of your travels… Don’t lie. I got some more cool budget tips right here for you.
So what’s your excuse now? Will you try of these options out? Do you know any more tips on how to travel for practically free?