Traveling is a wonderful way to see the world, jumping from country to country as you experience other cultures, sample different ethnic cuisines and really just get to know yourself as well as the world around you. But, the accommodations portion of traveling can be expensive and if you choose to travel for a longer period of time than just a short one or two week vacation, it can be even more expensive. So how do you cut down the expense of having a place to lay your head at night while still traveling the world?
There are a number of options available depending on what you are willing to do in exchange for free housing and where you are going. Below you’ll find the three biggest ways to travel the world without paying for accommodation.
There are several couch-surfing networks all over the world that have organized together a way for people who are traveling to connect with people who are willing to let others stay on their couches or in their spare bedrooms for absolutely free. You might wonder why people are willing to do it for free and the simple answer is that it isn’t just about giving you a place to lay your head at night; it is about meeting new people and exploring new adventurous opportunities that you can bring to them as a couch-surfer. The biggest networks found online for finding free couch-surfing accommodations are the Couch-surfing network, Servas and Global Freeloaders.
For those who are willing to take care of someone’s home while they are traveling, house sitting just might be the way to travel and still keep expenses low. There usually is a bit of a process to being approved for a house sitting opportunity so it isn’t an option that can be chosen in the spur of the moment, but for those who are willing to plan ahead, house sitting offers free traveling accommodations that can take you all over the world. There are a number of house sitting networks such as House Carers, Mind My House and Trusted House-sitters.
For some people traveling isn’t just about seeing the sights, but about finding out about new cultures, staying with interesting people and living a life completely different than their own. If you are one of those people, a work/accommodation exchange just might be exactly what you are looking for. In a work/accommodation exchange program you can travel the world and work at interesting places like organic farms, sea fairing boat/cruises, bed & breakfasts, hunting lodges and more.