people don’t travel as they think it’s too expensive.Well, not all trips are created equal so if you’ve ever wondered how to travel for free then read on.
Travelling doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars holed up at the Sheraton, drinking cocktails by the pool all day (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). With a little research and a bit of forward planning, travel can be free. Quite often the cheaper options will also reward you with much more memorable experiences, the kind that you will be excited to tell your friends all about in vivid detail when you get home.
How To Travel For Free As A Solo Traveller
1) Work For Your Bed
Work exchange is growing in popularity for travellers as a way to immerse themselves in local cultures and meet new people which is especially great for solos. For instance, organisations such as WWOOF place travellers on organic farms all across the globe. WWOOF has grown so much in popularity that it’s now become a verb (Let’s go ‘wwoofing’).
But if you want something simpler, volunteering at the hostel where you are staying is an easy way to earn your free accommodation and mingle with fellow travellers.
2) Try CouchSurfing.org
A fantastic way to stay for free and meet locals is to take up Couchsurfing, an organisation that brings together friendly locals and like-minded travellers. You will need to plan ahead but when done right, couchsurfing can be an incredibly rewarding experience for solo travellers.
Perks vary from host to host but overall it is a fantastic way to exchange ideas, get grounded and maybe even share a meal together.
3) Teach English Abroad
Teaching English has become one of the most popular ways for single travellers to hop around the world for free and maybe even make a small profit.
Countries such as Japan, Korea, Colombia and Vietnam are just a few examples where you can easily land a job. On the high end, your employer will even provide you with accommodation but if you just want to earn a bit of money to offset your travel costs, teaching English is a great way to travel and help out the local community.
4) House Swap
House swapping has grown extensively in the past few years with websites like Love Home Swap popping up.
The concept is simple. Rather than letting your house collect dust while you’re away, you do a house swap with someone in your destination country.
Solo travellers will love the comfort of staying in home away from home, making it easier to get immersed in the local culture and mingle with the local community.
5) Relocate A Car
Have you ever wanted to take that romantic cross-country road trip? Rental cars can be expensive but with car relocations, you can now do it for next to nothing. Many car hire companies now offer dirt cheap rentals (As little as $1 or £1 a day) for travellers who are willing to drive the company’s car or campervan to the location where it is needed. It is especially popular in countries such as Australia and USA.
6) Get Paid To Ski
Ski resorts all over Europe and North America take in seasonal workers for many different positions.
If you love winter sports and you are travelling solo, this may be the most fun way to travel for free. As a perk, ski resorts commonly give out free ski passes to their workers so you will be able to ski or snowboard for free as well as meet plenty of friendly folks who are there to do the same thing.
What about you? Do you have any tips on how to travel for free that you can share? Please comment below.