Sometimes we dream about traveling, adventures, and visiting new places, but often we find excuses that it is not for us, that it is impossible.
One of the most common justifications is the lack of money. We do not have enough money to go here or there, we do not have enough money to visit countries that are on the other side of the world, so on and so forth. Many of us are perfect at making up excuses to avoid doing things we’d love to do.
So, to make your dreams come true, we have shared with you some tips about traveling almost for free.
Usually, the biggest expenses while traveling are connected with transport and accommodation. It’s also easy to spend a lot of money on food. Luckily you can avoid most of these costs if you get creative.
How do I avoid the cost of renting a room?
The best option to avoid spending money for a room is becoming a guest in somebody’s flat or house. It is easy if you’ve got a big family or good friends all over the world, because then you can simply stay with them.
Not all of us are so lucky, though. If you are in this second group, do not give up! Join Couchsurfing, which you can do for free, and you’ll have the opportunity to host people from all over the word and be hosted by others. It is a great way to meet new people, gain new experiences, and to learn about different cultures and traditions across the world.
It’s also very easy to use!
You just need to create a profile with some information about you and a picture. If someone asks to surf with you (i.e., stay with you) and you’re available, you can host that person. If not, that’s alright, too.
If you need a couch during your trip, you can send the request to people who live in the place you’re traveling to. If they accept you, you will have a place to stay for free.
I am a part of this project and I think it’s really great idea. However, don’t think about Couchsurfing just to save money. Think about this project as a way to share and exchange experiences, and to learn about how people live in other countries. It’s cultural exchange, not for freeloading!
How else can I avoid room and board expenses?
Have you heard of Help Exchange (HelpX)? It’s a website where companies from all over the world place calls for volunteers.
What you need to do first is to find a project that you’re interested in. Then you can apply and wait for an answer. A lot of companies offer free accommodation and even meals in exchange for your help.
It’s really a great deal, especially if you’re traveling for an extended period of time. HelpX allows you to learn new skills and to better understand the culture and traditions of the place you visit.
However, since you’re volunteering, you might not have as much time to explore new places, but that all depends on the project. Sometimes it’s set up in a way that gives you plenty of time for working, traveling, and resting.
I volunteered twice through HelpX. Both of them were connected with tourism. Thanks to volunteering, I was able to travel even more and I had free accommodation and breakfast. I also met wonderful people, gained new friends, and learned a lot about Peru and how to run a tourism company.
Another similar website is Workaway. The idea is the same as HelpX. The registration fee for Workaway is 23 Euros every 2 years. The costs for access to HelpX are similar. I did not volunteer through Workaway, but I like it, and in the future, I may use it.
If you have never tried traveling with help from these sites, you ought to! Other sites like these two exist as well, but these are the main ones.
I hope you have plenty of great, cheap trips!