25 Ways To Travel Cheap And See The World

Posted by on September 3, 2012

Climb Mt. Everest, see the Eiffel Tower, bike across Africa…everyone wants to go somewhere and do something. Unfortunately, many times our dreams and aspirations are cut short by things like time and money. Our goal with this list is to give you some ideas as to how you can get around these roadblocks and finally start checking things off of your bucketlist. So get your passport ready because these are 25 ways to travel cheap and see the world!


House Swap

Although some of you may not be comfortable with the idea of someone else staying in your home, over the last few decades the idea of trading houses with another family for a few months has been gaining popularity.


House Sit

Another option you have at your disposal is to take care of someone’s house while they are out of town. You can easily find a gig like this on various forums. It’s a free place stay in exchange for walking a dog and watering the plants. It doesn’t get much better than that.



By volunteering for a good cause you won’t just be helping out earthquake victims or taking care of orphans but potentially also getting your flight, housing, and sometimes even food taken care of. Keep in mind that most organizations of this type will require a significant type commitment (at least 1-2 years).



If you are lucky enough to have your own property then renting it out while your are on vacation is potentially a good way to keep your bank account full while you’re on the road.



Although this is a very efficient method of getting around sometimes it can be hard to arrange. Try searching travel forums or even asking around at the hostel you’re staying at. If you don’t manage to find anything you can always…



Sure, it might be a little more dangerous than meeting your ride beforehand but in some parts of the world (like Cuba) this is the norm and you would do well to get used to it.


Crew a yacht

Fortunately you don’t need to be a skilled sailor in order to secure a position working aboard a yacht. Any mechanical or navigational experience would be a plus and many times just having two hands is sufficient. In return for your labor you’ll receive passage to your destination.


Work on a cruise ship

While getting a job aboard a cruise ship may be significantly easier than crewing a yacht, the working conditions are usually sub par and you most likely won’t be allowed to leave the boat during the port calls.


Transport other people’s vehicles

Many times when someone is moving they will have their car sent to the new location, which is where you come in. As long as you have some flexibility with your travel plans this is a good way to get from point A to point B.


Work at a hostel

Although some places will require a work visa, if you can negotiate a deal to where you work in exchange for lodging you won’t have to worry about this little detail. As long as no money is exchanged the visa isn’t a problem.


Do some odd jobs

Wherever you go there are sure to be people looking for some short term help doing something. Many times you can find everything from being an au pair to doing trail maintenance but just be aware that these usually aren’t the funnest jobs in the world.


Accept a challenge

One of the newest trends in travel is for you to go do something crazy (like climb Mt Everest) in the name of charity while a company gathers sponsors and raises the money on your behalf. If things like death, pain, and heights don’t scare you then this is a viable option.



World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a network of farmers around the world that often times seek an extra pair of hands in exchange for lodging and food. The best way to get involved is to contact the WWOOF office of the country you are looking to visit.


Avoid souvenirs

One of the easiest ways to have the money trickle out of your wallet is to let your sentimentality control you. Only buy what you need and you can make a little cash go a long way.


Organize a group tour

No, this doesn’t mean you will be a tour guide. Many travel companies are willing to give discounts to people they refer to as “group leaders” or those that organize the trip for everybody. All you have to do is get everyone together, set the dates, and book the flights.