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.
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…
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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.
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.
Get a travel scholarship
Not only will this pay for your trip, it’ll look good on your future resume. Time to hit the books!
These days ultra low cost carriers can get you to your destination for barely more than the price of the taxes on the ticket. As long as you are willing to sacrifice some comfort for a few hours its hard to beat the price per mile.
Enter a contest
While it may seem like a long shot there are so many travel contests out there that if you have a little writing or photography talent and aren’t picky about your destination you’re sure to win something sooner or later.
Probably one of the best known ways to get free accommodations for the night, as long as you don’t mind sleeping on chairs, couches, and floors this is the way to go.
If you are trying to be frugal on the road (which you should be) then paying attention to your food expenditures is a must. Remember, lunches are usually cheaper than dinners and buying ingredients from a grocery store is usually the cheapest
Depending on where you are you may actually end upoffending the host with your tip rather than flattering them. Just be wary of this in when you are abroad…it can save you some cash too.
Go with it
When you are on the road the quickest lesson you will need to learn is to roll with the punches. You may be trying to get to New Dehli by the end of the month when all of a sudden an opportunity arises to go to Australia. Let your plans evolve and you will see/do far more than you could otherwise.
Any time you get on a plane, bus, or boat your expenses will jump up. If you really want to keep things cheap try to think of traveling not as just a vacation but as a lifestyle. Don’t try to see everything but rather explore a few places in depth. You’ll save money and in return get some amazing memories.
Bring a tent
Although it may seem a bit out of place, this single item can save you a good amount of money especially if you’ll be traveling off the beaten path.
Drive fast and take chances
Ok, we don’t literally mean to drive fast, haven’t you learned anything? (go back to #21) It’s just an expression that we are using to make a point, the point being that you should be willing to take risks. Your journey will only be what you make of it so at the end of the day what you get out of it is up to you.