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 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 have your flight, housing, and sometimes food provided. Keep in mind, most organizations will require a significant time commitment (at least 1-2 years).
If you are lucky enough to have your own property, then renting it out while you are on vacation is potentially a good way to keep your bank account full while you’re on the road.
While this very efficient method of transportation 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, well…
Sure, it might be a little more dangerous, even illegal, 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 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 the working conditions are sometimes sub-par, getting a job aboard a cruise ship may be significantly easier than crewing a yacht, and you’ll still have some opportunities to get out and see things.
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 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
Short-term work is usually available wherever you go. Many times you can find everything from being an au pair to doing trail maintenance, but just be aware these usually aren’t the best jobs in the world.
Accept a challenge
One of the newest trends in travel is to 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 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
If you’re a student, 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, it’s hard to beat the price per mile.
Enter a contest
While it may seem like a long shot, travel contests are still an option. 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.
Couch surfing could be the best-known way to snag free accommodations for the night, as long as you don’t mind sleeping on chairs, couches, and floors. Do lots of yoga, stretches, and exercises, and keep those muscles nimble.
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 your location, you may end up offending 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 and do far more than you would otherwise.
Any time you get on a plane, bus, or boat, your expenses will jump up. To keep things cheap, consider traveling as not just a vacation but a lifestyle. Don’t see everything. 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? What we mean is you should take risks. Of course, don’t just do every crazy thing. Be discerning and take a few chances. 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.