5 ways to travel the world for free

Travel the world for free
I adore travelling – I just want to see the whole world but it’s a very expensive hobby so I’ve started to explore ways in which I can travel the world for free. Ok, so they may not be for everybody but if you’re strapped for cash and want adventure then check out my top 5 ways to travel the world for free.

1. House-sitting

The moment a house is left vacant, it can become a target for thieves and so people (in most cases – rich people!) are offering up there homes for people willing to look after them for a certain period of time. This is a great way to have a holiday or test drive living somewhere new usually in a lovely property. If you’re lucky, the homeowners might even leave their pets with you too! House sits are available all over the world so all you have to do is pick your destination – I quite fancy LA…

Try HomeCarers or MindMyHouse to find a property and location suitable for you.

2. Worldpackers

Have you got skills in social media or photography? Or maybe you could turn your hand to reception work or cleaning? Worldpackers offers opportunities for you to stay in hostels for free all around the world in exchange for working there. You can pick how long you want to stay for (most have a minimum of a week and a maximum of six months) and some of the hosts even include meals so all you have to pay for is your travel. Now, where do I sign up?

Find out more about Worldpackers here.

3. Couchsurfing

If you don’t mind sleeping in the dwellings of strangers, then couchsurfing could be the one for you. If you’re travelling alone and want to make new friends and find out more about the local culture from actual locals then there’s no better way than shacking up with one. Added benefits are you won’t have to give up your home comforts as you’ll actually be in someone’s home.

Try Couchsurfing.com for hosts. They also hold regular events in your host location and so you can make even more new friends to share your travel stories with.

4. Teach English Abroad

If you’re not too daunted by thought of teaching, you could always take your English skills abroad. The most popular places to teach English include Thailand, China and Japan and, unlike some of the other ways to travel the world for free, you will get paid for this one. Although it’s hard work, there will be time for exploring your new location and immersing yourself in local traditions and culture.

See the British Council website for more information on becoming a Language Assistant.

5. Become an instructor

This is one that I totally can’t do as I have little to no skills in anything remotely activity based. But if you do – skiing, surfing, climbing, etc – then you might be able to bag a job abroad teaching someone else to do the thing you love the best. I think this works particularly well if you fancy doing a ski season (just the apres ski for me, please). Again, you’ll get paid for this one and still have plenty of free time for exploring.

Have a look at AdventureWork as a starting point.

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4 Responses

  1. Steph says:

    Oh my god you have just introduced me to Worldpackers and I’m now about 4 pages deep in to various possibilities for future travels – thank you so much!! It’s great to know that even if funds are a little tight, I can still get out and explore… Now I just need to convince the bf that it’s an AMAZING opportunity haha!

    Thanks again!!

    Steph xx

    • samantha says:

      I know – I can’t stop browsing at all the amazing places to stay – for free! I get quite a lot of annual leave from work, so I’m planning on doing something like that if I have any left over this year!xx

  2. Beverley says:

    A friend of mine currently teaches english abroad and i’d love to do it but it’s so daunting!

    xx

    • samantha says:

      I know I always feel the same! One of my friends went to Thailand and loved it, but it is so scary!xx

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