February 26, 2016 Wander-lust

6 ways to travel for free

It’s something every frequent traveler would love to do; travel for free.
Unfortunately my bankaccount looks a lot less attractive when I return home from my travels. But, there are a few ways to spend little to none cash if you do it the right way. Be warned; it’s not always easy, but if you try and follow these tips, you might just travel the world a lot more efficiently (money wise).

1. Hitchhike
Oh yes, this one is old skool but ey, it works! You’ll be surprised how many people stop and take you along for a few miles.
The best spots for doing this are; Petrol stations, Bus Stops and Toll Roads. Always carry a good map (yes, that’s your first investment) and wear steady shoes.
The nice thing about hitchhiking is that you meet new people that can tell you where to go next and so your adventure begins.
For women; I wouldn’t recommend it for when you travel alone. And if you’re bad-ass, just use your common sense.
A good website for all your hitchhike information is: www.hitchwiki.org

Travel for free. Photo by Atlas Green.
The hitchhikers guide to..?

2. House sit
I’ve mentioned this trick in a previous post about 7 ways to save money whilst traveling, but I want to highlight it again because it’s such a good idea!
A friend of mine recently booked her ticket to Australia and will live there for free because she is house sitting a friends house in Sydney.
Talk about living the local life! There are a lot of websites that offer this service and here are my favorites:
Check out mindmyhouse.com to find the best houses in the country that you seek your adventure. For travelers that love animals trustedhousesitters.com  is your best bet and look on housecarers.com. You may need to clean the house a few times and look after some pets but that’s a small price to pay for completely free accommodation. If you’re lucky, you will get a small fee, depending on the number of chores you need to do around the house.

travel for free, house sit
You may just end up here..

3. Travel & Royalty Cards
I always thought this would be something that would take a lot of hassle and I couldn’t be bothered but this is a very efficient way to save your money.
How it works: Travel rewards credit cards work on a points-based system. You basically earn one point (mile) for each dollar/euro that you spend at the most basic level. However, you can usually earn extra points for certain purchases. How much you earn, and what you earn extra points for, depends on what type of loyalty program you are enrolled in and which credit card you are using. This way you can travel for free on your points.
The best cards for this are Capital One Venture, Chase Sapphire and the Barclay Arrival+ Card.

4. Camping
Although it’s totally cool to book an luxurious glamping trip, it is still possible to camp around the world for free.
Yes, a little investment is required but a steady tent doesn’t have to cost much.
Camping is widely available and in countries like Central America, The Caribbean or Mexico, camping on beaches can be completely free. Europe is also offering free options, especially in the UK, Ireland and Portugal. To make your life easier (and that’s what we’re here for!) there a site that listed all the free camping sites in the world. www.freecampsites.net If you have a Camper Van, you can always try to park it in the street and wish for the best. Some excitement never hurt anyone!

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Camping is a great way to see the world and travel for free

5. Work
Yeah, I know, this was not the plan but let’s be real for a second. Work pays off and get’s you a long way. It doesn’t mean you’ll need to work all the time but you can earn more money overseas sometimes than in your home country. (depending on where you live of course). Countries that pay well are Australia, (landscaping for instance!), The UK (work as a nanny), or try to wwoof. Fill your pockets in Australia and continue your travels in Asia for example. (very low living cost)

Work overseas. Picture by  Danurwendho Adyakusuma
Work overseas and travel for free! 

6. Eat for free!
One of your daily needs can cost you a lot. Food. You need it to function so it’s a thing you can’t do without. There are several ways to solve this problem and you can do it for free. Visit markets about 15 minutes before they close. A lot of times, perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables are thrown away so if you ask nicely, they might give it to you without hesitation. The same applies for bakeries. They can’t use their bread for the next day so they will give it to the poor, the garbage or to you!  

travel for free, food by Luke Michael

I hope these tips will help and if you have an extra inside tip, don’t hesitate to comment below!

Love,

Elke

For more travel tips check here.

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