7 Ways to Travel the World for Free
This is a guest post from my friend Alexis at Fitnancials.com. She is a 24 year old lifestyle blogger who is living the dream and has learned how to explore the world on a budget. Check out here post about 7 Ways to Travel the World for Free.
Have you ever wanted to live in a country like Italy or Japan and fully immerse yourself into another culture?
Though most might think that’s an impossible dream to have, it’s entirely doable and thousands of people are doing it. In fact, I’ve traveled around 5 continents by doing a few of these on this list!
Traveling has many benefits besides being a stress reliever. You will experience some serious personal growth during your time in another country. You’ll become more open minded when you see people living so differently than you. Challenging situations will be thrown your way and you’ll learn how to overcome them. There are so many benefits to be had that this paragraph could go on forever.
If traveling for a few weeks or months sounds like something you’d like to do, here are a few ways you can travel long-term without forking over thousands of dollars.
1. Au Pair
Being an au pair is a great way to travel the world and fully immerse yourself into a culture. Families all around the world are looking for native English speakers (preferably from the United States, Australia, or Canada) to join their family. You’ll get free accommodations, a weekly stipend, cell phone, food, and other things depending on the family. The length of stay is up to you, though most families prefer 3 months to 1 year. You do not need to know the language of the country you’re going to, and it’s even sometimes preferred that you only speak English so the child can practice English as much as possible. If you want to find out how to become an au pair, learn more here.
2. House Swap
House swapping is exactly what it sounds like. You swap houses with a fellow traveler somewhere else in the world. By doing this, you’re creating a more authentic traveling experience. You’ll get to live in another country and by doing this, you’re fully immersing yourself into the culture. House swapping means your cost of accommodation is free and the length of your stay is fully up to you. House swapping is also recommended if you plan on traveling somewhere long-term and need someone to take care of your pets, plants, or just have general security within your home.
Volunteering is a great way to give back and travel for cheap. Though, you need to be careful because many volunteer programs do more bad than good. One negative consequence of volunteering is the local community being deprived of work due to a volunteer coming in and doing the work for them. This can hurt the economy and the citizens of the city you’re volunteering in. If you do find a volunteer program where you’ll do good rather than bad, you’ll end up getting free housing, and most likely food as well. I’ve volunteered for IVHQ in Cusco, Peru, but I’m not sure I would do it again, as I paid a hefty volunteer fee (why are we paying to volunteer if the money is not going to the actual organization or place that needs help?).
4. Teach English
Teaching English is a fantastic way to both travel the world and save money in the process. Depending on the country, all you’ll need is a bachelors degree to teach. However, countries in South America or southeast Asia will not require a bachelor’s degree, but just a teaching certificate that you can get online. Most jobs will pay for your housing, cell phone, bills, and a monthly stipend, though countries like South Korea and China will also pay for flights. Many graduates decide to teach English after college because of the money that can be saved and put toward student loans. The average English teacher in South Korea can save about $20,000 a year. If you’re interested in teaching English but rather teach on your computer instead, check out these options here.
WorkAway is an online service that connects you with volunteer opportunities around the world. Some of these jobs include working at an animal sanctuary, hostel, or even something as simple as speaking English to the family. You’ll generally get free housing, food, internet access, and more, depending on the job. There are many yoga retreats around the world looking for people to work for them, which means you’d also get free yoga! There are opportunities in 155 countries around the world. All you need to do is register as a value and start browsing through jobs in your preferred
Housesitting is similar to house swapping, but instead, no one is coming to your house, you’re just caring for a house instead. Housesitting will give the same benefits as house swapping, and you’ll generally be caring for the upkeeping of the house, garden, or taking care of animals. Some housesitting sites require a background check (which I recommend!) and a small fee to join.
WWOOF is quite similar to WorkAway, the only difference is that you work on an organic farm. You’ll live and work alongside a farmer and help promote a sustainable community. To get started, all you have to do is set up your profile and choose a country you’d like to volunteer in. Browse through hundreds of hosts and see which program best fits you and your needs.
There are so many benefits of living in another country. These benefits can range from learning another language, becoming more open-minded to another way of living, and learning how to take care of yourself when your family and friends are halfway across the world.
Have you ever done any of the above travel methods to travel for free?
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