Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. These days there are many ways to travel the world for free, or at least very cheap. Read on to learn about free travel opportunities for 2020.
1. Teaching English abroad
There are opportunities for fluent English speakers to teach English abroad in elementary and high schools even if you do not have teaching credentials. Most opportunities require that instructors are TEFL certified which is earned after a series of coursework is completed to become a qualified English Second Language instructor. Salary for teaching abroad is based on the living standards of where you are teaching, but depending on the program, some of your living expenses are covered. In countries like the United Arab Emirates as well as Japan and South Korea, the salary rate for TEFL teachers is known to offer the best paid TEFL Instructor salaries.
2. Become an Au Pair
For travelers who love working with kids, there are families who are looking for Au Pairs to help take care of their children. Families may look for an English speaking nanny so that their children can improve their English-skills. As an Au Pair, you should expect to receive board and room as well as some payment. The company Au Pair World helps connect host families with potential Au Pairs through profiles that you can browse through by country and gets you in touch with a potential family.
3. Volunteer on farms
WWOOF is an opportunity to work on organic farms around the world in exchange for accommodation and food. As a participant, you’re expected to put in around four to six hours of work per day for at least two days with anything that needs to be done. Once your shift is over you are free to explore the village, trails or nearby cities as you please. This is actually one of the most demanding free travel opportunities for 2020.
4. Stay for free
Couchsurfing gives you access to a global network of hosts, happy to open their homes to you, just because they’re nice and like to meet people from all over the world. There are many sites out there that connect travelers with locals like Couchsurfing, Servas and Global Freeloader. Sometimes you get an entire room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. Couchsurfers could help around the house or garden and cook meals to show their gratitude.
5. Volunteer and fundraise
There are many reasons to volunteer while you’re traveling and there are literally thousands of charities and organizations that look for help from passing travelers. Some may help you out with board, and occasionally flights. Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier. Some organizations that support this kind of programs include Conservation Volunteers, Trip Leader for FH Holidays, Help Exchange, Peace Corps, and United Nations Volunteers.
6. Become a travel influencer
Although their lives look carefree, this is far from reality. It takes time and an effort to make it to the point where a travel influencer is monetizing and traveling for free by getting trips and stays in hotels. Relationships between influencers and businesses in the tourism industry have gradually improved and it’s now completely normal for both parties to make collaboration proposals.
However, influencer marketing is on the rise and travel companies are looking for profiles in order to promote their services through influential people. @gypsea_lust @theblondeabroad and @pierreschuester are some examples of travel influencers that are currently having great success.
7. Sail away while working on a cruise ship
If you’ve got your sea-legs, opportunities exist to crew on private yachts or cruise ship companies. What an amazing way to get free accommodation, food and see the world! You’ll have to work hard but plenty of job opportunities exist for chefs, bartenders, entertainers, cleaners and more.
8. Credit card rewards
Yes, you can earn free flights by adding purchases on your credit card. And many of the best travel reward credit cards offer some enticing benefits. Many travel reward cards offer free or discounted companion vouchers every year. You can score a free flight from your reward points, plus a free flight for your travel partner from the companion voucher. You can also maximize rewards by using your credit card every time you pay for flights. Some credit cards and partner airlines offer double or triple rewards, or higher, for booking flights.
9. Take a hard-core challenge
If you are the kind of person who would love the challenge of trekking the Great Wall of China to raise money for a charity, this one could be for you. One of the latest trends in travel has seen companies that provide charity challenges for those who are seeking adventure, whilst contributing to a worthy cause. You do the challenge and raise the sponsors, they take care of the rest. Take a look at Global Adventure Challenges (globaladventurechallenges.com) or Across the Divide (acrossthedivide.com).
10. Enter travel contests
You’ll be absolutely amazed at how many travel contests are there for the wining. Just Google “travel contests” and you’ll get lots of results. Some travel contests only require you to fill out a generic entry form, but for some of the larger ones, they require you to get more creative and submit a video or essay explaining why you should be the winner. Airlines, cruise companies, hotels, and travel agencies offer up prize trips every so often.
Nowadays there are many ways to travel the world for free, or at least very cheap. Here, free travel opportunities for 2020 to inspire you on how to travel the world with limited money.