If “travel more” is one of your New Year’s goals, but your wallet is empty, there’s no need to freak out. Here are ten tips on how to travel for free in 2019.
1. Sell your services
Need some quick money? Use Upwork, Craigslist, TaskRabbit, or Gumtree to find people who need things done around the house and get paid to help them. It’s a good way to make money when you travel without committing to a long-term job. Additionally, if you have a skill, sell it. Offer haircuts to other travelers, busk for money, provide online services like editing or consulting. The sky is the limit here!
2. Teaching english abroad
A good way to make money while traveling is to teach English abroad. Specially in Asia, you can make a lot of money teaching and leave a country with tens of thousands of dollars in the bank. All you need is the ability to speak English fluently and maybe a TEFL degree, depending on the country you work in. The world is yearning for English teachers, and this is a job in high demand; many companies in Asia will even pay for your flight over.
Moreover, there are many websites such as Teachaway that allow you to teach virtually. As long as you have a wi-fi connection, you can help people learn English from anywhere in the world.
3. Volunteer on farms
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It’s a platform that allows you to work on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation It’s a fantastic way to see a destination in-depth while allowing you to commune with the great outdoors. You have to pay to get to the farm, but once you are there, everything else is covered. It definitely will help you travel cheap as well as have a unique experience and meet lots of nice people. You can travel just about anywhere doing this job including South America, Asia and Australia.
4. Stay for free
There are many services out there that connect travelers with locals who are willing to let them stay with them for FREE. Sites like Couchsurfing, Servas and Global Freeloader offer this service. Lots of people have been traveling for years while only Couchsurfing. Sometimes you get a room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. There are also local Couchsurfing group meet-ups that can help you make new friends in your new city.
Furthermore, because of the rise of the sharing economy in the last few years, there are now websites that let you not only stay with locals but share rides, meals, train tickets, gear, and much more! These websites not only save you a TON of money but they also get you off the tourist track and into the local life.
5. Volunteer and fundraise
Ever considered volunteering on a development project? One of the good things about devoting your time to help a worthy cause overseas is that it may allow you an opportunity to fundraise to support your work. Some organizations may help you out with board, and occasionally flights. Most organizations that do this require a significant commitment of time (one to two years) as well as specialized skills and experience. An alternative is to join a shorter-term project and fundraise. Some local organizations that support this kind of work include Lions Club (lionsclubs.org) or Rotary Club (rotary.org).
6. Become a travel influencer
Travel influencers rank up there as needing to dedicate the most time to their craft. Unlike other influencers who can run their social media feeds from the comfort of their own home or city, travel influencers need to, you guessed it, travel. Travel influencers typically spend quite a bit of money before making any of it back. It takes time and effort to make it to the point where you’re making money and travel for free by getting trips and stays in hotels.
However, influencer marketing is on the rise and travel companies are looking for profiles in order to promote their services throught influential people. @muradosmann, @theblondeabroad and @phillippe_leblond are some explames of travel influencers that are currently having great success.
7. Sail away while working on a cruise ship
Cruise ship companies have lots of positions they hire for and you could find yourself working as an entertainer, fitness instructor, bartender, babysitter, waiter, cleaning crew, and more. Get a job on a cruise ship and you’ll get free accommodations, food, and travel all over the world. If you’re hired as a full-time employee, you’ll get paid on top of it.
8. Travel hacking
Travel hacking is the art of collecting frequent flier points and miles to get free flights, fine dining, hotel stays, tours, and more. It involves working within the existing rules set up by airlines, credit cards and hotels, and using them to your benefit. While it can take some serious research and a bit of a mastery of rewards programs, travel hacking can help you use rewards points wisely and ultimately travel for free. American travel expert Nomadic Matt is offering on his website the ultimate guide to travel hacking.
9. Take a hard-core challenge
If you are the kind of person who would welcome the challenge of mountain biking to the top of Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity, this one could be for you. One of the latest trends in travel has seen companies springing up that will help you organize the challenge of your choice (or join an existing one) on behalf of a charity. You do the challenge, and raise the sponsors, they take care of the rest. Check out Global Adventure Challenges (globaladventurechallenges.com) or Across the Divide (acrossthedivide.com).
10. Enter travel contests
Are you short on cash and long on time? Then, you’ll be surely amazed at how many travel contests are there for the wining. Just Google “travel contests” and you’ll get lots of results. Travel writing or photography may win you a trip or discount. Airlines, cruise lines, hotels and travel agencies all offer up prize trips every so often. If you’re not picky about where you go, a little time and energy invested might get you out of here sooner than you think.
Here, 10 ways on how to travel for free in 2019. They are not limited. You just need to be creative and let yourself go without overthinking too much.