Traveling is one the most amazing things you can do in life. Seeing the different countries, learning about different cultures and traditions, meeting new interesting people, trying new cuisines and finding new favorite foods – it’s pretty freaking awesome. But it’s often associated with a hefty price tag. And while that’s kind of true and traveling can be expensive, there are many ways around it. You can scout the internet for great deals and find cheap flights, you can stay in hostels, you don’t have to eat exclusively in restaurants, etc. However, today we’re going to let you in on a few secrets that allow you to travel the world for free.
1. Couch Surfing
Accommodation is usually the most expensive thing when it comes to travel. But thankfully, there’s a way to not just save on that expense, but avoid it completely. Couch surfing is a wonderful website that provides you with the ability to stay abroad for free. Yup, that’s right, there are people all over the world who like traveling and meeting new people so much, that they will let you stay with them for free and crash on their couch.
2. Turtle Teams
If you like traveling to exotic locations you know that those usually cost you a pretty penny. Well the good news is that if you care about Sea World and its inhabitants you can go on a trip to an exotic island for free if you become a volunteer.
3. Find A Crew
Do you like sailing? Do you have any experience with sailing? Does vagabond sailing sound like fun to you? Then this is a great opportunity for you. You can find a crew pretty much anywhere in the world and go on a great adventure together. Only condition is not being seasick :)
4. United Nations Volunteers
Did you know that you can become a UN Volunteer? It’s pretty easy, you just have to sign up on their website. Being a UN Volunteer not only gives you an opportunity to travel the world for free, but you’ll also be helping humanity a lot.
5. Conservation Volunteers
This is another organization that allows their volunteers to travel for free. Plus you get to basically help our planet. This organization is dedicated to the sustainability of some of the world’s greatest landscapes and cultural sites, so as a volunteer you’ll be traveling to some pretty awesome locations and helping to maintain and restore some amazing places.
6. Help Exchange
Help Exchange is a pretty cool concept. This platform allows you to get free food and accommodation in exchange for some work. So if that sounds like something you might be interested in hop on over to their website and find yourself some easy work abroad.
On this website you’ll be able to find volunteer jobs all over the world. And as it usually is with volunteering it’s usually free or very low cost. This is a great way to travel because you’ll be exploring the world and helping make it a better place at the same time. And volunteer work can be pretty interesting ranging from teaching kids to studying shark migration in the Bahamas.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. So as you can tell from the name by volunteering for this organization you’ll be expected to work on an organic farm. You’re usually expected to work no more than 6 hours a day and the rest of the time you’re free to do whatever you want. This sounds perfect for those of you who love organic produce and like the healthy way of living.