With today’s exorbitantly-priced rooms and skyrocketing airfare, the conventional way of travel has become a whole lot more challenging to do, for budget travelers. But, what if you can travel the world without spending a dime? Better yet, what if you get paid doing the thing that you absolutely love to do?
For some of us, it can be rather scary to travel and explore the world, with nothing more than good-will and optimism. Let’s face it, we always think that travel is difficult and fairly expensive. But in reality, traveling is easy and amazingly cheap. With a little effort and practice, you can, in fact, travel the world for free.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve listed down the ways for anyone to get their golden ticket in spending days, weeks or even years in exotic places without spending a fortune. Start planning now, and travel the world like a pro. Remember, personal freedom an epic trips start with a leap of faith.
1. House sitting
Are you open to the idea of taking care of someone’s pet or home, while on vacation? Why not become a house sitter temporarily? There are tons of companies like HouseCarers and Trusted Housesitters that connect travelers and homeowners who are in need of sitters across the world.
2. Work in hostels
There are dozens of volunteer opportunities in hostels, providing you with a free stay in exchange for your service. Of course, there are tons of maintenance and cleaning gigs, but you may also work as a receptionist or teach pilates or yoga on a beach.
3. Keep your needs to a minimu
The modern society is built on the false premise that we need to buy services and goods all the time. For me, though, it doesn’t make sense at all.
People need a safe place to sleep, self-esteem, companionship, creative stimulation, exercise, clean water, healthy food and fresh air. And all of these things are easy to get, and some of them are even free.
For exercise and fresh air, just take a walk outside. For companionship, make friends with strangers. For creative stimulation, move your feet to somewhere that’s new. For self-esteem, switch off your smartphone, breathe deep, and open your eyes to the world’s basic goodness.
4. Teach English
If you’re willing to teach English to non-English speakers, then you have your ticket to a life full of travel and adventure. Some of the best resources for English-teaching job hunters include ESL Café and TEFL.com. But, take note that this is not something you do for a week-long getaway. Normally, postings range from 8 months to a couple of years. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent way to have a paid or extended vacation.
5. Volunteer in a language-immersion program
Don’t want to travel for months? You may take a free one-week getaway to places like Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada and Australia, stay in a resort, and have conversations with Spaniards and Germans who are trying to improve their English in a very authentic way. For the most part, these trips are organized through Diverbo.
6. Babysitting spring breakers
Honestly, you need a whole lot of patience to pull this one off. Nowadays, there are plenty of companies, such as Inertia Tours, that organize Spring Break getaways and hire staff members, to ensure everything goes smoothly. What are the perks for this travel gig? You’ll get to work on the fabulous beaches of Bahamas and Mexico. And the best part is, you’ll going paid doing it. What’s downside? You’ll have to put in some long hours, working in nightclubs and bars.
7. Travel blogging
Blogging is definitely an excellent way to travel the world, and at the same time, get paid. Your travel blog can be your creative outlet that lets you express yourself as well as you thoughts. If you can build a successful blog, you may be invited on several fully-expensed press trips across the world. Although there’s an upfront work needed to gain momentum for your travel, this could be the right gig for you, if you have a passion for writing and travel.
8. Become a skills instructor
Got some mad skills? Perhaps, you should put it to good use, so you can travel the world. If you’re well-versed in a particular sporting activity like mountain biking, skiing or rock climbing, you may get to land a job overseas teaching others the ropes. If you can speak a couple of languages, it may also be a huge bonus, especially since most tourist agencies rely on their instructors communicate with their international customers.