While this may not seem appealing to some people, house sitting is a great way to stay in countries for free; countries that you could not afford to stay in if not for this free roof over your head. This method works extremely well if you have children, especially younger children, as most home owners seem to trust families more than young, single adults with their home.
While some home owners will pay you, usually what you get is a stocked fridge and a place to stay for however long the owners are gone. This can be a great deal if you are trying to see places like Europe, where a night at even a shared hostel room can cost you $20 and up. Saving this money allows you to sight see and experience everything you hoped to see during your travels, but for at least half the cost.
By volunteering you won’t just be helping out a cause you believe in. In most cases you can get your housing and food taken care of during this trip. In rare cases, you can even get your roundtrip ticket paid for by this organization. Keep in mind though that most offers that cover all expenses usually require a 1-2 year commitment on your end.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (also known as WWOOF) is a network of farmers around the world that simply need workers to do physical labor. While you will not get paid for this work, your food and lodging will be taken care of as compensation. If you are interested this particular way of traveling, contact the WWOOF office in the country you are looking to visit.
Book in Advance and Book Cheap!
Booking advance is a great way to save a ton of money on your travel expenses. What cuts down this figure even more is flying on ultra low cost carriers. On flights like these, the price of the ticket sometimes doesn’t even exceed the tax on the ticket; creating a ridiculously low price for the traveler. This is a great option to save some major cash, and well worth the few hours of comfort you will be sacrificing for this trip.
This has become an even bigger trend in recent years. Basically one can register their home as a place that travelers can “crash on your couch” for the night. A website for couch surfing has been set up specifically for this purpose, and best of all is that it is free to both parties involved.
While you may luck out and get a free meal from this stay, thus saving you even more money, the best part about this is getting the chance to meet new people as you travel the world.
The slower you travel, the cheaper your expenses will be. If you somehow can walk to each destination, that is obviously 100% free. If you take a long bus ride compared to a bullet train, that will cost less. If you decide to go by train instead of by air, that also will cost you less. The slower forms of transportation always seem to be cheaper unless you find just an amazing deal on a low cost carrier aircraft. Be smart and browse through all your options before making a decision.
Travel to places where you money goes further
The last thing to keep in mind is that $100 in Thailand will go a whole lot further than in Britain. Where you are travelling to can really play a huge role in how much you will be forced to spend on daily things like food and lodging.
Whether you are looking to relax with a holiday to Spain, or exploring all that SE Asia has to offer; use these tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck the next time you decide to travel!