The one thing that I could not get out of my head recently was how expensive it is just to fly to Hawaii from Missouri. I was looking for fun trip ideas for this summer and since I had never been to Hawaii, I thought I would check out the price of travel, lodging, food, etc. for Maui. When I saw how much everything was total, I was shocked! I could go to Costa Rica for half the price of Hawaii! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could travel for cheap or just travel for free? Well, I found some ways that we can.
Travel hacking has been a pretty popular topic and hobby lately due to the rise of air miles cards and rewards programs. Thank goodness travel hacking is a thing because I am obsessed with it. I love learning new ways that I can travel for free, even when I think I have found every way possible.
Among the top ways to save the most on travel are by using sites like Expedia, Travelocity, or even Groupon. The thing is sure you can get up to 50% off your entire vacation from these sites but you can’t get a vacation for free from them. However, maybe combining these methods with the below tips can score you a free getaway!
I know what you are thinking – What!? A free vacation? Yea right. I am serious…I have done it. It works.
I am serious. I have done it. It works.
When you think you know all the tricks of the trade for saving money, even on vacation, think again.
Become A Travel Blogger/Influencer
Did you know it is possible to travel the world and get paid at the same time through blogging? Well, it is very much possible and hundreds of bloggers achieve this every day. The ways travel bloggers travel the world for free are is if they land a sponsored trip or press travel. Bloggers can also make money while traveling for free by working remotely from their laptop using a variety of monetization strategies on their blogs such as ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posting opportunities, writing freelance articles, selling a product or service, or selling e-courses and memberships on their sites.
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Cut Luxury Out Of The Equation
Deann over at the Bear In Forest blog has backpacked around the world and started her own thrifty travel blog. She writes about her experiences and tips about camping, RV camping, backpacking, etc. Check out her amazing guide for traveling cheap!
Take Advantage Of Airbnb
Sign up for Airbnb and rent out a room in your house or why not the whole house? While others are paying to stay at your house, you could be traveling elsewhere. The best thing is you end up getting paid by your rental to go travel! If you don’t feel like renting out space, book through Airbnb instead. Airbnb is loads cheaper than a normal hotel and you even get credit for any referrals when you share out the app! If you haven’t tried it yet, here is a $40 credit to go anywhere you want!
Want to stay for free or maybe even get paid for it while you are on vacation? You can house sit while on vacation and take care of someone’s home or even their pet. So if you are open to taking care of someone’s home or pet while on vacation, check out Trusted Housesitters where they connect travelers and people around the world in need of house sitters/pet sitters. What a neat, creative way to travel for free and get paid to for it too.
One of my favorite ways to travel for free that I have stumbled across is volunteering in work-exchange programs such as Workaway. Workaway connects travelers with locals across the globe looking for volunteer help. All you have to do is put a little sweat into your next vacation in exchange for free meals, lodging, and other accommodations.
Join The Peace Corps
Join The Peace Corps and travel the world helping others. The Peace Corps provides each volunteer with housing and living stipend. Upon completion of 2 years of service, The Peace Corps will provide you with more than $8,000 pre-tax for help with transitioning back to normal life.