How to Travel the World for Almost Free!

I have always wanted to travel the world, see the sites and experience different cultures. In fact, that's all I've ever wanted to do. And while I have done some traveling I haven't traveled nearly as much as I would like. However, the problem with this is that I have very little money and I'm not 20 or 30..OK we'll stop there! What to do, what to do, what to do?


I have discovered several ways one can go about traveling the world on the cheap. Here are a few: you can work your way around the world, couch surf,or house sit. All are viable ways to circumnavigate the globe on very little money.

Working Your Way Around the World


Working your way around the world has never been so easy. I'm sure everyone has seen the ads for English Teachers around the world. That is one route but there are also Nanny, positions, maid positions and temporary work on Kibbutzes that would also fit the bill. This method allows you to actually make money, travel on the cheap and really get to know the natives. Unlike just flying to some far off destination, staying in some overpriced hotel and visiting a thousand churches and museums, this way you actually get to know the people and experience the life in your chosen country. Here are a few websites if you are interested in this route:





Become a Woofer!



You could work your way around the world by helping farm owners. The website is http://www.wwoof.net/. It matches up people who are willing to help out on organic farms all over the world with farmers who need the help. You will meet some interesting people and get room and board for your labor.

Write About Your Travels


There are a lot of people who enjoy reading about other people's adventures. Maybe they have a job and children or a health issue that prohibits them from taking to the road and exploring the world. They would love to read about your adventures. And, as they read about them you can make money writing about them, which in turn, will help you to continue on your own adventure. It's a win win situation.


Couch Surfing

Couch surfing involves signing up on their website:

http://www.couchsurfing.org/


You stay on someones couch for free and when you are able you offer your couch for someone to stay for free. Although this seems like it's mainly for the young, I don't see why the young at heart can't take advantage of it as well. This is a worldwide network so just check out the website and see if there are accommodations for your destination. The accommodations may be just a couch and a shower in the morning or sometimes they may have an extra room for you to stay in, but the price is definitely within anyone's budget..free that is, free baby! Not only will you save a ton of money but you will most definitely meet some very interesting people.

Also, a lot of people just travel to their destination and set up shop once they get there by advertising in the local paper for English students. This might work for some of you so I thought I'd at least mention it.


House-sitting Around the World


Finally, there is house-sitting. Don't have very much money, too old to run after a bunch of toddlers? Why not house-sit around the world? People do this and it seems to me a great way to travel on a limited budget. You have to register and some house-sitting may involve pet sitting as well. The advantages of this are that you will probably be able to stay more than a day or two but not as long as if you were working on a kibbutz. So you could house-sit in Germany for a week and then easily move on to Italy for two weeks. Also, you don't have to offer to put someone up later. In my opinion this might be one of the best ways for an older person to travel for very little money. Once you've done it a few times and have acquired some excellent references your set.


Here is a website for house-sitting travelers:

Getting to and from your destination without money can be a little trickier. If you can make some money via the methods described above that will help. You can also check the ride-share section of Craigslist and hope you don't run into Ted Bundy along the way. Hitchhiking is always an option but that can be dangerous as well. If I were on this adventure I would contact my church (I'm a Christian and I would feel comfortable doing this) and see if there were any members going my way, to see if I could hitch a ride with them. You also want to make sure that the word is out so that friends and relatives who are so inclined will either give you a lift or put you up for a day or two.

Make sure to pack light! Take just what you need and nothing more. If you don't start out packing light you will end up just throwing things away to lighten your load anyway.


Whatever method you decide upon I hope everyone that wants to travel can travel at some point in their lives as nothing surpasses visiting a foreign land when it comes to gaining knowledge, wisdom, understanding and best of all lifelong friends!

Bon Voyage!


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Excellent information.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, I hope I can use it one day soon! :)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I love travel - need to find a way to take my kids for some of these cheap opportunities! :)


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

You could take your kids to a kibbutz I think.


Nan 5 years ago

I think that I would like to teach English. I am going to check it out.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Great, good luck to you Nan


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katrinasui 5 years ago

I love traveling so that's why this hub is useful for me.


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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

Brie, you write such great hubs about things I would love to do in about 20 years. Wonder if I should just bookmark all your hubs so I can live off-grid and travel the world *then*! Thanks for another amazing hub, and the great traveling ideas!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for writing Katrinasui.

I have no problem with that cheapsk8chick! Half of my hubs are about things I want to do too...like this. It's my way of saying "you can do it", "it's possible".


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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

I am 56 now, and I am traveling now for more than nine months with less than two dollars a day. Couchsurfing, hitchhiking, volunteering, meeting nice people who invite you for a lunch or give you some money when you tell them one of your travel stories ..., it is so easy to survive, and it is so much fun! To learn more you can read my hubs. Thanks for your hub!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks soooo much "nextstopjupiter" you're my hero. I will definitely be checking you out!


Frank 5 years ago

I've traveled quite a few miles by sailboat (my own and others)

Go to a harbor that has sailboats. Ask somebody that is aboard one of the boats if they know of anybody heading to a destination that is on the same continent as your destination. If you meet a prospective captain, explain what you'd like to do but, under no circumstance, misrepresent yourself. You must assess the integrity and skill of the person whose boat you are going to live aboard. Enough said. It can work out.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Frank, thanks so much for the advice, I will look into it.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Brie,

A great hub for me who is an armchair traveller when it comes to going abroad. So this one was a treat.

Also so many handy tips and information.

So useful/up for this one.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Glad you liked it Eiddwen.


Eddie 5 years ago

Hmmmm, I'd love to travel the world or even NYC- there's a wonderful gal there I need to meet! lol


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

:) I hope you get to someday!


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Yourglobalgirl 5 years ago from UK

Very useful- I also recommend using youth hostels. In Europe they can be of a good standard.


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cindyvine 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I always travel on the cheap, the only way I can afford to visit all the magical places!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Youth hostels cost money and a lot of older people I don't think would feel comfortable there. But thanks for writing Yourglobalgirl and cindyvine.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

House sitting is a good way to travel for free or cheap. You just have to be safe. Great ways to travel cheap! Voted up.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks 2besure, you're the best!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Wonderful description from Brie Hoffman,thanks for this wonderful article.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Glad you like it Crystolite


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Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

up and useful great advice thanks


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Lyn


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I had no idea couchsurfing was real! Great hub!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yep! Isn't it a great idea?


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mauihawaii 5 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

Perfectly matched information.

Thank you for your ideas.

Excellent hub!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Mauihawaii.


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NicoleSmith 5 years ago

Wonderful hub. Thanks for sharing anyway!!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for writing Nicole.


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

What great tips Brie, I will certainly bookmark this and read it again when my kids are off my hands. Good article.


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

We are travelling Australia while working and having a great time ! We plan on seeing more of the world next year so I will have a lot more hubs of interest as well . Enjoyed your hub .


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Wow, that's great "Freecampingaussie". I'm sure you will have lots to write about.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I'd love to work at an organic farm sometime, in exchange for room and board. This is a great idea.


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, make sure to vote the article up OK.

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