Do you want to travel the world? Well, if your heart says “yes” but your bank account says “no”, you’ve come to the right place! Here are the 10 tips for traveling for FREE.
1. Have your own private tour guide by using an app
By using digitized offline tours with SmartGuide, you can have the entire city at your fingertips… literally. The SmartGuide app is completely free so no need to worry about dropping copious amounts of money on tour guides. Just take your phone with you, turn on the audio guide and offline maps app, and enjoy the scenery!
2. Find a local to stay with
It’s said that the best way to really get to know a country is by staying with someone else who already resides there. You will appreciate their way of life, truly immerse yourself in the culture, and make some friends along the way. Why not do it for free? There are many Facebook groups dedicated to free hosting, such as Host A Sister Many people are extremely open-minded about this prospect and will likely allow you to crash for free on their couch, or even be the ones to offer in the first place!
This amazing service allows for people looking to get free bed and board to work in exchange for living accommodations. Mostly situated on farms, WWOOF-ing is the perfect way to get completely FREE living accommodations for just a few hours of work coming from your time.
4. House sitting
Somebody in the area headed out for the weekend and needs someone to watch their house, feed their cat/dog or water their plants? This is where you can come in! Many people post online on places such as on mindmyhouse.com trying to link up with people looking to house sit. This is a great opportunity for any traveler to take advantage of because, in exchange for housesitting, you can ask for free-living accommodations. Nice house to yourself for free? That’s a win in anyone’s book!
5. Frequent Flyer Points
Frequent flyer points are a great way to make the best bang for your buck when traveling, especially if you are someone who travels a lot! You can save up your points and use them on free flights in the future! Did you know that with Asiana you can become Star Alliance Gold with only 40,000 miles?
6. Work on a Boat or Cruise Ship
By taking the plunge and working on a boat or cruise ship, you can travel and see incredible places all the while getting PAID and receiving free room, board, and food!
These are the best cruise companies to work for:
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
- Known for their incredibly scenic destinations
- American Cruise Lines
- Carnival Cruise Lines
7. Use Credit Card Points
By utilizing credit card points, you can easily get the best bang for your buck on travel expenses due to their incredible rewards systems. To put it simply, you get a certain amount of dollars in point form to use towards travel when you spend a certain amount.
Every credit card company has its own offers, but here are the best ones for traveling!
- American Express gold card: Can get 40,000 points if you spend $2,000 on the card in 3 months. Also, get $10 per month as a dining credit
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Can get 60,000 points if you spend $4,000 on the card in 4 months. This consists of $750 worth of free travel to enjoy for simply using a credit card the right way.
8. Manufactured Spending
This goes hand in hand with the credit card points, but this is for the fellow who can’t afford to be spending that amount on their card in a few months but wants the points.
Basically, manufactured spending is the process of buying items on credit that have the possibility of being turned into cash and then using the cash to pay off the credit card bill.
For example, you can buy VISA gift cards at a grocery store and then use those gift cards to take out a money order to get cash. Then, you use that cash to pay off your credit card bill.
This is a great hack to earn rewards without actually spending any of the money!
9. Religious Retreats
While this one is a bit location-specific, it can be a great hack to get living accommodations for free! If you are in an area with a lot of religious retreats and you really want to experience the culture of the city, you can simply ask someone if you can stay in the place of worship (i.e. a monastery in Thailand). This will immerse you in the culture of the religion and of the city’s history and also sleep free of charge!
10. Free Hotel Stays for Influencers
In this technologically forward society, publicity is everything. From Instagram to Facebook and even emails, if any company doesn’t have a good social media presence they may as well be done. This is where you come in! If you have a good social media following and presence, you can get hotels to actually PAY YOU to stay in their hotels and publicize them on your social media to your followers.
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