Hotels and Airbnbs are often the more expensive parts of travel. Being able to eliminate these costs could open up options on destinations and how much time you can spend abroad.
With a little creativity and planning, here are a few ways that you can travel across the globe without the hefty price tag of accommodations.
Temporarily swap homes with someone in another location as a form of currency. A quick online search will provide you with a few options for home swapping programs to get you started.
Love Home Swap is a service that facilitates home swaps & showcases properties in over 160 countries. They offer a 14-day trial to test out the service before committing to an annual membership fee.
If you enjoy taking care of pets or don’t mind having to do some light housekeeping during your vacation, this could be a great option.
TrustedHousesitters is one of the most popular options. With a large global community and trusted customer service team, this platform offers travelers the most secure and varied option.
Lingoo is a program that allows travelers looking to learn a new language a chance to stay at a home for a low cost where you can learn the local language & teach the hosts yours.
If you love nature, organic living, and gardening, then check you WWOOF, one of the world’s first voluntourism and ecotourism organizations that exists in 132 countries.
With WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms, you can stay on a working farm for free in exchange for your hands-on contribution to the farm or garden.
Most hostels employ a mixture of permanent to temporary volunteers on a work-to-stay arrangement. Be sure that you are ok with doing a variety of on-site work.
Most times, you are expected to only work for 3 – 4 hours a day allowing you plenty of time to explore and have fun. In exchange for your labor, you’ll get a bed and often food and drinks as well.