10 Ways to Travel the World for Free or at Least Very Cheaply

10 ways to travel the world for free or at least very cheaply

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Traveling the world is a great adventure that will stay with you your whole life. It sounds like an expensive adventure you might be thinking. Not necessarily. There are many ways to travel the world very cheaply and some are even free. Look at the network of friends you have around the world, relatives in other countries, try couch surfing and grabbing every opportunity that comes your way. You can have an international adventure without needing thousands of dollars to spend. All you need is some original thinking, lots of enthusiasm, the guts to carry on and some ideas to get you started.

“The best things in life are free and so can travel the globe.”

Join the Peace Corp

This can be a great way to see parts of the globe that no one else does as you travel to countries to help revitalize communities, villages, and towns. The 27-month commitment may seem like a long time but you are young and want to travel so why not explore the advantages. Transport is free to and from countries, you are covered for medical and dental services, food and lodging is provided, you will have an intensive language course and any student loans may be deferred or even canceled. You also have 48 days of free time to explore the country or area on your own.

Teach English overseas

When you apply and are accepted to teach English in a foreign country your travel and accommodation are provided for you. You can earn between $20,000 and $45000 US a year. You will need to stay for a set period of time and by earning money you can travel at the end of your tenure.

Apply for a fellowship

Students can travel to overseas places by applying for a scholarship to travel and study overseas. College graduates are able to apply in the US and other countries for a Rhodes scholarship or a Marshall Scholarship. Other skilled people such as artists, journalists, students, and scholars can apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. These cover accommodation, food and travel and some other services along the way.

Organize a tour group

Form a tour group and organize a holiday for 20 of your friends. All you do is organise the holiday through a travel agency. Arrange the flights, transfers and accommodation and your trip is paid for. You don’t act as a tour guide you are just the tour group organizer.

Cruise ship crew

Apply to work on a cruise ship that is traveling the Pacific, the Caribbean or Mediterranean seas. You will need to have some sort of educational or entertainment skills to offer. Check with the cruise lines as some don’t give you much free time in ports to see the sights. This can be a good idea for short term travel. You will usually sign on for the cruising season.

Yacht crew

Many large yachts that are cruising the world are looking for crew members with skills other than sailing. If you can offer culinary, mechanical, engineering or navigational skills apply to be a crew member. Owners often move yachts around the world to rake advantage of weather or fishing conditions and the boat needs to be relocated. An extra pair of hands never goes astray.

Budget airlines

The budget airlines in Europe and North America offer cheap flights, so if you need to pay for travel take advantage of them.

Student travel scholarship

Apply to study for a year overseas to complete your degree. Travel and accommodation are provided and sometimes a daily allowance.

Transport vehicles for others

When people move to another country they don’t want to transport the car on a train or a truck. They will pay you to drive the car to their new destination. Some car rental companies need someone to drive the cars back from one-way rentals.


If you plan on hiring a car for your travel look into others who can join you and share the travel costs. Alternatively, you can join a car going in the same direction you are and pay towards the travel costs. Often this needs to be arranged before you go. Check out web sites, bulletin boards, and hotels while you are away.

Traveling Nanny

If you have experience as a babysitter uses it to travel the world. A lot of couples with young children look for a nanny while they are travelling. They could be going for business or pleasure and you will have days off when you can explore the city or country you are in. If you have a second language this can be an advantage to getting a position.

Global treks for charity

This organization runs treks in various parts of the world to raise money to develop areas. You raise sponsorship for the trek that pays for travel etc. There are various treks to choose from such as cycling, sledding, rafting, and team challenges. Recent treks have been up Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and to Everest Base Camp.

Traveling Food Tips

Self-contained accommodation

This style of accommodation comes with a fully equipped kitchen and this enables you to buy food cheaply from local fresh produce markets and cook your own food. This is a lot cheaper than buying meals in many countries.

Free food in Italy

Italy is a country where you can go to a cafe or restaurant and have food for no charge. You won’t get drinks but the food is given to travelers under a law that says all cafes and restaurants when asked to give a meal free of charge. You may be asked not to visit there again but there are many places to choose from.

Tips for the New Traveler

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you find yourself stranded somewhere with no money never be afraid to ask for help or a job to pay for accommodation or food. Offer to work in a cafe a couple of hours for a meal or to make beds in a hostel for a night’s accommodation. Most places will try to help you out if they can or point you in the right direction to get some help.

Enter contests

This may seem like a crazy idea as you may never win but someone has to win these contests. All it takes is a little of your time, the price of a text message and some imagination and you could be off on your worldwide adventure. There are hundreds of contests offering travel and accommodation in all sorts of places around the world. This may be the beginning of your round the world adventure.

No matter where you start your world adventure from there are ways to travel and stay overseas free or at a very small cost. Don’t forget about your adventure just because you haven’t enough money to go. Look at all of the ways to get free travel by doing some charity or volunteer work. Save as much money as you can while you are traveling by being sensible and taking advantage of complimentary offers and included meals. And remember this is a great opportunity that will stay with you forever and you might love volunteering so much you continue it for years to come.

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