Travel the world for free or get paid to do it? Here are 24 ways
Do you have a passion for travelling and are looking for a way to travel without spending too much money or even getting paid for it?
In this photo gallery you can find out how you can use your passion for travel to get unique and interesting experiences, such as becoming a volunteer abroad, a language teacher, a travel blogger, a cruise ship crew member, and much more.
Get inspired and discover how you can travel for free or even get paid to do so, making your travel dreams a reality.
Travel the world for free or get paid to do it? Here are 24 ways
Do you have a passion for travelling and are looking for a way to travel without spending too much money or even getting paid for it? In this photo gallery you can find out how you can use your passion for travel to get unique and interesting experiences, such as becoming a volunteer abroad, a language teacher, a travel blogger, a cruise ship crew member, and much more. Get inspired and find out how you can travel for free or even get paid to do so, making your travel dreams a reality.
Accommodation in exchange for work
Many employers (individuals, families, or small organizations) provide free housing in exchange for work. The host, i.e., the employer providing the housing, may offer short or even long term stays in exchange for a few hours of work per day. In this photo gallery we will get more specific about some of the jobs you might do.
Places of origin
To boost tourism, some countries offer "discover your roots" programs for descendants to visit the home of their ancestors.
If you are looking for free housing, and you love animals, this is an opportunity to consider. Many people have a need for someone to check on their beloved pet while they are away from home. This allows you to stay in the homes of people around the world for free while those people are traveling for vacation or business.
It works exactly like pet sitting, but without pets. This opportunity is rarer to unearth, but in some cases people may offer lodging or even pay for a person to stay in their home while they are traveling for work or vacation to ensure their safety.
Working abroad/seasonal jobs
Working abroad is one option for traveling without spending money. If you are a teacher, for example, many international schools around the world offer free travel to your work destination and back home, as well as housing and health insurance included in your contract. This option exists for many other professions as well: whether working in a beach hotel or as a ski instructor, you will have the opportunity to get free room and board, and in some cases even a salary.
If you are willing to volunteer for part of the trip, there are companies that offer free travel and lodging: a small sacrifice in exchange for a free vacation !
Delivering a car
Some companies pay to take a car to a specific destination within a certain time limit. You can enjoy the ride for free and meanwhile earn money to use to pay for a trip to the destination of your choice!
Organize your "volunteer project"
There are many platforms on which you can place a project to request funds. If your inclination is to help others, you can create a volunteer project to take part in with other volunteers to help people in need, using the funds raised to pay for travel and lodging expenses. Be sure to consider this opportunity only if your intentions are really to benefit others, otherwise it would be very unfair and in addition to a bad reputation you could risk more serious consequences.
Vacation group leader
Do you enjoy driving, but prefer to do it in company? Some companies pay the group leader to organise a trip for a group of people. In other cases, a free holiday is offered to the group leader instead of payment.
Some websites offer the opportunity to exchange houses: this allows you to stay for free in an authentic local home rather than a hotel. This way you can have a local experience and your house will be safe from unwanted break-ins.
Do you have a specific project in mind or do you want to work on someone else's project? There are platforms that connect professionals from all over the world who want to work together: if you have the skills or abilities required, you could get a no-cost vacation and in some cases even a small salary as compensation.
Share your language skills
If you enjoy helping others, you could get a free trip by teaching your native language. There are platforms that offer assignments in many countries around the world requesting that you exchange your time and ligustic knowledge in exchange for board, lodging and in some cases a stipend.
Store Loyalty programmes and cash back websites allow you to accumulate loyalty points: in many cases you can use these loyalty points to travel for free, if allowed. Among the possibilities you can use for travelling are flights, accommodation and vouchers for renowned restaurants and experiences.
Do you enjoy driving to unknown destinations? There are companies that offer expenses refund (and in some cases even a salary) for transporting items to a specific destination. Once you deliver the item, you can enjoy the destination you arrived at for free!
Maximize credit card rewards
Bank accounts and credit and/or debit cards offer the opportunity to collect loyalty points that can be spent on travel, accommodations or many other areas.
Scarcely inhabited places
With the goal of boosting tourism, some countries offer room and board, or expenses refund(or a portion of paid travel) for staying in little-visited locations. This allows you to discover new places you would probably never have thought of going to otherwise!
Cruise or boat
You can choose to work aboard a ship for a few hours during the day in exchange for compensation or free room and board: tour guide, translator, babysitter, the opportunities are many!
Do you have a travel blog? Well then you should already be aware of this opportunity: many companies offer sponsored trips to exotic places and report on your holiday!
Working on a farm
Among the various jobs you can do is farm work: work a few hours a day on a farm abroad and enjoy the rest of your free time!
Local products in exchange for accommodation
You read that right! This opportunity is rarer to find, but some bed & breakfasts offer board or lodging in exchange for typical products from your land!
It sounds unbelievable, but on some platforms a "couch" to sleep on is offered for free to casual travelers, to whom you might even return the favor if you wish. There are some very generous people, but if you want to be part of this now world-famous community, be very careful when accepting an invitation!
Hostesses or stewards on planes and trains
As the title says: work and get free travel in addition to salary! Once you arrive at your destination, if you don't have to leave right away, you can enjoy a short vacation in a new place!
If your passion is photography, you may be sponsored by companies or agencies to photograph breathtaking landscapes around the world. You could also accompany travel blogger, in case he or she does not take the photographs himself or herself.