Travel can be expensive! However, it doesn’t have to break the bank, and it can even be free! Want to know how you can score free trips? There are many options, from total lifestyle changes to chance events. Here are some awesome ways you can travel for no cost!
Become a Yachtie
Yeah, yeah, we know, a “yachtie” can be a multi-millionaire yacht owner. But we mean the other type of yachtie… the one who drives or cleans or services a yacht for someone else. If you want to travel the world (and spend a decent amount of time living in glorious tropical environments), this is a great way to do it. A yachtie’s work is hard and often happens at odd hours. However, when you’re off, you can take some pretty amazing adventures! You can travel the world without paying for lodging or transport, and the ocean will be your playground. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Take Advantage of Your Current Company
If you’re lucky, you might not have to find a new job to give you the chance for world travel. Does your job send employees overseas? If so, find out how you can join the adventure. You might be surprised to learn that most people avoid positions that include travel, so if you express interest, you may have a good shot at getting the position. As a plus, those who are willing to travel for business often get raises, perks, and upward mobility.
Now, that sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? You don’t have to be Harvard English professor to land some sweet English-teaching jobs. All you need to do is be able to speak like a native! If English is your first language (or even a fluent second), you can easily find international jobs to teach English to private students or hold classes. Get TESOL certified, and a whole new world of travel opportunities will open up for you! ESL (English as a Second Language) certifications allow you to work in many countries with otherwise restrictive employment policies. Not all of these jobs include plane tickets, but they often offer room and board and can provide the ability to explore a new country while working on the side.
Save Your Miles
If you don’t have a credit card that accrues airline miles, get one now! Look for a card with generous sign-up bonus, and you could be on your way to Cozumel before you know it. Although it can take a while to rack up miles after you’ve used your initial bonus, this is an easy way to get free trips. All you have to do is buy stuff that you normally buy!
Exchange Free Labor for a Place to Stay
Accommodations are often far more expensive than plane tickets. Want to travel the globe for free? You can earn your keep by working as you go. Many hostels and farms look for travelers who will do basic chores in exchange for lodgings. In the end, you generally end up working enough to pay for your stay and more. However, if you don’t have the money anyway, this is a great way to travel the globe without the expense!
Prove Your Ancestry
If you have a Jewish heritage and you’re under 26 years old, you’re entitled to a trip to Israel through Birthright Israel! Discover your cultural narrative and have an amazing experience—for free. Not Jewish? Look around to see if there are any free travel programs for your ethnicity! If you’re not sure about your roots, you can take a DNA test to discover and prove your ancestry.
Travel the United States for free! You’ll get to see the sights and do good at the same time with this awesome program. Americorps takes volunteers to mainly low-income communities to tutor children and work in other ways. In addition to free travel, you can even get scholarships for higher education though this program. Free travel and free school? Yes, please!
Enter a Contest
This isn’t a guaranteed free trip, but who knows? You could win something awesome! Enter travel contests whenever you see them to improve your chances of winning a trip. You could win anything from a cruise in the Caribbean to an all-expense-paid trip to Paris.
Sit Through a Presentation
Most people avoid timeshare presentations, and there are a lot of good reasons to stay far away from them. However, if you know you can resist even the most arm-twisting arguments, you can score some nice gifts from attending these talks! Just resist purchasing whatever they’re trying to sell you, and you can save money on a fun getaway.
Entertain Your Way around the Globe
If you watched “The Suite Life on Deck” as a kid (or with your kids), you know that it can be pretty “sweet” to sing on a cruise ship. Just like Zach and Cody’s mom, you could live aboard a cruise ship and entertain passengers! If you have any performance talents, why not give it a try? You never know where you might end up!
Be a Flight Attendant
Being a flight attendant comes with a lot of perks, despite the tough hours of the job. For one thing, you get a ton of free miles that you can use for your own trips or share with friends and family. You’ll get to travel every single day, and sometimes you can stay in a new place for a few days! As you earn seniority, you’ll get to choose your own home city anywhere along your airline’s routes. And when you’d like to go somewhere, you can sub in for another flight attendant all the way to that location.
Did you get any new travel ideas from this article? Comment below and let us know what you would like to do! How will you travel for free this year?