How to travel for FREE!

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If you dream about traveling, whether it’s across the country or around the world, now is the time to do it.

But you’ve probably made the excuses to yourself and to others that you don’t have money to travel, right? Well, let me say this: even if all you’ve got is the weekend, you can still really pack in a lot of incredible adventures by traveling CREATIVELY. That’s what this blog is all about–helping you have memorable adventures even when you’re on a tight budget and a tight schedule. Honestly, it’s usually those inexpensive, random adventures that turn out to be the most fun!

Right now, I want to quickly introduce you to FIVE unique and fantastic ways that can help save a ton of money when you travel and also allow you to engage in a more authentic local experience:

1) Get free room and board when you become a Workaway volunteer: Workaway.info . You can also try HelpX.net for similar programs.

2) Be a House Sitter, and hang out in a house for free: MindMyHouse.com, Nomador.com, TrustedHouseSitters.com

Because you aren’t paying for your accommodation or even food (mostly), your ONLY expenses will be the cost of your travel tickets, which can also be streamlined in various ways–and that leads me to my next two points….

3) Ridesharing: In the US it’s a bit less popular (where’s the damn public transport?!), but you can often find people to share a ride with on Craigslist or city/regional rideshare and carpool websites. Carma is a very cool, new ridesharing app that is currently expanding across the US. For Europe, and also parts of Asia, BlaBlaCar is definitely the fun and cheap way to travel: meet cool local and international travelers, pay less than most buses and trains, AND get to your destination faster!

4) Megabus: For short or long road trips across the US, Canada and Europe, you will definitely want to book as early as possible to grab the $1 tickets (you can’t even get a rideshare this cheap!) offered by Megabus for a ride on their new, clean and sometimes wifi-enabled buses.

5) Academic or Artist Grants: If you’re a highly motivated and productive (and can prove it!) student in university or graduate school, or if you’re a writer, painter, musician or sculptor (or other type of artist), you have a good chance of applying for a travel grant or artist residency which will give you the gift of free travel and/or room and board to work on your academic or art projects. Mira’s List is THE place to start your grant and residency search.

Go ahead and check out these links NOW, I dare you… Just take a quick look on your lunch or coffee break, do a search for a couple of your dream destinations and see what comes up. You never know what you’ll find!!

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