I get a ton of emails from people wanting to know how we afford to travel the world without a typical ‘job’. My new ebook, 101 Ways to Travel the World for Less Than $10 A Day, shares all of my travel secrets as well as ways that you too can travel cheaply.
When we first started traveling the world, we researched many different ways to travel abroad cheaply. House sitting was something I read about, but honestly I thought it was too good to be true. People around the world actually want people to come live in their home for free? No, it was too much for me. It wasn’t until we met another traveling couple in Italy that we seriously considered the idea. The couple had just finished house sitting for three months and told us it was such a great opportunity we could not pass up.
Many people speak about traveling abroad as if it is some far out dream that must be planned for years. Of course you can wait years to fulfill this desire, but you don’t have to. There are plenty of options available to help people travel abroad for next to nothing. We use two websites to get free accommodation abroad while traveling.
There are many things you should have in order before you decide to embark on a trip abroad. Updating your phone or iPod touch (we ended our cell phone contracts before leaving) with the best travel apps should be high on that priority list. Below are my top ten travel apps (in no specific order), separated by category. The best part, all of the apps I have are completely free!
I have always been a bargain shopper, I like to stick to that approach when looking for accommodation during my travels. I use three websites (or the apps when on the go) to shop around for accommodation wherever we travel. These three sites give me the convenience, variety and flexibility I need as a traveler on the move.
After volunteering several times, I felt confident enough to finally figure out how to couch surf. You’ll hear the phrase frequently amongst travelers, “Yeah, I couch surfed throughout Europe” or “I’m going to the states for a month, I’m just gonna couch surf”. The difference between couch surfing and volunteering or house sitting is simple; there is no exchange at all. Couch surfing provides a platform for strangers to open their homes to other strangers, allowing them to sleep in their guest bedrooms or even; you guessed it, on their couch.
Jarrell is an amazing muralist, which has led to many great opportunities while traveling abroad. While painting a mural in a hostel in Panama, many people stopped by to view his work in progress. Once he finished everyone was very impressed and all of the workers would drag anyone that would come back into the kitchen to show off the new artwork, which lead to a chance encounter.
I have mentioned before that I do not stay at hostels too often. I travel with my husband so when charged per person, hostel rooms can get very comparable to hotel room prices. I’m not a huge fan of bunk beds or dorm rooms and shared bathrooms don’t really excite me. However, I am a miser and will always check all of my options and read plenty of reviews before choosing accommodation regardless of where I’m traveling.