How To Travel The World For Free

Despite what you think, you don’t have to be rich to travel. You don’t need a lot of money at all. If you budget right, do your research and plan ahead, you may not even have to spend anything. That’s right, you could travel the world for free.

1. Work Overseas
So you might want to holiday overseas but working there will get you to that, if you want it that bad. This is a way to earn money for your travels. Anything from a tour guide, traveling around Europe, or a bartender can help pay your bills and fund your travels. The places I highly recommend researching into are Global Work & Travel, Work Travel Company and Alliances Abroad.

2. Teach English Overseas
All you need is the ability to speak English fluently for most places, and possibly a TEFL certificate. It’s a well paying job, and one that is high in demand. Here’s a more in-depth guide if you want to read more about it, but basically some companies will even pay for your flight over depending how much they need a teacher. Contracts can go from as short as 6 months to even a couple of years, and you’ll get to spend all that time experiencing another culture. Pretty cool.

3. Free Flying 
Something that is usually overlooked because it can be a bit tedious and mind boggling to start looking into, but there are many ways to get free flights.. seriously! Signing up for travel credit cards, collect miles and then fly for free. If you’re serious about this, watch out for deals because they’re always offering something new. It’s all about that timing. Sign up for all the airline mailing lists, put everything on your card and shop at their member stores to earn more points. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

4. Housesit 
So does that mean free accommodation? Why yes it does. What you’re essentially doing is watching someone elses house while they go on their vacation, but technically you’ll be on your vacation. It can range anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months, and you’ll get a kitchen. It’s a win-win. If you’re still interested, I urge you to try one of these housesitting companies: House careers, Mind My House & The Caretaker Gazette.

5. Couchsurf
Couch Surf allows you to travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy. You might get the option of an air mattress, couch or possibly bed – either way, it’s free accommodation! Plus you’ll meet loads of amazing people and make friends all over the world.

6. Volunteer Work For Accommodation
In exchange for a few hours of volunteering throughout the week, websites like Work Away will give you free accommodation. There’s a small sign up free (something like 10 euro), but if you’re seriously considering it, then I’d say it’s more than worth it.

7.  WWOF
In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. It stands for ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’ which means it’s for people who’d like to travel to the countryside. It’d be great to learn about the culture, try something new & get outdoors.

8. Help Exchange
Very similar to WWOF, however Help Exchange also offers other places to volunteer such as Bed & Breakfasts, hostels and sailboats who will exchange volunteer work for food and accommodation. 

9. Au Pair
The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program which allows young people from all over the world to live with a family in a foreign country. You spend a year or so living with a host family in your country of choice and taking care of children. I’ve heard of many wonderful experiences using this program, and life long friendships.

10. Escape Normal Jobs
If you’re looking to escape your 9-5 job, join the community of Escape Normal readers who are living life by landing seasonal travel jobs, participating in volunteer vacations and making money online. From exotic retreat centers in Costa Rica to adventure kayak tour-guide positions, there will sure be something to throw you in the deep end. Many of the employers will include food and housing as apart of your contracts, so it is even more affordable for you.

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  • Wow I had no idea it was possible to travel the world for free! The best part is you're always doing something besides travel whether is volunteer or work! Love the idea and is something to think about! Get to know new cultures with such simple ways is amazing! Thanks for sharing :) xx

  • This is so fantastic, just yesterday I was telling my mom how I wish I could travel more but it's so expensive! I think housesitting is probably the best way to go (for me) since it won't seem like actual work and I can get "free" accommodation!

  • hey Angela, I've nominated you for the Liebster award :) xx

  • Very useful & interesting post! Of some ways to travel for free I've never heard about. Personally, I think housesitting is the best thing ever! there are so many opportunities for free travelling people don't know about!

  • So tempted to sign up for a travel credit card now! All of these ideas sound like an adventure waiting to happen~ Thanks for sharing <3

    She Will Be

  • this post is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing, I wanted to go travelling but didn't have enough money, definitely reconsidering it now!


  • Loving the title of this post! Thank you for sharing your fantastic tips, travelling can be so expensive!

  • Megan Roisin

    This is such an amazing topic to cover! I need to see more of the world so will have to take some of these into consideration
    Megan x
    London Callings

  • Good list! I did a working holiday in Australia & it was stressful, but worth it.

    -Cory U | Cory U

  • I read about housesitting on another blog – seems so interesting to me! I gotta do that at least once! :D


  • holly.sibley

    Amazing post! Thanks for the useful links. This year will be the year I travel more

  • Jenna

    Great tips and advice, I'm planning on travelling this year so I'll definitely stop back when planning commences :)

    Jenna ||

  • Lovely tips! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

  • Lauren B

    I'd love to travel the world for free!


  • rae

    Really great post – I am trying to currently work up to being able to do just that!

    Rae | love from berlin

  • I am so glad you posted this! Traveling EVERYWHERE is all I want to do in life – thanks for these helpful links! I hope to do some of these in the next couple of years.

  • essehearts

    Incredibly informative post – thanks for all the links! I would love to travel more, but i've always thought I would need thousands to do so. Teaching English overseas is definitely something i'd love to try!

    Sharan |

  • I had no Idea there were so many choices and options. Thanks for the well thought out post Angela! I'll definitely be referring back to this in the future!

    GeorgiaJade – Beauty, Fashion and LIfestyle

  • This is such an interesting post I will be pinning! I would LOVE to travel but could never see how!! Thanks for all your tips! Xx

  • Lillie Mysel

    Thank you so much! I feel as if these tips can be helpful for anyone! Love it xxx

  • caretakergazette

    Great article! Thanks for including The Caretaker Gazette.

  • Great post!!

    Cheered me up :)


  • I like that your blog is so different and not the standard fashion blog. Soo many useful posts!

  • Great post, I had heard about half of them. The idea of volunteering I love it.

    Euphoric Wanderlust

  • Love these ideas! Nothing better than a bit of free travel. :)

  • Thanks a lot for this list. I've been thinking of getting away for quite a while now.

  • I so need to tell my little brother about this! Him and his girlfriend are dying to travel the world but are on a student budget hehe.

    Isobel's Basket
    Fashion – Beauty – Healthy Living

  • What a great list! Definitely some websites I'll be exploring now

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • Alex

    Thanks for info!) I also found some website that can be useful for somebody