How to Travel Around the World and Get Free or Cheap Accommodation

Who here wants to travel the world this festive season or for the fun of it and has no money?

Anyone?

Okay. I will rephrase that question. Who here longs to travel the world but is on a tight budget?

Alright!

Let get started then. I don’t want to influence anyone’s pocket. But let’s face it, it’s December, the month of fun and parties and festivals. Hotels and resorts are going to be jam packed and quite expensive this festive season, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your Christmas out of your comfort zone.

Maybe you want to travel to Mombasa from Kisumu, or Kenya to Ethiopia, Or even Europe and the West Africa and vice versa. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a tourist’s by your rights.

Did you know that you can be hosted anywhere in the world and get free accommodation? I know right. Me too! I was ecstatic when I found out about this and I had to share with you, my friends.

I have compiled a detailed list of ways and websites you can get free and cheap accommodation across the world.

So sit back and read on tips on how to save money and get free and/or cheap accommodation around the world. (Unless you want to check into 5-star hotels) Please feel free to share with your friends, social network, and friends to give them hope that all hope is not lost. Lol

HOUSE SITTING

Trusted Housesitters
Homeowners assign his/her house to you and entrust you to watch over of their house or their pets and stay there for free under mutual agreement. There may be other responsibilities along the way as per the homeowner’s specifications such as (tending their plants etc. etc.)
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Membership Fee: $95.88 per year
Nomador
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Membership Fee: $89  per year

Housecarers
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Membership Fee: $50 per year Membership Fee: $50 per year

Airbnb
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Mind My House
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Membership Fee: $20 (Php 888+) per year

Tip
Make sure you have all the details straightened out between you and the homeowner since, for example, who’s responsibility it will be of covering the utility bills during your stay. Such as Wi-Fi, lights, water, etc., etc. You want to save as much as money as possible, so it’s only fair to yourself you have all these details before your stay.

Couch surfing
The term refers to the act of approving a stranger or friend to live/stay in your home for free, and they can use whatever space you have available; the floor, a spare room or couch. This way, you will enjoy meeting foreign people, free accommodation and experience the local city with your host.

In short, you can choose to be either a host or a ‘couch surfer, ’ and it’s free to connect with people globally who open to the couch and surfing arrangement.

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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)
Upgrades: $20 a year to get your account verified and gain more trust and contacts.

BeWelcome
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

Hospitality Club
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)
Upgrades: None

Tip
Do a proper search on these websites, check out the reviews or testimonial section which will give you an idea of traveler or host you will be hosting in your house. Furthermore, couch-surfing websites normally have a verification system making trust and transparency between online members; therefore, I would recommend you search for hosts who have their profiles verified.

VOLUNTEER (JOB EXCHANGE)
Act of doing basic or skilled work for an institution or company and in return, they will give you free food and/or accommodation for your effort. These are establishments that are looking for travelers to work part time in sectors such as hostels, fruit farms, hotels, schools, bars, restaurants, etc. etc.

VolunteersBase
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

GrassRoots Volunteering
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Membership Fee: None (FREE!)

Picking jobs
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Membership Fee: Free

Work away info
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Membership Fee: $23  every 2 years

Hostel Travel Jobshouse-travel-jobs

Membership $9.99 one-time payment for lifetime membership

TIP

Please Note Do Not take cash in exchange for the work you are volunteering to do. Keep in mind that you are volunteering and not working, otherwise. You will be required to get a work permit or work visa. Still, most institutions will offer you paid jobs even if you don/t have a work permit. In most countries, working in exchange for free accommodation and food is neither illegal nor legal

SHORT-TERM RENTALS 
This arrangement saves you from the cost and trouble of the usual rentals that normally want you to commit long-term (Months or years). Therefore, below is a list of websites that will give you not only more options but also a cheaper alternative.

Airbnb
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Trip Advisor
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Wimdu
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HomeAway
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HOME SWAPPING
Home exchanges, unlike house sitting, this arrangement means you will trade homes with someone from another country or city for an agreed period, — you will reside in their house, and she/he will live in yours. Most of these home exchange websites have set up their systems in a way that you cannot swap houses with another person at the same time line.

BedyCasa

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Home Stay

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BE AN AU PAIR
Being an AU PAIR is something you can consider in you want to stay in a foreign country for at least 5 months. The family that is interested in hosting/hiring you will expect you to do some light house around the jobs. In addition to that, they will give you an allowance and food.

CHEAP HOTELS, MOTELS & HOTELS
Now, you don’t want to do volunteering, I am assuming you have some little money from your travel budget to spend on accommodation, you might as well book yourself into the least expensive hotels, motels & hotels around the world. Here are some of the best websites to look in.

Hostel Combined 
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Hostel World
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Hostel Bookers
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GET IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE YOU HAVE INTERACTED WITH AND KNOW AROUND THE WORLD.
Actually, this is the very first step you should take to get free accommodation during your travels. So get on it quickly and make those phone calls to your old family members and old friends to ask if they will be available on a, b, c days and if they will be willing to host you.

In my experience, don’t assume the relationship you have with them, whether they ask you to pay for the cost or not, as a courtesy, I would suggest a Thank You present when they accept your request to stay at their place.

There are so many options to cover on this topics and tips that I will be sharing with you as time goes by. For now, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Disclaimer
This website is for general information purposes only; reading of all information on this website is of your own free will and  it is written, managed, and edited only by me author (Celestin Chao)

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