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5 ACTUALLY Feasible Ways To Travel For Free

By Daisy Li
There are many ways to travel for free. In the past couple of years, I managed to travel to 15 countries and pay off my $31,000 student loans at the same time. Sometimes, trips are free. Other times, I get paid!

After a few years of backpacking, I’ve learned some great budget travel hacks.  Better yet, I’ve also come across a few different ways that enabled me to travel for free. Here are a number of things that can help you cut costs on your trips as well!

The two cost that I’ve learned to reduce, are accommodations and transportation.

In Europe and most South Asian countries, low budget airlines run the show. You can cross continents for less than $20 on a good Friday. Yet, in my beloved Canada, flying across the country can be as expensive as crossing the Pacific. Even trains give no mercy when it comes to charging us little people.

But there are ways you can leverage the system and travel for little or no money at all!

1. Attend (Free) All-inclusive Conferences

This one is (mostly) for students out there. There are so many international conferences that will happily provide travel scholarships and free accommodation when you apply. The application process may be a bit hectic, and the outcome is not guaranteed, but for the few that get accepted,  traveling costs are nearly completely reduced.

In 2016, I was flown to California and China to attend a conference organized by Fee.  Of course, some downsides of this will be attending functions you’ve no interest in/ feel strongly against. But to be honest, a few days of debates and interesting people is never problematic. Not to mention my free accommodation along the coast of Orange County :’)

I negotiated a huge gap between my return tickets, which allowed me to organize a two-week backpacking trip across California.

I have also been reimbursed for trips to Washington DC, Montreal, and Colombia.

In Canada, we have a government-sponsored language program-Explore, which puts students in a different province for a month-long French or English learning opportunity. They will provide a bursary for the program, accommodation and even provide meal money! Explore also organize weekend trips to other cities, such as Quebec. Of course, not a lot of governments are like this. But there is definitely opportunity out there if you look hard enough.

Before they started memberships, my go-to site for conferences and events was Heysuccess. They also provide listings of internships and jobs abroad for students and graduates alike. Because of how straightforward this is, applying for conferences is one of my favorite ways to travel for free around the world.

2. Search For Bizarre Work Opportunities

Like conferences and internships, there are companies out there willing to pay you to travel the world. These opportunities as amazing as they are difficult to obtain.

For example, Thirdhome, a luxury is sending a lucky someone on a three-month round the world tour to test out their luxury homes. In addition to swimming in infinity pools and chilling by the beach, you will be paid $10,000/month to live a better-than-average life.

Royal Caribbean also wants a social media influencer to post Instagram pics from free cruises around the world. In exchange for 3 pictures a day, they will pay you over €50,000 a year.

In this situation, not only are you traveling for free around the world, but you can also get paid to do it! It really doesn’t get any better than this.

3. Car-shipping & Transporting

Whether it be a new car or an old truck, there are hundreds of people looking to ship their cars and vehicles overseas.

You guessed it. As a car-shipper/ handler, you can transport a vehicle to your dream destination while earning some money going about it.

Of course, this usually works as a one-way ticket with a relatively strict timeline. But you can save hundreds for a slow, expensive trip back home.

Look up Tropical Auto Carriers, Freedom Auto Transport or Truck it Transport Inc for more inspiration. These companies will not only let you travel for free but will pay you for the deliverance.

4. Enroll in Contests & Giveaways.

User engagement through Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms is used by most marketing strategists.

To captivate the attention of their audience, giving freebies became a normality.

Enrollment in contests may bring in loads of spam emails, but all is worth it.

For something a bit more adventurous, check out Redbull’s “Can You Make It” challenge for a start. They are flying selected teams to Europe for crazy competitions.

5. Digital Nomads

Living the digital nomad life is really splendid. Grab your phone and laptop. Off you go into the wilderness with never-ending contracts and loaded pockets.

Sounds enticing, right? Yet, there are only so many that get paid big bucks while on the road.

The rest are just doing the best they can with what they’ve got.

Of course, upsides to digital nomad-ing are many. While some won’t get the dollar value they seek, there are other tangible benefits-free flights, free stays, free food. So, grab your pencils and pens, and speak to your hearts’ desire. You never know what can come about a two-page rant on say, the meaning of life.

With tickets at an all-time high, travel planning loses its usual magic and becomes pretty darn discouraging.

But fear not, there are so many ways that will enable you to travel for little/ free. If anything, you can also work around the world while traveling!

Cheers to us that believe in the hustle.

Need some motivation to get you off your feet? Read these traveler’s inspiring stories!

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Agness of aTukTuk May 2, 2017 - 9:05 am

I needed a post like yours Daisy! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Very educational and helpful!

Daisy Li June 30, 2017 - 6:50 pm

Thank you Agness! Glad it was interesting 🙂

Jean April 28, 2017 - 11:37 pm

Car shipping certainly sounds interesting. I used to travel internationally with horses. That was a fun job!

Daisy Li June 30, 2017 - 6:49 pm

That’s amazing! Haha, sounds like the best job!

Rosemary April 27, 2017 - 11:40 pm

How fascinating. The car shipping really got my attention. Will certainly look further into some of your suggestions here. Great options. Thanks.

Leslie April 27, 2017 - 11:17 pm

Thanks for sharing this list! I am always looking for a way to travel on a budget and these seem like great ways to see the world in a non-traditional way.

Sarah April 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm

This is such a useful post! I agree about entering competitions. I won flights to Istanbul a few years ago and it’s somewhere I probably never would have gone otherwise!

Daisy Li April 28, 2017 - 11:22 pm

That’s amazing, I’ve actually never won anything since I’ve worst luck! Hope you enjoyed Istanbul tho, it is one of my favorites!

Aarti Kamath April 27, 2017 - 12:50 pm

Thanks for this post!..I have pinned the tips for later use hoping I can implement your ideas!

Kyntra Strickland April 27, 2017 - 10:01 am

Traveling in the states is the same way! It’s so expensive to fly. When I tell people that I don’t spend over $40 for a plane ticket in Europe they can’t believe it sometimes…or they think it’s really sketchy. I have never heard of car shipping before! Currently planning a RTW trip, but trying to save more than work as I go. I plan on long term house sitting for accommodation. This is awesome information though!

Daisy Li April 28, 2017 - 11:19 pm

I know! They need to bring Ryanair down here 🙂 That sounds awesome! Have fun!

ARIANA DEL RIO April 27, 2017 - 5:09 am

The Hustle is real, and these are some great tips for people that want to travel and don’t have a specific place in mind.

Shelley April 26, 2017 - 9:58 pm

Awesome tips! I wonder if Royal cruise lines would take on family travelers (like us). You’ve given me some great ideas!

Kris April 26, 2017 - 9:43 pm

These are great ideas. I’d love to go for the digital nomad lifestyle, but I wouldn’t want to abandon my family ties (or my dog). I do get to travel for work quite a bit, but I rarely get sent anywhere desirable.

Emily April 26, 2017 - 2:20 pm

I never knew about there being scholarships for conferences, what a great idea to travel for free!

Bri April 26, 2017 - 1:36 pm

This is so helpful!! I hope to someday make enough money from my blog to quit my full-time job and travel full-time instead (don’t we all 😉 ) so I’m bookmarking this!

Daisy Li April 28, 2017 - 11:18 pm

Hahah the dream!

Wilford Nein April 13, 2017 - 9:07 am

Thank you. Good information!

Cassidy Jean (@JetplaneJean) March 22, 2017 - 12:53 pm

These are probably some of the best and also more unique ways for sponsored travel I’ve seen in awhile! Thanks for these, I loved how they went beyond the traditional, fluffy answers.

daisydukins March 22, 2017 - 5:43 pm

Thank youu, glad you enjoyed it! Will definitely keep adding things to the list as they pop up. Hopefully it gets people some real travel opportunities :))


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