The Best Ways to Travel Around The World for Free

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Travel Around The World For Free?

Is it possible? Sounds too good to be true right? Most people don't travel because of the belief that it's too expensive and they can't afford it. What if I told you it's actually cheap and even possibly free to do? What if I told you, you can even get paid to travel or make money while traveling?

I’ve met enough people during my travels who are probably more broke than you are and they do travel free. These guys have visited more countries than all years I’ve been on this planet. I truly believe that if travel is something you really want, you will go to the lengths it takes to achieve it. If travel is a life you want then all your resources, labors, and pains, should be dedicated towards that goal.

The Best Ways to Travel Around The World for Free
At The Old Austro-Hungarian Border

Start Now

Do your planning and preparations now. Sell all the shit you don't need. Get rid of it. Donate it. Throw it away. Put it in storage. Things you own, end up owning you. These “things” are the Kryptonite to your Superman. It’s just stuff. You can’t take with you to heaven or to the streets and alleyways in Paris.

You should do everything to get you ready for a life of travel. If you wait around and just think about it, it will become an empty dream. Make a mental note if you have to. It’s better to plan your trip within the next month or two to get you to commit to it. Drop everything, the partying, the spending, and work on your trip. There’s no reason to wait around.

Selfie time at Pulpit Rock
Selfie time at Pulpit Rock

A good way to start is to write a list of destinations you want to travel to. But also leave room for destinations you’ll hear about in your travels. Part of traveling is the uncertainty and spontaneity. If you plan on traveling solo the better, planning the logistics should be easy. Don’t put it off, act now and plan now.

If you’re a trust fund kid or have a lot of money saved up, you have no excuses, get that plane ticket and go. If you have a flexible telecommute job what are you waiting for? You can join other through Remote Year, which is a cool program that pairs you up with a bunch of other telecommute peeps to form a community where you travel and work at the same time. But for the rest of us, lay folks, we ain’t got no dinero. I have outlined some creative ways to travel with little to no money.


Yes, it’s very possible. I once picked up a hitchhiker in Monaco. A Slovenian dude who looked like he belonged in the Baroque era with a Van Dyke beard and short Capri pants. We had an interesting conversation on the way to Barcelona where I was dropping him off. He has been traveling throughout Europe for the past 5 years and still going. He was doing odd jobs like picking grapes seasonally in the French wine country and other random gigs.

The Best Ways to Travel Around The World for Free
Under the rainbow

He told me he used to have a well-paying job as an attorney defending the mafia and other criminals in Eastern Europe. Eventually, he grew a conscience and left that life to travel instead. He mentioned he was squatting at an abandoned house in the islands of Tenerife in Spain. During the summer months, he was scrounging for food that restaurants throw away (dumpster diving more or less). He said he’s been to over 50 countries earning only 600 Euros a year!

While his lifestyle might be a little too extreme for me and you. It shows that traveling for little to no money is achievable if you're creative.

Ways you can travel the world for free



By now you’ve probably already heard of CouchSurfing. It’s part of the growing concept of hospitality exchange (accommodation sharing) where people, usually travelers, offer or seek accommodation in exchange for volunteer work.

I was going to skip Paris altogether during my Euro Trip. But I received a few invitations to CouchSurf in Paris! I stayed for a week and had a blast. My host was very gracious and generous. I had a room to myself, allowed to come and go as I please and was even given various tours throughout the city for free. The host worked for the tourism board.

The Best Ways to Travel Around The World for Free
Tuscany Village

Given the stigma and fear of safety from staying at stranger’s home, it is wholly up to you to make the correct judgment. It’s to your benefit to fully research where you’re staying. Couchsurfing works on the premises of community ratings.

This will all be visible in the member profiles. There are references you can check and a vouching system. It’s still up to you to make the right judgment call, trust your gut instinct. I can tell you from personal experience that Couchsurfing has been nothing but a positive experience for me.


Hey, what could be better than getting shit for free? Here’s a place where freeloading is encouraged. Like to take advantage of the hospitality and generosity of others? This place is for you. It’s like Couchsurfing but with a more direct and blunt approach. No spiel about cultural exchange or enriching lives, just a place to crash.

Mind my House

Mind my House is a matching service that connects house sitters and homeowners around the world. House sitters can get paid as much as $20/hour. Homeowners join for free while house sitters pay a membership fee ($20 a year). From there the service will hook the homeowner with the house sitter with various legal forms and such sorted out.

Home Exchange

"You stay in my house while I stay in yours." It's that simple. Home Exchange boasts over 50,000+ listings internationally. The premier international home exchange and home swap service.


Housecarers is another house sitting website with a global following. They give a secure environment where homeowners can find a reliable house sitter. The sitters can find their accommodation and make a few bucks.


Hitch Hike

This is still the best way to get around. Don't be shy. Go and meet people. Get from point A to point B, free. While hitchhiking in the U.S. has gotten a bad wrap, hitchhiking in Europe is safe. There are WIKI sites dedicated to it.

Road Sharing (Europe based)

Roadsharing is a carpooling service for commuters that also offer free car sharing and hitchhiking services. This is a great way to save money by splitting costs between riders.


To sustain long-term travel, you need income. If you have a location independent job, great. Short of that, I've listed a few areas you can explore to work overseas.

Escape The City

Travel is an escape. You can escape from the rat race. Escape from the cubicle walls. And even escape from your boring job. Escape the City is a cool concept. It aims to help you escape the terrible corporate job that you've been agonizing over for years. Afterall, Confucious once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


WorldHelpLink provides a platform for you to find opportunities to volunteer, work, teach, intern, learn, and do more abroad.

Ignacio cottages, Caye Caulker
Ignacio cottages, Caye Caulker

Work Away seeks to promote fair exchange between budget travelers or individuals looking for work, volunteer, or other activities. You'll volunteer 4-5 hours of your day for free food and accommodation, with projects lasting anywhere from several days to several months.

This program allows you to travel cheaply and stay for free while making a difference. You can put your existing skills to good use, or try something new and learn a new skill along the way.


Helpx is like a Craigslist of work exchange. They provide listings of host organic farms (like WWOOF), non-organic farms, Bed & Breakfasts, lodges, homestays, ranches, hostels, and sailing boats, who invite travelers to stay with them short-term in accommodation and food.


WWOOF stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – it’s a platform to find work opportunities at an organic farm. Work at a farm, see the world, get free accommodation. Find a country-specific WWOOF program as there is no centralized place where you can apply.

Au contraire, be an Au Pair

Au pair is like a domestic assistant from a foreign country. They would work for and live as part of a host family. It's not for me personally, but I've met a few travelers in Spain who has had this arrangement. Again, as native English speaker, it will be to your advantage as some family would hire you as an Au Pair to interact with their children (improving their English).

Work on a Cruise Ship

Few jobs can boast traveling around the world while increasing your savings account. Working on a cruise ship is one those few that can. I prefer to be pillagin' and sailin' aboard my ship, the Black Pearl. But hey, a pirate's life is not for everyone. Maybe you can find yourself aboard a cruise ship. There are a lot of resources out on the web that can help you land these jobs.

Teach English

I can tell you from my travels that English is a highly sought after commodity. It is, the international language for business and as a native speaker, you can use this to your advantage. Teaching need not be a long-term commitment. I used a program called Angloville in Poland that only lasted for a week getting me free accommodation and food during my stay. I know somebody who's teaching English in South Korea and he could pocket at least 1k a month after all his living expenses.

You can even teach English online at Cambly - Cambly pays you $10 an hour for teaching online! Combine with this with a workaway project in your spare time and you got it made.

Become Tour Guide

Again, being an English speaker has its advantage. It can also land you a job as a tour guide. I spent an entire summer as a Docent at Point Reyes National Seashore once. I'm not sure how that's related to this, but somehow I felt like I was a glorified tour guide for the Tule Elks and the Park. I rather enjoyed it, so what's to say you won't enjoy being a tour guide? Paid travel at least!

Date Mary-Jane in California

I'm talking about Marijuana. It's legal now in most states in the United States, especially Calfornia. Trimming Marijuana in Humboldt County in Norcal is a lucrative business where weed is grown. You can make over a thousand dollars a day if you're fast and good at trimming.


Crowdfunding seems to be the thing nowadays. Just look up some of the successful projects taken off from Kickstarter. Own it, live it, accept it, crowdfunding is legit.


This is a new platform for raising funds for your trip. They take 6% of each contribution made. If you have a trip that will offer value to someone, perhaps they’d be happy to support your venture.


GoFundMe is another site where you can raise funds for your travel. I have a friend who raised money to help her out for her volunteer endeavor for the Peace Corps. Believe it or not, there are people traveling around the world because other people paid for it. I know somebody who raised money for his adventure travel around the world. In return, he offered an Ebook with his photography and memoirs.

Farms in Breb
Farms in Breb

If you want to write a book or make a documentary. Whatever offers value then maybe there are people out there who want to offer money for your venture. Money is just an exchange mechanism. If you offer something valuable to somebody else and they have money, they will probably barter with you. Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard somebody says they want to live vicariously through somebody else because they can’t themselves.


Interview Candidates at Eteki

Have a technical expertise? Interview candidates at Eteki and make a few bucks on the go. You'll need Skye and decent internet connection.

Catch a freelance gig at UpWork

Got any technical skills? You can get a few gigs at UpWork. This is currently how I supplement my income during my travels.

Freelance at Fiverr

You can offer nearly any services on Fiverr. The trick is to provide excellent service and build good feedback to keep a steady stream of customers. Once you have a good reputation and have a client base, you can basically be positioned anywhere around the world.

Become a Freelance Writer

Journalism is still around and there's always a need for new writers. Most journalism jobs nowadays are freelance. The barrier to entry might be a little tough but if you're up for it. You can get as much as 25 cents a word depending on experience. Check out Freelance writing jobs HERE.

Start a Travel Blog

Realistically, if you're just starting out, you're not going to get a steady income from a travel blog. Just read this. But since, you're traveling anyways and maybe have the time and determination you might just be able to make it work. Don't hold your breath, though, there are better options for achieving free travel like becoming a virtual assistant or any of the online gigs above. This is more for a long-term investment. Travel long enough and put enough time to your travel blog and it will eventually start paying you to travel around the world for free.


Get free airline tickets to travel around the world. If you haven't heard or down know about earning miles through credit cards, you should do your research now. I racked up nearly half a dozen around the world ticket for free through my daily everyday spending. The trick is to open credit cards with high bonus miles/points.

For example, I opened a Chase Bank Visa that was offering 60k miles after I spend $3,000 on qualifying purchases within 90 days of account opening. Since I can pay my rent with a credit card and have normal expenses like gas and groceries I can pay through a credit card, it's very easy to meet the $3k spend over three months. 60k points/miles is enough for an economy round trip to Europe!

If you can do any combination above during your travels, you should be able to travel the world for free. For example, if you do a work away project you’re typically volunteering for 4 hours a day. In turn, accommodation and sometimes food is provided. For the spare time you have, you can teach English at Cambly or do some work at Fiverr for extra income. Getting from place to place, you can hitchhike and Couchsurf along the way.


How To Travel The World For Free


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That is enough to travel :))

Amazing.. Thanks for sharing the information

Travelling without money is too risky move but it worth a try isnt it? I think its better to have at least enough money as your emergency fund and try not to spend it as much as possible. Its also like travelling without money but in fact you have some $$$ reserve in case of emergencies.

Wise words...

True in this world is ALWAYS better to have cash, but that's what the article is all about.

Beautiful .. wonderful words
We must be grateful for the opportunities that give us life
Great post..

Sounds good to me, I'm ready to travel the world...

Great post. Certainly an eye opener for me. I learned a lot of things that I would otherwise be ignorant about. Thank you for posting.

Great post man. Appreciate you. By sharing your knowledge maybe you can help or inspire others to do as well. Not just travel but other goals or dreams that they have not acted upon yet if ever. Safe travels. See you down the road. @adonisabril

That is fantastic travel story. Mind blowing place. Such a beautiful photography i love it.

This is an awesome guide on travelling the world for cheap.

Everyone loves to travel, but not everyone necessarily has the money. I can imagine many ppl finding this guide to be super useful :)

Really great post. I've been putting off a big trip because I've been worried about money. Going to take this advice and implement it!

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i'm a travel addict and i love photography but i never tough about starting a blog and i always shared my photos with family and friends, that's it. Since my friend introduced me to steemit, i discovered that traveling and sharing my experience around the world is a passion for me and i enjoy making video and writing stories. My plan is to start my own blog, just like you but obviously i still need to learn many things and using steemit is a great way to start. I just upvoted you because your post is very interesting, you have amazing pictures and this content have a lot of information that will surely help me to achieve my goal. Thank you very much for sharing, reading this got me even more inspired. Keep writing mate, you are doing a great job, have a nice day

Hi! Im a traveler and Spanish blogger! So I found your article very helpful as Im all the time being very careful with my money while traveling. I've always wanted to try Housecarers!!

Sounds exciting this is a dream come true fro millions of people around the world

Great read! thanks for sharing :)

Oh, yes! I really liked this article. Gotta get some of your advice :)

Brilliant post. Bookmarking this for future reference. Being able to travel the world without having to worry about money and expenses is like a dream come true.. Never know how or when I can get there, but I guess the first part is to just plan ahead.. Thanks again for this..

I always been a fond of travelling, and your idea opened a new horizon in my mine.
I like to follow your tips.
Thank you so much!

totally bookmarking this, I have been thinking of taking a year of after finishing college to travel, was planing on buying an old truck or van to make it an overlanding vehicle and will for sure take this into account.

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Good will it be possible with family?

Thanks for giving many ideas.

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Its also like travelling without money but in fact you have some $$$ reserve in case of emergencies.

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It is very inspiring for me because I am a traveler. How great to go around the world without wasting much money. A big applause to you @adonisabril for your post.

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Amazing that there are plenty of ways to travel for free. My opt-to solution is to try to earn a lot of money, put them in a low risk low return fund and enjoy some normal returns. Then you can live financial independent and can travel anywhere!

WOW! What an amazing article about traveling! I read it and thought about trying some ways of traveling soon. At the moment I'm traveling full-time with my car and my rooftop tent. But I'm still carrying so much things with me. Thats crazy!

Yes this is amazing place

That's a beautiful view ^^

A very complete article, always a pleasure to read about Couchsurfing (I was a host here in Spain as much as I used it for travel) but didn't know the other websites, and it might prove very useful in the near future :) Thx for that!

It's a way to break my prejudices. I just thought it would cost a lot of money and give up as much, and it would be amazing and wonderful to be able to change my mind. I thought it would take a lot of money to go on a simple trip with a backpack trip. There's a way! You've learned it. @adonisabril :D

Wow, so much information. Haven't thought of travelling the world without or with less money so far. But is sounds interesting and fun. Wish I had the time though. Work currently keeps me busy for a while.

Excellent work friend @adonissabril from @Venezuela always supporting your post, I learned a lot thanks to your work ... Congratulations is still men ...

Great and xciting oddesey by your narations.
But could it really be possible to travel "free"??

Th ebook idea seems great. The ultimate remider of your amazing journey and travels.

wow! wow! wow! Stunned is the word to describe this post. I am saving this post and I will read it like a map when I am ready to lunch out.
I won't live and die in my hut, I will travel round the world.
thank you @adonisabril I hope to meet you on the road someday. . .

This is so great @adonisabril! It's pretty amazing I could travel with money! Thanks for the important links!

Amazing...."things you own end up owing you" this got to me, the words are deep...have to apply this to my lifestyle before things i've got starts owing me.

Amazing...."things you own end up owing you" this got to me, the words are deep...have to apply this to my lifestyle before things i've got starts owing me.

Nice piece!!

I think not all can do what you had done, I agree that travelling without money is a risky move, and you might suffer consequences in your travel. Though this is just an opinion, thank you for sharing your experience. I might want to try this one day :)

Interesting ideas about ways how to finane a travel. Very useful post. Thanks for that.

Thanks for this very interesting and useful post @adonisabril. It's awesome :)

I <3 love travel
I <3 love know people
I feel the need to leave everything behind, but at the same time it scares me.
I know that sooner or later I will change my life.
your tips are super good (is correct say super good?)
anyway thanks jajajajaja

This is the most awaited post I loved to read.Been waiting for someone who can give me detailed infos on how to travel for free.It awakens my desire to travel again.

thanks for sharing this info. my one and only dream is to travel whole universe

Nice info thank you

wonderful place

Hey @, great post! GOOD
I enjoy your content Keep up the good work! It's always nice to see nice content on Steemit! :)

Very nice and informative

How Much and wich languages du you speak?

This is exactly what I needed, and you just gave me the perfect excuse to not have more excuses and start traveling, seriously you just enlightened me, I did not have the slightest idea that all these possibilities existed, as you say in the post, I always said no I have enough money or even dared to risk traveling alone there, and without a doubt the only thing that really blew me was to investigate and you gave me everything I needed. Seriously many many many thanks for this post!

Learned a lot...didn't know about couch surfing! I'll be checking that out for sure!

Too risky to do these things

Most people do not travel because they think it is too expensive and they can not afford it.

Too true, what they do not know is that money is recoverable, time is not. Travel in young people is part of education; in the older ones it is part of the experience. The best education you can receive is traveling. You do not have to be rich to travel well

Life is a daring adventure or nothing.

Without money u cant get full enjoy of the place. I want to visit Dubai, but it s a place where u have nothing to do without money. So I am not interested in cheap travelling. I m not interested in meeting other people, I just want to see beautiful places of this planet

Love the post, followed and resteemed so I can look at some of the sites later! Thank you

excellent, I will start planning my first destination now

Didn't know everything about this. Definitely I will use it to my next travels as soon as I finish my career, thank you so much for sharing such valuable information!

Great article! I wish I had the guts to do the whole couch surfing and hitchhiking thing. Alas, I’m a glam traveler 😅

Thanks for posting this!
Another well written article on travelling with a lot of useful links!

I love your post - i am broke always and i WILLLL travel =)

I wish I could travel ! By the way, Please don't forget to follow our blogs and vote. Thank you.

It's certainly possible to compensate for travel expenses by working freelance either online or in person where you are traveling. It's not hard, but it might be hard to take the first step if you don't know that the option is there.

Thanks so much! Some of these sites I haven't heard of

Thanks for this post.
I plan to go through it. I would love to travel the world.
For free? Depends on how I don't think I would hitch hike but there are other ways.

Great post! I've heard of a few of these myself, was going to travel around the Americas after I finished my degree, but I had personal issues and couldn't do it. So heard of the house-sitting avenue, as well as the freelance websites.
I'm actually currently working/travelling now, but only on the Isle of Skye (I'm blogging about it too). Got myself summer work working in a small hotel (more a B&B), I work 45 hours a week, get paid £7.82 an hour, for £200 a month I get accommodation for me, free breakfasts and on my days off, as long as their are spaces, free tours with the tour guides the company has. Just a short walk away from Portree Harbour. :)

Hope you're enjoying yourself @penny-rose. I'm a frequent visitor to the Isle of Skye but I stay in bothies or camp.

I've done a similar thing in Poland :)

Did you try all of these? I think it might be good to invest your time to dig into each subject in depth to actually work it out for readers. I love your photos in particular 'Farms in Breb'.

This is an amazing article. I love to travel and wish I did some of this when I was younger. I love your first photo. Great shot.

I don't have intentions to travel a lot eventhough I would love to, but I really think that travelling doesn't have to be expensive. Having said that, you have to have an adventurous mind and lifestyle.....and time ;-)

Great article @adronisabril. I've made a note of a number of the links for future reference. Thank you! 😊

Out of the 7 option which, u will prefer??

great piece of info, thanks for sharing!

VERY comprehensive and informative post!

What an excellent post, very complete and useful, right now with the economic difficulties that we are experiencing in our country, with this information the expectations open for those who seek to get out of this socio-economic chaos that Venezuelans are going through. I had already read something about the exchange of houses and I even got to subscribe to one of those places. But of course now Venezuela, is not exactly the favorite tourist destination that was previously. On the other hand, certainly speaking English perfectly, makes an advantageous and noticeable difference. Thanks for such valuable information.

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