Friday, 1 November 2013

How to Travel for (Almost) Free with

When I first decided that I was going to travel long term, I knew I had to come up with some way to live as cheaply as possible. I also knew that the three biggest costs would be flights and transport, accommodation and food.

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There's no way out of paying for flights, trains and taxi's, regardless of how many air miles or cheap deals you get, you'll always need to pay, at least a little, to get from A to B.

At first I looked into doing a TEFL course, thinking that I would definitely need to make money while on the road, although I still want to do TEFL, it can be a bit pricey and there's no guarantee that you'll actually get a job. Then, somehow, I found out about

The point of is to allow people to travel for almost free in exchange for a small amount of work.

The site hosts listings of employers, charities and ordinary people looking for au pairs, gardeners and cultural exchanges. Work is typically five hours a day, five says a week, in exchange for free room and board.

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There's listings from all over the world, in almost every country, across a range of job options. There's everything from working on a chocolate farm in Costa Rica, or in a hostel in Barcelona to helping on an art project in Kenya.

In order to contact the 'hosts' you need to sign up as a 'volunteer'. You can either sign up on your own, which costs €22 for two years, or you can sign up as a couple, costing €29 for two years.

I'm currently working at a little guesthouse in Dahab, Egypt, which I found through the site. It's amazing, it literally means your cost of living can be almost nothing, and you can do a bunch of super fun and random things all over the world. 


  1. you dont travel for free with stay at a venue in return for work.. you find your own way pay your own travel and visa cost.

    1. Which is exactly why I said ALMOST free, and then mentioned the joining fee and the fact that you still need to pay for transport. Did you even bother to read the post?