21 Ways to Travel the World for FREE!!
1) Teaching English
Teaching English at a school or privately as a tutor is a great way to explore the world. I spent one year teaching English in Japan and saved enough money to travel around South-East Asia. I highly recommend getting a TESL or TEFL Certificate before you go. You can either organize a job overseas before you leave or you can look for one once you arrive.
2) Travel Writing / Travel Blogging
Travel writing can get you sponsored press trips, free hotel stays, free admission to sightseeing attractions and even paid sponsored blog posts, paid article submissions. You can even do paid ghost writing.
3) Travel Photography
By mastering the art of travel photography, you can sell your pictures privately or to travel publications.
4) Travel Videography
If you have some decent editing skills, hotels, resorts, and tourist destinations can hire you to make a highlights video.
5) Social Media Marketing
Being a skilled social media marketer, can lead to ongoing monthly contracts setting up and managing business accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, Periscope, etc.
6) Website Design
If you can design a website, it is fairly easy to get contract work on websites such as Upworth, eLance, and Fiverr.
7) Graphic Design
Put your graphic design skills to the design by doing freelance work.
8) Couch Surfing
Why pay for a place to stay, when you can stay with a local for free. I have stayed in over 50 homes around the world using Couch Surfing and I have saved money as well as paid important local host connections who were able to give me an insider’s perspective into a city.
9) House Sitting
If you love pets, you can house sit around the world taking care of dogs, cats, farm animals, gardening, and doing light house work. There are several great websites to use including Trusted Housesitters.
10) House Swapping
Why not swap houses? You stay in someone’s else house and they stay at yours. This can be either at the same time or different times. If you don’t want to swap your house, you can also do short-term rentals on websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and TripKey.
11) Yacht Minding
Yes, you can mind multi-million dollar yachts around the world! I have yet to do this but I can’t wait to stay in a luxury yacht helping keep it secure and doing some light maintenance.
12) Working on Cruise Ships
Cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities to see the world while working. You can speak on ships, be a tour manager, or work in several staff positions on the ship itself.
13) Doing Walking Tours / Driving Tours
If you like history and culture and enjoy leading small groups, then you can conduct walking tours. A great company for this is called Tours by Locals. You can also put an ad up on Craigslist or Kijiji for walking and driving tours. Make sure you check the legality and insurance policies before doing this independently.
14) Baby Sitting / Becoming an Aupair
Do you love children? Parents around the world always need baby-sitters and by being a nanny, baby sitter, or aupair, you get an immersive experience living with a family while raising up the future leaders of this world.
15) Seasonal / Manual Labour
Are you good with your hands? There are lots of seasonal, manual labour jobs – you can find these opportunities online before you go or at job boards and job centres when you arrive.
16) Fruit Picking
You can trade your skills as a fruit picker or farm hand in exchange for room and board. Sometimes, you can even get accommodation, meals, and a small salary (based on volume picked or hours worked). This gives you an opportunity to live on a local farm, connect with other travellers, and getting some extra cash on the side. WOOFING, HelpX, and Worldpackers are great websites that help facilitate the process.
17) Small Group Tour Leader
Usually Tour Companies have high turnover and are always looking for new small group tour leaders. If you are strong at memorizing facts, know your local history, and good at communication and have a witty personality, this might be the perfect job for you.
18) Crowd-Funding / Crowd-Sourcing
If you have a charitable or volunteer component to your travels such as working in an orphanage, building homes, or supporting animals or the environment, people with a similar passion might want to support your trip financially by donating to your cause.
19) Language Interpreter
Knowing another language is definitely an asset, especially when it comes to travelling as you can be a live interpreter or translator. You can even translate entire websites, documents, or product descriptions.
20) Mystery Shopper
Some companies will fly you around the world just to be a mystery shopper. This is definitely something I am looking forward to doing in the future!
21) Book Writing / Book Publishing
If you are an avid writer, you can repurpose your blog posts into a book and sell them on Amazon and Kindle (both print and digital versions). I did this with several of my blog posts, repurposing them into an Amazon Best Selling Book. You can even publish other people’s books and charge at upfront fee or royalties on the back-end (or even a combination of both)