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5 Innovative Ways to Travel Cheaply

Do you have wanderlust but a tiny budget?  Don't despair!  There are many ways to see the world at little-to-no cost:

  1. House Sit or Pet Sit.  There are plenty of people out there who don't want their homes left unattended while they're away.  Likewise, many pet parents hate the idea of boarding their animals when they're out of town.  Check out sites like Rover and TrustedHousesitters to get started as a sitter.

  2. Help Out at an Organic Farm.  There are organic farms all over the world that are looking for labor.  If you decide to work for one, you'll pay to get to your destination, but once there, room and board is covered if you work a minimum number of hours per week.  For a list of opportunities, visit WWOOF, a global organization that links farmers and travelers.

  3. Teach English Abroad.  There are plenty of countries overseas that need English teachers, and bonus, you don't need to have a degree in education to work for them.  You do, however, need a certification.  Learn about certification types and your options for teaching English abroad here.

  4. Trade Labor at a Hostel.  Hostels offer dorm-style housing at rates far below those that hotels charge.  Consider heading to your destination and once there, offering your labor in exchange for a room.  Alternatively, you might want to find a hostel job in advance of hitting the road.  To do so, check out Hostel Jobs!.

  5. Join a Crew.  There are tons of cruise ship jobs available that cover a wide range of positions.  While working on a cruise ship can be a great opportunity to see more of the world at someone else's expense, consider yourself forewarned—typically ship crews work a lot of hours and don't always get to disembark when the ship is in port.  To see what's available, visit the websites of Carnival or Princess.