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The ability to travel the world is a dream for many people. However, they get hung up on the cost.
But what if you could travel for free? If there was a way to travel the world without spending a fortune, would you take it?
You might be surprised at how many ways there are to score free travel. Here’s a look at your options.
1. Work programs
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Various work programs allow you to provide a valuable service to someone else in exchange for help covering your travel costs — especially lodging.
Work programs like Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and Search Associates can help you find places to work abroad, with your costs paid for. Additionally, websites like Workaway can connect you with overseas jobs, work exchanges and other opportunities to travel for free while using your skills.
2. Volunteer programs
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Another option is to join a volunteer program that covers your costs. Depending on the program, you might be able to travel to another country for two years (or more) or manage a getaway for a shorter period of time.
The Peace Corps is one of the oldest ways to volunteer your way to free travel. It requires a two-year commitment but comes with travel costs, living arrangements and health benefits covered. Plus, you receive a small stipend.
For shorter stays, a site like Go Overseas can connect you with volunteer opportunities to help teach English, build infrastructure or provide health care services. The United Nations also has a volunteer program you can access for free travel.
3. Other people’s homes
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These days, there are numerous sites designed to help you get some of your travel for free if you’re comfortable staying in other people’s homes.
Rather than paying for a hotel, you can use Couchsurfing International to stay with a local. If you’re comfortable letting someone stay in your place, you can use HomeExchange to swap lodgings with someone else. There’s an annual fee, but it might be worth it to save on lodging.
There are also several websites that help you connect with people who want their homes and pets taken care of while they travel — and are willing to let you stay for free. Start with Trusted Housesitters or MindMyHouse.
4. Learn about your heritage
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Want to learn about your roots? Some countries offer to pay for trips or a portion of your travel expenses in order to help you find out more about …….