Traveling is one of the most desired things to do for many. However, not everyone makes an effort to plan their travel. Most people think that traveling is a luxury only for the rich and well to do. It is a misconception, and in this article, I’m going to explain why such thinking is not valid in today’s world.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive. Some people travel the world for free. Yes, you read that right. Initially, there are expenses in traveling. But, as you keep traveling and keep growing your social media presence, you get opportunities for sponsored trips. This means free travel.
Some of you might be thinking as to how exactly you can afford free travel. To know this, you will have to read this article till the end. In this article, I have explained the exact process I follow to travel dirt cheap and get opportunities for free travel.
To start with, let me tell you that this is NOT a detailed guide. It is merely a summary of the things I do before and during my travel to enjoy my journey while keeping my budget low.
1. Get Couchsurfing opportunities
One of the first things I do when planning my travel is to visit this website called couchsurfing.com and find someone to host me in the place I want to visit. There are friendly people all over the world, and I happen to find places to stay for free all the time via couchsurfing.com.
2. Hitchhike whenever you can
Hitchhiking is one of the most effective ways to travel when you are in a new place. Most people are willing to help foreign nationals in their country. You can find friendly locals while hitchhiking, and some of them go the extra mile to make sure that you are comfortable in their country. Trust me; it is one of the best ways to save money and travel for free in a new country.
3. Volunteer for a free stay
One of the most exciting things about volunteering is that you get to stay in a new country for a long time. There are many online platforms where you can register for volunteering services and get food and accommodation in exchange for some services. In my many years of traveling, I have found my own way of volunteering. I meet local truck drivers in the country I visit and do their odd jobs in exchange for a place to stay and travel. I even offer them information related to truck driving, such as the best truck undercoating products and other such stuff. I remember there was this one truck driver who saved more than a $1000 yearly when I recommended him the best truck undercoating products.
These are the three basic things I do to travel for cheap. I’ve been traveling like these for many years now. There are many things I want to share with you about my travels and the lessons I’ve learned while traveling. I will share more details in my future articles. Make sure to come back. I will also write an article on my experiences of traveling in trucks in many different countries of the world.