Free world travel opportunities still exist! From airfare, cruises, lodging, vacations and more, there are many ways that everyone can travel for free. With a little or a lot of preparation you can go just about anywhere you want to go, for free.
Thousands have done it and so can you!
Part time and full time travel opportunities are as diverse as there are types of people and interests. Just pick the ones that appeal to you.
Airline and Cruise Ship Employment – Flight attendants do travel from city to city, but baggage handlers, customer service agents and other employees also get free travel perks. Cruise shop workers range from casino dealers, human resources, marketing, sales, nurses, food, child care, bar tenders, performers, lecturers and everthing else.
Auto Driveaway – Drive someone else’s car to your destination. Call an AutoDriveaway location near you and inquire about driver needs to other states.
Contests – While contests and sweepstakes are hardly a sure thing, they are easy and free to find and enter online.
Credit Card Rewards – Anyone with credit good enough to get a credit card can earn free cash or points with regular purchases. Some credit cards like Discover offer a cash rebate of about 1%+ of purchases. Others like Chase, VISA, MasterCard and American Express offer points which can be redeemed for cash merchandise or travel. So go ahead and pay all your bills with credit cards – just remember to pay them off every month. Otherwise, you could just get a free trip to bankruptcy court.
Farm Volunteers - If you love gardening, check out services that list organic farms, farmstays, ranches, lodges and Kibbutz where you exchange work for food and lodging.
Freeloader – People all over the world love to experience foreigners. Global freeloader, couch surfers and cultural exchange groups offer free or minimally priced lodging donations.
Hiking Trail Volunteers - If you love the outdoors and do not mind some hard work, there conservancy associations, alliances and groups that can offer food and rustic lodging in return for your volunteer efforts. USA locations include the Pacific Northwest, Appalachia and everywhere in between. Australia and New Zealand are also prime areas for volunteers.
Home Exchange – Whether you have a modest home, apartment, condo or stylish residence you can join an organization that can help match you up to someone willing to switch houses with you. You will find sites that also specialize in specific occupations like teachers and people over 50.
House Sitting - From basic house sitting to more extensive caretaker responsibilities there are all kinds of housing possibilities all over the world.
Military Service – This can be a life long or short term commitment with lasting benefits.
Peace Corps – Volunteers assist with education, health, business, information technology, agriculture and environment issues all over the world. It is also open to people of all ages 18 and over. There is even a 50+ program. The United Nations also has a UNV volunteer program with 6 to 12 month assignments that attract more mature and educated volunteers.
RV Camping - At workamper, RV owners can exchange their services for RV hookups and services as well as obtain part-time employment at seasonal events.
Sailing – For experienced or novice sailors, some yacht owners accept crew members in return for transportation, lodging and food. ‘Crew seekers’ has an interesting ‘short notice board’ with ’shared contribution’ and ‘no contribution required’ assignments that give a real glimpse of what you can expect.
Teach English Abroad – As long as you are a native English speaker, you qualify. Plus, the higher your education and teaching credentials are, the higher your wages and options will be. Search for acronyms like ESL, TEFEL, TESOL and TOEFL to begin your journey into this exciting and vast area of free travel assignments that cover the globe on every continent with travel to Abu Dhabi, Asia, Bangkok, Chili, China, Europe, Istanbul, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Colombia and more.
Test Medication - Look for medication testing sites and you can be a paid lab rat as a clinical volunteer for pharmaceutical companies around the country and world.
Travel Agent – Become a travel agent and go on free FAM trips. Legitimate travel agents that earn $5,000 a year in commissions qualify for the ‘gold standard’ in accreditation, an IATA travel agent ID. That is your ticket to a world of possibilities.
Beware of diploma mills that promise travel agent ID’s in return for online training. Also be wary of any website that promises free travel and require you to pay up front or excessive fees.
If you do accept assignments in foreign countries, be sure you know whom you are dealing with, where you are going and what you are expected to do. If you do decide to test medicines or act without common sense, don’t blame us if you grow a third ear, disappear or die.
Many websites are legitimate but many are mere fronts and frauds. And while the Japanese Tourism Agency did not budget any money for the
‘Fly to Japan Project’ with ’10,000 free tickets to foreigners’, there is always hope for next year!
Check out some other suggestions for free travel and remember to also enjoy your free ‘virtual traveling’ too.