Do you wish you could travel the world full-time with your family, but don’t believe you can afford the lifestyle?
Do you think that families that do travel continuously are wealthy?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re wrong! Traveling full-time doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.
We have traveled full-time for the past two years with our two kids and two cats, the first year and a half, we lived in our fifth-wheel. Our second year in, we stayed in different accommodations on Airbnb. In our third year, we began to discover different possibilities. We realized that we were spending far too much money.
There is free accommodation everywhere and not just for single people, families too.
This past summer, we traveled from Michigan to Washington, staying in locations like Colorado Springs, Denver, & Downtown Seattle. Do you know how much we spent on accommodation? Zero dollars! Zip, Zero, Nothing, not a dime. We saved so much money.
FREE ACCOMMODATION AROUND THE WORLD
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For the most part, house sitting is what we used to get free accommodation. It’s where a homeowner allows someone to stay in their home, free of charge, in exchange for caring for and taking care of the household chores, pets, plants, etcetera. These arrangements are offered all over the world on different platforms like Trusted House sitters, Aussie House Sitters, and Mind My House.
Many of them have a small yearly membership fee.
House swapping is something we might have considered had we known about it before selling our home. It’s similar to house sitting, only instead of taking care of someone’s home, while they’re away, you swap homes. They come to stay at your house while you’re staying at theirs.
When I say volunteering, I’m not talking about those expensive companies that charge you thousands of dollars to volunteer outside of the country. I’m talking about platforms like Help Stay & Woofing. They connect people looking to volunteer with host’s looking for help. In exchange for lodging, you will help the host for an agreed-upon amount of time with different tasks.
In addition to house sitting over the summer, we did a lot of tent camping. There is a ton of gorgeous and free camping spots across the country located on BLM land. If you like the outdoors, it’s a great way to save money.
A website you might like is www.campdenium.com
Airbnb offers a generous referral program that allows you to earn credit towards your stay, as well as give others money $40 toward their first stay. It’s not free but, It’s a win-win, and if you refer enough people, you could earn enough credit to make it free.
We’d love it if you’d use our link for $40 off of your first stay.
I’m not sure we would ever use Couch Surfing. I don’t think it’s appropriate for families, especially those traveling with pets, but never say never. It is perfect for singles or couples looking to stay a couple of days in an area. It’s an online network that hosts can offer their spare beds and rooms to travelers at no cost.
Do you know of any other ways to obtain free accomadation? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
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