Five methods to find free accommodation in your travels – truth & plenty

Free accommodation

It can save you 1000s of dollars on accommodation costs by housesitting all over the world. Numerous websites for example House Sitters America, Mind The House, Reliable Housesitter, or Nomador list possibilities. You are able to register like a housesitter for a small fee varying from $20 to $90 with respect to the site and begin browsing offers. You job calls for keeping track of the home and, frequently, pets while their proprietors are away. Housesits may last from the couple of days to many several weeks.

2. House-swapping

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A great method to begin to see the world at a lower price should you possess a house. You are able to trade your dwellings with someone inside a destination that you would like to go to. With lots of trustworthy website organizing house swaps, you’re spoilt for choice: Worldwide Retirement Home Exchange, Intervac, Homelink, and Love Home Swap. All websites charge users a charge varying from $120 to $375 to list out and check for houses. You may choose a synchronised exchange remaining inside your exchange-partner’s home when they remain in yours, remain at a house-swapper’s retirement home on the non-synchronised exchange or perhaps be a guest while your hosts are in the home.

3. Bartering skills and goods

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Almost a 1000 B&Bs in Italia for auction on are pleased to supply free rooms and breakfast in return for translations, assist with social networking or house repairs, belly-dancing lessons…or whatever skill you need to exchange. Each B&B online includes a wish list that you could determine if there’s something that you can do in return for hospitality. The disposable stays can be found during low season and vary long. Never be shy. Contact the proprietors from the B&Bs that you want to determine whether or not they are curious about your barter offer.

4. Volunteering

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Should you not mind moving your sleeves to earn your keep, this method is perfect for you. I spent three days in Toscana volunteering in an organic farm through WOOOF and loved it. The region near Pisa where I remained was too costly to book, and so i helped in the farm with weeding and tree-pruning four hrs each day in return for full room and board. HelpX lists farms, homestays, B&Bs, and hostels around the globe who’re searching for volunteers to assist them to by helping cover their various jobs for brief-term accommodation and food. Hovos is yet another site that connects volunteers with hosts who require a helping hands within their garden, hostel, or in the farm. The web site charges a little membership fee, $20-25 whenever you register.

5. Travel writing

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If you’re writing a blog, you’ve got a good possibility to find free accommodation in return for posts. A great deal larger resorts and hotels don’t be put off by a totally free promotion on the internet. Your site doesn’t require a countless number of visitors to secure free accommodation. Even though you possess a small but strong, active, niche audience, you are able to contact hosts and provide an exchange. Small B&Bs and guesthouses in The country, Italia, France and lots of other nations will always be happy to obtain a mention from your American or Canadian blogger.

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SOLO TRAVEL TIPS: How to find free & cheap accommodations!


Ling Yee Wong: Or can I just follow you around and live in your bathtub

haveyouseenten: Your personality is so infectious!! I did something similar while i was travelling.. but i took care of babies!!! aka babysitting

rakkkar: I love you that much as well 😘 These tips were great! I for one spent most of my money on food myself hehe and I am lucky enough to know lots of people worldwide so I've always got a place to stay at, like during my month long travel to Canada just very very recently. Finding friends everywhere and just getting into conversations with strangers can definitely help you find cool stays everywhere. I've heard really good things about WWOOF as well so that is one thing I wanna check out in the future but the rest sounds so interesting as well, especially if you like meeting people like me! Thanks for your hilarious video, I had to laugh at the breakfast table but keep it together as not to get tea everywhere 😄

Jacob Morales: Thank you so much!!!!!! I needed this!!

Rafael Alves: Ooh my Gosh. how i didn't know about this stuff? You're really help me out with your tips. Thank you ver much!!

cold coғғєє: this is so cool!! you deserve so many subscribers 🌼☀✨💕

Selfishradio x: Hhahah "someone said free", "someone said food", girl live by it ! hahaha, <3 my dream is to go to Japan, this will def help ! haha

In the Wander Years: Omg couchsurfing is amazing! I felt like travel was way more fun when I was couchsurfing and meeting cool people. They sometimes would even show you around and you sometimes stay in really interesting places! … so good! Thanks for another great vid!

Mark Hilton: I will be using Airbnb for the first time next week in Darmstadt, Germany. I can't wait. 3 blocks from the barracks I was stationed at in the army. Going to bring back some great memories..

Sang L.: Lol. You are hilarious!