Free travel with HelpX and CouchSurfing?

Free travel with HelpX and CouchSurfing?

Everybody dreams about travelling, visiting new places, finding adventures. However, all too often we find excuses, reasons why it is not for us. The biggest justification among these are lack of money. We say we do not have enough money to go here or there, travelling to another country is too expensive, etc. It is all too easy to produce pretexts for not doing something we would love to do.

So, to make life easier for all of us, let me provide you with some ways to travel almost for free.

Usually during travelling the biggest expenses are connected with transportation and with a place to stay in. The other expenses which we tend to worry about are meals. Of course we have to eat something, at least sometimes. It’s extremely tough to avoid costs of transport and food. However, luckily, you can avoid all other costs if you’re smart!

Of course there are people who avoid all the costs but most of us will probably not be hitchhiking and aren’t planning to sleep in tents. So to be realistic I just want to give some tips about easy ways to avoid the other costs.

How to avoid the expenses connected with renting a room?

The best option to avoid spending money for the place to stay is becoming a guest in somebody’s flat or house. It is easy if we have a big family all over the world or good international friends. Then simply we can visit them. But some of us of us are so lucky. If you are in this second group, do not give up! In that case you can use couchsurfing community. If you will join a community, whichyou can do for free, you will get the possibility to host people from all over the word and be hosted by others. It is a great way to meet new people, to gain a lot of new experiences, knowledge about different cultures, traditions, etc.

How does it work? Very easily!

You just need to create the profile on the couchsurfing website with some information about you and a picture. Then if somebody will ask you for a couch, you can host that person if available. If not, it is also ok. If you need a couch during your trip, you can send the request to people who live in the place where you are planning to go. If they accept you, you will have a place to stay for free. I am a part of this project and I think it is really great idea. Just please do not use this only as a way to save money. Think about this huge project as about a great possibility to share and exchange experiences, ideas, to learn about different people the life in other countries, and etc.

Another way to avoid expenses connected with renting a room or even food?

Have you ever heard about Help Exchange (HelpX)? This is a website where companies from all over the world post volunteer opportunities. First what you need to do is to find the project which you like, in the country you would love to visit. Then just apply and wait for the answer. A lot of companies exchange help, usually 5 days per week, for free accommodation and sometimes also meals. It is a really great deal, especially if you have multiple weeks available and if you want to know more about real life in the place you are going. Helpx gives you the possibility to learn new skills and to better know the culture and traditions of your visited place. What is also important is that all of that you get only in exchange for part-time work.

I did two volunteer projects thanks to helpx. Both of them were connected to tourism and were wonderful. Thanks to volunteering I had the possibility to travel even more and got free accommodation and breakfast. I also met wonderful people, made new friends and learned a lot about Peru, about the rules of running the companies and about tourism in general.

There is also other website called workaway. The idea is actually the same as HelpX. Sometimes you can find the same companies as HelpX, but often they are different with different projects. The registration fee for workaway costs 23 Euros for 2 years. The costs for accessingo HelpX are similar. I did not volunteer with the workaway website, but I like its design, and in the future I am going to search for volunteer projects there.

Summary

If you have never tried the above mentioned possibilities, you need to.  :-). Maybe you will love it and it will become your new way of travelling!

I wish you many great trips and very cheap ones 🙂

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