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Trav el around the world on an em pty wallet? Yes, it is possible.... "To trav el cheap, y ou need to be looking for opportunities and be willing to take them . You hav e to be som ewhat proactiv e and not be afraid to ask for adv ice, help, guidance. Ask for what y ou want —it's am azing what people are willing to giv e. I discov ered that m ost people are v ery willing and are looking to giv e to the right person. You m iss 1 00 percent of the opportunities y ou don't take..." Jim Lawrence, 34, travelled around the world for nearly free... for eight years. We’v e all heard the old adage that the best things in life are alway s free. But m ost people assum e this rule only applies to life’s little pleasures like sm elling flowers or laughing with friends. And sure, those are nice, but what about those bigger pleasures, like jetting off across the world? Can y ou do that for free too? Well, if not for free, then v ery cheap. If y ou’re looking for an international experience but don’t hav e the cash to splurge on it, this article is for y ou. You don’t need thousands of dollars to get y ourself on the road. In fact, all y ou need is a little originality , som e guts and enthusiasm , and som e ideas to get y ou started. Som e of the ideas below are sensible ones that Granny would approv e of. Others are a little m ore risqué —it's am azing what som e people will do to sav e a buck— but hey , since when do y ou take Granny 's adv ice any way ? So don’t let y our em pty wallet stop y ou from taking the trip of a lifetim e. Just rem em ber: with the right attitude, the best things in life—ev en trav elling—can com e pretty cheap.
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Schools. church com m unities or com m unity centres. You’ll get free accom m odation in exchange for watering som e plants and walking a dog. Most organizations that do this require a significant com m itm ent of tim e (one to two y ears) as well as specialized skills and experience. You can m eet the person in adv ance of the trip (preferably in a public place). such as Cuba. of course.com .au. photo ID and phone num bers. An alternativ e is to join a shorter-term project and fundraise. m onthly rent from an apartm ent in Toronto. Most require a registration fee. What Granny would say : Screen candidates carefully before handing ov er y our key s. Optim ist Club (www.org. Volunteer Abroad. John's can go a long way towards cov ering y our costs in Boliv ia or Ghana. Som e trav ellers adv ertise on trav el forum s (thorntree. there are v arious websites that prov ide online classifieds for owners to adv ertise (hom eexchange.vergemagazine. hom exchangev acation. What Granny would say : Going on a trip with som eone y ou m et on the com puter? Has y our m other not taught y ou any thing about y our personal safety ? www. and ev en to m ake a donation to the project they are interested in. em ploy ers. Social networking sites like craigslist. What Granny would say : It sounds okay . Not only will y ou be m aking a contribution to a worthy cause. carpooling is likely a safer option. work and trave… 8/24/12 The Rewards of Volunteering Ov erseas 1. m ore accurately . What advocat es say : Carpooling and hitching rides are both great way s to m eet som e local characters. hitchhiking is just part of the way of life. But a house-sitting gig m ay be an option for y ou. there are online boards where y ou can adv ertise y our serv ices.lonely planet. or surfing on y our friends' sofas then y ou're out of luck on the house-swapping front (or.com ). telephone and som e m ay ev en hav e internet. The length of tim e for exchanges depends on the needs of the two parties swapping houses. Som e v olunteer organizations m ay help y ou out with room and board. or if y ou hav e a car.org) or Rotary Club (www. as well as check their references.erideshare.org). y ou m ay already be trav elling for free).org). Study. What advocat es say : Finding a gig like this is golden. www.m indm y house. Som e local organizations that support this kind of work include y our local Lions Club (www. in univ ersity newspapers).com . www.hitchhikers. What advocat es say : Many v olunteers are successful in raising enough to cov er their out-ofpocket expenses. but v olunteer trav el can be one of the m ost rewarding way s to see and learn about another part of the world. or aussiehousesitters.Verge Magazine: Volunteer abroad. If y ou do hav e a house to offer up.com partir. Another alternativ e for those trav ellers lucky enough to be property owners is to rent out y our hom e.com .optim ist.com . but just don’t nag m y friends for donations while we’re play ing bridge.com for postings in sev eral different countries. this option. but then y ou can adv ertise y our property for the entire y ear. Check out: www. Go Global Expo Work. Carpooling usually requires som e adv ance planning. com m unity organizations.com are also worth a try . Though of course.el for Free (or at least cheap) . and they ’re also eco-friendly and cheaper than riding alone.org and facebook. Study. y ou can look for people to join y ou—thereby offsetting fuel costs.com or hom ebasehols.au. otherwise y ou m ay not hav e a hom e to com e back to.housecarers. sleeping in a college dorm . fam ily and friends are all great sources of m oral support for m ost v olunteers.com . Vancouv er or ev en St. While it requires slightly m ore planning than hitchhiking. happy housesitters. 4. Learning New Words in an English-Speaking Country Study ing Abroad Boosts Creativ ity Say ing Goodby e to Ecuador N ay ong Lola E dd F acebook social plugin 2. What advocat es say : Accom m odation with no cash down? This is a no-brainer. If y ou are looking to house-sit.au. and there are websites specifically dedicated to this kind of ride sharing like www.html 2/6 .com ). in som e parts of the world. House-sit In a nut shell: If y ou're kipping in y our parents' spare room . And renting out y our hom e while y ou’re away is a great source of cash. in residences. Stay ing in a hom e rather than a hotel usually has perks like an equipped kitchen. House-swap or rent out your home In a nut shell: Made fam ous by the recent m ov ie The Holiday. Volunteer Abroad on Facebook Like 177 people like Go Global Expo Work. and m ost are happy to help out with a good cause.lionsclubs. You can also put the word out and look for hom es in need through univ ersity com m unities (on general m essage boards. What Granny would say : Why would som eone want a stranger in their house? They m ust be sexual predators! 3. Volunteer and fundraise In a nut shell: Ev er considered v olunteering on a dev elopm ent project? One of the great things about dev oting y our tim e to help a worthy cause ov erseas is that it m ay allow y ou an opportunity to fundraise to support y our work. Carpool or hitchhike In a nut shell: You can get on board with som eone going in the sam e direction. Rides can also be adv ertised at hostels and other v enues where trav ellers congregate. and occasionally flights. requires y ou to hav e a house.rotary . as trav ellers will look to fill their car way in adv ance of their departure. or national boards such as Australia's housesitworld.com/articles/budget-traveller/15-ways-to-travel-for-free-or-at-least-cheap.org and www.com .

Start by inquiring directly with car rental or relocation com panies.au).com/articles/budget-traveller/15-ways-to-travel-for-free-or-at-least-cheap.el for Free (or at least cheap) .net (Note: A m em bership fee applies).britz. 7. check out www. in som e respects.html 3/6 .Verge Magazine: Volunteer abroad.scholarships. What advocat es say : As long as y ou hav e som e flexibility . Checking for ads or adv ertising y our own serv ices in city .com . any one?) Get y ourself to the right place at the right tim e. there were opportunities in 83 different countries). What y our Granny would say : Don’t forget to check which side of the road they driv e on in Australia! 8. they m ight let y ou eat som e fruit or v eg on the house. What Granny would say : Make sure y ou eat three solid m eals a day to keep up y our strength and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.ca. And if y ou’re lucky .com . What advocat es say : Hav en’t y ou alway s dream ed of an adv enture on the high seas? Treat this adv enture like hitchhiking with a real liv e captain! What Granny would say : Are y ou crazy ? Hav en’t y ou seen Pirates of the Caribbean? 6.wwoof. There are m any websites that offer listings of cruise ship jobs—som e of which are fraudulent—but m ost cruise com panies list av ailable job opportunities directly on their websites.gc. Keep in m ind that m any com panies require y ou to be at least 2 1 y ears of age. som e of whom need driv ers to m ov e v ehicles from one city to another in a lim ited num ber of day s. Get a travel scholarship In a nut shell: "Internationalization" is the buzzword on cam pus these day s. Get started at www. What advocat es say : It’s a good deal: room and board is often prov ided in exchange for help on the farm . Check out the bars and restaurants. A sm all m em bership fee giv es y ou access to lists of m em ber farm s in that country . For further inform ation about national branches and m em bership see www. If y ou are up for a bit of adv enture—or happen to find y ourself in a port town—then just get y ourself down to the m arina and start asking questions. Contact the WWOOF office in the country y ou wish to v isit (at last count. What Granny would say : Crew jobs are not all that glam orous: the staff work long hours. com m unity . and often an extra set of hands is enough to earn y ou working passage on a y acht. For a sam ple of the kinds of funds av ailable.crewseekers. they often hav e their car sent—and that’s where y ou com e in. check bulletin boards for ads and consider posting y our own.roy alcaribbean. check out UK-based Crewseekers International: www. WWOOF it up In a nut shell: World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm s is an international network of organic farm ers who from tim e to tim e offer opportunities for v olunteers to join them . or univ ersity newspaper classified sections could also bring y ou in contact with a car owner in need of a driv er. 9. Australia-based rental com panies including Britz (www. m echanical or nav igational abilities could score y ou a paid position on board. they often need to m ov e a num ber of v ehicles en-m asse to a specific location due to seasonal dem and. But there are about a zillion different jobs av ailable on cruise ships. Crew a cruise ship In a nut shell: A m uch less adv enturous way to trav el at sea. shared contribution v oy ages and working passage trips. with the right attitude.m aui. in Nov em ber 2 007 . work and trave… 8/24/12 5.org. Transport other people’s vehicles In a nut shell: When people m ov e from one place to another. Knowledge of seam anship m ight m ake y ou a shoo-in. and y ou're alm ost sure to find a v essel to take y ou on. What advocat es say : It’s a way to see the world on som eone else’s dim e. Crew a yacht In a nut shell: You don't need to know y our port from y our starboard in order to help crew a boat. stay below deck and are allowed off the ship only v ery rarely . At different tim es of the y ear "repositioning crossings" take place—boat owners hav e a lim ited weather window during which tim e they m ust m ov e their v essel (hurricane season.com or www.carniv al. And at season's end. If y ou want to get a feel for the kinds of options av ailable. but culinary . which lists awards for Canadians www. including paid positions. The best option for short-term contracts is to offer an area of expertise for the education or entertainm ent of the passengers. and Maui (www. Try adv ertising and looking in both the city where y ou are and in the city that y ou want to trav el to.au) require occasional relocations throughout the y ear. Crewseekers lists m any opportunities. and m ore and m ore funding is becom ing av ailable for Canadian students who want to study abroad.vergemagazine. this is a sim ple and cheap solution for getting from point A to B.com .

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