8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free Nora Dunn January 14, 2008 Accommodations, Features, Tips 199 Comments So you’ve decided to do it. You have a friend or family member who can store your belongings for an undetermined period of time, you’ve tied up loose ends, and your bags are packed. It’s time to start traveling long term! But now what? You have a few family members and distant friends who have offered up a couch if you’re in their neck of the woods, but surely they won’t appreciate your arrival on their doorstep with no planned departure date in sight. How then, do you travel long term and not run out of money? Hotels are expensive over time, and finding rental accommodation in every city you visit is impractical. Heck — you don’t even want to pay rent at all! Hostels are a great option as they are much cheaper and it’s a great place to meet others on the road. © *sean Here are eight handy resources to help you get started on your long term travel adventure: Caretaker’s Gazette (http://www.caretaker.org) By joining this service (annual membership is approximately US$30), you will gain access to a classified system of people looking for caretakers in exchange for rent-free living. The opportunities vary widely in scope from ranch hands, to organic farm workers, campground hosting, motel management, nursing for the elderly, to just plain house sitting. Locales for your next potential gig could be anywhere in the world, from numerous U.S. locations, to Australia, to Europe and even Micronesia. Some are paying opportunities, while others are simply work-trade arrangements for accommodation. Others yet will supply an additional stipend depending on your experience and the work entailed. This is what TIME Magazine had to say about the Caretaker’s Gazette. Woofing (http://wwoof.org) WWOOF is an acronym for a number of different phrases, the most apt of which in my mind is “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”. It is an international organization (located in over 70 countries) of organic farms, gardens, businesses, ranches, (you name it) where you can exchange your services for accommodations, food, and training. Required services include basic garden and farm maintenance, as well as cooking, teaching, caring for children, and handy work. There is usually some work suitable for anybody willing to adopt this lifestyle. Whilst surfing Wwoofing opportunities, you will likely also find links to volunteer organizations, and other similar work exchange opportunities. It’s a great way to gain valuable experience, friendships, and to cover your living expenses in a constructive manner. Most countries require a subscription to gain access to their full listings and contact information of the hosts, and the subscription prices vary from area to area but are not over-priced for the value received. House Carers (http://www.housecarers.com/) If you are happy to spend your vacation house-sitting for somebody else, you may find the right opportunity here. You will find lists upon lists of people requesting house sitters for periods of time from a few days to a few months, anywhere in the world. In many cases there are a few hoops to jump through in order to gain the opportunity with liability and bonding issues, and already living or traveling in the same country carries an added advantage. You can choose from the limited free membership options or the full US$45 one year membership, depending on your needs. Organic Volunteers (http://www.organicvolunteers.com) Much like Caretaker’s Gazette and woofing, you will find many worldwide opportunities to proverbially “pick blueberries for a living”. The prospects aren’t limited to organic farms though; you will find hostel management jobs, artist retreat internships, in addition to various agricultural and permaculture settings. For US$20/year, membership will help you gain access to many great listings and a user-friendly system of contacting hosts and searching for opportunities. Couch Surfing (http://www.couchsurfing.com) Couch Surfers are a network of people who are willing to open up their homes and hearts to frugal travelers, as well as be those travelers when they are not hosting guests. The site prides itself on referrals and having only high quality members, and has a comprehensive program in place to ensure the safety of both traveler and host. But as with any chance to stay at a stranger’s place for free, a prudent amount of caution should be exercised. © Hamed Saber Global Freeloaders (http://www.globalfreeloaders.com) Similar to Couch Surfing, Global Freeloaders is a cultural exchange program for hosts and travelers. Registration is free, but members are required to be able to host as well as travel, so unless you expect to be able to offer up your digs as a host within six months of signing up, you are politely requested to wait. Servas (http://joomla.servas.org/) This is the original Couch Surfers and Global Freeloaders. Servas (meaning “serve” in Esperanto), is a non-profit non-denominational non-ethnic organization of good-will and cultural exchanges. It’s been around for at least 50 years, and is recognized by the United Nations. In addition to being a network to connect people and places, volunteers around the world work in relief camps and advocate for peace through various projects. Hosts offer their homes and dinner tables for two nights (or more, at the discretion of the host) to travelers who contact them and who meet with their approval. Travelers must go through an exhaustive process which includes an in-person interview before being accepted to the program, as a way of screening for quality candidates. Once travelers are interviewed and accepted into the program, they are given printed lists or booklets of the hosts in their destination country (Servas is moving towards an online platform, but is not there yet). There are also membership fees which vary from country to country. Hospitality Club (http://www.hospitalityclub.org/) Free to join and internet-based, it appears to be the Servas of the online world. It is kept “safe” through a series of passport checks and online feedback systems with checks and balances. These are just a few opportunities in the world of long-term travel, as you will discover with a little research. I don’t vouch for any of the services or programs, and a healthy amount of caution should always be exercised when accepting hospitality from strangers. However I think Servas says it best when they say: We are all friends. We just haven’t met yet! 199 Responses Eva January 14, 2008 Great list, Nora! I’d never heard of most of those. I’ve had mostly fabulous experiences with Couchsurfing (and the ones that weren’t fabulous, were vaguely annoying at worst) and several of the surfers I’ve hosted have also said great things about Hospitality Club. If I can be a little shameless, I’ve got some tips here about how to increase your acceptance rates when you’re contacting couchsurfing hosts: http://www.vagablogging.net/07-11/couchsurfingcom-how-to-score-some-sweet-couch.html Reply Eddie December 5, 2014 Interesting you included the pix of the muslims. They would of course have to be the ultimate free travel abroad exponents managing to infest any country that allows free everything for no-hopers , then like cuckoos attempt to subjugate the host x_x So is that what this site is encouraging, a horde of travelling parasites? Reply Mike Richard December 5, 2014 Sounds like somebunny needs a hug =( Bev January 16, 2008 Wow! You have some really great travel for free information here!I bet you have seen some great places! Good luck and happy and safe travels! Reply Word of the day: Escape!… « Project: NOMAD January 16, 2008 [...] planning my escape, I found this great article on living long term and rent free. The travelzine itself is a great resource, so I have added it to [...] Reply Shanti Braford January 17, 2008 This list rocks! I just recently decided to take the plunge and travel abroad, “permanently.” (at least a year, hopefully) Vagabondish, subscribed! 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Hotels (and even hostels) are expensive over time, and finding rental accommodation in every city you visit is impractical. Heck – you donâ€™t even want to pay rent at all! Here are eight handy resources to help you get started on your long term travel adventure. [...] Reply Robert Michael Lewis January 17, 2008 Or you could teach and travel and actually save money while experiencing other cultures. In Korea, you make US$2000 a month minimum, plus an annual bonus of one month’s salary, free airfare, free furnished apartment, and a few other perks. I used to be a teacher in Canada, but I make more money here for a fraction of the work. Email me for more info if you’re interested. email@example.com Reply Robert Michael Lewis January 17, 2008 Oops! Wrong email addy! firstname.lastname@example.org Reply Byron January 17, 2008 Pretty good list, but I’d like to contribute my own little snippet of information. For anyone traveling in India (or anywhere in the world, for that matter) if you find yourself in a strange city with no money, find the local Sikh Gurdwara(temple, for lack of a better word) The Sikh religion stresses hospitality, so if you show up unannounced on the steps of a gurdwara begging for a place to stay and a hot meal, you’ll get one for sure in India, and probably everywhere else in the world, though I can’t say for sure. Reply Mark Barbon January 17, 2008 Awesome article you got here. I will definitely bookmark this for future references. thanks Reply 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free « Happy Every Day. January 17, 2008 [...] Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free I found a post about travel.I am very interesting in this post and will do more research on [...] Reply Believe. Act. Achieve! - dcr Blogs dot Com » 2008 » January » 17 January 17, 2008 [...] Live and travel rent free. 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Reply Monique Briand January 21, 2008 I actually never really gave this a second thought as an option. Thank you for putting this on my radar. I am so happy for Stumble Upon to have led me to this valuable resource. Thanks. Monique Briand Reply Televizoare LCD January 23, 2008 This is what Iâ€™ve been looking for. Iâ€™ve only known about couchsurfing.com, which Iâ€™ve had much experience with. Reply Camere IP Supraveghere January 23, 2008 Camere IP Supraveghere I just recently decided to take the plunge and travel abroad, â€œpermanently.â€ (at least a year, hopefully) Reply 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free January 23, 2008 [...] From: http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply Caretakerâ€™s Gazette January 23, 2008 [...] From: http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply Woofing - House Carers - Organic Volunteers - Couch Surfing Global Freeloaders … January 23, 2008 [...] From: http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply ahmed January 23, 2008 Thank you for posting this. You’ve educated and inspired me!! Reply Da. January 25, 2008 What are the similar sites to help you actually get to places; online hitch-hiking? Reply Nora Dunn January 26, 2008 Actually Da, there is indeed a way to “hitch” a ride on an airplane! Take a look at Air Tech and Air Hitch for more info on that. Enjoy! Reply Fred Oppenborn January 28, 2008 An excellent home swapping directory I found is KnowYourTrade.com. I lists all the HE clubs and rates them. Reply frank January 29, 2008 I wish they had this in the late 90′s when I did a lot of traveling. Great resources. I did use Air Hitch for a memorable Europe at $275 round trip or was it each way. not sure. here’s another resource for travelers http://www.exploringabroad.com Reply Week 08-05 del.icio.us links January 30, 2008 « SteveintheUK.Com January 29, 2008 [...] 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free – Vagabondish.Com [...] Reply linda January 30, 2008 Thanks for this great article! It’s really inspiring. Great value! Reply Shanti Braford January 31, 2008 @Greg - I make 2x as much now per hour as I did working full-time for a startup. My goal isn’t to stash a ton away for retirement, but it can be done. I’d rather work 20 hours a week, live anywhere, be my own boss, and travel the world than slave away 60+ hours a week while saving for retirement! I mean — can you really enjoy retirement all that much when you’re 65!?! =) Reply KIRAN PANDE January 31, 2008 Excellent site, good presentation. I’m gonna book mark and link back to you in my blog. please visit my blog and let me have your comments, if you find time. Reply RJ February 1, 2008 Very cool article, one of the things i would like to know is can you do any of these things in the UK? I mean the price of hotels, guest houses, hostels etc is all still expensive in my eyes so would be very refreshing to find out ways to travel & stay in the uk thats not as pricey. Reply Nora Dunn February 2, 2008 Absolutely, you can travel through the UK on the cheap! I haven’t any personal experience with any of the above services in the UK in particular, but I do know of others who have used Couch Surfing, Servas, House Carers, and Caretakers Gazette in the UK area. I’ll bet all the services mentioned have lots to offer. Check it out, and let us know! Reply Marissa February 2, 2008 Fascinating! I’ve often wondered how other people live the lives they lead… any feedback from past travelers who have tried these accommodations? Reply Paul Webster February 4, 2008 Good stuff – I know several couch-surfers! Reply terry reeves February 9, 2008 Who really wants a slacker living on their couch until they can score somebody’s else’s couch. Reply Foto Freude » Post Topic February 10, 2008 [...] Quelle: http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply Art25 Blog » 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free February 10, 2008 [...] at all! 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Check out this link: Sailing in Greece Reply 8 ferramentas que te ajudam a viajar pra sempre e viver sem pagar aluguel « Favoritos February 18, 2008 [...] Link: 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free [...] Reply MyDriveHoliday February 20, 2008 very informative and helpful list you got there.. Reply T February 28, 2008 If you plan to travel- you shouldn’t think about it. The more you think the more time you waste. I traveled plenty during school, but life gets busy afterwards. Reply Rice March 20, 2008 What a great post! I would love to explore one or more of these options in the near future. http://www.theALTERNAtraveler.com P.S. – I linked to this article from my travel blog – credit given, of course. You are one of my favorite daily reads. :) Reply UpsidedownStamps.com » APRIL’S FOOLS!!! OR IS IT??? April 1, 2008 [...] you want to be a long term Democratâ€¦ here is a support group… you can learn how to live for months, even years without working, [...] Reply How to Find Green Accommodations: 25 Days to Green Travel, Day 12 | Go Green Travel Green May 8, 2008 [...] CouchSurfing Meet locals and stay for free, then host travelers in your home. It’s a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – Volunteer on organic farms across the world. You can find more shared housing options in: Vagabondish’s 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free. [...] Reply Hack your way to free (or very cheap) travel | Life Hackery June 25, 2008 [...] fact, there are many organizations in a similar vein that will let you stay for free or nearly free all over the world, including [...] Reply Terri July 2, 2008 Fantastic post, I had no idea half these groups even existed. Reply Wanderus July 9, 2008 Fabulously thrifty post! I think it’s most travelers’ dream to travel the world and stay at places for free. I haven’t heard of a few of these sites. Thanks for sharing! Reply Ronin July 16, 2008 Interesting Blog – very informative Reply Leslie Sansone Williams July 23, 2008 Thanks very much for this info. Didn’t know any of these opportunities existed. Glad I found you through Stumble Upon. Have a great day. Reply Pokin July 27, 2008 What a great list! I had heard of some sites but hadn’t come across others (like Wwoof) before. Looking forward to taking advantage of these sites in my travels :) Reply Dan July 31, 2008 I\’m love this great website. Many thanks guy Reply I Wish Travel August 17, 2008 What a great idea . . .will certainly be including some of these sites on our website when it goes live. Thanks a lot :-) Reply Ragnar August 22, 2008 It’s ambitious to travel on close to zero budget I’ll say, but for those of you who manage it’s probably worth it! Reply The Fitness Diva September 29, 2008 This is a great post! Love it! I will definitely look further into some of these sites. I’m trying to figure out ways to travel more than just once a year. Thanks! Reply Couchsurfing at OnEarthTravel - A wonderful directory of Travel Blog October 7, 2008 [...] clipped from http://www.vagabondish.com [...] Reply Pocket » Blog Archive » Time For a Change in Context October 28, 2008 [...] researching I have come across many websites for organizations that provide living accommodations and food in exchange for work. I am a firm [...] Reply Kenny Heimbuch October 29, 2008 I bet that with the worldwide markets, this kind of info is going to be even more appealing to lots of people! I came across this site with another extreme – people living rent free in foreclosed homes: http://livesafely.org/evasion/how-to-live-rent-free/ Reply Travel Planners November 2, 2008 Some great tools in here. Nicely compiled. Thanks for the share. Linked from my travel site and Bookmarked. Reply How To Travel Forever and Live Rent Free | Mick Landers November 11, 2008 [...] Here’s eight tools to help you travel forever and live rent free. 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Reply Travel Forever and Live Rent Free? » TravelBlog Archive » If Your Compass Could Talk… January 8, 2009 [...] Â Travel Forever and Live Rent Free [...] Reply holidays in yorkshire dales January 13, 2009 Such a wonderful article and website list.Great idea.Thanks! Reply Assasin January 13, 2009 I traveled free for over 20 yrars. I just had to kill people yo do it! Reply Caroline A. January 23, 2009 OK so my last comments didn’t go through??? Nice blog post. I recommend taking a look at Viscape, which is a way to travel creatively around vacation homes. You can swap your home, you can rent a room, you can find an inexpensive studio in the heart of Rome or London on the very cheap. Its a great way to travel on a budget and have a decent place to stay. Viscape.com Reply Nora January 23, 2009 Hmmm…I’ll be sure to check out Viscape next time I am looking for a place to stay….which will not be too far off… Reply Suertres Hearing February 4, 2009 me too nora.. ill definitely check it out next time. Reply axel g February 7, 2009 Thanks for all the links Nora! Funding long-term traveling can be a real challenge… Reply Explore Turkey February 16, 2009 I always found Teaching English or bartending to be a good way of funding travel experiences not to mention meet the locals… Reply Suertres February 25, 2009 hmmmm…. it must be so hot to have so many people in a small room… :( Reply 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free | Faraway March 17, 2009 [...] Site: http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply Alecu March 17, 2009 Excellent article, it has some really great travel resources. Thank you. Reply ali daouk March 23, 2009 mmm.. well im lebanese.. i couldnt get visa anywhere.. im 23 i have nothing and noone.. i have my job.. but i cant afford to finish my last year in university.. studying IT.. i speak english french and arabic.. i NEED to get out.. anywhere,anyway.. any ideas?! Reply Noel Frost March 26, 2009 Google search for ‘house sitting’ brings up hundreds of house sitting companies but two more that seem cheap and easy to nav that aren’t listed above are: Aussie House Sitters – for house sitting in Oz & NZ. http://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/ House Sitters America – For USA house sitting only. http://www.housesittersamerica.com/ Enjoy your free accommodation guys where ever you are :-D Reply Wwhat is WWOOF? - The Roaming Life April 6, 2009 [...] first learned of WWOOF from this article on Vagabondish.Â Incidentally that’s also how I found out about Couch Surfing, which will be [...] Reply House Sitting, house swap April 17, 2009 I don’t know when this blog was written but, with the economy the way it is at the moment world wide, it is relevant now more than ever. People still need to take a break from their work or domestic situation and go on vacation occasionally. The single biggest expense is accommodation. House sitting and house swap home/exchange means people can still travel on the cheap. Reply Clarissa April 24, 2009 This was my inspiration for the trip I am going next week. 3 months in europe. I would like to ask if I could make reference to this in my blog with an image and a link? Congratulations from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Reply Nora April 24, 2009 @Clarissa – Sure, we like links! Please just don’t reprint the article in full, as it is copyrighted. And good luck on your trip – congrats and enjoy! Reply salou holiday April 25, 2009 Thanks for this post bud, I am doing a gap year next year and will be on a strict budget so the caretaker website will be real handy for me. Thanks again :) Reply wie bali May 6, 2009 I bet you have seen some great places! Good luck and happy and safe travels! Reply Tai May 13, 2009 I love these tips. I love traveling, and circumstances are such that I’ll be mobile in my RV, with six rescued dogs and several cats. Does anyone know how to travel with lots of pets and live at least very close to the beach? I surf, so…and I need to work so they need to be safely parked. I’d work for someone for a nice parking spot near a beach. I can build houses, repair anything. I’m a master builder. I used to be a contractor. Now work is not there. I’d also be a great house-sitter or property watcher. And I could keep other peoples’ pets and their homes. I love animals and volunteer for wildlife rescuding too. Thanks for any info. Tai Reply travel links « FontWorkCrew May 21, 2009 [...] http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply backpacker canada May 27, 2009 Great post – have been a huge fan of couchsurfers for a long time, love letting people stay and meeting new faces. I think my next RTW trip will involve more couchsurfing than my last. I never knew about servas, i’ll look into that more. Reply Mark Schanzleh June 2, 2009 A nice listing, thanks! I’d like to add this: http://www.staynomad.com ; a growing community of travelers worldwide, offering accommodation and cultural exchange. Also the possibility to get sponsored to TRAVEL CHEAPER or even for free after submitting your next sustainable travel project. Joining is FREE. When you plan on staying a few months and seek mobility: http://www.amigoexpress.com ; a growing community of people who offer and seek ride share opportunities in East Canada. Very low cost. http://www.communauto.com ; a car sharing network in Quebec, Canada. Cheaper than owning your own car. http://www.greenwheels.nl ; a car sharing network in the Netherlands (Holland). Cheaper than owning your own car. http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de ; a ride sharing network in Germany. People looking for and offering rides. Very low cost. Reply Hostels Valencia June 22, 2009 I’ve tried couch surfing and my opinion is ok, if you meet a wird person you have to stay in his house for a weekend, it will ruin your time….it had happened to me twice Reply mental_floss Blog » January 18th, 2008 June 22, 2009 [...] they are all things we seek in ourselves and in others. * Learn how to travel the world and find free accomodations from a â€œprofessional hobo.â€ Here are eight websites to get you started. * How the web began. [...] Reply OlhoNaTV July 21, 2009 Awesome! Reply almawad July 23, 2009 Very useful and practical – can’t wait to share it with my friends. Reply Hostel Barcelona July 27, 2009 hospitality club is good as well, the problem is to find nice people Reply Homeless Comic August 1, 2009 thanks for sharing! not sure if you are familiar with the book The 4 Hour Work Weeks by Tim Ferris but it is a pretty handy tool for vagabonds and wannabes :) all the best and thanks for the handy tips! Brian Reply Matt August 4, 2009 Wow – this is great. Thanks for the useful tips on travelling the globe for free! Reply Links de agosto. Lifehacks. | the worst kind of thief August 4, 2009 [...] 8 ferramentas para viajar e viver longe do aluguel. [...] Reply Bstrong August 6, 2009 Staying in strangers’ homes is pretty weird, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Reply Twitted by pjg418 August 14, 2009 [...] This post was Twitted by pjg418 [...] Reply IsabellesTravel August 27, 2009 Great list! Haven’t heard from most of them, so I’m glad I stumbled into this page :) And also in the comments I found some interesting links. Thanks for sharing everyone. Reply Plans upon plans « Kristine Rooks's Blog August 27, 2009 [...] my master’s, I wanna take a long break and go traveling. I think I’ll try out some of these options. Kristine Rooks @ 11:18 am [filed under Uncategorized Leave a Comment [...] Reply Twitted by dosankodebbie August 27, 2009 [...] This post was Twitted by dosankodebbie [...] Reply Twitter Trackbacks for 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free [vagabondish.com] on Topsy.com August 28, 2009 [...] link is being shared on Twitter right now. @prjobs, an influential author, said When it really gets bad, [...] Reply steven cook August 30, 2009 I have over 35 years of knowledge and i want to put it to use i do not want money i just want to eat /sleep and help i can add to most situations please let me Reply William Wallace September 4, 2009 A great list, all I need to do now is find a house full of beautiful girls in Stockholm that wouldnâ€™t mind a 39 year old Scotsman as a house guest for a few weeks, now that would be funâ€¦â€¦ Reply robb September 9, 2009 great resource here. very useful for those who travel a lot or at least thinking of travelling. Reply Jamie October 12, 2009 Good article..thanks for the input. Also, here’s another article on why people are having trouble with bills and rent in the first place. http://www.rent-help.com/2009/09/7-reasons-we-cant-pay-rent.html Reply LinkLove #5 | Vie Nomade October 15, 2009 [...] 8 tools to help you travel forever and live rent free (en) Voyager sans ne jamais payer de loyer? Ã€ vous de voir! [...] Reply luggage October 20, 2009 You could always just live out of your luggage and sleep on couches. Reply Meghan November 25, 2009 This is a great list, thank you!! I’d also suggest visiting http://www.worldhelplink.com. It has some links to great opportunities to live abroad by volunteering, interning, working, teaching, and more! Reply Cheryl Kramer November 30, 2009 I love that you are sharing this wealth of knowledge; making the world that much more of a neighborhood. Thanks… my daughters have been bugging/inspiring me about possible traveling & i just know it’s not all about the holy dollar! Peace, Nora, you are awesome. Reply aTravelAroundTheWorld December 11, 2009 This is a very helpful article,backpackers like me are always looking to save money! Thanks for sharing! Reply steve ross January 26, 2010 i cant believe it theres so many people in one room, my gosh it must be pretty hot, any thats a great list. thank you. Reply fhel January 29, 2010 this is very interesting and informative. I always dream to travel abroad. I don’t have the opportunity and of course money for that. How will I start? any ideas to share… isn’t it scary to meet strangers especially now a days? thanks! Reply » Travel forever and never pay for accomodation :: Vagablogging :: Rolf Potts Vagabonding Blog February 3, 2010 [...] Have a look at the full article here. [...] Reply Mark Schanzleh (marknomad) February 18, 2010 Great list Nora, thanks! A true Nomad myself, I am able to appreciate the value of the information provided. Many people will benefit from the resources provided when organizing their next adventure. I’d like to add another valuable source if I may. Imagine you could Get Sponsored to Travel… wouldn’t that be amazing?! Now this is becoming reality for more and more travelers worldwide through a brand new global community for travelers called “StayNomad”. StayNomad.com connects sponsors with travelers, enabling members to realize their travel dreams cheaper or even for free. Happy Travels! Reply Thursday Link Roundup - Travel Edition - Our Twenties March 18, 2010 [...] 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free: A fantastic article from the people at vagabondish.com that provides a great deal of information on excellent shelter, volunteer and work opportunities for people who are looking to travel. [...] Reply Terry O March 22, 2010 Yeah ,I’ve been couchsurfing for a couple of years now and I have met amazing people. It is something special these days that strangers are not fearful of each other and programs like this can exist and in fact thrive with the spirit of the wonderful people involved. Of course, use your head, your common-sense but most of all, treat people respectfully and then you find that these are not just “cheap” or “free” ways to travel but that it is something even more special that you cannot put a price on. To be invited into a home, break bread, friendship, fun, laughter and see what people are really like in the places we visit. Not just the barman or the concierge of the hotel. :) People are beautiful. Thanks for this list Nora and Happy Travels :)))))) T Reply For those of you who think it can’t be done « A Life in the Present 3.0 March 24, 2010 [...] it can’t be done Posted by Lele under South Korea | Tags: Life | Leave a Comment 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free [...] Reply uberVU - social comments March 29, 2010 Social comments and analytics for this post… This post was mentioned on Twitter by TripsnTravels: 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free : http://ow.ly/fyWR… Reply The Art of Staying For Free - Our Twenties March 30, 2010 [...] There are many other services and resources that help people find free shelter.Â You can find more information about many of them in this article. [...] Reply mary April 9, 2010 DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO THE CARETAKER GAZETTE UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WESTERN U.S. ONLY, AND HAVE EXTENSIVE FARMING/OUTDOOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE EXPERIENCE, OR YOUR MONEY WILL HAVE BEEN WASTED. NO REFUNDS, READ THE “TERMS AND CONDITIONS” – SEE THE TEENY TINY LINK AT BOTTOM OF GAZETTE’S PAGE. Reply Nora April 13, 2010 @Mary – I’m sorry you’ve had a bad experience with the Caretaker Gazette. I’m surprised at your comment though….I’ve successfully found opportunities in Hawaii, Australia, and made an excellent connection in Ecuador and Belize as well. What gives? Reply Josh May 6, 2010 This list is great Nora instant bookmark. I’d like to add helpx.net to the list of host/helper sites. Reply judy May 18, 2010 Travel for free through http://www.roofswap.com I home swap through them in Paris and have two swaps this summer! Travel for free is a great way to be budget-friendly. Reply The Girl In Orange June 25, 2010 Great info! I will try to apply some of these tips. I mean I want to travel on a very low budget or even for free too :) Reply Rhonda June 30, 2010 Your an inspiration, Nora. I’m 42, been happily married for 23 and have a 17 year old still at home but after reading your article I wanna sell everything I own and take my family globe trotting. My husband and I could use our skills to supplement income and it would probably be more educational for my teenage son than what he’s learning in school now. Reply Dominica Hotels August 6, 2010 Nice article. I used to love living like that. I hitched rides from London to Athens and back and had a wild time. I still think it was cheaper to fly though with food and all that … no better experience in the world though. Reply Fresh From Twitter September 29, 2010 [...] … http://bit.ly/axvYvN RT @vagabondish 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free http://bit.ly/bSggFg New Green Travel GPS http://su.pr/2Fsv0Y #wirelesswednesday #green RT @mike9wood RT @AnnTran_: Our [...] Reply Emily S. October 3, 2010 I dream of doing this… and I am 100% aware that the only thing stopping me is myself. I am most interested in the Caretaker’s Gazette… if only I was brave enough!! Reply Fresh From Twitter October 25, 2010 [...] Most baller thing ever… RT @vagabondish 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free http://bit.ly/2VjU4J See this wide brown land without remortgaging yr house- 1yr Travel Saver membership extensive [...] Reply Christy @ Ordinary Traveler November 1, 2010 I had never even considered a few of these options. Thank you for giving us such great resources with websites and everything! Reply Link Round Up: 11/5/10 | check, please November 5, 2010 [...] 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free [...] Reply Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ December 19, 2010 This is a great article. I just learned the term woofing in New Zealand this year. Reply Amanda December 27, 2010 What a fantastic article! Well done, Nora! Friends of mine have opened their house to couchsurfers here in Alice Springs and are having an awesome time! Reply Mica January 5, 2011 This is an amazing article. It could have been written yesterday. I just registered with the Caretaker’s Gazette and I spent all night pouring over listings! I’ve also had my computer on for 3 days with this article open on my browser. Nora, you are a wealth of information and an inspiration to all backpackers out there. Thank you so much for your work and I look forward to reading your blog. Reply Nora January 7, 2011 Thanks to all who have found this article useful! With a few more years of travel experience under my belt, I’ve discovered dozens of more ways to travel and live rent-free, and I maintain that full-time travel is actually cheaper than staying in one place long-term! Funny how that works…. And Thanks, Mica, for your very kind words. It means a lot. Reply Fresh From Twitter January 9, 2011 [...] Heat http://bit.ly/gcRqvE RT @vagabondish 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free http://bit.ly/2VjU4J Top 6 Private Sale Sites for the Best Travel Deals http://bit.ly/ijuhfP and i found the perfect car [...] Reply Matthew Petera January 13, 2011 Fantastic resource for wanderlust in all of us. Now that my wife and I have young children (2 & 4), those days are behind us to some extent. We hope to do more globetreking in a couple years. Thanks for putting this all together. Your professionalhobo.com blog is superb! Reply Branson Traveler January 15, 2011 Those are some great tools for the modern vagabond. There has to be some risk and it looks like these sites can probably help you travel a little safer, thanks for sharing! Reply Eleanor January 21, 2011 Very cool info. Used to travel a lot after college but like Matthew above, I’ve slowed down a little bit since having a new baby with my husband. Definitely going to keep this bookmarked though. ;) Reply Minos Beach Art Hotel March 27, 2011 Thanks for this great article! Itâ€™s really inspiring. Great value! I just learned the term woofing in New Zealand this year. Reply FÃ¶rsÃ¤kra hund April 3, 2011 Going to New York in a months time and hopefully I’ll have the chance to take photos as good as yours. . Reply jason May 22, 2011 Great post, some of those I’ve never heard of. I have some more free accommodation tips on my website as well. http://www.traveleuropeonanbudget.com Safe travels. Reply Lizzie June 19, 2011 What about paying for traveling between each destination? This is a way to get free accommodations, but what about getting to each place? Reply Nora June 23, 2011 @Lizzie – Ah yes, that can be pricey. Traveling slowly is a way to keep your costs down, as well as using various travel hacking ideas. Here’s how to fly for way less money: http://www.wisebread.com/the-travel-hacking-cartel-fly-around-the-world-for-almost-free And here’s my own full-time travel expenses through 9 countries in 2010….it’s not free, but it might be cheaper than you’d think… http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2011/02/my-cost-of-full-time-travel-in-2010-less-than-you-may-think/ Reply Wen Rob July 5, 2011 How about setting up an internet site and writing about your travels and tips for others and claiming your travel on your taxes. Reply Nomadic Samuel August 6, 2011 I found out some interesting options with this article. It’s amazing how just having the will to be abroad can lead one down the path of many different options. Reply Janna August 29, 2011 WOOFING and House Carers are news to us. Thanks for sharing such a helpful post, Nora! Reply Nicholas Schneider September 4, 2011 There is also a new website called http://www.staydu.com. Travelers can stay with host in exchange for work, money or for free. Everything is free of charge. Reply DAnivilly September 27, 2011 I liked the idea of staydu.com. It seems to be a new website, but I just found a job in Australia :-) Reply The importance of travelling | The Will to Power October 3, 2011 [...] http://www.vagabondish.com/8-tools-travel-long-term-live-rent-free/ [...] Reply Wednesday Freebies â€“ October, Week 1 October 5, 2011 [...] are 8 great resources to help you get started on a long term travel adventure and whats more, they are all rent-free. [...] Reply Gretta October 12, 2011 Oh my goodness. This has whetted the wanderlust appetite in me to a crazy degree. I did some Wwoofing in central America a few years ago and it was fantastic. I love the idea of teaching in Korea too. There is so much world to discover, I can’t wait to start travelling again. Thanks Nora! Reply Pamela October 27, 2011 Most of these things don’t work. People on these websites have either moved away and forgotten they put themselves on it, or just ignore requests for their “couch.” I guess these days no one trusts Internet or email correspondence anymore. There is some kind of assumption that anyone you meet over the internet is going to be some kind of pervert or serial killer or child molester or at the very least, a thief. There is general suspicion of anyone who doesn’t have enough money to stay at the Hyatt or the Ritz. I try these things all the time, I’m a TEACHER and all I see are demands of an additional background check as if they don’t believe I’m a teacher or that they don’t believe teachers have been background checked. Reply Daniel Johnson November 1, 2011 It is something special these days that strangers are not fearful of each other and programs like this can exist and in fact thrive with the spirit of the wonderful people involved. Reply Alex November 3, 2011 How about this new travel site called Tripping.com? I saw them getting funds over the summer and it looks pretty great. Has anybody ever tried it? Reply 7 Travel Free Sites | Holiday and Travel December 3, 2011 [...] 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent FreeJan 14, 2008 Nora Dunn discusses eight online tools to help you travel long term and live rent- free. [...] Reply Como viajar gratis y que tu bolsillo no sufra en el intento (II) | Mochileros TV January 6, 2012 [...] Vagabondish Foto: Drothman [...] Reply Wwhat is WWOOF? | The Roaming Life January 8, 2012 [...] first learned of WWOOF fromÂ this articleÂ on Vagabondish.Â Incidentally thatâ€™s also how I found out aboutÂ Couch Surfing, which will be [...] Reply Peterborough Room Lets January 25, 2012 Good article! If you’re going to travel and you want to stay longer but you’re worrying your money will get shorter. There’s a way you can save money or decreased your bills by looking for a cheap room for rent. It is okay not to sleep in a hotel because hotel rooms are really expensive. You don’t have to worry about room for rents because they also provide a luxury at affordable prices. Reply Jim Williams February 6, 2012 Thanks for writing about the Caretaker’s Gazette. I just signed up with them and was accepted for a house sitting gig in Florida later this month. I never would have know about the Gazette had you not posted it here. Thanks again! Jim Reply Tom March 15, 2012 Another good site is http://www.ozhousesitters.com.au/ (Australian and New Zealand). Reply How To Sleep For Free (How I Saved $18,000 While Traveling) March 21, 2012 [...] Couchsurfing, to take a look at too. I never use them, but the professional hobo, Nora Dunn wrote a spectacular post about [...] Reply Colleen Setchell April 12, 2012 Great article. I haven’t heard of a few of those so will definitely be making notes from this. Thank you so much for sharing – I’ll be checking out your website shortly :-) Reply Sarah May 23, 2012 This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life, I’ve always had a dream of traveling the world since I was 10 maybe. I’ve since have gotten married and have two boys 7 years and 2 years. Any suggestions for you veteran world travelers? We live paycheck to paycheck and we live in America, which is NOT the land of freedom. I need to get out, I NEED to get my family out. Is this possible with young children? I already homeschool them, so education will not be an issue. Has anyone else traveled like this with children? I feel the experience would greatly benefit them. Reply Joey June 22, 2012 I am currently getting ready to move abroad and am hoping to do as much traveling as possible once I am settled. Your resources I feel will come in handy greatly! I had never realized there were such wonderful opportunities available to me. thank you so much for sharing and opening my eyes! Reply william bell August 27, 2012 i am 54 years old i have been a out of work consruction forman for 3 years my ex told me to get out or find a job . 3 years trying should tell you somthing .anyway im on my way out of the house thats in her name . she says go . were do i go from here i heard of travelers aid . i think i can be of some help. i can fix just about anything send an email let me know what you think thank you hope is all i have. bill bell? Reply Dariece - Goats On The Road November 28, 2012 There are some good options on this list. I’ve used a few of them and now i know about Care Takers. Awesome idea. I would say another option is heading to Expat bars and in many countries you’ll be able to easily find volenteer or paid work teaching English once you’re in a country. If you’re looking for work as an english teacher Dave’s ESL Cafe is a great place to look and finding work in places like China is as easy as an email! (no experience or degree really needed) Teaching is an excellent way to extend your trips. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it! Reply Dariece - Goats On The Road November 28, 2012 There are some good options on this list. I’ve used a few of them and now i know about Care Takers. Awesome idea. I would say another option is heading to Expat bars and in many countries you’ll be able to easily find volenteer or paid work teaching English once you’re in a country. If you’re looking for work as an english teacher Dave’s ESL Cafe is a great place to look and finding work in places like China is as easy as an email! (no experience or degree really needed) Teaching is an excellent way to extend your trips. Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it! Reply 2FeetOutTheDoor November 29, 2012 Great list! I haven’t heard of most of these opportunities, but we will definitely check them out! Like Dariece said, Dave’s is a great site to find work, especially in China! We’ve also found opportunities teaching novice monks English in Laos. Sometimes they offer free accommodation. If they don’t, it’s still a good way to enrich your travel experience! Reply Adam&Amanda December 9, 2012 Amazing tips. Heard of a few on here but a great help in our research happy trails Reply Dylan December 22, 2012 Hi there, I’m a 19 year old high school graduate, I know quite alot about life and spirituality at the moment as I feel I’m an old soul underneath, so here is my dilemma, I know for sure with out a doubt I don’t want a mundane 9-5 job 5 days a week, I want to be free and travel and spread love to all as life is about freedom and love I believe,, now I know I could just pick up my pack and go and that is under consideration for me currently. I really want to make a positive impact on the world and enjoy the freedom of life with that… Thank you very much! Kind regards, Dylan major Reply Clare January 6, 2013 Great list. I’ve used Couchsurfing and a friend of mine used Workaway (his experience is here: http://www.femmebionic.com/?p=9) with great success. When I went to Eastern Europe, I met a guy from Lithuania who just decided to call a bunch of hostels and see if he could live there in exchange for work. He landed in a hostel in Tbilisi, Georgia, for about 3 months, so maybe that’s another option… Happy trails, Clare Reply Tips for Long Term Travel in Europe | EuropeUpClose.com April 17, 2013 [...] Europe, accommodation can quickly eat into your budget so make sure youâ€™ve explored alternatives to hotels for destinations you stay in. Volunteering, couch surfing, home exchanges, hostels and camping can [...] Reply Tips for Long Term Travel in Europe | April 17, 2013 [...] Europe, accommodation can quickly eat into your budget so make sure youâ€™ve explored alternatives to hotels for destinations you stay in. Volunteering, couch surfing, home exchanges, hostels and camping can [...] Reply BakoymaTravels September 20, 2013 Thanks for these tips! I’d never heard of the Caretaker’s Gazette :-) Reply teri December 9, 2013 i am separated/2children part of the time/am a care provider and a personal trainer/live in morongo valley ca./love the Lord/need a free place to live in morongo valley in exchange for care/cleaning/errands/proofreading/etc.tell me your needs Reply Paul Scoropan March 19, 2014 Nice tips! Thanks! Reply Steve March 25, 2014 nice list of tips! cheers Reply Sylvia January 16, 2015 It would be awesome if I can really pull this off. I should have found this list when I was still single. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... * × two = 18 Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.