8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free

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.

Available Couch
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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.

A Few Travel Guests
© 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!

196 Responses

  1. Eva

    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

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  2. Bev

    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!

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  3. Shanti Braford

    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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  4. Robert Michael Lewis

    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.

    eslteam@gmail.com

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  5. Byron

    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.

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  6. Atlanta New Homes

    This is a really interesting blog—I’m a huge traveler, and also a student with a low budget. I’m considering taking this summer to make a long trip abroad but don’t necessarily have the money for it. This blog posed some good ideas that I’m going to look into. Thanks

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  7. Chris Estes

    I have given my share of freeloading friends the opportunity to couch crash but didn’t know there were organizations dedicated to it. Great information and I might be willing to share my couch with some investigation.

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  8. Monique Briand

    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

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  9. Televizoare LCD

    This is what I’ve been looking for. I’ve only known about couchsurfing.com, which I’ve had much experience with.

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  10. Da.

    What are the similar sites to help you actually get to places; online hitch-hiking?

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  11. Nora Dunn

    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!

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  12. Fred Oppenborn

    An excellent home swapping directory I found is KnowYourTrade.com. I lists all the HE clubs and rates them.

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  13. Shanti Braford

    @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!?! =)

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  14. KIRAN PANDE

    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.

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  15. RJ

    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.

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  16. Nora Dunn

    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!

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  17. Marissa

    Fascinating! I’ve often wondered how other people live the lives they lead… any feedback from past travelers who have tried these accommodations?

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  18. Jon Allen

    I just stumbled upon this link. I can vouch for what a great experience WWOOFing is.

    I stayed in a farm in Korea and had a great time. It was an important holiday time of the year and he took us to meet his family and join in the party.

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  19. Carl

    Try crewing on a sailboat. This could be like a sailing yacht with a youth hostel atmosphere.
    Sailing, surfing, snorkeling, spear fishing, beach parties, uninhabited islands….
    Check out this link: Sailing in Greece

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  20. T

    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.

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    [...] 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. [...]

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  22. Wanderus

    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!

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  23. Pokin

    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 :)

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  24. Ragnar

    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!

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  25. The Fitness Diva

    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!

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  27. Barbara @ UpTake.com

    Wonderful post! I traveled for 6 months last year and even though I mostly stayed in hostels, the costs mounted up. I will definitely check out some of these suggestions next time.

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  28. Caroline A.

    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

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  29. Nora

    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…

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  30. ali daouk

    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?!

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  31. House Sitting, house swap

    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.

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  32. Clarissa

    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

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  33. Nora

    @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!

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  34. salou holiday

    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 :)

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  35. wie bali

    I bet you have seen some great places! Good luck and happy and safe travels!

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  36. Tai

    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

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  37. backpacker canada

    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.

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  38. Mark Schanzleh

    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.

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  39. Hostels Valencia

    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

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    [...] they are all things we seek in ourselves and in others. * Learn how to travel the world and find free accomodations from a “professional hobo.” Here are eight websites to get you started. * How the web began. [...]

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  41. almawad

    Very useful and practical – can’t wait to share it with my friends.

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  42. Homeless Comic

    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

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  43. Matt

    Wow – this is great. Thanks for the useful tips on travelling the globe for free!

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  44. Bstrong

    Staying in strangers’ homes is pretty weird, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

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  45. IsabellesTravel

    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.

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  46. steven cook

    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

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  47. William Wallace

    A great list, all I need to do now is find a house full of beautiful girls in Stockholm that wouldn’t mind a 39 year old Scotsman as a house guest for a few weeks, now that would be fun……

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  48. Cheryl Kramer

    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.

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  49. aTravelAroundTheWorld

    This is a very helpful article,backpackers like me are always looking to save money! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. fhel

    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!

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  51. Mark Schanzleh (marknomad)

    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!

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  52. Terry O

    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

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  53. mary

    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.

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  54. Nora

    @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?

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  55. Josh

    This list is great Nora instant bookmark. I’d like to add helpx.net to the list of host/helper sites.

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  56. Rhonda

    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.

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  57. Dominica Hotels

    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.

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  58. Emily S.

    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!!

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  59. Amanda

    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!

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  60. Mica

    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.

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  61. Nora

    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.

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  62. Matthew Petera

    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!

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  63. Branson Traveler

    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!

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  64. Eleanor

    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. ;)

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  65. Lizzie

    What about paying for traveling between each destination? This is a way to get free accommodations, but what about getting to each place?

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  66. Nora

    @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/

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  67. Wen Rob

    How about setting up an internet site and writing about your travels and tips for others and claiming your travel on your taxes.

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  68. Nomadic Samuel

    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.

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  69. DAnivilly

    I liked the idea of staydu.com. It seems to be a new website, but I just found a job in Australia :-)

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  70. Gretta

    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!

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  71. Pamela

    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.

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  72. Daniel Johnson

    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.

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  73. Alex

    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?

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  74. Peterborough Room Lets

    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.

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  75. Jim Williams

    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

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  76. Colleen Setchell

    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 :-)

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  77. Sarah

    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.

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  78. Joey

    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!

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  79. william bell

    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?

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  80. Dariece - Goats On The Road

    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!

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  81. Dariece - Goats On The Road

    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!

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  82. 2FeetOutTheDoor

    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!

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  83. Dylan

    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

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  84. Clare

    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

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  85. Tips for Long Term Travel in Europe |

    [...] Europe, accommodation can quickly eat into your budget so make sure you’ve explored alternatives to hotels for destinations you stay in. Volunteering, couch surfing, home exchanges, hostels and camping can [...]

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  86. teri

    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

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