As Paul Simeon sings in his song, Kodachrome, “when I thnk back on all the crap I learned in High School, it’s a wonder I can think at all!”
This is one of the obastacles that needs to be overcome when looking at the world today. We are taught on how to fit in, how to do the “normal” things that society expects.
From grade school through the universtiy, we are indocttrinated on the “norrms’ that society expects from us when we graduate.
Times have changed – bringing great opporttunities to those that think for themselves, or “outside the box”.
If one wants to travel, it can be done with little or no money in your pocket. (Read about a fellow who traveled to Antarctica without a dime in his pocket when he left his home!)
Let’s look at a few ways to travel that will give you comfortable accommodations:
1) Home and House Sitting Worldwide:
International house sitters for house sitting worldwide
This is an international house sitting service for house sitters, caretakers, and pet sitters. They’ve been in business since 1999.
House sitting in USA, Europe, London, Australia, Canada, New Zealand.
Some services are free.
For some, a fee of $40 is needed to receive offers of house sitting opportunities.
2) House Carer’s
Basically, same as the above link – this one costs $50 – covers the world for people looking for caretakers of houses, pets, etc.
Want a free place to stay and don’t mind a couch?
1) How about couchsurfers.org?
Time Magazine says, “Couchsurfing isn’t just a means of accommodions, it’s an entirely new (old as traveling itself?) way to travel.
2) There’s also http://www.hospitalityclub.org The stated goal of Hospitality Club is to bring hosts, guests, travelers and locals together to help each other when they are traveling.
So, places to stay for free – but how do you get there?
1) Look at Frequent Flyer Master – an ebook that offers a wide variety of ways to earn frequent flyer miles.
2) Frequent Flyer is a blog that discusses frequent flyer perks and offers a variety of ways to earn free frequent flyer miles.
If you want to stay for long periods of time in one location, think about teaching English as a second language. There are many schools that offer TEFL courses that can get you certified to teach in foreign countries.
There is a cost involved in being certified. But, not all schools require the certification!
To give you an idea of the teaching jobs available, TEFL.com is a good place to start.
Then there is WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. For volunteer work on organic farms, you get free food and accommodations.
Another site that is similar to WWOOF is Helpx.net
Then there are just plane jobs – Craigslist.org lists jobs throughout the world. As does OLX.com.
The idea of needing a lot of money in order to travel is just out dated. There are enough organizations, opportunities to get free flyer miles, and places to exchange work for food and accommodations that one can travel the world quite possibly without touching too much money in the bank!