Think you can’t afford to travel the world? Well I have 20 ways for you to see the world without spending a penny (mostly).

Couchsurfing: www.couchsurfing.org

WWOOFING: wwoofinternational.org

Work away: www.workaway.info

#1: Couchsurfing

Couchsuring is an awesome way to connect with locals and get a bed/sofa for free! We can all appreciate a free bed for a night! Check out 10 Reasons Why You Should Try CouchSurfing!


WOOFING is a great way to get to know a country and it’s culture by working a few hours a day in return for bed and board. Mainly set out on rural properties this is a very popular option for backpackers looking to save money!

#3: Homestay/Work Away

Similar to WOOFING, you do a few hours work in return for accommodation. Whether you are just helping around the house or assisting with your hosts business, you get your accommodation for free!

#4: House Sitting

Lots of people hate to leave their home unoccupied whilst they go away on holiday or for business. So, they like to have someone trustworthy to look after their place and maybe even ask for you to feed their pets! Completely free and you can find some pretty incredible places to look after!

#5: Volunteer abroad

There are a lot of volunteer options however most like to charge you to do it! Do plenty of research or contact an organisation directly to see if you can help them out in return for bed and board!

#6: Dumpster Diving

Hate how shopping centres throw away tonnes of perfectly edible food at the end of each day? Why not grab it for yourself! Just be aware that this is illegal in some countries so check before you dive on in!

#7: Hitchhiking

Seen by a lot of people to be dangerous, hitchhiking is a popular option for many travellers who want to travel long distances without spending a lot of money.

#8: Work for Accommodation

Lots of hostels especially in Australia offer a work exchange! Normally the hours are long and you will either be working the reception or cleaning toilets, however, as accommodation is your largest expense, it will save you a small fortune!

#9: Free Food Bins

Most hostels have big boxes situated in the kitchen area where backpackers can drop any unwanted food items before they check out.

#10: Camping

Want to be one with nature? Camping is a great option and sometimes can be completely free!

#11: Exchange your skills

Can you cut hair? Make bracelets? Do henna? Why not exchange these skills for a couple of bucks in your hostel or even a free drink? Great way to meet people, have fun and make a few extra bucks!

#12: Work in a travel relate industry

This is the big one. If you want to settle into a career and travel at the same time then there are a lot of options available to you! Why not work as a travel agent? A tour rep? Lots of careers will require you to move about and normally the company will cover all your costs!

#13: Walk or Cycle

The cost of transportation will significantly dent your bank balance, so why not opt to walk instead of taking the bus or hailing a taxi? Keeps you fit and is nicer on your budget! Why not challenge yourself to a big cycle cross-country?

#14: Frequent flyer points

It may take a bit of time but signing up to a programme will pay off in the end when you can get yourself a cheeky ticket to somewhere tropical for nothing!

#15: Car sharing

Check out local listing websites to see if any fellow travellers or even locals are looking for another person. Sometimes they like you to split the costs but sometimes they just want some company! You can travel a lot of miles and makes some awesome friends!

#16: Car moving

Car hire companies are always looking for people to relocate their cars. When someone hires a car in Melbourne and drops it in Sydney, they need someone to drive it back! M

#17: Work on a boat or cruise ship

Sure the hours are painfully long but being out at sea means you can barely spend a cent of your earnings. Travel the world, get paid, work hard and then you will have a load of money to go and play with!

#18: Visit Free Attractions!

Fill your days with free attractions such as national parks, free art galleries, local museums and historical monuments!

#19: Travel blogging

Granted, it takes years to build a blog up and even then there is no guarantee it will cover all of your expenses but if you have the determination and vision to make this a reality, the rewards are incredible!

#20: Enjoy the simple pleasures in life


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  1. This is silly. If travel was just finding a place to stay it would be easy, many people know others in other countries/states that they can stay with. Traveling is expensive because you need money to get from point a to point b, which rules out half of these solutions. Also "I've never hitchhiked I've just gotten in strange cars to go places," right.

  2. So basically you CANNOT travel for free. You still have to pay for your flights or use and pay for your credit cards to get those "free" miles. you mentioned free things to do but nothing that actually fits the "travel for free" description. Couch surfing doesn't allow you to travel for free, it only allows you to save some money by not paying for a hotel room but you can also get robbed or raped or whatever by sleeping in a strangers home

  3. While i was holidaying in Turkey, my Sister(who lives there) and my mum and i decided to travel to Greece, just as we went through the Greek border we picked up a hitchhiker who we later found out lives a couple of streets away from my home in Turkey. It was a strange coincidence. He told us he was trying to get to Italy and had been hitchhiking for quite a number of years to get between Italy and Turkey. He told us that his mum would pack a few days worth of food for him in his backpack and he offered to share this with us even though we had packed our own lunch in the car with us. This was back in 2011.

    The sad part of the story however, in 2013 while home in Australia, we were watching the Turkish TV via satellite when on the News we seen a story about a Turkish Hitchhiker who was killed in Greece while hitchhiking to Italy, when the News flashed his photo up on the screen my mum and i realized it was the guy who we had picked up on the Greek border, to me it was a shock, my mum started to cry. He was a really great person R.I.P.

  4. Wow I learned so much from your video! πŸ˜ƒ I'm new to video blogging while I travel and I can definitely use some of your awesome tips! Thanks you so much πŸ˜‰β€

  5. You asked how to get points, we did our research on which card gives the most points and had the most flexibility on how you can use them. We then cycle all our monthly expenses through that card. It requires having some cash in the bank so you can pay it off each month, but your going to be spending that money anyhow. so why not get free points and not get charged interest πŸ™‚

  6. I see a bunch of comments about how dangerous some of these suggestions are. PsychoTraveller is just offering possibilities – it's up to the audience to decide which tips to listen / not listen to.


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