Travelling the world with no money sounds like a distant dream, an impossible dream. But it is possible, and you can do it responsibly without breaking bank.
It should be said that there are some expenses you shouldn't compromise on. For example, it would be stupid not to buy travel insurance and not to make sure that your shots are up to date. But for the most part you can limit your spending to practically nothing.
This article is going to show you how you can go to the best beach resorts and experience what the world has to offer with nothing.
Couchsurfing and Camping
Your biggest regular expense will be accommodation. Regardless of where you are in the world, this can add up pretty fast. That's where couch surfing comes in. Using the couch surfing network, you can apply to locals to stay in their homes free of charge.
All you'll be expected to give in return is your company, and a gift like a bottle of wine or a gift from where you're from wouldn't hurt. This system puts you in contact with locals and should be seen in the same light as a cultural exchange. It'll pay off to so some homework to find out what gifts would be great depending on the place you're going to.
And if you're unable to couch surf you can always camp. Many countries have free camping laws, where you can camp on any unoccupied piece of land, as long as you clean up after yourself and don't light any fires.
Travelling Between Cities
Travelling between destinations can be costly, especially when you are in Europe or trying to backpack around the Caribbean.
The only way you can get between destinations completely free of charge is through hitchhiking. This is easier in some parts of the world and harder in others. Generally, the poorer the destination the easier hitchhiking is because that's also the way locals get around.
For example, in Bulgaria it's not uncommon to see a local standing at the side of the road trying to hitch a ride.
You can even hitchhike boats in some parts of the world. If you have any additional skills, you can offer to serve as a member of the crew as you make your way across the Atlantic or even the Pacific. It requires more effort on your part, but when you're paying nothing you can hardly complain.
Volunteer in Remote Parts of the World
Volunteering among westerners has become more common than ever before. You can volunteer in practically any part of the world, from working in hostels to volunteering on organic farms. There are spots for both unskilled and skilled volunteers.
You will be expected to work a few hours per day in exchange for your food and accommodation. Some roles can even turn into paid roles. During your spare time you can explore the destination and the surrounding area. What could be better?
Credit Cards and Travel Miles
This isn't a free option, but you can get a lot of things for free by going down this route. By taking out a credit card, you can claim back things like free flyer miles and cashback on certain items. There are so many credit card offers available, so you are going to have to check this out for yourself.
You need a good credit score to get the most out of these cards, but if you do have a great credit score you can potentially fly across the world without paying a single cent. Over time, this will really start to build up.
Should You Work on the Road?
There are options for working on the road. If you need to increase your bank balance, or you want to stay in one place for longer, you can take jobs working in hostels and in other businesses.
For Americans, the easiest place to work is in Europe. For example, Tallinn in Estonia is a major destination for American hostel workers. The EU in general is easy to work in, and if you have no problem with it ethically, it's extremely easy to work for money under the table.
Working on the road is another great way to live for free because many places will simply take food and accommodation out of your salary to make things easier for you.
It Can Be Done
As you can see, living on the road for free can be done. But you need to plan well in advance to make this work. Where in the world will you go to with your newfound freedom?