Ooh, it's a perpetual dream on the bucket list of many, isn't it? Travelling the wonderful world! Frolicking through foreign terrain!
Of course, it's a goal that's often flung into the 'Too Ludicrously Expensive To Ever Actually Accomplish' basket, but oh, fear not, because international sightseeing absolutely needn't be exorbitant. Here's four easy-peasy suggestions for exploring the planet... cheaply, freely, and most of all, BRILLIANTLY!
Let's examine one opportunity (as featured here), shall we? Okay!
Meet this sweet-sounding Romanian/Jamaican couple from Bedfordshire, England. Seeking a friendly female to act as a live-in babysitter to their two children (with no experience necessary), they're offering rent-free accommodation (in England... ENGLAND!), and ''pocket money'' of 500 GBP per month, in exchange for 30-35 hours of your time and care each week. A-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Psst! Would you like to hear something appalling? My last phone bill was *insert dramatic heart thump here* $652. Terrible, huh?! Uh huh, especially when you consider that for almost the same price, I could've been NEPAL-in' for two months! (Get it? Appalling? Nepal-in'?! Oh, I slay myself with my own lameness!)
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) aims to provide volunteer travellers with quality, flexible and safe volunteering placements in developing countries, and with two month programmes starting from as little as $770 (all meals and accommodation included), they're surely an affordable way to tip-toe through West Asia!
At House Sit World, they'll place your details on their website listing the areas you're interested in, dates you're available and your comments as to why a home owner should trust you to look after their valued possessions, home, garden and pets while they're away. Home owners then search their pages for someone who meets their needs and is available in their area during the time they are away, contact the suitable sitters and once references are checked, make mutually acceptable arrangements.
Help Exchange (Help X) is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats (!) who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation. In a typical arrangement, you'll work an average of 4 hours per day, and receive free accommodation and meals for your efforts. SCORE!
Which countries are you itching to visit? Would you ever consider volunteering? I'll let you in on a little not-so-secret: I completely intend to take the plunge this year!
Everybody want to spend his free time in visiting new places. Traveling is really an exciting activity if you are going to a new place.
its great..travel the world at cheap rate.
I never used to be much into travelling, but lately I've got the travelling bug like mad! I really want to visit Iceland, Egypt, Scotland, Ireland, India, Japan.....and so on. Plus I want to do more travelling within Australia!
Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch
Olivia - What an awesome way to save! *Love* it.
Soapy Mermaid - Fantastic INDEED!
Mouna - Awww, thank-you so much, Mouna! I was so happy to have stumbled across yours, and hooray! I'll be sure to check that link out :)
Nirobota - Who doesn't adore a discount?! :)
Hannah - Thank-you kindly, Hannah!
Wow. I've never thought of volunteering somewhere and I didn't even know it was possible.. great ideas x
I think it is only for me will travel cheap....
thansk to your comment i discover your great blog!
These are real good ideas i defenitely look it to that housesitting, the easiest to combine with my actual life.
A good free way to travel also is through couchsurfing.org you crash for free on people's couches and you learn to know the locals. thanks fot your article xxx
I think volunteering is a good idea. Travelling around the world is such a dream. I remember having seen the first pic on the postasecret site, it must be fantastic to decide suddenly to leave and take a year off to travel everywhere!
I love this list of ideas! Ben and I are currently housesitting and that is how we saved up for our 2 month Euro holiday at Christmas! :)
Nancy - You're 110% welcome! :)
Wow >_<. Never knew that such things were possible.. thank you for sharing!!
Debi C - Awww, thank-you so much, Debi! :)
I think we're taught that overseas travel has to be impossibly expensive (and prooobably by the companies that are peddling the pricey cruises and tours!), but it *definitely* doesn't have to be. Here's to making it to Europe with your bestie, and SOON!
this is brilliant..i have been planning a euro trip with my best friend but it can't happen for at least 3-4 years since we don't want to take a penny from our parents.
Tamara - You need to commit to taking some time off, woman! xoxo
I like the house-sitting one - only how do I make this work for me? :)