Traveling the world doesn’t have to be an impossible dream. Whether you want to travel for one week or one year, you can travel without having to worry about the finances breaking your bank account. Yes, that’s right. All you need is your passport and a sense of adventure!
If you missed part 1, go back and read about HelpX and how you can ‘volunteer’ in exchange for food and accommodation.
Another way to travel for free is Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing has been around longer than Facebook, and with millions of users around the world, there’s no reason to not give it a try.
How Couchsurfing Works:
Couchsurfing works as a way to connect travelers. It’s basically the social media site for travelers. People who ‘host’ offer their couch or spare bed or even their hammock to ‘surfers’ who are traveling through their area. A couchsurfer (or traveler looking to stay with a host) sends out a message to someone hosting in the area they are planning to travel through. The host can accept or deny the request. This is all a free service, and it’s all done through hospitality and goodwill. No money is exchanged from this process. It’s simply a way for travelers who are not currently traveling to help out other travelers who are passing through their town. It’s a great way to meet people from around the world and truly celebrate local cultures and life.
Why Couchsurf? What If I Meet a Crazy Person?!
Couchsurfing is usually connected to people’s Facebook profiles. Since hosts and surfers alike give and get reviews, you base your requests and acceptances on their ratings. These ratings give a good view of each traveler. Couchsurfing will restore your faith in humanity and give you an opportunity to share life with people from all over the world.
If you’re looking for a way to make new friends from all over the world, check out Couchsurfing. You’ll also find that there are couchsurfing events held in every city, so if you’re just looking to get your feet wet, sign up for a local event and begin that way. And when you’re ready to take the plunge, begin hosting or couchsurfing yourself!
Remember, if you’re planning to travel overseas, you’ll need to make sure you have your U.S. Passport. If you need a passport and you don’t want to wait the 4-6 weeks that U.S. State Department takes, check out a trusted passport expediter like Fastport Passport. With over ten years of experience, they can get you your passport in as little as 24 hours.