Read below to learn how about HelpX and how to travel the world for free.
NOTE: Next, you can view Part II of our “Travel the World for Free” series.
Free World Travel: Part I
Most people dream of traveling the world. Whether you want to travel for 10 days or 2 years, it is possible to travel for free. This post offers tips on how to literally travel for free. Yes, that’s right. For FREE.
All you need is your passport and you can see the world for free!
Imagine if you could travel to any country in the world and not have to pay for food and accommodation. Well, that dream is a reality for thousands of travelers every day.
Important to realize, there are several work exchange websites that connect bothtravelers and hosts to cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship.
If this sounds good to you, it’s time you learn about HelpX.
Introduction to HelpX
Firstly, HelpX.net is a website that links people who can take in travelers and ‘volunteers’ in exchange for meals and accommodation.
In short, this means you could realistically travel your way around the world and never pay for a meal or bed.
How It Works with HelpX
In short, Help X is a website for hosts and helpers. Notably, there is a fee of $25 USD for helpers to sign up.
HelpX works because you get meals and accommodations in exchange for your help. It could be literally anything. A host person or company will create a profile stating where they live, what they do, the type of help they need, and what they are willing to provide in exchange.
Usually it’s something like 4-6 hours of ‘work’ or ‘volunteering’ per day on 5-6 days a week. You can usually negotiate one or two days off a week.
Generally, the work is fun as you’ll be with other international travelers who also work to cover expenses as they make their way around the world.
HelpX is a network of people traveling the world for free. Whether you are looking to volunteer your time, or you need some people to come and help you get your garden or house together, this is the site for you. All you have to do is create a profile and you are on your way to helping all around the world.
Types of Work via HelpX
Presently, you can search helpx.net for listings from all over the world. For instance, choose any of the following work:
- Work on a bee farm in Sicily
- Paint fences in southern Spain
- Volunteer at a school in Cambodia or an orphanage in India.
- Build a garden in Portugal
- Help cook meals for a hostel in British Columbia
- Make beds at a bed and breakfast castle in France
Generally, whatever skills you have to offer, there are a number of work exchanges around the world that could use your help. In addition, you may even learn new skills!
Since the whole world participates in this network of work exchanges, it is a great way to travel the world and not have to spend any money on food or accommodations. Moreover, another benefit is you’ll make new friends and meet people from all over the world.
Additional HelpX Information
Importantly, you do not have to be skilled to participate in HelpX, as the hosts will find things you’re comfortable doing.
In exchange, you will receive free accommodations and food.
Again, HelpX is available all around the world. However, certain cities participate in it more than others so you can be selective in who you choose to help. Remember, all you need to travel for free is your passport and a sense of adventure!