As I’ve recently been professing, I believe that the cost of full-time travel is less than staying in one place. Part of my reasoning for this is because I have found a number of creative ways to keep my expenses very low.
- I often volunteer or work in trade for my accommodation
- I ask for – and get – free upgrades
- I travel slowly to enhance my immersion experience, reduce travel fatigue, and keep my transportation costs minimal
- I often stay with families
- I am a frequent flyer junkie, thus allowing me to generally fly long-haul in business class for less than the price of economy tickets
These are just a few ways I’ve managed to make full-time travel a financially sustainable lifestyle along with my small location independent income as a writer and travel blogger. (See also: So You Wanna Be a Travel Writer).
So when I was introduced to the e-book How to Travel for Free (Or Pretty Damn Near It), I was egotistically skeptical that I’d get anything useful from it.
I was wrong!
Shelley Seale and Keith Hajovsky have, between them, traveled a good chunk of the world. From regular vacations to two-year sabbaticals, they’ve found a number of ways to travel for very little money. And their e-book How to Travel for Free (Or Pretty Damn Near It) is a massive collection of resources and experiential advice – for both people interested in reducing vacation expenses, as well as those looking to make travel a more permanent installation in their lives.
They cover topics such as:
- Flying: rewards programs, low cost airlines, air consolidators
- Trains, Buses, Boats
- Cars: ride sharing, car rentals, point-to-point services
- Even bicycling, with links to home-stay programs for bicycle travelers
- Hotels: staying free with loyalty programs
- Hostels, B&Bs, Vacation Homes
- Monasteries and Convents (I hadn’t thought of these as accommodation options, but now I will)
- Hospitality Exchanges (eg: Couchsurfing)
- Home Exchanges (Shelley and Keith are big proponents of home exchanges, and provide extensive information and experience in this category)
- House-Sitting and Caretaking
Creative Travel Tips
- Working Abroad
- Bartering (again, something I hadn’t considered, with more resources than I knew existed to help people exchange services)
- Mystery Shopper (no really!)
- Even entering Contests and Sweepstakes
Even as a full-time traveler I learned lots of ways to creatively reduce my expenses and enhance my own travels. And with links to all the relevant services and websites, it’s a great launching pad.
But it does have certain limitations for me as a full-time traveler with no fixed address. With certain recommendations a bias towards home exchanges, this e-book is best suited for people with a home base wishing to travel creatively (even extensively, as in taking sabbaticals).
But either way, I’m glad I was introduced to this book, and I proudly display it on my left sidebar as a resource I endorse.
Editor’s Note: I received a free copy of this e-book for review, and there are affiliate links in this post. But as always, I only promote things that I feel are of value, and there’s no cost difference to you to buy it through my site.