Thinking about overseas but concerned you might make a less-than-worthy choice because you can't afford to visit all the places on your wish list before you make your final decision? Just because you've little money doesn't mean you have to stay at home. With a bit of ingenuity, and a dash of wit and wangle, you can travel practically for free。
How? By thinking out of the box when it comes to where you stay. Here are six suggestions for getting your accommodation for free or next-to-nothing.
To learn more, see www.couchsurfing.org. This network of kind souls around the world agree to offer an extra bedroom, couch, or corner of the floor to travelers in exchange for the same kindness when they visit your town.
As implied, this scheme involves trading homes for an agreed-upon amount of time. It works best if your home is in a locale someone wants to visit. And if your dates coincide. There are many websites to use to hook up with fellow swappers.
Now things start to get interesting. Because the obligation here isn't to share your own digs but to tend to someone else's. If you're up for watering plants, scratching the kitties behind the ears now and then, and generally doing what needs to be done around the house, then you stay for free. Learn more and start your search for a caretaking gig.
Even though the only thing holy about us is our socks, we love this idea. A book called "Good Night &God Bless," by Australian Trish Clark, explains how to find inexpensive, clean, safe and well-located accommodation in the convents and monasteries of Europe. Learn more atwww.goodnightandgodbless.com.