Travel forever and never pay for accomodation

You cannot not read a headline like that; it sums up every traveler’s eternal wish. There are endless ways to do this and resources on how to are abundant, you just have to look and be able to choose ones more reliable than the others. What you choose depends on the price (not monetary) you are willing to pay for it: for example, will you be happy always sleeping on a stranger’s couch?

A recent article on Vagabondish has picked out 8 online resources that, depending on your personality, can make this happen for you. Here they are:

  • Caretaker’s Gazette:People looking for caretakers in exchange for rent-free living.
  • WOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms — it is an organisation with which you can exchange your services for accommodations, food, and training.
  • House Carers: House-sitting opportunities when you travel.
  • Organic Volunteers: Alongside berry-picking jobs, here you will also find hostel management jobs and artist retreat internships that will allow you to pay expenses when on the road.
  • Couch-Surfing: We are all familiar with this concept and it’s one I’m looking forward to trying soon. I’m a little afraid of doing it on my own though!
  • Global Freeloaders:Similar to couch-surfing, but you are required to be able to host as well as travel.
  • Servas: Apparently the original couch-surfers!
  • Hospitality Club:A group of people willing to host people visiting their country in different ways: giving them free guided tours or a bed.

Have a look at the full article here.

Posted by | Comments (3)  | January 25, 2008
Category: Travel News


3 Responses to “Travel forever and never pay for accomodation”

  1. Noel Says:

    On my many ‘house sitting’ Google searches I have frequently come across two different house sitting companies not listed above but look worthy enough to add. They are:

    Aussie House Sitters – http://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/

    House Sitters America – http://www.housesittersamerica.com/

    Check em out!!

  2. Rita Payne Says:

    Hello,

    I am a single female who is looking for a housesitting opportunity in the Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage areas while I am working in the desert.

    I have references, both financial and personal.

    Please call 760-567-7154.

    Thank you.

  3. Alison Says:

    Hi Noel,

    Yes, there are a number of other house sitting sites out there.

    Housecarers is definitely one to consider. It’s reliable, reasonably priced and has a good ratio of opportunities to house sitters.

    This is a good list of all the different sites – http://www.housesittingguide.com/house-sitting-sites/ – I am a member of Housecarers and will continue my membership. I am also a member of Trusted Housesitters and Mind My House.

    I do think Aussie House sitters, which you mentioned, is a good site however house sitters america often has scams on it so I would exercise caution when using it.

    Alison