By Yuli Linssen Kaminitz, guest blogger from EasyToBook.com
Travelling is one of the most popular hobbies every person on earth share with each other. Who doesn’t love to go on holiday, see new places, meet new people and experience adventures you have never tried before? even if it’s just for a quick weekend getaway, it is still a great luxury to take some time off from your busy life and just have a rest for a couple of days. Unfortunately most of us cannot always afford travelling regardless of where we go and how many days we stay. Flights and trains, hotels, eating out, attractions, and many more factors, are just necessary things we will need to spend our money on, during our holiday.
Luckily there are few solutions for reducing your vacation costs to almost nothing. In order to be able to travel for free, you will need to have a lot of creativity, enthusiasm, drive and a good personality as well. If you feel like you carry one or more of the above characteristic, please check out our “How to travel for free?” list:
1. Write a blog
Believe it or not, many travel bloggers out there are able to afford their trips by money they make on their blog. If you are creative enough and willing to invest some time in writing interesting stories about your travelling experiences, people will be happy to sponsor your blog and even better, companies will offer you money in order for you to recommend their site. Bloggers are very popular these days; people find them honest, unbiased and most important, personal. That is why if you make sure to present your story well and show your audience your true face, they will read your blog, tell it to their friends and slowly but surely you will get more traffic to your blog. Once the traffic is there, the companies will quickly follow and when that happens, you’ll start earning your money to travel.
2. Fruits picking
This option might sounds funny to some of you but it is very popular for people who are travelling in New Zealand, Australia or other nature areas. There are many jobs you can find when aiming to work on a farm but the most known one is fruit picking. Picking fruits like strawberries and bananas is a very important task farmers do few times a year. When the season is good for picking you will be able to find many jobs. The best thing about working in a farm is that fact that you stay for free in the farmer’s house, (or on a separate unit next to the main house) and you also eat there all your meals. Even though working in a farm means a lot of hard work and isolation in some way from the “real” world, the picking season last only for 2-3 months and after that you are free to go.
3. Selling Dead Sea cosmetics
Before all you guys get scared and just skip this part of the list, you need to understand one important thing: selling cosmetics means a lot of money to your pocket. If you ask around long-time travellers and especially backpackers they will all tell you: go do it! The cosmetic we talk about come from the Dead Sea in Israel and most of the chances your boss will be Israeli as well. Special soaps, Dead Sea facial mud, scrubs and other creams are all being sold in kiosks at different shopping malls around the world. The best time to go work at selling Dead Sea cosmetics is before Christmas time. The malls, (especially in the state) are packed with people, hungry for shopping and that’s why it is more likely they will buy a lot from you.
4. Sell oil painting from door to door
Selling oil painting can earn you a lot of money in a short time but it is very hard work and it will demand from you a lot of patient and will-power. The idea behind selling oil painting is to make your clients feel connected to you, comfortable with you and mainly to make them trust you. During 3 hours a day you will have to walk from door to door, carrying a heavy paintings portfolio and somehow convince random strangers to open you the door to their house and let you pitch them. Because you do sell them after all, art objects, you will need to make sure you know what you are talking about and also to have some passion in your eyes. Before start working, you will have to invest some time in learning the paintings and gain some knowledge about art. Once you are ready to go you will start making money, and a lot of it. Each one of these painting goes from 80 Euros till 400 and you will be able to keep 20% from your earnings.
As you can see, there are enough options that allow you to travel for free. All you need to do when arriving to a new place is to ask around local people and to be as nice and open minded as possible. For those of you who still prefer to go on a trip in the old- fashion way, make sure to book your hotel in advance. If you are smart enough to start looking for accommodation long before your departure, you will be able to get a lot of cheap hotel deals, with EasyToBook.com.