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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

If you are planning a big trip, one of your chief concerns will naturally be to find comfortable and affordable accommodations. After all, there’s no point in going somewhere if you don’t have a place to stay once you get there. This is also one of the big costs for any trip so making good choices can mean you spend more time enjoying yourself in Europe and less time saving your money to get there. You don’t want to arrive at a beautiful and exciting place, only to discover that you spent your entire budget on your flight and hotel and now have no money left.

There are creative ways to get around this and if you’re sick of hotels or hostels then look no further. Some of these won’t work for your situation but you may see something that appeals to the way you like to travel. Hostels have never really fitted my travel plans because I lug around a tonne of gear so finding other options has been like a second job. House sitting however is perfect for me! Take a look, find what works for you and then click through to see all the info.

CouchSurfing

Probably the biggest global phenomenon for free travel in history. One of the easiest and best ways to travel and keep on a budget while meeting some amazing people. It’s been happening forever but it’s now been organized and consolidated to make it easy!
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House Sitting/Swapping

This is not new either but also extremely useful. Connect with people wanting to either swap houses or are looking for someone to look after their place (& pets usually) while they’re away.
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Volunteering

A little different to the others. This one involves huge commitment, self-sacrifice, and hard work. The reward? It’ll probably change your life.
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Become an Au Pair

Not for the faint-hearted or introverted! This is as big of a commitment as volunteering so do your research. If you love kids and want a way to make some extra money and save on accommodation this may be perfect for you.
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Sail the World

Maybe a little less mainstream but an exciting way to travel the world. It’s also more of a challenge because inevitably you’ll be bound by someone elses plans but also amazing in so many ways.
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Become a Camp Counsellor

See a pattern here? This one requires a big commitment too. Perhaps a little more on the fun, social side of things but if you’re looking for something different and a way to make lifelong friends while you travel then this is for you.
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Seasonal Worker

From ski instructors to fruit pickers and everything in between. Often these come with accommodation covered and obviously a little cash thrown in doesn’t hurt.
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Teach English

If you’re a native English speaker there are more and more opportunities to teach around the world. Particularly in Asia, there’s often accommodation thrown in with your wages.
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Coming Soon

More options coming soon!
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