How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free) - Page 2

Couch surfing, home exchanges, and housesitting are some novel options
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 5, 2019 2:35 PM CST

  • COUCH SURFING: This option works for solo travelers or couples looking to make new friends over a few nights. Since you're staying in someone's home, you'll likely need to "check in and out" at reasonable hours and clean up after yourself. Check out Couchsurfing.com.
  • HOME EXCHANGES: This option offers more privacy since you'll swap your home temporarily with someone else. Check out the GuestToGuest website, which charges about $11 a night or around $147 annually (and you'll have to pay a damage deposit). The host may also include additional charges or requests, but you can offset the costs of such services by cooking in the kitchen to save money on meals. Some homeowners even let you borrow their car.
  • HOUSESITTING: If you don't mind pets or a few chores while you travel, you can see the world for less. Check out Trustedhousesitters.com, which also has an app and charges $119 for an annual membership.
  • OTHER IDEAS: Join a hotel loyalty program, or consider applying for a hotel credit card. The right one can earn you rewards toward future stays, and many cards even offer a free anniversary night, usually in exchange for an annual fee.
(Have a safe flight? These airlines are your best bet.)

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