How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free)

Couch surfing, home exchanges, and housesitting are some novel options
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 5, 2019 2:35 PM CST
In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, a blanket of fog covers the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, top left, in front of the city skyline in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – Credit card rewards can be your ticket—literally your plane ticket—to a dream destination. But even if you've earned what you need to get to where you're going, the accommodations could be a different story. What do you do if you don't have enough points or miles left for lodging? You can slash those costs, too, if you're willing to get out of your comfort zone, the AP reports. That might mean couch surfing with locals, agreeing to a home exchange or signing up for housesitting. Websites and apps can help you connect with frugal options domestically and abroad. You may be able to stay for free, or nearly free, if you're flexible with dates and can abide by house rules. Read on for four ideas:

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