10 Ways to Travel for Free

by , SmarterTravel Staff - February 16, 2014
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Forget hitchhiking. The best new ways to travel for free rely more on tech savvy and social media connections than old-fashioned backpacking skills. Got Champagne taste on a beer budget? Here's what you need to know about home exchanges, crowd funding, and other ways to see the world without paying a dime.


Arrange a Home Exchange

You can eliminate the cost of travel accommodations by participating in a home exchange. There's nothing complicated about it—it's basically the old-fashioned barter system—and you can do it either through a free site like Craigslist or a members-only site that will vet or provide references for a small fee.

Related articles: 10 Things You Need to Know About Home Swapping and 10 Tips to Make Your Home Ready for an Exchange.

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