When pangs of wanderlust strike, what do you do? Would you postpone your plans to travel until the economic situation improves or would you find ways to travel the world for free?
If you choose the latter then read on, lets get into the real spirit of traveling. Travel agencies sell all-inclusive packages, tailor-made etc., is like going to the mall and picking a brand new watch. The real experience is far behind. You can go globe-trotting with a lighter pocket, optimism and geared up to embrace new cultures and experiences. That’s all you need!
Feeling the joy of traveling
Just making the plan to travel gets you excited, seeing a new place, breathing fresh air, absorbing the beauty of nature, watching the sunset from top of a hill, feeling the peace within you and around you. Who needs to pay for that?
Free food and accommodation
There are options available on sites like couchsurfing.com, where thousands of people in over a hundred countries allow you to stay in their homes for free. Do some work or perform daily chores and you get a free meal. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms gives you the opportunity to not only get free accommodation and food but also learn about organic farming.
That will help to a great extent. Move around destinations at a slow pace, so in the bargain you can take up a skillful job like pottery, sculpting, handicrafts etc, and get paid as well or barter for free stay and food. One of my friends did just that. During his visit to India, he started to help out the local craftsmen in South India and made enough to fund his stay at that place. That’s possible if you travel slow and interact with the local community.
Rough it out and you shall receive
This would be the golden rule, if you want a luxurious vacation, you might as well take up a package from a tour operator. If you are willing to forego materialistic desires then the trip would turn out to be extremely light on your pockets. More chances of experiencing different places.
Get out of the urban jungle
If you are traveling from one city to another, doesn’t make sense. The same insecurities will dodge you, fear of getting mobbed, lack of space, no clean air, and so on. Go to a place where you can roll out your sleeping bag or pitch a tent and watch the shooting stars.
We did that on our visit to Gokarna, that wasn’t the original plan though, but we didn’t find accommodation at Om beach when we reached late at night. The only option was to sleep on the beach under the stars, thats what I call freedom.
Become a travel writer
If you aren’t too comfortable with the above mentioned plans then become a travel writer or take up a job which involves lot of traveling. Travel writers, freelancers, get lot of free junkets, fully sponsored trips to the most exotic places.
Now you know the possibilities of traveling around the world, just plan in advance, make the right choices, show respect for another culture and embrace the simplicity of life.
(Always do your research, read reviews or feedback if you are going through any particular site, and most importantly, be non-judgmental!)