What are the best resources for traveling for free?

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    #1Workaway

    Workaway
    Workaway helps people explore the world for free. You can contact families and organisations throughout the world and stay for free in return for a few hours volunteering.
    Websites

    $38- 1 Year

    Jessica Romero
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I had such a wonderful experience with Workaway. I had always wanted to travel but could never really afford to do so. With Workaway, not only have I traveled a lot, I am also contributing to global communities versus merely being a tourist. "
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    #2Diverbo

    Diverbo
    Diverbo is a program for all native English-speakers or native Spanish-speakers who want to spend a week abroad enjoying culture, conversation, and connecting with people. You'll earn a free week with full board at one of their English-speaking or Spanish-speaking villages in exchange for your English or Spanish conversation. 
    Websites

    Free

    Samuel Flores
    Written on June 7, 2017
    "I wish the Diverbo experience was longer, but it was very fulfilling. Even with the structure of the experience it felt like a free vacation. I enjoyed helping people communicate in another language while I was also learning on my travels."
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    #3HouseCarers

    HouseCarers
    HouseCarers is a worldwide house sitter and pet sitter directory that allows you to travel rent-free and lets pets stay at home without stress. Based in Australia, this site was established since 2000.
    Websites

    Free

    Katherine Hopkins
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "really useful directory that helps you save money if you need someone to watch your pets or your house. A real life and time saver as all the info is in one place so you don't have to search all over the internet."
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    #4YMT Vacations

    YMT Vacations
    YMT Vacations gives you a free vacation if you enlist 12 people to travel with them and act as trip leader. If eight of those travelers book their flights through YMT, they also cover your airfare.
    Websites

    Free

    Kyle Perry
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "YMT Vacations didn't work out well for me. I had a hard time finding enough people to enlists on a group trip to make it worth it. I could see how it would work for some, but it was too unrealistic for my situation."
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    #5Trusted Housesitters

    Trusted Housesitters
    Trusted Housesitters is a website where you can find hosts from all over the world that need house sitters and pet sitters, and get free accommodation in exchange.
    Websites

    Free

    Alan Burton
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "I was looking for a site that would help me find people that need their pets watched, as well as having a place to stay for when I am out of town or on business trips. You can find everything from who to watch pets for and they even have details into what to expect from services offered. Definitely would rate it 4/5 stars for effort, services, and available clients. "
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    #6Couchsurfing

    Couchsurfing
    Couchsurfing is a hospitality service and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to stay as a guest at someone's home, host travelers, meet other members, or join events.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Ralph Powell
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "Couchsurfing is a great solution to traveling for free and highly recommended if you just want a quick getaway or are interested in a more nomadic lifestyle. I used the service in Barcelona, Berlin, & Prague and met some incredible people -- some whom I even maintained friendships with. I experienced & saw many new and interesting things (nightlife, local culture, architecture, restaurants) that will stick with me for a long time. "
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    #7AuPair World

    AuPair World
    AuPair World is a website where you can register for free and find your au pair or host family simply, safely and directly. As an au pair, you'll get free accommodation and additional payment.
    Websites

    Free

    Melissa Burns
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "After graduating from college, I found myself still lacking a bit of direction for post-graduation plans. In an attempt to travel on a budget, I decided to become an au pair in Germany! AuPair World connected me to an amazing family directly, allowing me to communicate with them, and learn about them before going overseas. I had an amazing experience and I am still in touch with the family I lived with! "
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    #8HelpX

    HelpX
    HelpX is an online listing of organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
    Websites

    Free- $20/2 years

    Frank Cook
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "I was planning my vacaiton but didn't have a lot of money and wanted to experience some new things, so I checked out HelpX. It directed me to people who needed assistance in exchange for labor. I met a lot of cool people and learned how to do a lot of interesting things!"
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    #9Tomorro

    Tomorro
    Tomorro is a website where new sweepstakes are constantly published. Depending on the sweepstake, people from different parts of the world can enter to win prizes like international holidays, cruises, cars, and more.
    Websites

    Free

    Alan Owens
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "I've had no luck with Tomorro, and it's not actually free. I'm not sure how they actually pick winners, but it's been a waste of time and money for me."
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    #10WWOOF

    WWOOF

    WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange. As a volunteer, you live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer. As a host farm you open your home to receive visitors who want to connect with the land and support the organic movement.

    Websites

    Free

    Jason Hu
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "My experience as a WWOOFer in Australia was great! I wanted to get out of the country for a bit and try something new. I met a lot of great people, the work was meaningful, and my hosts were great people!"
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    #11Tripoto

    Tripoto
    Tripoto is a community of travelers who share travel blogs and stories. It lets you discover amazing itineraries by real travelers. They periodically host sweepstakes where their top contributors can win international holidays.
    Websites

    Free

    Jonathan May
    Written on July 18, 2017
    "This solution to my problem really took me by surprise, Tripoto really did give me a different perspective. This community forums really showed me the in's and out's of places that I was missing when I traveled. I learned some travel tricks of the trade and learned some great expense cutters as well. The community was extra friendly and already made a few travel buddies, thanks for this great solution!!"
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    #12Travel Sweepstakes Blogger

    Travel Sweepstakes Blogger

    A blog that's entirely dedicated to sharing travel sweepstakes from every corner of the Internet. Find out about contests to win trips to pretty much any destination here.

    Websites

    Free

    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "The best place to find travel deals online that aren't scams. They are legit and you can sign up right here, it's so nice to have them all in one place will save you hours of research. "
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    #13Contest Bee

    Contest Bee

    Contest Bee is a site where you can find contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways. They provide the casual sweeper, or anybody new to sweeping with a safe way to find the latest active sweepstakes to enter. Contest Bee has a dedicated section to travel sweepstakes.

    Websites

    Free

    Anthony Harper
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "At first I thought that this website was a scam. But after using it a few times I realized how good it is and it is also quite reliable. I have received very many giveaways via this website. I use it every day."
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    #14The Luxury Travel Expert

    The Luxury Travel Expert
    The Luxury Travel Expert is a blog with filtered information about luxury travel, based on the author's 20 years of experience in world traveling. It features a dedicated space for contests where you can stay up-to-date with great luxury travel sweepstakes from all over the world.
    Websites

    Free

    Bobby Ortiz
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Aside from great articles on prior travels, this site offers followers a chance to win their own adventure! I just think it says a lot about the blogger when they want to give back to the 'fans' and make the experience better for everyone."
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    #15Airhelp

    Airhelp

    Airhelp exists to help airline passengers receive the compensation they are legally entitled if they experience a flight cancellation, delay or disruption when flying into or out of the European Union.

    Websites

    Price upon request

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    #16SpotHero

    SpotHero

    SpotHero is a parking booker and finder that helps you to find available and cheap parking spots all over the US territory. You can both search for the spot and even book it in advance, having major savings on its prices up to half of the value.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Madison Williamson
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "I you live or travel to big cities this is a great app to try to find free or almost free places to park. I would love if it told you if there were spots available, but I guess that is asking a bit much. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for traveling for free
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WorkawayWebsites 63 Paid
2DiverboWebsites 46 Free
3HouseCarersWebsites 41 Free
4YMT VacationsWebsites 32 Free
5Trusted HousesittersWebsites 30 Free
6CouchsurfingApps 26 Free
7AuPair WorldWebsites 22 Free
8HelpXWebsites 18 Free
9TomorroWebsites 17 Free
10WWOOFWebsites 16 Free
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