If you are looking at a lot of unused vacation days but you’re not sure you can afford a trip then there are 5 sites and apps that can help you find a great break on a budget.
These will help you to make the most of your money by finding you (almost) free accommodation and transport right across the country.
Don’t believe it? If you are a lover of road-trips take a look at the roadie app. For pet lovers you could try pet sitting in return for free accommodation – just head on over to TrustedHousesitters.
There are many more – just check out our list of places that give great options for vacationers on a budget. Once you discover the joys of cheap travel you may never look back!
#1 For Road Tippers
The best app to find if you want to plan a road trip is The Roadie App. This is a great way to connect with other people who want to move belongings across the country or just across town.
If you have a bit of spare space you could help cover the cost of your own trip just by agreeing to take their item. There’s a lot of different types of things on offer.
A quick search showed a cross-Portland drop-off would bring in $17 whereas longer trips ranged from $140 up to around $650. Well worth a look if you love a road trip but are short on cash for gas.
#1 For Pet Lovers
If you love pets then take a look at TrustedHousesitters. This provides accommodation in exchange for taking care of the household pets while their owners are away.
You need to pay $10 for site membership but that gives you access to pet sitting as little or as often as you like. You really get the best of both worlds here – a free place to stay and a furry friend to keep you company.
There are ratings so owners can be sure their sitter is trustworthy and as the sitter, you can choose which pet and/or areas suits you best. There are members in over 130 countries too so you are not limited to staying at home.
#1 For Home Owners
If you own a beautiful home then you could do a lot worse than checking out HomeExchange.com. Not only do you get to go on vacation you swap a home and life with a stranger for a whole week.
There is a $150 fee to join, paid annually, and you can then exchange your home as often as you want to. The site covers 150 countries and over 65,000 homes ranging from apartments through to country homes.
If you don’t find anything suitable the first year you will get the second year for free.
#1 For RV Vacations
If you’ve ever wanted to drive across the country in an RV head over to iMoova and you could pick up an opportunity to take an RV or car from one location to another on behalf of the rental company.
They will cover at least part of the cost and you could even find your whole trip comes for free. The only catch is that you need to be flexible enough with dates to fit into their schedules.
If you have a good driving license record and would love to drive an RV this could help cover your transport and your accommodation for a road-trip of a lifetime.
#1 For Outdoor Adventures
If you are a fan of the great outdoors then Campendium.com is the place to visit to make massive savings on camping trips. You can search the site using state or zip codes and be shown lots of nearby free locations where you can camp.
There’s plenty of photos so you get a good idea of where the most scenic areas are. National Forests and Grasslands allow free camping and there is always camping outside of designated areas.
This is known as dispersed camping and is usually free but you will need to keep to the Leave No Trace rules. The National Forest Map Locator is a great resource to find sites near your home.