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6 Ways to Live for Free Around the World

Lorena Wildering

Ugh. Rent. We all have to face it eventually and work our butts off to have enough money to live in a decent place. Depending on where you are, you have to work extra hard cough London cough. Luckily enough, there are several ways you can live for free around the world:

1. Couchsurfing

Through websites like Couchsurfing.com, anyone can offer their couches to travellers in need of a roof. Normally they stay from a few nights up to a week, but there a lot of people who hop from couch to couch without ever paying a dime. It’s kind of like Airbnb, only free!

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It’s definitely the perfect way to live like a local and meet local people in a new city. When you return home, try to repay the favour by offering your own couch for travellers in your area.

2. House-sitting

Yes, some people do, in fact, decide to open out their homes to housesitters when they go on holiday. Being one of those housesitters is one of the easiest ways for you to cross out accommodation costs. And all for so little: whether it’s keeping the house tidy, watering the plants, or even petsitting (!) — it’s no price to pay for a free place to stay. Check MindMyHouse, TrustedHouseSitters or HouseCarers for opportunities worldwide.

4. Win the Uniplaces Scholarship

Living for free while doing a semester abroad? Perfectly possible! The Uniplaces Scholarship offers 10 students the chance to live rent free for a whole semester. The only thing you need to do is share an act of kindness you’ve done to a fellow student. Easy as pie.

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5. Go home with someone

Hey, don’t put words in our mouth. It’s perfectly possible to crash in someone’s place without there being second intentions. Naturally, we’re not saying you should make a habit of it, but in case you’re traveling and you meet new people who you end up being close to, why not stay with them? Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

live-free-around-world6. Exchange your skills

If only it were possible to exchange your skills for a free place to stay. It would make travelling the world way cheaper and more rewarding. Well, have you heard of Worldpackers? It’s a platform with over 530,000 travelers and hosts around the world that trade work and volunteering for free accommodation.

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Say you’re skilled at writing, photography and engaging on social media — that could be your ticket to stay in Ecuador for 3 months with a guaranteed place to stay! We bet old-time travellers marvel at what they could have done if only they had had this technology available to them at the time of their travels. It’s our job to take advantage of it!

7. Live on a boat

Who knew there is a huge community of captains looking for an extra pair of hands on deck? If you fancy living at sea, check out Crewseekers and Findacrew to look for opportunities. A cabin or bunk is guaranteed in exchange for free accommodation.

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Have you ever done any of these things so you wouldn’t have to pay rent? Are there any other ways you can think of to live rent-free? Let us know in the comments. And remember: if you need student accommodation in Europe, you’ll find the student home you’re looking for on Uniplaces.

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