7 Practical Ideas On How You Can Travel For Free [Or For Less]

May 10, 2018

Find out some of the practical ideas that will allow you to travel for free or at least cut down your travel expenses.

Traveling is such an enriching experience that most of us would not mind saving up and spending just to visit the places that we love. But wouldn't it be nice to travel for free or at least get huge savings on our travel expenses? Well, the good news is there are ways to do it. You just need to plan things out well or be extra alert when there are promos.

Ideas on how to travel for free

7 Practical Ideas On How You Can Travel For Free [Or For Less]

    Anyway, here are some more tangible examples of how you can reduce your travel expenses: 

    1. Wait for seat sales 

    This is probably the most common method to score airfare at a much lower rate. You just have to be diligent in waiting for announcements and you have to be fast in booking a ticket because they run out quite fast. 

    What you can do is you can sign up for newsletters so you get first dibs on promos right in your inbox. You can also follow the social media channels of airlines because seat sales are always announced on social media. 

    2. Take advantage of rewards program 

    There are many rewards programs out there like Mabuhay Miles that allow users to accumulate points or miles whenever they book a flight or buy from partner merchants like restaurants, apparel, and even baby essentials. 

    Depending on the points that you will accumulate, you can use these to take advantage of flight discounts or even free flights. It’s really easy and rewarding. 

    Earning miles or points usually come with using a credit card with partner merchants, which is practical because you will be using your credit card for purchases anyway.

    3. Join contests and giveaways 

    Contests and giveaways are also great ways to win free flights, tour packages, and accommodations. What’s good about these contests and giveaways is that they give out both local or international destinations as prizes. 

    These can be as easy as sharing or commenting on social media posts and writing blog posts. They require minimal effort and investment but the results   can be rewarding. 

    I once won a free tour package with accommodation in Caramoan from a blog writing contest launched by a now-defunct online travel booking site. Unfortunately, I had to forego my slot because of work. 

    4. Join a volunteer program 

    One of the best ways to travel is to join a volunteer program. You may not enjoy 100% free travel but you are at least assured of food and accommodation at no cost. 

    What’s good about volunteering is the experience of meeting diverse people and learning new cultures, and the fulfillment of being able to help out others by sharing your time and knowledge. 

    5. Choose a career that will allow you to travel 

    This is a surefire way to travel for free. If your career involves a lot of traveling, such as if you are a journalist or a flight attendant, your travel expenses and a little pocket money will be shouldered by your company. 

    6. Be a travel blogger 

    Travel blogging can also be your ticket to securing free travels through collaborations with tourism boards, hotel, resorts, and other brands and establishments related to tourism. 

    Just a warning though, travel blogging is not an easy way to earn free travel privileges. You have to build your authority and readership over time. You have to have the right numbers in terms of traffic and social media following. On the other hand, brands have varying terms in employing the services of travel bloggers. 

    You have to genuinely love your job as a travel blogger because it’s not all the time that you will secure partnerships. Otherwise, if you’re doing it just for the money and the freebies, you will end up frustrated most of the time. 

    7. Use a bike for traveling

    Not all people might realize it but using a bike is a good idea to travel for free. You will be surprised at how much you can achieve just with your bike if you put your heart and mind into it. 

    There are other people who were able to travel around the Philippines just by using a bike. If they can do it, so can you. You just have to make an initial investment on a good quality bike and safety gears. 

    You can also buy a good quality and lightweight backpack for storing your clothes and other essential items. Once you have the basics, you can go on your epic biking journey wherever and whenever you want to. 


    These are just a few ideas that you can follow if you want to travel for free or at least significantly save up on your travel expenses. I’m sure there are a lot more that you can do. If you feel a bit generous, I hope you can share your tips in the comments section below.

    Practical ideas on how to travel for free

    This post may contain affiliate links, including those from Amazon Associates, which means that if you book or purchase anything through one of those links, we may earn a small commission but at no extra cost to you. All opinions are ours and we only promote products that we use.

    Leave A Reply

    Feel free to share your thoughts! Relevant comments are welcome on this site. However, spam and promotional comments will not be published.


    1. Wow,knowing this made me really happy. I used Travel Book to book a place whenever I want to have a staycation so that I can relax, and on the other hand, I've been flying with Air Asia as well countless times. And therefore this is such a great news. I hope that I get a chance to win a luxurious vacation package for two.

      1. I use TravelBook a lot, too. Thank you for dropping by, Lai!

    2. i am not lucky when it comes to contests and giveaways! and hardly can find promos.. but i love to travel.. these are great tips though!

    3. Oh, I love traveling and usually try to find cheap deals. I always search for ticket sales before traveling, but I haven't won a giveaway until now :( Thanks for your ideas! I will try some of them.

    4. Giveaways never work for me. but really good tips to know. Thanks for sharing with us.

    5. I think it would be wonderful to be a travel blogger. What a great way to make a living.

    6. I really liked your tips. I think I cant be travel blogger, but Ill try to look for planes and hotels deal. I cant wait to travel as much as I can again!

    7. Lovely tips, I do travel for being paid because of my job, I am a travel blogger and there are ways to travel for free. I like hopping on a bike and explore, too! - Knycx Journeying

    8. These are really good ideas. The one about choose a travel career is quite a few years too late (LOL) but the other ideas I can try to make some use of. Thanks for sharing!

    9. Wonderful tips. Personally, I love that you called out the fact that being a blogger is not some simple and easy way to get free stuff.

    10. I usually use my miles or points that I accrued for a time. It helps me book for another destination by just paying the tax! Nice right?

    11. What great advice! I think you covered everything!!!

    12. Take advantage of rewards program and taking contests are such great ideas! Such amazing tips here.