7 Tips For Free or Reduced Travel Rates in 2021

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Traveling is on everyone’s dream list right? But often it is unavailable to many because of budget restrictions. At least on a regular basis. People save for years to take their once in a lifetime dream trip. Let’s explore some tips so you can travel for free or at reduced rates in 2020! How do you save money when you travel with free or reduced rates?

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There are some tips and tricks that will allow you to see the world more often if you are willing to think outside the box.

Everyone is doing it?

Travel hacking is the new buzzword out there on how to get free or reduced rate travel, lodging and other benefits. It started with Influencers who were offered free stuff in exchange for them mentioning the brand on social media. Think Kardashians …..

I personally started a travel and lifestyle blog, Born to be Boomers, to be able to write about my travels, that would appeal to the over 50-crowd. It has since turned into a business I love!

Frankly, it is starting to get a little annoying. Everyone and their brother is calling resorts and other favorite locations trying to gain access for free by offering a social media post on their Instagram. It never works that way.

The process to get free travel this way can be lucrative but it often takes years of hard work and sacrifice to get to a point where this can happen.

Typically bloggers work long hours and put in their own money to get started. It is like any other business. It takes hard work and capital to make it work. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme by any means. TRUST ME! lol

So How Can You Get Started Looking for Free or Reduced Travel?

There are a few ways to get free accommodations and reduced travel rates if you are willing to think outside of the box. They also may involve you working while overseas.

You can often find part-time work that allows you to still feel like you are on vacation even though you are serving others. Let’s go over them below!

Free Travel Tips
Credit card points can get you there!

Tips for Free or Reduced Travel

  1. Pet Sitting ServicesTrustedhousesitters.com and Rover.com are the two most popular ones. This innovative idea brings travelers and animal lovers together to solve one big problem. I want to travel but who do I find that I can trust to watch my pet. By signing up and these sites everyone wins! The pet owner saves money on expensive boarding costs with a vetted pet sitter. The pet sitter gets to travel to a new place that they want to visit.
  2. Credit card points – Now this one can be a little trickier, but essentially you can search out which travel cards offer the most points. This changes on a regular basis. You need to be careful though as opening and closing cards will affect your credit. Make sure you go to one of the many credit reporting sites. Check what will happen to your score if you open a new card. This tactic is for those who are mature enough not to run up a bunch of debt to get points and are able to pay it off immediately. Sorry, the banker in me is coming out! There are tons of articles out there showing you which travel cards have the best offerings. You will need to do some research but if it means getting tickets to Europe for free it is worth your time!
    Always check the hotel or airline’s website before you book and see if they are running any promotions that can earn you bonus points or miles. To track all of your points look into Award Wallet. This is a very slow way to get free travel but I know people who put EVERYTHING on their card they can to garner points! You will get there!
  3. Volunteer – This option is a little less luxurious but gives you all the feel-good emotions. Many lives are transformed after volunteering overseas. The two best organizations for this are the Peace Corps and International Volunteer Headquarters or IVHQ.
    Stay with a Host Family at Workaway.Info. Building a sharing community of global travelers who genuinely want to see the world while contributing to the places they visit.
  4. Teach English overseasTEFL is an organization that facilitates your certification and has a job board as well. Although it is easier to get work with a degree it is not a deal-breaker!
  5. Next Vacay is how you get discounted flights. This is a new service that was started to be able to scan the different travel sites looking for the best pricing on flights. I have seen airfare as low as a few hundred dollars to Europe. In exchange to access the software, you pay a very nominal fee of $25.00 per year.
  6. Travel Zoo is another great source for the lowest prices on great travel and there are no annual membership fees!!
  7. Matrix -ITA Software is something I just learned about. Recently purchased by Google it shows you the lowest fares on a calendar. No more guessing which is the best day to leave. Check out their website here. Just one last tip! When searching for airline tickets search incognito! Your cookies will prevent you from seeing cheap fares more than once. A little trick the airlines use to get you to book right away.

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Wrapping it up!

There are many options to get free or heavily-reduced travel. I even saw where a wealthy family was willing to pay someone to travel with them for a year….. If they were willing to help with the kids. Not my cup of tea …. but it could be yours!

Be sure to let me know if you have other great ways to travel for free or next to nothing! I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

Before you go be sure to look at Don’t Make These 5 Travel Mistakes!

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74 responses to “7 Tips For Free or Reduced Travel Rates in 2021”

  1. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    These were all new to me so thank you for that comprehensive and informative list. 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You are welcome, Susan!

  2. Cindy Avatar
    Cindy

    Great tips! I’m always looking for ways to travel affordably.

  3. Yasinta Avatar
    Yasinta

    Thank you Tricia for the tips…loved it!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you for looking Yasinta!

  4. Carrie Avatar
    Carrie

    Such a good idea to teach overseas!! My cousin did that right out of college! She loves it!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I know lots of people who have been very successful with teaching overseas!

  5. Lina Avatar
    Lina

    These are so good to know! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    We love using our credit card points for travel!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is a great option for so many!

  7. Kyndall Bennett Avatar
    Kyndall Bennett

    My younger sister wants to teach English overseas. She might find this very useful!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! Let me know how she does!

  8. Christina Furnival Avatar
    Christina Furnival

    We are in the process of trying to utilize our credit card points for our next European adventure!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I need to get better at utilizing CC points myself!

  9. Shirley Avatar
    Shirley

    I’ve done pet sitting and had someone pet sit for me while I traveled. It works both ways! Great tip!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love it! Thanks Shirley!

  10. Katherine Wolfe Avatar
    Katherine Wolfe

    Great tips! I didn’t realize people swapped pet-sitting like that in order to travel somewhere new. Takes Rover to a whole new level!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I think it is a great program for those who are on a strict budget!

  11. Beatriz Herrera Avatar
    Beatriz Herrera

    Thank you! Love your tips 🙂

  12. Suzan Avatar
    Suzan

    I look forward to house sitting in the future to see the world 🙂

  13. Angela Avatar
    Angela

    I am all about the credit card points!!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! I need to get better at it!

  14. Tracy Avatar
    Tracy

    Great Tips! My brother and SIL spent 10 months traveling Europe, spending very little by pet sitting as they traveled.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Wow! Great to see someone getting such great use of that system!

  15. Jill DeMasi Avatar
    Jill DeMasi

    Thanks for the travel tips! I am going to look at Travel Zoo for a trip I am taking next year.

  16. Maria G Avatar
    Maria G

    As a travel addict, I agree! But I love, love, love the research!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome Maria! Thanks!

  17. Charlene Avatar
    Charlene

    I love traveling but I never feel like I can afford it. These are some great tips for reduced price travel!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Start making it a practice so when you get there you are ready!

  18. Jen Avatar
    Jen

    Great tips! I love travel so as well!

  19. Noelle Collins Avatar
    Noelle Collins

    I love these tips. I learned a few I had never heard of from you.

  20. jen Avatar
    jen

    Excellent tips and you are right, it doesn’t take a LOT of work but it does take a bit… and the payoff is always there! Ill be reviewing these again as I plan out 2020!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how you do Jen!

  21. Lora Rovegna Avatar
    Lora Rovegna

    These are great tips and I didn’t know about most of them. I would love to travel some but yep, money is the biggest thing holdingme back.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Try getting in the habit with day trips! You will find yourself prioritizing travel differently if you start somewhere!

  22. Holly Avatar
    Holly

    Thank you for the great info! Traveling on a budget can be difficult and this will really help!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome Holly! Let me know what works!

  23. Amanda Avatar
    Amanda

    I’m always looking for a deal, so I will be checking into these tips for free or reduced travel for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you for stopping by Amanda!

  24. Magan Avatar
    Magan

    Great suggestions! I really love the idea of serving. I have experienced some amazing places while serving on missions trips. It’s also a great way to get to know the local community more than you would as a regular tourist.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Mission trips are a great idea as well!

  25. Brianna Avatar
    Brianna

    Thank you I needed this! I love to travel but it can be pricey with 3 little ones

  26. Missy Avatar
    Missy

    I appreciate your suggestion for volunteering with travel. One is able to learn more about a culture when volunteering.

  27. Heather Avatar
    Heather

    I love this. You are right. If you put the work in, you can find the deals. I know I am guilty of being lazy, and it has cost me, and I have left money on the table.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I was the same way when I worked in banking. There are so many hours in the day!

  28. Cynthia Avatar
    Cynthia

    Thanks for sharing. These are great tips for ways to save to travel. I’ve been contemplating the housesitting idea but haven’t gotten brave enough to try it yet. Maybe that should be a goal of mine for 2020 🙂

  29. kmf Avatar
    kmf

    Truth! This is a perfect post that all new bloggers need to read to manage expectations. I may also share with those people who tell me it must be nice to be retired or not have to work much as a blogger. And these are great tips on how to establish yourself in this niche. I’m finding starting locally has been beneficial – for me and them.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Lol please do…. people have no idea!

  30. Trisha Avatar
    Trisha

    Great list! I haven’t heard of Next Vacay. I will have to check that out! Thank you!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      There is a small fee but it is nominal!

  31. Julie Avatar
    Julie

    Interesting. I never really thought about the pet sitting being a travel opportunity.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes, you can sign up at the link and see the types of opportunities they offer. Totally worth a look!

  32. Taci -life Beyond zebra Avatar
    Taci -life Beyond zebra

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing. Always on the look out for how to get some sweet deals

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Who doesn’t like saving money?

  33. Courtney Avatar
    Courtney

    These are some interesting ways to travel!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by Courtney!

  34. Hera Avatar
    Hera

    I’m so glad you didn’t add blogging as part of the 7 and cleared up how time/money consuming it really is! I like tip 2, I can’t live without my travel lints and easily save a several thousands each year off Travel points !

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Right? People think it is easy and it is not. Thanks, Hera!

  35. Leeanne Avatar
    Leeanne

    Teaching English as a second language is how I lived in Europe. It was a great experience. I wish I had started my blog then.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      There are so many things I could have put in my blog too. We just have to revisit them!

  36. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    This is the way I travel. I love getting the best deal, using points, and getting to enjoy a getaway!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly! So easy to find inexpensive travel!

  37. Jennifer | Me and My Traveling Hat Avatar
    Jennifer | Me and My Traveling Hat

    Great ideas! Never heard of a few so thank you for the suggestions. I do think if you are young and don’t want to travel alone and get paid too, traveling nanny job sounds sweet.

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