Ello travel bugs! Coming to you from London. In my last Q&A I asked, "What kind of video would you like to see?" and y'all voted for solo traveling tips! And because I love you guys this much, this much... This muuuuuch!!! I'm starting a solo travel tips series for you that will go over where to stay, how to budget, how to save how to make friends, safety steps you should take, and more, more, more, more, more! To get you prepared to take your first solo trip. This is a video on how you can find cheap and free places to stay when you're abroad. Did someone say free? Someone said free? When you're traveling alone you often want to save them dolla dolla bills, you know what I'm sayin'? So you can travel longer and because I know you rather spend it on food and activities.
Someone said food? Today I'm hitting you with a ton of tips and advice on how you can find cheap accommodation and even free stay FREE!! When you're traveling solo, let's go! What if I told you you can stay at someone's house and let's say...London? Or uh...the Caribbean? If you just took care of their pets and water their plants. So you're telling me I can travel around the world and take care of people's cats? Yes...that's my dream... Yes, that's what house sitting is! House sitting is a practice when a homeowner leaves for a period of time and entrusts his or her home to a house sitter. There are a few very trusty websites which I will list in the description below for you to browse through different listings. But with great power comes great responsibility!
Because someone entrusted you with their homes, please, please, please be a good caretaker and follow the homeowner's guidelines. With a good profile showing homeowner's your past experiences house sitting, your love for pets, or any other household skills, you're on your way to working and living abroad...oh, for free! How do you feel about working on a farm in Portugal? Or feeding and bathing elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand? Or flexing that people skills at a hostel in Canada? There are plenty of work stay programs that will let you stay for FREE or a super cheap all inclusive stay that includes wifi, food, education in exchange for a few hours of your week. Plenty of hostels allow you to work for free stays. Maybe just around 20 hours a week! You can easily find a hostel at a city you want to go to and reach out to them and see if they have any of these programs. Some even just list it directly onto their website. There are cultural exchange programs where you can work with kids in Malaysia, on a stable in Belgium, and... I'm not going to tell you all of it.
The point here is not to tell you about all the cool programs that are out there but to let you know, they they exist, and I can't wait for you to start your research to find the one that fits you! I did put some links in the description below to get you started.