Budget Travel Online 五月份登出一篇文章, The ultimate guide to free travel(免费旅游的终极指引), 介绍了许多免费旅游的另类方法, 很有意思, 摘引如下, 算是个资料参考.
1. House-sitting (替人看房)
posts more than 1,000 house-sitting openings per year, most of which are in the U.S. ($30 per year to see listings).
listed 226 opportunities, including 82 in Australia ($32).
homeowners can search for registered sitters with availability and skills that match their needs ($40).
the houses are all left behind by academics on teaching assignments (free for house sitters, from $25 to post a home).
2. Hiking trail volunteers (义务维护远足小径)
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance runs two-to-seven-day trips with catered meals at A-list national parks such as Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Glacier.
the Pacific Northwest Trail Association focuses on a path leading from Washington’s Olympic Mountains into Montana
From Maine to Georgia, volunteers can join one- or two-week trips organized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
3. Sister city exchanges (姐妹城市交换计划)
With a primary goal of promoting cultural understanding, Sister Cities International is a nonprofit network that partners hundreds of U.S. cities with international “sister” cities that have similar climates, industries or populations
4. Home swapping (住家交换计划?)
Home exchange services charge $35–$80 per year, and by joining more than one club you obviously increase your chances. Reputable companies with listings worldwide include:
5. Hospitality exchanges (借宿)
In business since 2004 and already home to 50,000 members, has the most technically advanced search ability.
currently has more than 100,000 members. It features the most comprehensive security procedures; before being accepted as guests, travelers must provide full names and passport numbers.
with nearly 35,000 members, pushes the idea of hosting as much as freeloading, advising members not to accept a free stay unless they can host within six months.
6. Workampers (开着RV打零工)
more than 500 employers posted summer jobs aimed at RVers
7. Trade a day in the fields for room and board(农场工换吃住计划)
Nonprofit organization World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms compiles a country-by-country list of participating farms.
8. Network your way to somewhere exciting(利用圈子人际关系)
Rotary Club is huge and international, with more than 1.2 million members and 32,000 clubs in 168 countries
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