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Cheap and Free Travel

Retire in style on a tropical Caribbean Island on $800 a month?  Discover the new "Margaritaville"... and retire in style on your SS check!

Travel Cheap by Exchanging Homes.  You can travel anywhere in the world for the cost of your plane fare or gas ... by setting up a house exchange in advance.  You can even exchange an RV... or an apartment... or a yacht.

Travel for Free as a Tour Leader.  Organize a safari... or a scuba diving tour... or cruise the world. We have found travel agencies who are ACTIVELY seeking tour leaders.  Some of them even provide extensive promotional help... including brochures and websites.

Teachers Travel Free Leading Educational Trips. Cash stipends often available.

Travel Free as a Church Tour Leader  Earn a free trip or cruise or pilgrimage... and in some cases earn as much as $10,000 per trip for you or your church by organizing and leading a tour.

Travel Free and Earn Cash as a College Campus Rep.  Promote Spring Break Travel on your campus, and earn trips and cash. 

Free Trips and Cash as a High School Trip Organizer.  Top organizers earn $10,000.

Free Trips to Israel

Free Gay and Lesbian Travel

Free Travel Directory 

Home Exchange Directory

Article: How to Travel for Free 

Budget Las Vegas Travel Where to find cheap hotels, meals, and entertainment.

Cheap Las Vegas Restaurants  Buffets and other cheap places to dine.

Go San Francisco Card: Unlimited Admission at over 30 Attractions and Tours

PLUS! Savings and Special Offers on shopping, dining and more around the city

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Articles on Free and Cheap Travel

How to Travel for Free by Leading or Promoting Tours  Whether you're 16 or 60, you CAN travel just about anywhere in the world for free -- and even with a nice stash of cash in your pocket -- by telling like-minded people about a trip and convincing them to go with you.  Get 5 to 20 to book the same trip, and your trip is free.

Retire in style to a Tropical Caribbean Island on your social security?   Margarita Island, Venezuela is a tropical island paradise... where bolivars can take you far! Find out how you can retire there in style and comfort on $800 a month.

How to Visit New York on $100

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Cheap Stingy Bastards
How to Make the Most of a Thin Wallet While Traveling the World

"Are you someone who will do just about anything to get something free? Are you embarrassed to travel with your dad because he won't accept the first three rooms that a hotel offers? What do you do when there's a small curly hair in your salad? If you get your lunch from pilfering room service remains, step right up. This will be an advice book for how, where, and when you can travel on the cheap--how to turn every last dollar, euro, peso, ruble, rupee, shekel and baht into more days on the road. Each chapter will be peppered with the first hand quotes from tightwads with a story to tell and wisdom to impart."

"I'm collecting small quotes and anecdotes (from 75 to 250 words) about the obnoxious, strange, and creative things you've done while trying to stretch your travel budget. They don't have to be successful--stories of abject failure can be instructive too. General themes will include shelter, transportation, food, traveling with other cheapskates, finding ridiculously cheap gifts that make you look generous, travel gear, what to wear, romance for tightwads on the road. But don't let that limit you. While I will be writing practical advice, I want the zaniest stuff to come from you."

"In the spirit of thrift, the authors of any quotes that get used in the book will receive no money whatsoever but WILL get, besides being published, a free copy of Cheap Stingy Bastards AND 50% off all Travelers' Tales titles for life. The first 25 submissions will also receive a free copy of the Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel by Joel L. Widzer.To turn in your submission, please email your name, address, and phone number to jen at jenleo dot com"

"Deadline is December 15, 2004 unless I let you know about an extension."

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Locate a Travel Companion or Share Your Travel Expertise with Others.

Arthur Frommer's Travel Message Boards Organized by country and topic: sharing, bargains, companions, etc. Posts organized by country. Interesting reading!  "Postcards"... travel recommendations shared by visitors to Lonely Planet. Plus armchair traveling (the cheapest kind of travel of all!) through great stories and photographs. Rick Steves "Travel Partners Wanted"  Fielding's Black Flag Adventure Forum. "The nets only hangout for hardcore adventurers, travel junkies, DP'ers and just about anyone who runs screaming from glossy brochures, backpacker guidebooks and Robin Leach." Friendscape tries to help you to keep track where your friends are, even when they are not at home, so you can meet your friends more often and keep in touch. Check out the Forums at

Budget Travel for 
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Volunteer Abroad with Travel Tree - Travel Tree 1000's of Study Abroad Programs, Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Projects

Eurail SelectPass Youth  For those under age 26 on their first day of travel, there is a special discounted Eurail Selectpass Youth offering unlimited travel on the national rail networks of any 3 adjoining Eurail countries that are connected by train or ship. Eurail Selectpass (3 countries), as low as $243

International Student Travel Confederation "Your connection to a world-wide network of student travel organizations in 95 countries specializing in student, youth and budget travel 

Backpacking and Hostelling Your Way Around The World

Backpackers Hostels Canada

Backpacker Essentials Magazine is full of low cost adventures.

ARTOFTRAVEL.COM How to See the World: The Art of European and World Travel Backpacking on $25 a Day or Less

Tips on Starting a Hostel


International Youth Hostel aka Hosteling International.

"A Youth Hostel is a place that offers a good night's sleep in friendly surroundings at an affordable price... a perfect way to get to know a country at low cost, while, at the same time, meet many other people with a similar attitude towards traveling and experience this warm and welcoming atmosphere."

Hosteling International: American Youth Hostels 

Hostels Guide with Bootsnall

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Travel FREE

If you can corral 8 or 10 friends into taking the same trip, you can travel for FREE says Globe Tours.  With 20 people, you can have a Western Canadian Adventure

Go Cruise! offers unsurpassed pricing and service on all of the ships... and all of the cabins... of the major cruise lines. Click Here!   Get a group together... and travel for FREE (in most cases every 16th passenger is free).

Travel Your Way Healthy... and Do It for Free!  Travel your way to health via spas, retreats and other healing and energizing places on the planet.  Form your own group and learn how to earn free trips in addition to extra cash by becoming a tour leader/organizer/

Take the Best Fares Challenge

Do you know about a HOT deal that can save other travelers money? If you do, you could qualify to earn a FREE copy of Tom's Parson's book, Insider Travel Secrets. Subscribers to Best Fares can opt for a three month extension to their current subscription to Magazine.

Tales of Cheap Travels

It Will Be So Awful It Will Be Wonderful "These stories chronicle a remarkable journey across Africa and Central Asia; a 9 1/2 month camping and budget backpacking adventure by two people who braved the unpredictable through England, France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, and India...."

Free Trip Aids

Desktop World Clock... a free shareware download from keeps track of time around the world.

Make $$$ writing about travel

Marco Polo Magazine seeking permanent travel writers. offers some superb tips for submitting travel articles... as well as offering travel writers free webpages. Frugal travel tips from is also seeking travel writers. No pay... lots of fun and glory.

Low Cost
International Travel

International Servas Would you like to visit foreign countries and take part in every day life? Would you like people from other countries to join in your daily life for a short time?
See also U.S. Servas  STA Travel is the world's largest travel organization specializing in low-cost travel for students. always has links to interesting youth hostels around the world. Budget Accommodations in Australia.

Shoestring Travel Tips For quick access to dozens of LOW COST travel suggestions CLICK HERE.
The Budget Traveler's Guide to Sleeping in Airports
rates airports around the world for their comfort level is just one of the many cheap travel tricks you'll learn as a member of Donna McSherry's Cheap Like Me Travel Society. Personal Posts on cheap accommodations around the world in the Shoestring traveler user pages

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Priceline is the BEST! 

In our humble opinion, Priceline is the best way to get really great hotel deals.  Better than Orbitz.  Better than Hotwire. I have personally stayed in Atlanta at a Homestead Suites Hotel for $33 including taxes and fees... using Priceline. (I bid $29).   The advertised rate was $79.00!  I've also stayed for 4 nights in Orlando at Homestead Suites for $129. including all fees and taxes.  So as far as I am concerned, Priceline is the ONLY way to book a hotel... even if you have to stop at an Internet Cafe to do it!  You can actually book up til 6 p.m. the same day.  I take my cue for the bid from Priceline's advertised "bargain rates".  It's possible that you could get it for less.  See the article below for some ideas on how to do that.

Here's an article that takes bidding on Priceline to a new level:

How to Beat Priceline

Best Places to Get Discounted Airfares

Orbitz  Consistently can be counted on to give the lowest scheduled fare.

TravelFleaMarket  Offers last minute specials.

TravelZoo  Free weekly newsletter gives 20 "super buys"

More Bargain Airfares

JetBlue Travel Deals
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American Airlines NetSAAver fares and special offers
AmericaWest Special Fare Sales
British Airways 
Cathay Pacific All Asia Pass $1099 for 31 days travel anywhere within the 15 countries served.
Cheap Tickets Online
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"C.O.O.L. Specials" updated weekly
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"CyberSaver" fares updated weekly
TWA's "Hot Deals"

Buy One Vacation, Get One Free and Receive up to $1,800 in Airfare Credit! Available only at

AirTech Flight Pass 

"Wing it around Europe for less! The Inter-European AirTaxi ticket lets you country-hop all over Europe for just $99 per flight. These "open" passes let you fly one-way, non-stop to cities all over Europe, starting or ending anywhere you want. The Inter-European AirTaxi makes it easy - no blackout dates, no fare zones, advance reservations or reservations on the go, valid for 120 days, no minimum purchase and reservation changes are allowed. The best way to see more of Europe by air- the Inter-Europe AirTaxi!"

The Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet eKno
is a travel communication service designed to specifically meet the communications, information, and assistance needs of travelers. eKno provides BUDGET international calling,  a free voice mail box, and free email.


FREE Online Worldwide Telephone Directory
Phone numbers. Fax numbers. Email Addresses.  Locate old friends!  Find lost loves!

TravelSecrets Access to consolidator and bucket shop savings... plus many "New and Old Tricks for the Shrewd Traveler" articles.

The Planet Best Travel Writing Database!

Fielding's Travel Guides  For the person seeking the "offbeat". 

Council Travel Cheap Student Travel, Passes, ID

An article on Houseswapping.

Free Forum:Travel Lots of interesting FREE travel related offers: trial offers, free magazines,  samples,   etc.

Tokyo on the Cheap

Protect yourself from disease while traveling with Centers for Disease Control advisories which includes a Travel Map with specific diseases or conditions you might encounter in that region. - Offers search engine for guided tours at wholesale rate - searchable by destination, activity, price, and grades. Save 8-15% from a single trip.

Discount Skiing and Snowboarding

Sliding on the Cheap. Covers most areas of country. Check out their "deals" page.

Discount Disney Travel

How to Save at Disney: A Florida Travel Magazine article with many good tips.

Discount Tickets

Maple Leap Tickets  Some discount onOrlando theme park tickets.  Substantial savings on dinner theatre tickets... almost half price.  No need to sit through time share presentation.

Branson Show Ticket Deals  Click on "Deals"

See TheLivingWeb's How to Be On TV for free television tickets

What's The Deal With Those "Free" or Deeply Discounted Vacations in Exchange for Attending a Timeshare Pitch?

Typically you need a household income of $45,000 or $50,000 and a major credit card (not a debit card). You can't be traveling in a camper or RV...and you have to sit through a 90minute presentation. Often includes a free breakfast.  In exchange you get a deeply discounted motel room that sleeps up to 4 and two free attraction tickets. Check individual listings for exact terms.

Here are some examples.  Remember, you are under no obligation to buy a timeshare.  Do not rush into ...or let yourself be pressured into... signing any paperwork during the presentation... or your discounted vacation could wind up costing a lot more than you counted on.

Discount Hotels Kissimmee ... and several choices of vacation package deals.

Free Disney Tickets (or other attraction) Cheap... and super-cheap motel accommodations and Disney ticket packages.  Lowest prices involve sitting through a time-share prez.

Beware of Those "Free" Cruises and "Free" Air Fares

Often they are anything but free... requiring that you stay at an expensive hotel in exchange for a "free" airfare... or have all sorts of "taxes" which are actually fees paid to the tour company.

Grand Bahama Chat Group re: Free Trip

Beware of Spending Too Much on Those Free Tickets and Special Offers

No Free Lunch With Free Tickets

Couriers Fly Cheap or FREE

For deeply discounted and occasionally FREE travel join an air courier association: The Air Courier Association and The International Association of Air Travel Couriers are two good places to begin. For another insight into the life of a courier click here.

Cheap London

Going Undergrounds Cheap Guide to London

Green Tortoise Adventure Travel

"Tour the wonders of North and Central America aboard one of our legendary sleeper coaches."

"There's nothing else like the Green Tortoise - PERIOD. Our busses are beautiful, with names and literally millions of miles of character.

"Our passengers are happy. They don't sit up all night with their heads against the window, but sleep lying down on fitted sheets over mattresses on raised platforms and bunk beds, listening to beautiful music as they doze off. In the morning they've usually arrived somewhere incredible! By day we swim, cook breakfast, explore caves, climb mountains, raft downstream, stand under waterfalls, walk through forests, cook dinner, build campfires, visit towns, meet people, or just plain take it easy.

"You're welcome to join the adventure, friends and fun. The settings will be national parks and the finest and least visited beaches, deserts, forests, hot springs, mountains, and waterfalls that our years of experience and good-natured drivers can find."
Frequent Crawler program! It is a concept very similar to that of the airlines Frequent Flyer clubs: repeat riders earn credit for the trips they travel with us through "adventure points", and then cash these points in for free trips.

Cheap Cruises 
Special Offers!

Offbeat Vacations 

Thrillseekers Unlimited. Vacation offerings include an ala carte menue of Bungy Jumping, Paragliding, Firewalking, Indoor Skydiving Simulator, Paint Ball , Skydiving, Aggressive In-Line Skating, Snow Boarding (Winter), Mountain Boarding (Summer) and Rock Climbing (free event).  "Your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions."

Discounted European Hotels and Apartments

Discounted Hotels and Apartment Accommodation in Prague  Hotels and Apartments in Prague can be found with great discounts.

Hotel and Apartment Accommodation in Rome Italy  Service offering great deals on hotels and apartments in all of Rome.

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Travel Necessities

U.S. Passport Agencies
Information About U.S. Passports and Visas, printable online passport application forms, etc.

Free postcards in your email daily...
A courageous couple sells their worldly goods, buys an rv... then travels 50 states in 50 weeks... sending postcards back every day.  BEAUTIFULLY DONE!!  A delicious way to armchair travel. Signup to get your free daily pc.

Danger Spots to Avoid

The Most Dangerous Places in the world  A clickable map showing 44 danger spots to avoid according to Fielding's Guide.  Also check out Fielding's Danger Finder  and read excerpt's from The Most Dangerous Places in the World

US Dept of State's Travel Warnings

Centers for Disease Control Travel Tips

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