Believe it or not, thousands of people in the world want to learn your language. The best way to learn a language is to practice, so there are hosts around the world who offer your accommodation (and sometimes food) for FREE in return for the privilege of chatting with you.
1. Accommodation to Borak-Borak
Here is the best part:
Because you are Malaysian and you read Loanstreet, you probably speak English, as well as other languages like Malay ke, Cantonese ke, Tamil ke, Kadazan-Dusun ke … which means your accommodation options just opened up!
If you are interested in getting free accommodation and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and chat away to your hosts, here are two websites you can use:
2. House Sitting
House sitting sites connect homeowners going on holiday with responsible travellers who don’t mind watering their plants, feeding their pets and staying for free!
How do you get started?
Set up a profile and start searching for houses in the area of your choice. To increase your chance of being selected, don’t just cincai your request. Try and tailor your request to the listing.
For example, if they have a big garden and pets, you can say: ‘I love gardening and also have my cats. So, I would love to stroke and feed, Sooki, your fluffy cat.’
Many homeowners are prepared to offer their homes for free in return for the peace of mind that their home and pets are being looked after.
You can find a place to stay for free using this list:
3. FREE Meditation Retreat
If you want to try something a bit different and also relaxing, you can try a 10-day silent meditation at any Vipassana Meditation Centre. Accommodation and food are all FREE.
Why is it free ah? Confirm ah? No hidden charges ah?
According to their website ‘Courses are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the course, not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from those who have completed a 10-day course, experienced the benefits of Vipassana, and wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who organise the courses volunteer their time.
4. FREE Yoga RetreatsIf you enjoy yoga and you don’t mind teaching others how to stretch, there are lots of yoga retreats who will offer you free accommodation in return for helping out.
Sounds like work…
Not necessarily. You can agree to help out a few hours a day, then explore the new area in your free time! It’s up to you to negotiate a schedule that suits you.
Two such examples are:
- Yoga Trade - Provides a listing of accommodation opportunities in return for yoga classes
- Blueosa - You teach yoga classes, they provide food, accommodation and transport
5. House SwappingYou know how you pay to rent an apartment or a house on Airbnb when you go on holiday… now you can rent for FREE, if you are willing to let the host stay in your house in return - also known as a house exchange.
They stay at your house and you stay at theirs! Wahh, senang right?
Here's what you have to do. Fill in your profile, search for a house in the location you want to visit, contact the hosts and organise an exchange.
A few examples of home exchanges are:
Orait, there you have it - 5 ways you can get free accommodation when you travel so you can save or spend your monies on more important things in life like... food. Yes!
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