If you’ve ever heard other’s talk about taking a fabulous cheap vacation it may have made you jealous. In fact, I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you were. But that shouldn’t prevent you from taking one of your own.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take trips more often because you’re staying for free? You could see more of the world or simply go to your favorite destinations more often.
Regardless, it is possible to take a trip without paying to stay.
1. Trade Credit Card Points
One way you can take a trip without paying to stay is by trading credit card points. Of course, you don’t have to rush right out and get another credit card just for the points.
But let’s say you just happen to be shopping around for a new credit card. You could take advantage of the opportunity and look for one that offers travel rewards points on purchases.
Next, sit back and let your points accumulate for lodging rewards when you travel. Don’t forget to pay the bill at the end of each month, though, so you don’t rack up debt. Also, make sure the card has a sign up bonus so you can build up points faster.
2. House Sit for Others
Other people’s travel needs could also allow you to take a trip without paying to stay. For instance, there are homeowners who wish to have their homes cared for while they are gone for a period of time. Hiring a house sitter is one way they do that.
House sitters provide reassurance that a house stays well maintained and secure from theft. Pets can be taken care of as well as yardwork and other small tasks.
3. Home Swap
Another way to take a trip without paying to stay is to swap homes with other people. Home swapping has become a popular way to take a trip for much less in the last few years. There are plenty of companies to choose from, such as Airbnb.com, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Some companies allow you to swap your home directly with that of another family. However, others will let the homeowners be in residence when you stay there. While you are away from your home someone else can rent yours.
Still other companies permit you to list a second home others can rent while you do the same. But each of these scenarios help you take a trip virtually without paying a dime.
4. Buy a Second Home
Perhaps so far none of these ideas has appealed to you. That’s ok, because there’s still a way to take a trip without paying to stay. You could buy a second home to stay in for free.
Does that sound like a dream? Even if it does, you could make it work for you. Buying a second home gives you the alternative of staying there when you want and renting it to others the rest of the time.
If you’re married and your spouse doesn’t have great credit you may think buying a second home isn’t an option. But did you know you can get a mortgage without your spouse? That’s one way you may still be able to do it.
You can also buy a fixer upper and renovate it first if it’s in a popular vacation destination. Just do your homework first to make sure it will be profitable enough to pay for itself.
As you can see, you don’t have to be envious of other people’s vacations. Instead, take a trip of your own and see the world without paying to stay.
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Have you ever taken a trip without paying to stay? If so, how did you do it?