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Afraid of flying? Check out how to get around the world free (or dirt cheap)

November 30, 2012, 11:03 amYahoo!7

If you’ve been watching the TV show By Any Means, reading up on your Bill Bryson or just browsing the holiday deals online instead of working, you’ll probably be itching to get away yourself. But if you’re low on cash or afraid of flying, you’re going to have to get creative!

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If you’ve been watching the TV show By Any Means, reading up on your Bill Bryson or just browsing the holiday deals online instead of working, you’ll probably be itching to get away yourself. But if you’re low on cash or afraid of flying, you’re going to have to get creative!

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The motorcycle diaries

Made famous by the young and penniless Che Guevara in the 1950s, a motorcycle journey is possibly one of the most gratifying and life-changing journeys a person could go on. There’s nothing closer to nature than a man and his bike, and while this style of travel is a little on the unconventional side, hitting the road and letting nature take you on a journey is about as real as travelling gets.

Use your personality!

If a solo bike journey isn’t your thing, chances are you’re more of a people person. And the good news is that when it comes to cheap travel, personality goes a long way. Volunteering (or even getting paid if you’re lucky!) as a tour guide is a great way to see the world and learn something at the same time. There are plenty of organisations online dedicated specifically for those with itchy feet and big voices, so get researching.

Eco explorer

If volunteering sounds good, but you’d rather be part of a group than leading one, a global volunteering placement is a great option. Placements can include anything from building habitats to looking after wildlife. Some placements may come with a fee, but it’s usually minimal and all for a great cause.

Deliver someone’s car

Maybe you’re more interested in making a little money rather than saving it? If you can find someone willing to pay a little cash up front for accommodation costs, you can save a lot of money and potentially earn some by driving someone’s car a long distance. Better still, you can pocket the money for a decent bed, if necessary, by sleeping in the car. Just don’t drool on the seats.

Work on a yacht

Working on a yacht is also an option if you’re looking to travel vast distances and earn some pretty good money in tips as you go. Be warned though, it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds – think cleaning up after seasick guests. Do your research and make sure you have at least three months to work for one company or captain.

Make friends along the way

If you’re a broke social butterfly then there’s no better way to explore the globe than by couch surfing. Made popular a few years ago by couch-surfing websites, you’ll be amazed by the vast amount of people offering a free couch for travellers to crash on. Make sure you do your research and always let someone know where you are – other than that, enjoy the amount of friends you’ll soon have on Facebook!

Drive a rental car

Sounds expensive right? Wrong. Car and even campervan rental companies often have to manage and relocate their vehicles due to seasonal variations and trade. Rather than paying a professional driver a lot of money to drive the vehicle back, they offer the job to the general travelling public for as little as $1 a day. Fuel costs are also included.

Do you have any tips for travelling for free without flying? Let us know!

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  1. Angie09:57am Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ghost Hunter, obviously this is not supposed to be a news story, but a travel editorial from Yahoo!7's travel website, total travel. I love their travel content and find this information really interesting, whilst it's not for everyone, there are some cool things in here I didn't know. Definitely a nice sea-change from the day-to-day murders, rapes and usual horrible news that we are all flooded with. I agree with John, those who do travel should find this piece inspiring, I can't wait to hit the road again! Good story total travel.

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  2. paul03:16pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who researches this dribble ? Are you just copying from previous reporters ? I'm 62 and about to go off on a 1500 klm ride through Japan on a bicycle , none of what you have said can relate to this. The internet and blogs come up with much better info than what you have written. I have backpacked since the late sixties and find most of yahoo travel to be aimed at the one to two week holiday maker not travellers.

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  3. J Memphis tn'se02:57pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If you are female don't travel alone in India! All that #$%$ about women as goddesses is exactly that if you are foreign. Even Indian women suffer sexual idignity.

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  4. John says02:57pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Actually the advice here is good - I should know, I travelled the world by road and some of that advice I incorporated a long time ago and it works! If you haven't ravelled around, take a second look here, it's good stuff!

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  5. Ghost Hunter01:43pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ANOTHER piece of meaningless and mindless dribble from Yahoo7 ! What's so news worthy of anything in this 'story' ??? Backbackers have been doing all this and more for decades. WHY can't Yahoo7 get some guts and let us comment on REAL news items instead of just all these stupid little pieces of rubbish ???

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  6. Glib01:41pm Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Just swim there.

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