This Ultimate Guide is a 6-part series of how to travel for free or almost free. Click any specific aspect to learn more. Each category shares more in-depth details about the topic.
- General Travel Tips
- Get Around: Free Transport
- Stay: Free Accommodation
- Eat: Free Food & Drinks
- Do: Free Activities
- Get Money: A Job
Travel For Free: Activities
There are tons of free tours, especially in smaller towns in Europe and Asia. You are taken by a local on an informative guided tour. They are usually good and absolutely free. You should tip them after the tour ends if you think they are good.
The free tours usually partner up with local restaurants to give you discounts. You can find these tours in hostels. Alternatively, search for “[YOUR CITY] Free Guided Tour”. Some tour guides “demand” a fat tip, while others are a lot more flexible.
While you are at it, check out “free walking tours”. I have a few free walking tours for you.
Countries Where Museums Are Free:
- London . Free for everyone.
- France/Greece: Free for EU students under 25 years old.
- USA. Free entrance on Fridays, special days or some museums are simply free.
- Singapore: Citizens and students studying in Singapore
- France. Permanent collections free for visitors every First Sunday of each month (Oct-Mar)
- Poland. Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, reserve tickets online in advance. Some concentration camps are also free after 3pm.
- Mexico. A famous art in Mexico is called Mural Painting, which can be found in many streets.
- Italy. Free museums during specific date and time. EU students get a discount.
- Hong Kong. Free entrance every Wednesday.
Museums Free For Everyone:
These museums are free for people to visit. Some are free for specific time and date. Check for free entrance.
- The National Gallery, London
- Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Museo del Prado, Madrid
- National Museum of China, Beijing
- Getty Center, Los Angeles
- National Museum of Korea, Seoul
- Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
- Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- The British Museum, London
- Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon
- Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin
- City of Paris Museum of Modern Art, Paris
- Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- Muso del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
- Museo del Oro, Bogota
- Nicholson Museum, Sydney
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Local parks are one of my favourite ways to see a city. It is free and quiet. When we were in Prague, the sun was so good that Honza, Yvonne and I sat in the park to chat and even take a little nap under the summer sun!
During summer, you also see lots of people with picnic mats and a book. It is a fun and enjoyable way to spend time reading, enjoying the sun or enjoying quality time with a friend. There are so many parks in Europe. I have to say, Hyde Park in London is one of my favourites.
Visit A University
Cool Universities to Visit:
- Bologna University: Oldest University in the world!
- Cambridge University
- Oxford University
- Glasgow University
- University of Salamanca
- University of Paris
- Padua University
- University of Siena
- Coimbra University
- Al-Azhar University
- Visit the beach if you are in a city near the sea. I love the beaches in Mauritius | Bali | Hong Kong
- Hike a mountain if you are near one. I recommend Lion’s Peak in Hong Kong or the Stairway to Heaven in Oahu, Hawaii.
- Stargaze if you are in the countryside. Luxembourg is amazing for night skies.
- Climb a volcano. Check out Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala.
- Visit waterfalls. The 5-waterfall in Bromo, Indonesia.
- Check out national parks or nature parks. Like the TreeTop Walk in Singapore.
- Deserts in Middle East, North Africa, Australia or USA.
- Explore caves. Phraya Nakhon cave in Huahin, a city near Bangkok.