How to Get Free (or Mostly Free) Lodging Around the World

We want to share with you our favorite types of lodging for long-term travel – particularly the free and nearly-free types that let us keep traveling longer (because that’s the end goal, right?).  When you’re on the road for as long as we’ve been (and will be), you’ll quickly find that accommodation is one of the most expensive buckets of your budget.

Finding a place to sleep shouldn’t cost your entire life’s savings.  Fortunately, in only four months, our food expense has surpassed our lodging.  And this isn’t because we absolutely love food (though we do).  Rather, it’s because we aren’t spending the money on hotels.  Hey, we can’t always afford to stay at a resort!

Read on to discover our favorite programs, what they’re all about, what to watch out for, and how much you can save compared to hotels.

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25 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Namibia

As a photographer, I couldn’t wait to get to Namibia.  I’ve dreamt about going on an African safari for years, and I was told this was a great alternative to the far more popular Tanzania.  What I didn’t realize is that Namibia has so much more to offer than just elephants and zebras.  If you’re debating a trip to this beautiful country, here are some photos that should tip the scales.

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The Ultimate Etosha National Park Wildlife Viewing Guide

When we first checked in at the Andersson Gate at the south end of Etosha National Park, the guard thought he misheard when we told him we were planning to camp in the park for six nights.  While much longer than their average visitors (who tend to only spend 3-4 days in the park), we had the luxury of time on our hands.  With that time, we were fortunate enough to discover all the best places in the park to spot the wide variety of wildlife.

And now, we can share that knowledge with you.  Which animals do you most want to find in the park?

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Renting a 4×4 Camping Truck in Namibia – Everything You Need to Know

How does one see Namibia?  Full of wildlife, massive sand dunes, and vast distances, there’s really only one way to see it all: renting a car and driving yourself.  Just be prepared to drive on the lefthand side of the roads, and be ready for very little pavement!

But then, where does one stay in this developing country?  You might find some resort-style lodges near the larger towns, but if you’re on a budget like we are, the best option is a campground.  Even in the winter, desert temperatures are mild, and precipitation is nonexistent in such an arid climate.

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As adventure types, we don’t shy away from camping when we travel, but that activity requires quite a bit of specialty equipment – extra gear we didn’t exactly want to lug all the way around the world with us.  Fortunately, there’s a popular solution in Namibia to the needs of both transportation and accommodation.

Hop aboard and see what life was like spending three weeks in our 4×4 camping truck!

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11 Things to Amaze You at the Frankfurt History Museum

With so many museums to choose from in Frankfurt, how does one prioritize?  Aaron wanted to visit the History Museum.  I was most drawn to the art of the Stadel or the cinema showcases of the Filmmuseum.  These are all discounted with a Frankfurt Card, so we figured we’d start with one and just go down the line; why not see them all?

Time wound up putting a stop to that idea, but we were fortunate to have started with what I think was the most interesting of them all – because it was the only one we actually had time to see.  It had so many fascinating exhibits to see, it’s no wonder we ended up spending an entire day there.

Here are 11 amazing reasons to visit the Historisches Museum Frankfurt.

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Frankfurt on a Budget: The Frankfurt Card

Hello once again to another installment of our adventures around the world!  We’ve been posting a lot about Africa (did you read our story about driving 8 hours out of our way to find big cats or how we were robbed in Cape Town?), so a lot of folks think we’re still there.  The truth is, we have been in Europe now for about a month, but we’re soooo far behind on our blog posts (but we’ll catch up!).  If you want to keep up with where we are actually at and what we’re currently doing, I recommend you follow us on social media – where we post regularly – or sign up for our newsletter where we send out periodic updates on what we’re up to!

In the meantime, we’re taking a break from the Africa posts this week to bring you a taste of Europe (don’t worry; we have lots more to share from Africa, so stay tuned!).  When looking at Europe after Namibia, we scoured the interwebs for the cheapest airfare.  Probably due to the large German influence in Namibia, Frankfurt came up as the best option.  Germany, it is!

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And as you know, funds are tight, and we’re always looking for ways to save money while traveling.  Fortunately, many cities in Europe offer discount cards.  We had our first opportunity to take advantage of this in Frankfurt, and it certainly helped us enjoy the city!

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Okonjima Nature Reserve – The African Cat Experience

After six days in Etosha National Park, we failed to spot any big cats – and this was what I had dreamt about when envisioning an African safari!  Therefore, we took matters into our own hands and went to the one place we could guarantee a sighting of these magnificent creatures: Okonjima Nature Reserve.

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Table Mountain – Hiking vs. The Cableway

We are back in the world of internet, so we’re catching up with some of our African adventures!

We started our worldwide trek with two weeks in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa.  With a photogenic curving coastline and a variety of activities to offer – from penguins and wine to hiking and history – we were excited for this first stop in a new continent.

One of the main attractions we were looking forward to was ascending the centerpiece of the city: Table Mountain.  We were there long enough to climb it twice, and each was a unique experience.  Which method would you prefer?

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We Were Robbed While Traveling – How You Can Learn from Our Mistake

Happy Independence Day to our American readers!

We’ve been on the road for two weeks now, and our first leg is drawing to a close.  We’ll be sharing more posts on the beautiful city of Cape Town and the many amazing activities to do while visiting, but first, we wanted to address safety.

Many people warned us against visiting South Africa.  And while we took precautions, we still wound up victims.  This is our story of being robbed in Cape Town, and how you can learn from our mistake.

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