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How to Travel for Free

This is how to travel for free! We do this with our kids year after year and you can too! Get free vacations to National Parks and Disneyland is included too. Even if you are looking for free airline tickets it is possible to do that too using this trick.

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Ok I want to share how you can travel for free just like we’ve done time and time again. We have scored free first class round trip tickets to New York, taken trips to National Parks, and lots of fun road trips for free using these methods.

There’s no trick and it doesn’t cost you anything out of pocket. Just tips from a Mom who is always trying to save a dollar every way she can. This is how we have gone on free vacations throughout the years and how you can too. One of our most requested tips on our road trip blog. (referral links present, originally published 5/16)

We are a middle class family of 5 who LOVES to travel with our kids!

We haven’t always had extra money to go wherever we wanted so early I had to get creative.

  • I was determined to find a way to travel for free (or at least close to it) so we could go on vacations with them more often.

I started by buying Groupons which definitely saved us money on activities and hotel stays, but I wanted to travel for free so this is what we used!

How to travel for free

This was one of the first trips we took where we were able to travel for free to the Grand Canyon.

Here’s how we did it!

We paired our free gift cards with this free admission National Parks pass and paid hardly anything out of pocket.

swagbucks promo code

Here’s how you get started earning free gift cards so you can travel for free too.

  1. Sign up for Swagbucks for free here
  2. Once you’re logged in open a new browser window (the plus sign at the top right).
    1. Change your search engine to Swagbucks to earn a TON of free points just by searching the web each day.
      1. To do this right click on the far right of your search bar.
      2. Click edit search engines.
      3. Then select Swagbucks (it will probably already be set to Google or something)
  3. Now you can also take quick quizzes on the Swagbucks website to earn points.
  4. Additionally you can watch quick videos to earn more points which are traded in for free gift cards.
  5. You can buy gift cards for other people on their site and earn points for doing that too.
  6. Then every time you shop online and if there’s cash back for that store there will be a button to press like the one below.
  7. Click on that & you’ll earn $ for every dollar you spend automatically.
swagbucks promo code

In order to earn the free gas cards we needed for our road trips I used my points as well!

I buy probably 90% of everything online because quite frankly I don’t have the time to search for the right color, size etc….in the stores.

Since most companies offer free shipping then I’m actually saving money since I’m not driving around.

  • So when I shop thru Swagbucks for clothes at Old Navy let’s say, I earn “bucks” (like points) for every dollar I spend.
  • Then I exchange those points for gift cards for free gas cards, credit to Groupon and anything else we need to travel for free!!

How to travel free

Here is another way we travel for free with free airline tickets:

  • We use this card to pay all our monthly bills. We pay them off at the end of the month, and accrue airline miles for every dollar we spend. The miles add up quickly and we also earn 2 flights per year because we’re a member.
  • They occasionally have specials where you earn 50,000 miles by signing up which translates to several free flights. You can also use your Swagbucks points to get free airline tickets for Southwest Airlines as well now.

If you want to travel for free to Disneyland using Swagbucks you can!!

Here’s how we got free Disneyland tickets!

We used this points system I explained above and it was easy peasy! 

free disneyland tickets

Here is one of my favorite vacations where all we paid for was food!

I watched videos on and off while I was doing chores around the house, did surveys in the evening, and did all my birthday and Christmas present shopping thru Swagbucks.

The next summer and it totally worked again and we were able to travel for free!!

I earned a TON of points when I changed by browser to Swagbucks. Now I earned points every time I searched the web for anything!

This got me totally hooked. Ok I occasionally trade in my points for free Starbucks cards too I cannot tell a lie. But typically I saved and saved so when summer or spring break I’d have the points I needed for our trip.

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Travel for free

For more tips on how to travel cheap by yourself or with your family check out our top 5 tips here too…there is so much you can do!

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Monday 30th of May 2016

Hi! I love the idea of using Swagbucks or Ebates to save money. I've always wondered, though, how it might affect your tax return. Do you have any input on that?


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Thank you! My husband and I are flying out to your area to spend some time with our son and his family. I will definitely check out swagbucks so that next year I won't have to spend so much money. I'm not sure I understand how Groupon works, but, I will try that too.

The Typical Mom

Friday 15th of July 2016

Hope it helps Nancy!

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