This is how we travel for free with our kids year after year and you can too! We do this to get free vacations to National Parks and Disneyland too. These are easy tips on how to travel for free even if you are looking for free airline tickets it is possible to do that too using this trick.
Ok I want to share how you can travel for free just like we’ve done time and time again. I travel a lot for my business and love going to conferences that will help develop it even further but that can be expensive, yet if I can fly for free I jump on the chance and have done this 3 times now. We have scored free first class round trip tickets to New York, taken trips to National Parks with my kids, and lots of fun road trips all 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 family of 5, are middle class (definitely don’t have money coming out of our ears), but LOVE to travel with our kids so early on I had to find a way to travel free or at least close to it so we could go on vacations year after year with them. I started by just buying Groupons which definitely saved us money and were able to stay in hotels for closer to $50 a night rather than $100….but wanted to travel for free so this is what we used!
This was one of the first trips we took that where we were able to travel for free to the Grand Canyon, here’s how we did it! Since I still liked the idea of getting discounted hotel stays and adventure packages through Groupon, I then needed to find a way to get credit for free to Groupon so there was no money out of my pocket. THIS is how I got free credit to Groupon and free gas cards to get us there.
You can even earn points and trade them in for airline tickets if there is somewhere far you want to visit, but instead we use this card to pay all our monthly bills, pay them off at the end of the month, and accrue airline miles for every dollar we spend. The miles add up quickly and in addition to earning at least 2 flights per year we earn 1 free flight per year just because we’re a member.
They have specials like now where you earn 50,000 miles by signing up and using this card which translates to several free flights (depending on the distance you’re flying, but at least 2 roundtrip airfares). You can also use your Swagbucks points to get free airline tickets for Southwest Airlines as well now.
In order to earn the free gas cards we needed for our road trips I found a company called Swagbucks that offers free gift cards in exchange for watching videos, taking short surveys, and shopping online thru their site first and then making your purchases. 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 and since most offer free shipping then I’m actually saving money because I’m saving the gas from 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 like these for free gas cards and/or free credit to Groupon and as those add up we are ready to travel for free!!
Here’s a quick rundown of how I got started and how you can use our tips to travel for free too.
- Sign up for Swagbucks for free here
- Once you’re logged in open a new browser window (tab on your computer) & change your search engine to Swagbucks to earn a TON of free points just by searching the web each day. I show you how you change your search engine here – step by step directions, it literally takes you less than a minute to do)
- You can take quick quizzes on the Swagbucks website to earn points.
- You can watch quick videos to earn points on their site.
- You can buy gift cards for other people on their site and earn points for doing that.
- Then every time you shop online, search for the store online and if there’s cash back for that store there will be a button to press like the one below. Click on that & you’ll earn $ for every dollar you spend automatically.
If you’re interested to see how we traveled to New York for free twice with our kids…what amazing trips those were, and we continue to fly free, check out this card where you can earn miles on every dollar you spend + gets you 50,000 free airline miles just for signing up!! This is how you can travel for free just like us!
Here is one of my favorite vacations where all we paid for was the food for us while we were there and entry into the National Parks we visited. I watched videos on and off while I was doing chores around the house, did surveys in the evening while we were watching t.v. and did all my birthday and Christmas present shopping thru Swagbucks so we could travel free the next summer and it totally worked again!! I earned a TON of points when I changed by browser to Swagbucks and earned points every time I searched the web for anything!
We paired our free gift cards with this free National Parks pass and paid hardly anything out of pocket. I was hooked. Ok I occasionally trade in my points for free Starbucks cards too I cannot tell a lie (I deserve a treat now and then) but typically I save and save and when summer or spring break arrive I usually have the points I need to trade in for the gift cards I need so we can travel for free.
There is something else other than being able to travel free, going to Disneyland for free is possible too by using Swagbucks! Seriously!! Here is a post on how we got free Disneyland or Disney World tickets using points and the trading in system I explained here. It is really easy I tell you. I hope this gave you a few ideas on how you can travel for free with your kids too, these trips really bring us closer, create wonderful memories, and is something we look forward to each year (and I don’t have to stress about the cost of it).
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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