Can we really travel for free on vacation?

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Many of us love to travel. To go on an adventure and explore new places, meet new people and live new experiences.

But for most of us, our desires to travel can remain pipe dreams simply for lack of money and time. After all, it’s not easy to pack up and fly away somewhere nice when you have bills to pay, a 9 to 5 and other life commitments.

And when you factor in things like airfare, visas, accommodation, meal expenses and other things, even a quick holidays can be a costly affair.

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But with a little street smarts and the courage to step out of your comfort zone, there are ways for everyone to experience the tourist lifestyle virtually for free.

We’ve assembled the TRP Travel Bug Troupe to share their experiences of traveling the world without breaking the bank and still making money.

1. Become a nomad

With WFH take over the mainstream, people realize that they can choose to WF-Everywhere and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle – allowing them the independence of remote work and the freedom to travel at the same time.

Being uprooted from the office gives the “anywhere worker” the ability to travel in their free time while getting paid. All a digital nomad needs is a phone or laptop to work on and a decent internet connection to stay connected to our respective professions.

And even governments around the world, including Malaysia, are supporting digital nomads by adopting digitization strategies and offering things like special visas to promote job mobility.

I myself have become a nomad several times locally and abroad on quick getaways playing the hardworking tourist.

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2. Voluntourism

Now, the idea of ​​being a tourist at a monsoon-ravaged “flood festival” may seem out of place, but a little compassion can go a long way in broadening our horizons.

Voluntary tourism or “voluntourism” is the practice where people travel with the intention of doing good in the world. Every volunteer tourist has a personal motivation to do what they do, whether it is to help the community or the environment.

Voluntary tourists are able to discover interesting places, have immersive experiences and form real relationships with people from all walks of life.

For example, you could help distribute food and supplies to disaster victims or join an activist group to help clean up the beach.

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Hakim Hassan of TRP says he has fond memories of volunteer tourism helping to uplift urban youth through music.

Sure, you might not be staying in fancy hotels and there’s a lot of work to be done. But it’s rewarding to go to new places and put yourself in other people’s shoes.

3. The bargain

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For TRP’s lifestyle guru, Anne Dorall, traveling is all about maximizing your gain. Anne thinks keeping an eye out for bargains, offers and discounts is the best way for the budget traveler to travel (almost) for free.

There’s always a free breakfast coupon or an extra night in a hotel if you look closely. And you can still earn extra rewards and travel points if you spend smart. All it takes is research and planning.

Planning her own adventure this year, Anne says she will take advantage of AirAsia’s ‘Free Seats’ campaign to make the most of her next getaway.

During the promotion, I can book a free flight to Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Bharu, Terengganu, Krabi, Phu Quoc, Singapore, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Sihanoukville and more. Sky is the limit!

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With 4 million free seats available, you too can fly the world for free with AirAsia! During this big sale, you can also set sail to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Seoul, New Delhi, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo and Hawaii from RM499 with AirAsia X.

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Plus, if you pay for your flights with the AirAsia Pocket e-Wallet, you’ll earn AirAsia Points to redeem for hotels, tours and activities and more to maximize your vacation.

Simply book free flights to your dream vacation destination from July 25-31, 2022 and set your travel date between October 1, 2022 and October 28, 2023 to fly home there. (The T&Cs apply. All-inclusive fare from RM23 including airport taxes, MAVCOM charges, fuel surcharges and other applicable charges).

Check the AirAsia website for more details and more free travel tips.

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