You can afford that summer vacation.

By Katie Holdefehr
May 30, 2018

If you think you can’t afford a big trip this year but have an excess of unused vacation days, it may be time to get creative with your travel plans. These five sites and apps can help you find free (or almost-free) transportation or lodging across the country. If you’re planning a road trip and have some extra trunk space, the Roadie app can connect you with a neighbor who will pay you to transport their side table, covering the cost of travel. If you’re a pet-lover who wouldn’t mind looking after a dog as you lounge poolside, TrustedHousesitters can hook you up with free housing in exchange for your pet-sitting services. Whether you decide to exchange homes with a local, sleep out under the stars, or drive an RV down the coast, these affordable travel opportunities make for the most memorable trips. After discovering how easy it is to travel on the cheap, you’ll never want to go back to paying full price for a vacation.

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