There are a number of books out there that discuss frugal traveling tips, but I say “Why travel cheap, when you can travel for free?” There are many travel opportunities for educators out there, whether it is traveling on a cruise, taking a tour or vacationing abroad…
There are a number of books out there that discuss frugal traveling tips, but I say “Why travel cheap, when you can travel for free?” There are many travel opportunities for educators out there, whether it is traveling on a cruise, taking a tour or vacationing abroad. Interested in taking a cruise? Cruise lines are looking for experts in pertinent subjects perhaps your knowledge in ornithology will help you get on that next cruise. Of course, it helps to have at least a Masters Degree in your area of expertise. Or perhaps they have a need for a children’s host/hostess – well – maybe not if I’m planning on having a vacation. Some cruise lines also have offers where you can travel for free if you can get 10 to 15 other paying passengers. How about taking a tour? There are tour companies that will take educators who plan school trips on a free tour of another city, sometimes even another country.Impact tours in Ontario is one of those companies (look for the teachers sections). There are also the traditional tours that you can take with your students. Usually if you can get twenty students you can get two supervisors to travel for free. The number changes depending on the company so take a look around. There are a few examples of Canadian companies in the freebie directory. Again, my thought here – not much of a vacation though. Another idea is to try a home or job exchange. Home exchange services are available to educators for a few nights to a few months. It really pays to ask around and use a home exchange service that has been used by a friend or relative.
A job exchange service will help to place you in a teaching job in another country. Some services will even provide the appropriate visas, work permits, and accommodations. References from friends and family are better than references than you get from brochures or websites, so ask around.
For more information please visit the Travel Category on TheCanadianTeacher.com.