Round the world tickets and other unique travel ideas

May 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET

The travel industry has seen some creative and unconventional innovations over the last several years, many of which enhance an adventurer's experience while saving them money. Take a look at a few of these travel ideas and use them to create your own unforgettable journey.

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Round the world tickets

Buy one airplane ticket, travel to as many destinations as you please. Sound like a good deal? We think so, too. Many airlines offer "round the world" flight packages that let you select multiple destinations, and usually give you up to a year to make your way home. This unique travel technique allows you to see the world while paying less than you would for several one-way tickets, and keeps you moving because you've got someplace else to be.


The concept of a hostel isn't necessarily new, but their popularity is. A hostel, if you've never stayed at one, is a bit like a dorm. There are lots of bunks and a bathroom that you share with the other bunk dwellers, and that's about it. Still, some seasoned travelers gravitate to them because they are inexpensive and it's a great way to make new friends.

Austin, a college senior who recently stayed at a hostel when in Buenos Aires, Argentina, enjoyed his experience. "Staying in a hostel was loads of fun for me. You get to meet people from around the world and since hostels are set up pretty much like army barracks, it's like having an adult sleepover every night. The downside is that you don't get your own bathroom and privacy can be in short supply. That can be trying, but if you're a sharing kind of person, hostels might be the economic way to go when traveling."


If countries like Argentina, New Zealand, Italy and France appeal to you — and you love wine —consider working at a winery. Many wineries around the world trade work for food and accommodations. If you've recently retired or you're a teacher with a summer to burn, imagine learning the art of making wine in a country you've always wanted to explore — better yet, imagine getting to sample the fruits of your labor at the end of the day.


A dogsledding travel adventure proves that if you have a hobby and some imagination, you can likely find a trip to accommodate your wildest dreams. Dog enthusiasts who don't mind the cold weather are in for the trek of a lifetime with guided, single day, cross-country skiing and multi-day trips. Mush, dog lovers, mush.

Work on a farm

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) will soon become one of those experiences that will hit bucket lists everywhere. This organization matches volunteers with organic farms around the world, giving dirt-cheap traveling a whole new meaning. Imagine learning sustainable gardening techniques in your chosen corner of the world, and getting to see the region like a local (in the hours you're not helping to make the world a better place).


Trade houses and couches

The dating app concept isn't just for dating anymore. Now there are matchmaker websites for people and homes and people and couches. You can register with Home Exchange and trade houses with someone. Typically no money is exchanged — just homes — meaning you get to stay, for free, in a house of your choosing located in a destination of your choosing. Unbelievable, right?

While it might sound like something serial killers dreamed up, couch surfing is also a legitimate thing. The same exact concept applies, but people trade couch space instead of their whole home. People are doing these things, successfully — and making new friends while saving piles of money on lodging.