3 Ways to Score a Free Vacation (Without Entering a Scammy Contest)

Where do you want to go on vacation? Disney World? New York City? Vegas? Paris? A sandy beach somewhere?

All of those sound awesome, but holy cow, are vacations expensive. You’ll have to pay for plane tickets or a serious road trip. You’ll need to stay at a hotel (or Airbnb). Add the cost of restaurant meals, maybe a rental car and admission fees for all those fun tourist activities you want to do.

Making memories ain’t cheap, but luckily we’ve got ideas for how you can afford it. If you can pull in enough cash through side gigs or passive income, your vacation will be basically free.

Here are three ideas:

1. List Your Place While You’re Gone

While you’re on vacation, you won’t be home. I mean, that’s sort of the whole point of a vacation, isn’t it? To get away. You leave your house or your apartment, and you travel somewhere far away.

Since you won’t be using your home, why not let someone else use it while you’re gone? You might as well try to earn some money by listing it on Airbnb.

Sure, you can always list a spare room if you’ve got one. But consider listing your entire place while you’re away. If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could make some bank on Airbnb.

Just enter your information into Airbnb’s calculator to receive a free income estimate. Depending on how long you can list your place, you could make hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars.

Here are some tips:

  • Make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think: concerts, conventions and sporting events.
  • Be a good host, and stock your place with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
  • Be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.

Here’s our beginner’s guide to being an Airbnb host, starting with how to create your listing and set your price.

2. Use a Rewards Credit Card to, Well, Reward Yourself

If you’re not using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases, you’re missing out on free money — money that you could be using for your vacation.

You could use it on your trip. Use it to pay for your hotel stay or car rental or dinner out, to really get more bang for your buck. (Just make sure to pay off your balance each month to avoid interest charges.)

Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $ 500 in your first three months of opening the card, you’ll pocket a $ 150 bonus.

There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $ 417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)

Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.

3. Get Free Accommodations as a House-Sitter

What about staying someplace cool and getting paid for it?

Imagine sipping your morning coffee on a beautiful balcony looking out over the ocean. Later, you water the plants and clean up a bit before taking a dip in the pool. Oh, and you’re getting paid for taking care of this house.

It sounds too good to be true. Can you really find house-sitting jobs that pay?

Yes and no. Yes, caretaking gigs that pay a salary or stipend in addition to providing you a place to stay do exist. But no, there aren’t many that fit the description above.

Most house-sitting opportunities fall into one of these two categories: standard house-sitting gigs, or more demanding caretaking jobs.

Many websites list house-sitting gigs, and a quick glance tells you right away that not many people are offering to pay their house sitters much — if anything. Normally, you get a nice place to stay for free.

This might not sound like much of a money-making opportunity, but it depends on how you look at it. House-sitting could be a way to get free accommodations when you travel, cutting a huge expense.

Here are some of the online platforms where you can find the opportunities, along with their subscription rates:

  • House Sitters America ($ 30 per year)
  • Mind My House ($ 20 per year)
  • Housecarers.com ($ 50 per year or free limited membership)
  • Luxury House Sitting ($ 25 per year)
  • Nomador ($ 89 per year or limited free membership)

Some people make a lifestyle of house-sitting. Canadian couple Dalene and Peter Heck sold everything to travel the world, staying in other people’s homes. For eight years, they stayed in more than a dozen different countries all over the world, saving themselves tens of thousands of dollars in housing costs.

Now, think again about where you want to go on vacation.

*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.

The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He could use a vacation.

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Los Angeles County prosecutors said Thursday that 27-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton entered the plea to felony counts of stalking and vandalism and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

He was immediately sentenced to five years’ probation and 90 days of GPS monitoring. A judge also ordered him to stay away from Rihanna for 10 years, to stay off social media while on probation and to enter a program for mental health and drug treatment.

Prosecutors said Leon leapt a fence and broke into the house on May 9. Twelve hours later, Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police.


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ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper T.I. is paying a $ 300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing.

The charge against the performer stems from a May incident at the gated community where he lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge.

His spokesman, Steve Sadow, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence but entered a plea “to put this matter to bed.”

Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said at the time that T.I. lost his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the neighborhood. A police report says the entertainer eventually was allowed inside but walked back to the guard, demanding his supervisor’s name. Police were called. T.I. was arrested and released on bond.

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[CONTEST] Win a Trip to South Africa or Egypt with Sisters Traveling Solo!

If traveling more is on your to-do list for the New Year, we are excited to announce BLACK ENTERPRISE and Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is partnering to create the Women of Power Travel Solo experience.

We are sending one lucky woman who has registered for the Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Africa, or Egypt, for the ultimate girl’s trip.

How to Enter:

Register for the Women of Power Summit

-Join the Sisters Traveling Solo and Women of Power Facebook groups

-Follow BE and STS on Instagram

-Like the fan pages for BE and STS on Facebook

-Follow BLACK ENTERPRISE on Twitter.

The entry period is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 14, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

If this contest sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It represents what women of power do. If you’re looking for more reasons as to why you should get in on this contest, the founder of the group, Coleitha Banks, wants to let you in on all you can win.

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Sisters Traveling Solo founder Coleitha Banks in South Africa (Courtesy: Sisters Traveling Solo)

Why Sisters Traveling Solo created this opportunity:

We at Sisters Traveling Solo love all that Women of Power stands for!  So creating this opportunity for a woman in the WPS community to join one of our trip experiences was our way of supporting the mission of WOP.  We truly believe in any platform whose purpose is to empower women, especially women of color.  Empowering women is what Sisters Traveling Solo is all about!

Why you should take part in this contest:

Stepping foot on African soil is an experience you will never forget, especially when you are amongst Sisters!  From finding your tribe, making new friendships with like-minded Sisters, experiencing a new culture — there are so many reasons to enter and register for a chance to win this contest. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for the Winner!

The winnings:

The winner of this contest will walk away with so many things!  The first being a true sense of Sisterhood. It is truly amazing to see women who just met form bonds within days or moments of just meeting. On several of our trip experiences, we have witnessed friendships develop, and travel buddies made.

 

Just imagine being in a room full of Sisters filled with joy and laughter. That is what the sisterhood on our trips feels like.

 

The winner, especially if the she is new to travel, will get the biggest cultural shock, but in a good way! She will learn things about another culture that she finds not only interesting, but that she finds relatable. In those moments, she will realize that at our core we are truly all the same and that there is no place she does not belong, or nowhere that is truly foreign.

Contest Rules

If you want to win big and tap into your power, it’s time to get social. For the official contest rules click here.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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This Scholarship Contest Hands Out $2,000 Every Month — No Essay Required!

Feeling lucky? Good, hang on to that.

And if you’re not feeling organically lucky today, it’s time to track down a four-leaf clover, pick up a lucky penny and rub that rabbit’s foot, because you’re going to need all the good fortune you can get.

Why?

Because we found a scholarship opportunity worth $ 2,000 — and it’s all done lottery style. (Psst: That means no essay. Yeah.)

The ‘No Essay’ Scholarship

This scholarship from Niche is an essay-free opportunity — which, if you’re a hardcore scholarship sleuth, you’ll know is a pretty rare find.

Instead of putting together a hefty packet of application materials, all you have to do to enter this scholarship contest is input your information here and wait. The winner will be decided by a random drawing.

Each month, the contest resets, and you can re-enter to win. (You can see a list of past winners here.)

Scholarship amount: $ 2,000

Number of scholarships awarded: One per monthly online entry period.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a high school, college or graduate student.
  • Be a legal U.S. resident. (International students with valid visas are also eligible.)
  • Currently attend or plan to enroll in a high school or college listed on Niche’s site. (Parents of students who fall into one of these categories are also welcome to enter.)

To apply, applicants must:

OR

Scholarship deadline: The contest resets monthly, though, so check back at the beginning of each month to re-enter to win.

Only one entry is allowed per person per month. The prize money will be awarded directly to the entrant and can be used to cover tuition, books, housing or any other education-related expenses.

The only caveat to this contest is your information may be shared with Niche’s partners, as noted in the privacy statement for the contest. However, you can choose to opt out at any time.

You can find the privacy statement and  official “No Essay” scholarship contest rules here.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Save The Waves Announces Global Contest, The “Dirty Wave Challenge”

SAVE THE WAVES TO HOST THE DIRTY WAVE CHALLENGE THROUGH ENDANGERED WAVES APP

Global contest to identify and clean the dirtiest surf location.

Davenport, Calif., (October 20th, 2018) – Save the Waves Coalition is proud to announce the launch of the Dirty Wave Challenge, a cash prize and a five thousand dollar stewardship fund that will be awarded to the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem identified on the organization’s Endangered Waves App. The challenge opens October 20th, 2018 and closes on November 20th, 2018.

Launched in early 2018, the new smartphone App empowers surfers and beachgoers to monitor the world’s coastlines and surf ecosystems. Winner of best conservation mobile app in the HeroX competition by XPRIZE, the Endangered Waves App is available for iOS and Android devices.

The Dirty Wave Challenge is simple: capture a photo of the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem, upload it to the app, and the winning photo will receive a cash prize and a day of stewardship with Save The Waves and partners to clean it up.

“There are approximately 31 million surfers worldwide, and they are the front line for our coastlines for climate change, trash, sewage, and other issues. Imagine if this entire community was mobilized to track and report coastal threats,” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.

The goal is to collect data and mobilize beachgoers and the surfing community around the key issues facing our coastlines, with this first challenge focusing on marine debris. Save The Waves Coalition plans to use the photos and data collected to better track and prioritize coastal threats, educate users, and share with coastal agencies and partners to take action worldwide.

“The Dirty Wave Challenge will help us fill the gaps in much needed coastal data and broaden our stewardship reach,” said Strong-Cvetich.

To Enter the Dirty Wave Challenge:

  1. Download the Endangered Waves Mobile App: www.savethewaves.org/mobileapp

  2. Using the App, take a picture of a surf ecosystem trashed with garbage, plastic or marine debris and use a common item for scale such as a person, a surfboard, your hand, etc.

  3. Select the Dirty Wave Challenge entry button, write a brief description, select your location, enter an email address, and submit.

  4. Share your submission on social media with the #dirtywavechallenge

  5. Each participant is only allowed 1 entry per challenge, but please have multiple photos of the issues available to validate entry.

 

The Dirty Wave Challenge is proudly supported by MJD Interactive, WSL Pure, and XPRIZE.

 

About Save The Waves Coalition

Save The Waves Coalition protects and preserves the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone, through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action. See more at www.savethewaves.org

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Win Up to $50K in Burger King’s Annual No-Essay Scholarship Contest

Burger King co-founder James McLamore placed value on education, entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, high standards and good citizenship.

Those values defined him and now carry on his legacy in the form of the annual Burger King Scholars program for employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children — and high school seniors in the community.    

More than 20 scholarships ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 50,000 are available this year.

There are scholarships for high school seniors as well Burger King employees and their families.

There’s no essay is required; all you have to do is meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for one of the scholarships.

The foundation will accept only 50,000 applications from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2018.

Burger King Scholarship Eligibility

There are two tracks for scholarships — one for general applicants and another for employees and their families. Applicants from both pools will be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship.

General Applicant Track

General applicants must be graduating high school seniors living in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

They must have plans to enroll full time at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

Students need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply.

Employee-Based Track

The employee-based track has two options. There’s a track for postsecondary education and one for enrichment programs like language, computer and accounting courses.

Postsecondary Education Scholarship

The employee-based track for postsecondary education is open to employees and their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children.

To be eligible, employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.

Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico and be graduating high school seniors, current college undergraduates or graduate students or have received a GED.

They must have plans to enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college in 2019-20 without interruption. Colleges can be in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico.

Employees and their spouse or domestic partner can be enrolled part time or full time, while children of employes must be enrolled full time

All applicants need a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Enrichment Programs

Scholarships for enrichment programs are open to employees and their spouses or domestic partners.

Applicants must live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico with plans to enroll in a GED, enrichment, certification or other educational class.

Employees must have been active on the company’s payroll for at least six months as of the deadline date and still be employed when the awards are announced.

Eligible employees and their spouses, domestic partners and children will be considered for awards in both the general and employee-based track, but can receive only one award.

The $ 50K James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship

This whopper of a scholarship is worth $ 50,000. Up to three students with financial need will be chosen from the general and employee-based track applicant pools to receive to the scholarship.

To be considered, students must be a citizen of the U.S. or Canada, a high school senior in the U.S. Canada or Puerto Rico and applying to a four-year accredited, college or university in the U.S. or Canada as a full-time freshmen.

Students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum ACT composite score of 25, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220.

Only students with substantial work experience, active leadership in their communities, school and/or athletics will be considered.

How to Apply for the Burger King Scholarships

Only web-based applications are accepted.

To apply for a Burger King Scholarship, create and register for a student account. You can access the application once you validate your email and provide profile details.

You’ll need to upload a current transcript — unofficial or official — of your grades.

You may want a list of your work experience, school activities and any community involvement on hand for the application.

If you’re eligible and want to be considered for the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship, you will need to have a copy of your parents’ tax returns for the section on financial information.

Required fields and standard capitalization matter when filling out the application. No changes can be made once you submit your application, so make sure it’s well-done.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2018, or when 50,000 applications have been received. All applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application status by May 2019.

Scholarship winners will be asked to submit further documentation.

Check out the Burger King scholarship guidelines for details on how the winners are chosen and how the money will be distributed. There’s an FAQ section, too.

As long as you’re eligible, it can’t hurt to apply. It looks like they hand out a lot of scholarships, and who knows, you might score you a whopper.

Like The Penny Hoarder Life on Facebook to discover other scholarship opportunities.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She learned while writing this article that the first Burger King opened in Miami, Florida. Read her full bio here or say hi On Twitter @StephBolling.

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