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Besides the regular hotels, resorts, hostels, and mass transit systems, there are a few other resources tech nomads use when they travel. While the following networks do help us save money by providing free places to stay or transportation, the goal is much deeper. These networks allow us to experience unconventional adventure, engage in cultural immersion, connect with the locals, and give back to the places we travel through work exchanges and volunteering. When given a chance and used properly, these are all powerful tools for experiencing new worlds.

Picking your next destination

  • Nomad List: Discover the best cities to live and work remotely, based on factors like cost of living, internet speed, and quality of life.
  • Workfrom: Find the best coffee shops, coworking spaces, and other remote work-friendly locations in cities around the world.

Alternative Hospitality & Lodging

  • Couchers – The new alternative to Couchsurfing™ Free forever. Community‑led. Non‑profit. Modern.
  • Cabin: Cabin is a global network of beautiful properties in nature for remote workers seeking meaningful connections.
  • BeWelcome – A global hospitality network connecting travelers with hosts, like when Couchsurfing was a non-orifit vibes.
  • TrustRoots – platform fostering connections between travelers and hosts who share a passion for cultural exchange and adventure.
  • Couchsurfing – Find a free couch to surf worldwide and meet locals.
  • HelpX – Free volunteer work exchange abroad.
  • Work-A-Way – The site for travel, language, and work exchange. Help out and get housed and fed. Sign up fee.
  • WWOOF – World wide opportunities on organic farms. Sign up fee.
  • Squat the Planet –  A networking forum for alternative adventurers of the world.
  • Care Taker – House sitting jobs worldwide.
  • Kindred – House-swapping

Getting Around

Traveling Musician Malika Sellami


Skyscanner: Compare flight prices and find the best deals on airfare to your desired destinations.



Hitch-Hiking Land & Ocean:

  • Rome2rio: Plan your route using a variety of transportation options, including flights, trains, buses, and more.
  • BlaBlaCar: Share rides with locals and fellow travelers, making road trips more affordable and social.
  • – Travel stories and advice through writing, a podcast, pictures and videos.
  • – All about hitch-hiking.
  • Digihitch – Hitchhiking, rail and road travel tips.
  • Cruiser Log – Hitch hiking across the oceans as sailing crew.
  • Cruise Seekers – find a boat and join a crew to sail with. sign up fee.


RV’ing & Road Trips:

  • Technomadia – All you ever wanted to know about RV’ing across America and being a nomad.
  • Road Trip USA – Tips from America’s roads.
  • NuRVers – Resource for RVers.

Packing & Travel Tips:

Language Resources:

  • Live Mocha – Free language exchange for people all over the world.
  • Point it! – Awesome picture dictionary that works in any country. Just point, don’t mime.

Cristian Azdrubal – Mexico

Successful Nomads & Must-Visit Websites:

Other Useful Communities & Networks:

  • Square Mouth – Compare Travel Insurance. Don’t travel without it!
  • Wiser Earth – The Social Network for Sustainability.
  • Tribe – Member-created groups for every interest.
  • MeetUp – Organize events and gatherings.


Please contact us if you have a website to add to the list!

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