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This flat in London was free to anyone willing to walk its two dogs for a week in late May/early June (Photo courtesy of Mindmyhouse.com)
This flat in London was free to anyone willing to walk its two dogs for a week in late May/early June

Free lodgings in Britain: Hospitality networks (couchsurfing), home swaps, and house sitting services

Yes, it can be done! There are plenty of ways you can sleep absolutely for free—and none of them involves park benches or sneaking out of hotel windows via the fire escape at 4am.

From hospitality exchanges to home swapping to house sitting to barter networks and work exchanges, here is how to do it.

Some of these techniques do involve joining a club or network, and there is a fee involved with that, but spending the night won't cost you a dime—and besides, those one-time fees tend to cost less than a single night's stay in a mid-priced hotel.

Ways to stay for free

 
Work exchange links