Travel the world for free using the layover hack
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So if you are reading this post I assume you are interested in ways to travel the world for free, yay! My guess is you want to get into the nitty gritty of the HOW to get yourself a free trips. I am going to use the example of Qatar Airways free layover and free visa in Doha, Qatar. Firstly let me explain the mistakes I made the first time round. These mistakes meant I’ve already missed out on two potential free trips to other countries.
Realizing my mistake
I recently traveled to Thailand (see more about Thailand here.) It was on this trip I spoke with two Canadian girls. Typically when you are travelling one of the first questions you will ask your new friends is “where were you before this?” This is exactly what I done to my new friends. Their answer shocked me… They had just come from China!
They soon explained to me they scored a free stopover in China on their way from Canada. All they had to do was schedule their connecting flight from China to Bangkok to allow them long enough to go out and explore the Great Wall! How amazing is that? This is something I had not considered before now. I had stopped for a mere 45 minutes in Doha and hadn’t considered spending any time there!
Avoiding the mistake the second time around
This is a mistake I will not make again. I have since booked my tickets to Bangkok with Qatar Airways and have scheduled my connecting flight out of Doha for 19 hours after I land. That is me getting a free day to explore Doha. Now you can book this is as one long flight, but that is the mistake.
The trick is to book a multi-city flight to travel the world… So for me I am leaving Edinburgh to go to Doha, and then 19 hours later i’ll depart Doha to go to Bangkok. If you book a flight to Doha with Qatar Airways the give you a free visa for your stay! Bonus. I would have had to pay my own visa if I hadn’t booked it as two separate flights. The screenshot is not great quality so check out Qatar Airways visa information here.
This doesn’t work just for Qatar airways, so many airlines had stopovers on long haul flights, and you can choose multi-city flights. I am doing the same trick to get half a day in Panama on my way to Peru, and a day in Amsterdam on the way back.
Have you got any tips on how to travel the world for free?