Free things to see and do in France

Free in France

Sights in France

A French-Argentinian couple need help restoring their 16C farm to run it as a B&B via Helpx (Photo courtesy of Helpx)

Sights and experiences you can get for free in France

 

Experiences in France

 (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

Free greeter programs around the world encourage locals to welcome you to their hometown

 

Lodgings in France

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A French-Argentinian couple need help restoring their 16C farm to run it as a B&B via Helpx (Photo courtesy of Helpx)

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

 
 (Photo courtesy of Europosters)

Couchsurfing and other hospitality networks allow you to sleep for free in other member's homes

 
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Ways to sleep for free in France

 
Getting to know some locals is a bit part of staying with a fellow hospitality club member (Photo courtesy of The Affordable Travel Club)

Hospitality networks gather folks who are willing to put up fellow members in their homes for free or for a small fee

 
This Provençal home in the countryside just outside of Avignon sleeps six amid olive groves, a pool, and rows of lavender—and its owners would love to visit California (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

 
This house in Normandy was looking for someone to watch the chickens and pet sheep for a couple of weeks (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
A French-Argentinian couple need help restoring their 16C farm to run it as a B&B via Helpx (Photo courtesy of Helpx)

Programs like WWOOF and Helpx let you barter your services for a free place to stay

 
Sailboats at Cannes (Photo by plb06)

If you love sailing, or just have an unquenchable taste for adventure and new experiences, you can sign on to help crew a boat just about anywhere in the world, including France

 

Planning for a trip to France

Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

Use Skype (and an internet connection) to make and receive free voice and video calls—or have your friends and family Skype your cell in France for 10¢ per minute or $1–$2 per month.