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Think you can’t afford to take a family vacation this year? Think again. With a little creativity and willingness to go out on a limb, your getaway could cost you next to nothing. Here are a few apps and websites that can help you make your next vacation nearly free.

Campendium
One of the cheapest ways to take a trip without spending a lot is by going camping. Not only do you save on hotels and restaurants, but you also spend your entire trip in the great outdoors and it can be an amazing family bonding experience. While many campsites charge a fee, there are several across the country that are absolutely free, all you have to do is find them. That’s where Campendium comes in. The website lets you search by state or zip code and then shows you a map of the nearest camping spots that don’t charge any fees. It also has pictures of the sites to help you get a better idea of the grounds.

HomeExchange
Why spend money to stay at an Airbnb, when you can just stay in someone else’s house for free? The only catch is, you have to let them stay in yours. If you have a home with ample space, that’s in an ideal vacation city, then put your house to work for you with HomeExchange. While you do have to pay an annual fee of $150, you can then exchange homes as many times as you like for free. With listings worldwide, your family could be international globetrotters without spending a dime on hotels.

iMoova
Have you ever dreamed of hitting the road in an RV? Don’t worry if you don’t have room in your budget to buy your own when you can just relocate one for someone else. iMoova offers listings of RVs that rental companies need moved from one rental office to another. All you need is a clean driving record and flexibility on your destination and your transport and lodging is covered.

What are some ways you’ve found to save money on travel? Share your tips in the comments below.