Work Your Way to Get Away
So you want to get away, but you think you can’t afford it. Don’t fret; there are always plenty of low cost options for the traveller willing to put in some hard work!
In actual fact, the possibilities are endless. Websites like workaway.info, helpx.net, wwoof.org, etc. are overflowing with people all around the world willing to offer you free accommodation for a few hours of your day. Many even offer perks such as access to a car/bike or other mode of transport or a free meal(s) or small stipend.
Regardless of your own personal interests, there is an opportunity for you. Working on an organic farm in Portugal, in a busy hostel in Buenos Aires or as a Ranch Hand in Texas, the only problem you may face is deciding where you want to go! And thanks to the great people over at Ryanair, if you are working on a particularly tight budget, having enough money to just cover your flights and a few daily costs could be enough to get you away for up to a month in Europe!
Over the past few years I have met so many travellers who have made their budget stretch for twice as long as they had initially planned by just engaging in Workaway exchanges, particularly on the hostel scene. So when I decided to start my journey living in as many countries as possible, I knew that I would be taking advantage of as many Workaway opportunities as possible – and that is exactly how I originally got set up here in Estonia. Six weeks later and I am still working in the lovely Red Emperor Hostel and living in their nearby staff apartment.
Now I know that moving your whole life away for months at a time isn’t a suitable option for everyone, but know that there are plenty of short term options too. Or if you just want the traditional sun-holiday experience but can’t afford it, why not engage in a volunteering program? Diverbo offers free food and accommodation for 6-8 days in locations all around Spain and Germany. All you need is to be a native English speaker and be willing to spend your day speaking in English – easy right? It’s not a free holiday, but it’s a great way to start!