For many, the idea of travelling long-term may seem virtually impossible, and the main reason is almost always related to finance.
We think that the cost of flying, public transport, staying in hotels, and seeing all the sights will leave us completely bankrupt in a very short amount of time.
The truth is, however, that proper planning combined with a strong willingness to work hard means that travelling doesn’t only have to be cheap, but it can cost next to nothing. Here we will look at the various international methods of travelling abroad on the tightest budget imaginable.
WWOOF is an organisation based throughout the globe, and offers travellers the chance to get around on a budget, offering their time and labour in exchange for board and lodging. The idea focuses mostly on permaculture farming, and allows people who need a break from the city to get out and enjoy the country life while also picking up some valuable skills.
Like the other entries on this list, WWOOF isn’t a 9-5 job, but working outside doing physical labour is part of the deal. Started in the 1970s, WWOOF has grown into something of a global force that’s been a boon for millions of travellers for decades.
Very much the same concept as WWOOF, HelpX gives international travellers the ability to save as much money as possible in exchange for work at various establishments.
And while WWOOF is almost always based on farms, HelpX is much broader, offering hostels, hotels, horse stables, boats, and much more. This may be more appealing, as it means having access to a wider variety of places to stay and skills to learn.
Workaway is a global network connecting 40000 hosts from around the world, with hundreds of thousands of Workawayers making their way from country to country. Workaway represents the middle ground between HelpX and WWOOF, where the majority of the hosts tend to be permaculture farmers, but there are still plenty of options for those that would prefer to work in a different environment.
Workaway is extremely widespread, and unlike the other two, it’s often possible to make some money on the side, and with its low work hours, it provides plenty of time for relaxing or checking out gaming options in the evening. It’s a one-of-a-kind way of being in a new place, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, while also being safe and fed.
4. The Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a US-based charity organisation that maintains operations throughout the world, with the aim of uplifting those communities that have suffered from war, famine, a bad economy, and more. Volunteers can be both skilled and unskilled, although unskilled people might have some more difficulty finding a spot.
Regardless, The Peace Corps does extremely good work, helping countless millions and making the world a better place. Their positions may not be as comfortable as Workaway or WWOOF, but they’re still worth considering, nonetheless.