18 Ways travellers perceive the world differently

Have you ever come back home after travelling to realize you just don't think the way you used to? Or noticed people giving you the crazy eye after sharing one of your travel stories? You're not alone! Call it experience, perspective, or a case of incurable wanderlust...there are just a few ways travellers perceive the world differently.

Workaway news: highlight your accomplishments in your official Workaway reference letter

So, you've already checked off some Workaway adventures from your list and received some feedback from hosts you have stayed with. What's next? Well, why not highlight your amazing accomplishments to future employers by adding your Workaway adventures to you CV? :)

Meet the workawayer who swapped retirement for a lifetime of travel adventures!

After 52 years of employment and family life Daniel decided to sell his house, his car and all his possessions and fulfill his dream of travelling the world after retirement. Nowadays his sole possessions are in his backpack, but even after two years on the road Workawaying he has never looked back.
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How this creative family is using their recycled art to inspire the community to reuse & recycle

his month, we had the pleasure of getting to know a lovely family living in the UK. Drawing on their experiences as journalists and travellers, they told us how they’re creating a new project that moves beyond recycling toward something even better. Get out some scissors and glue and tap into your inner child for this special interview!

How to make the most of your trip while travelling with dietary restrictions

Travelling is all about reinventing and change of routine and lifestyle, so yes, travelling is going to be a bit more challenging when you have certain dietary restrictions, food allergies OR when you are simply a picky eater, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t visit countries where people have eating habits vastly different from yours. In fact what you may lose in choice you could gain in quality of experience.

A solo travellers guide to an alternative Valentine's Day abroad

If you are like us and every day is your own individual Valentine’s day with the world, you’ll already be spreading your love as we speak. But what’s a solo, single traveller to do on Valentine’s day? We’ve got some fun things to do that aren’t going out for dinner or crying alone in your pj’s.
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Things I wish somebody told me before my first solo trip

Throughout my travel adventures, I learned a lot. But I always credit my first solo trip for giving me the courage to follow my dreams. I want to pass some of that courage on to you, too. Here’s what I’ve learned and advice I wish somebody told me before my first solo trip.

The workawayer who ran away from city life to live with huskies

After a two-year Workaway at a Norwegian husky farm, Marije gladly swaps city life with the companionship of 40 huskies and discovers the joys and strength it takes to go 'back-to-basics'.

Why taking a gap year is the best investment you'll make in your life

Not sure about taking the risk of going on a gap year? Think gap years are only for college students, or teenagers with no goal in life? Here are 7 perfect reasons for you to start packing and embark on a year-long adventure abroad!

Farm of happiness: How this host in Turkey discovered a better way of life through permaculture

This month we spoke to one of our many workaway hosts, who runs a family farm in Turkey, as we learn about their story of how they made a big career move from banking and pharmaceutical sales into permaculture, all because of this one magical potion for a good life - "happiness"!

Workaway news: Experience worldwide exchanges with Workaway TV

Happy 2018 from Workaway! Would this be the year of husky training in a Canadian cabin? Or would it be the year you build your first straw bale house with a community of earth-loving volunteers around the world? Check out our Workaway TV page to get a glimpse of what your own new year might look like, and see how you can get involved in our referral scheme to extend your subscription for free by sharing your adventures with friends!

10 things to do right now to achieve your travel goals this year

Wait up, where did that year go? How are we about to enter a new one already? We weren’t quite ready… we kind of, ok definitely, didn’t tick off all our bucket list items this year. So we are setting a no-brainer way to tick them all off next year. Here’s how we, and you, can do right now to make sure you get to where you want to be in 2k 18!

6 Fantastic workaway places to experience the festive season abroad

“There’s no place like home for the Holidays” but… have you ever wondered what Christmas is like in Prague? Or heard of the Sankta Lucia festival in Sweden? If you’re itching to celebrate the holidays in a different corner of the world this year, we’ve got the perfect recommendations! From sunny beaches to winter wonderlands, here are our top places to spend the holidays abroad with Workaway.
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Travel Lover!

It’s nearly Christmas! For the travellers among of us that would rather receive a plane ticket than any sort of gift you will find online, let’s be a tad realistic here, not everyone can afford to buy that ticket.. so we’ve come up with some great Christmas gift ideas and have found the best of the more affordable options for all you adventurers out there!

8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip

Let’s face it- there’s something romantic and almost nostalgic about being poor. Think about all of the crazy adventures that begin by trying to save a little cash. Penny pinching may not sound glamorous, but the memories made while travelling on a shoestring budget will definitely be worth retelling. If you’re not convinced, here are 8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip and definitely earn you some backpacker badges of honour.

The workawayer who discovered a passion for painting en-route and now can't stop!

After ten months workawaying Aude is on a non-stop mission to leave a trail of inspirational murals behind her as she travels around the globe on a one way ticket. Some of her friends call her “an artwork machine“, because when she starts painting she is in the zone and there is no stopping her…!

Workaway news: start chatting with your personal Workaway advisor

Happy autumn from the Workaway team! If you’re a regular visitor of the site, you might’ve noticed that your profile page has gone through a huge makeover! To keep the site even more user-friendly, remember we have introduced a "Help" section to your Workawayer profile page? Members can easily access tips on how to improve their profile, message hosts, as well as some extra information from the team.

8 inspirational Workaway locations which nurture the artist in us!

From circus and theatre, to decorative painting, sculpture, music and dance - check out our hosts which offer creative opportunities across the world and nurture your inner artist!

6 fun ways to take risks while travelling

Will you answer the call? Will you say yes to adventure? Will you dive head first into the deep waters of discovery? Here are six ways you can answer YES and take a risk while traveling. Read on if you’re ready to throw caution to the wind and learn to soar!

Discover the courage to grow and create at this innovative workaway farm in Sichuan, China

"We don’t want it to be just a farm with plenty of vegetables and animals [...] the future belongs to those who are innovative and courageous to go for the practice..." This month, we asked a host from a aquaponics and organic farm in Sichuan, China to share some words of wisdom about their experiences.

How to make simple & traditional Slovenian minestrone soup

One of our volunteers, Malou travel to Slovenia and workaway at this family to learn about the simple but traditional recipe of minestrone soup – a dish that sounds Italian, but has long been eaten in this south-eastern part of Slovenia, adapted to suit the local palate and seasonal ingredients.

Van life: Meet the nomadic couple who built their own mobile home

Since we dare to bet that you have daydreamed about leaving your day-to-day life behind and driving off into the sunset at least once, we couldn’t wait to share Workawayers Norbert and Dóra‘s story with you. This young, adventurous architect-journalist pairing from Hungary didn’t just hit the road, they decided to do so in a mobile home that they built themselves! We caught up with the couple for a peek into their van life.

Workaway news: stay tuned to our weekly livestreams

Did you know that we now have a weekly livestream for workawayers where you can get more support from the team personally? We are always looking for new ways to improve our site to make it as user-friendly and interactive as possible for all you lovely members out there! And we can assure you that we are not robots working behind the site!

Going green on your Workaway: Permaculture living - Part One

Workaway is a great place to find and connect to permaculture practitioners. Whether you are a permaculture practitioner seeking more experience or a curious traveller wanting to find out more, there is an incredibly diverse list of hosts waiting for your help.
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How travelling & workawaying taught me to be happy living with less

I was in my mid twenties, living in a hip part of the city in a comfortable, one bedroom apartment with a backyard and a front porch. I had a respectable job – one that paid well and helped others. I was right on track, doing everything I was supposed to be doing. Yet, I had a growing sense of emptiness, an unshakable anxiety that told me there was more to life than this.
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Stay on a sheep farm in South Africa “Where the land meets the sky”

This month, we caught up with Hester who lives on a sheep farm in South Africa with his family. His vivid description of the beautiful landscape and the history of the region are out of this world. After just a glimpse of seeing the farm through his eyes, we know you’ll be dreaming of visiting soon!

5 Universal life lessons you'll learn from your Workaways

A while ago we introduced you to Workawayers of the month, Shahnaz & Francois, a husband-and-wife duo who volunteered their way around the globe. Adventures like theirs aren’t just gonna become memories that will last a lifetime, but are also the best way to learn. And luckily for us, Shahnaz is willing to pass on some of the wisdom she has accumulated on her travels.

6 Great websites that will actually save you money on your travels

“If travel was free, you’d never see us again.” Yeah, ok, we see this quote every other day. But it’s not free, so let’s move on. Let’s move on to making it a lot cheaper. These 6 brilliant websites will make it a lot easier for you to cut down your travel costs.
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Meet the couple who are travelling the world by bike with their dog

We recently came across the story of workawayers Anna and Marcin, a Polish couple who are pretty much living the dream. They quit their jobs for a life of slow travel, cycled from their home country all the way to Greece – AND brought their dog along on their adventures! We just need to find out more about their awesome journey.

Let your tastebuds travel: How to make Hummus - the Israeli Way

Let’s be real, one of the most enjoyable things about travelling (and life!) is all the new food you get to try. But what’s even better is to learn how to make traditional dishes from locals, so you can relive those amazing travel memories bite by bite once home. In our new ‘Workaway Foodie’ blog series, food-loving Workawayers will share how they have learnt about foreign cultures and communities through their food.