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One problem we come across regularly is the desire to travel over the reality of travelling. For some, it really just isn’t possible – whether that be because of money, time or commitments… But you know we are not the sort of people to back down easy, so we’ve come up with these 5 ways to experience the world and to feed your inner wanderlust, without actually having to travel.
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Is it better to stay home rather than participate in voluntourism? Was I making a positive impact by volunteering abroad? Or was I simply hurting the very people I was trying to help? Was my presence an act of neo-colonialism?
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When we decided to embark on a 15-month-long Workaway adventure in Southeast Asia, the first concrete decision we made was to travel with nothing but our hand luggage. the swift transit from the gate to your destination and vice versa, the freedom that comes with the ability to pack up your entire life within minutes, wandering around in sweltering temperatures without too much hassle… Not to mention the money we would save on flights!
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This month, we talk to Samira and Alan with this school project in a Ecuadorian Amazon village. Dedicated to helping protect indigenous culture in the heart of the Amazon, they need volunteers like you and me to help teach English in their remote village. We’re inspired by their project and know you will be too!
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Food is such a huge part of travel. It doesn’t only teach us about the country and its culture, but also its people and traditions. Recently we’ve met the foodie workwawayer Malou, who previously worked as the Deputy Editor for Jamie Oliver HQ in London for nearly 5 years. And it only seems to us that there’s no better timing to get serious about your food travel!
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In the beginning I was very insecure and almost anxious but soon I simply fell in love with this miraculous, mesmerizing, beautiful country. I thought I might feel limited, as I just cannot wear whatever I want like at home or I cannot move freely because of being a girl, especially as a solo female traveller, but this turned out to be just wrong...
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As Nelson Mandela reminds us, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” But how does one go about learning a new language while travelling, exactly?
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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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While we are in the depth of winter in most countries around the world we can’t help ourselves dreaming of warmer places, on a boat, in, I don’t know, somewhere like the.. BAHAMAS! Workaway host of the month David is living our dream..
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Single? Travelling alone? About to hit 30? But don’t you want a relationship? Isn’t it time you settle down? How come you don’t have a partner? Don’t you think the clock is ticking? And since when did life become so defined by relationships and age?!
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Travelling with kids or “en famille” is the perfect opportunity for you to leave behind the routine and responsibilities of work and school and spend some “quality time” together. A great idea in principal, but it is sometimes difficult to meet the expectations of all family members and really make the most of your time together.
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Welcome to the age of millennial where nomads call the world their home and have no plans on returning back to ‘real life’. Everything we could possibly need is at the touch of our fingertips, travel is cheaper than ever, and we are reminded everyday of others travelling the world. There’s an influx of us travelling the world for extended periods of time. But what are the effects of this kind of lifestyle?
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Travelling the world with almost no money might sounds like an impossible dream to many, but Workawayer Michael has tackled the challenge with only $15 left to his name, and he's here to share his inspiring stories with us..
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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 17!
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Kids are the best teachers of life and to teach kids is both a challenge and an adventure. We have homeschooled our children for six years. During that time we travelled a lot, exposing them to varied cultures and lifestyles, yet it was only when we started hosting Workawayers that the dynamics of our homeschooling experience has changed so much for the better.
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It’s been a whole year since we started interviewing our hosts, and what amazing people we have spoken to! This month is no exception with Geneviève and Erick from France, at their beautiful organic farm community.
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It’s the twenty first century, travel is the new movement, everyone is doing it, but we know that some of you are still out there constantly daydreaming about travelling the world one day, yet seem to find every excuse going. So we’re here to squash 5 of those excuses for you!
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I stand out. Like a sore thumb. Like a neon glow stick against a moonless midnight sky. Will I ever truly belong? Can I ever truly belong? I have been a foreigner many times. Yet, this is the first time being a foreigner has been so obvious to me and everyone else, too. It’s the first time I’ve felt an unshakeable sense of vulnerability and loss of anonymity.
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Can you believe it’s been over a year since we first started interviewing Workawayers from around the globe. What a beautiful experience to be a part of! And without further a do let’s jump into this months, and Celeste a photographer who has just returned from Scotland!
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Why do we travel? To meet people, to see amazing sights, to learn new languages, or purely just to get out there to see the world? Whatever the reason we travel, have you noticed how we have become obsessed with counting countries?! Uploading the most Instagrams and trying to conquer every continent? Why do we travel with so much urgency now?
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Am I too old to host on workaway? Or too young? Who would want to come to my area? What if I don’t speak English that well? Too much of this, not enough of that? Here's a short list of potential self-doubts or preconceptions a new host might have with solutions to overcome them.
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While living and travelling around the world we’ve been fortunate enough to see some amazing places, amazing people and amazing food. But when it comes to accommodation we are shocked daily by the sheer amount of damn right awesome places there are to stay in the world. And some of them are even right here on Workaway ready and waiting for people like YOU to stay in. Here are 8 that have caught our eye recently..
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With the rapid growth of the travel industry, there is an…
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I knew my purpose in life from a very young age. Or so I thought. Three years into my field and mid-way through my twenties, I realized I had lost my original sense of purpose, and myself in the meantime. I knew I had to make a change..and these are some of the lessons I learned about re-discovering my purpose after a year of volunteering with Workaway.
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As a solo female traveller and workawayer, you’re entirely thrown out of your comfort zone, and are a little awkward and vulnerable. Everything's all on you and you alone to figure out; but that’s what stretches you and makes you grow.
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Does family travel with young kids seem unrealistic to you? Have a look at the story of the Durand family, who left their home to pursue their dreams with Workaway, travelling across Asia harvesting the knowledge required to be able to build a self-sustaining farm when they get back.
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Partir au bout du monde en famille avec des enfants en bas âge vous paraît irréaliste ? C’est pourtant l’aventure que vit en ce moment la famille Durand, partie réaliser ses rêves avec Workaway à travers l’Asie, pour récolter en chemin les connaissances nécessaires à la construction d’une ferme autosuffisante à leur retour.
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The ultimate dream for most travellers; to be able to afford to travel all around the world, one country at a time, without a worry in the world. Do you think you’ll never be able to afford it? Do you even have a clue where to start?
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Ambassadors are Workawayers like you and me, they are helping to build the community by showing that responsible and ethical travel has the ability to genuinley make a difference to the communities they visit through..Let these world travellers show you how travelling whilst volunteering through cultural exchange is not impossible, but in fact has the potential to define your life!
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The travellers’ circuit changes almost daily..through all your travelling stories and photos, we're inspired to debunk some myths we've heard about Workaway to help you all understand exactly what we are all about.
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This month may be one of our favourite interviews so far. We sent 2 of our team members Shirley and James to Vietnam to discover hosts away from their laptops. Little did they expect to meet such an amazing 12-year old girl and our youngest ever host-- ok, her family are the one that are actually hosting, but she loves Workaway so much we just had to interview her!
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So you want to volunteer abroad? Good on you! We love that you are looking to give back. But you’ve gone online and you’ve seen some organisations CHARGE ridiculous agency fees for your kindness. How crazy is that? In fact what we are here to do is show you how you can volunteer around the world without paying a cent...
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What makes these ordinary moments extraordinary? Connection. To the people, the place, the culture. More than checking off a bucket list, collecting mementos, or visiting museums, connecting with locals is the best way to not only catch a glimpse into the daily life of another culture, but to become part of that daily life.