5 Reasons to do a Workaway when you are retired

We recently interviewed Workawayers of the Month, The Ainleys, where Sue told us about quitting her job to travel to Mexico and do a Workaway project at the age of 56, and we couldn’t help but feel incredibly inspired by her passion for life and travel. We also recently highlighted Keith Wright, the world’s ‘oldest backpacker’ at the age of 95 in our ‘Travel Has No Limit’ article. You see, travel and volunteering have no expiry date, so we wanted to provide 5 little reasons why you should consider using Workaway when you are living in the ‘golden years’ after you’ve retired.
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You’ve worked hard all your life… Now you’re retired?

Let’s be honest, the last 40 odd years have been work, kids, work, kids..are we right? Now it’s time to DO YOU. The kids have left home, work is over and the world has never been so accessible. There’s no time like the present to start ticking off those countries and activities you’ve always said you would visit or do. How about checking out ‘10 of the most AMAZING Workaway experiences’?
retired travellers volunteer

You can travel more slowly and fuller

With less commitments and more time you can afford to travel more slowly and really take in your surroundings. Gone are the week long vacations close to your home country, instead you have the opportunity to travel to places further afield. Need some inspiration? Have a look at these books that will give you wanderlust.

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You have so many skills to share and make a difference

After all “to be older and wiser you first have to be young and stupid”. You’ve learnt from your mistakes, you know what works, you’ve seen breakups, make ups and everything in between – people trust you. Is it time to go out and help those in need?

Join forces with your kids and make memories for life

Never before has the ‘older’ generation had such ease of accessibility to travel. Flights are taking off every second of the day and you can now get to the other side of the world in a matter of hours. This is an amazing opportunity to do something with your kids/ grandkids that you never had the chance to do with your parents. Why not go on a Workaway with the whole family? Show those kids how it’s done!
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Your money goes further

Travel is cheap – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – you’d be so surprised at how inexpensive flights and accommodation are now. If you live in a first world country it is more than likely cheaper to go and live abroad now than it is to pay for a high mortgage, fuel, groceries and everything else that is more expensive in your home country. Could long-term travel and volunteering be an option?
retiree silver surfer travel experience
While volunteering through Workaway is for those from all walks of life, we really feel that with low pensions, high taxes and over-worked employees, retirees should take this opportunity to travel the world and spread their knowledge and love. So, where’s your next destination?

35 replies
    • Rektarini
      Rektarini says:

      Hi, I interested in workaway. I am 61 years old woman. I do not have special skill but I can help anything need. Can I join?

  1. Janine French
    Janine French says:

    This is very encouraging to read. I have brrfn thinking about work away for some time now & thought I might be too old (51) but think I have lots to offer so will be seriously considering work away now as there are so many places I would like to travel to.

  2. Cobie Hönicke
    Cobie Hönicke says:

    Inspired! Time to sleep now (South Africa), but when morning comes, I will do some further research on this! Kissed the corporate world goodbye 4 months ago, 45, single, kids at university and passport ready…

  3. Anita Edmondson
    Anita Edmondson says:

    Yip I did it at 56 but with my 2 son’s 16 25 one year 20 countries 6 Continents ..best and at times dam difficult year of my life …..would I do it again DAM STRAIGHT I am so unsettled back in N Z and are desperate to go off again mmmm boys doing their own thing sadly so I’ll be on my own ….I’m looking for ideas re tours companions work away to keep me busy and costs down ….⭕⭕ any ideas I’d gladly appreciate ⭕⭕⭕ look out for my book next year on my past year with my son’s it will be a doozy ➿ I Touched A Tigers Testicle ➿

    • Ingrid Schüring
      Ingrid Schüring says:

      Hallo Lesley, some months ago I visited a 50 years old friend during her first workaway experience in Italy. We spent a week together and I helped her with her work, 5 hours a day in a huge organic vegetable garden. After this experience, I started to think about organizing my own experience with workaway.
      But : I am already 68 years old, very healthy with different skills (woodworking, languages (Spanish, English, French, German ( I am German) and a little Dutch) , mother, grandmother, experienced housewife, have been working as a guide in France)
      But who would be interested in someone of my age? If by any chance you read this, I would be grateful for your reply and advice.
      Thanks! Good bye! Ingrid

      • Elizabeth Grant
        Elizabeth Grant says:

        Hi Ingrid, I’m hoping to move to the Langeoduc Rouissillion region in the next few months. I’m 63, have a house there but very little money to prepare it for a business. It would be lovely to meet someone like yourself with so many skills to help set it up. I am hoping to do this on my own, but am a bit scared also. Elizabeth

  4. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I’m 55 and last year gave up a full time job, rented my house out and sold my car to embark on my workaway journey. Yes it was scary giving up so much, but not once have I regretted it 🙂 In fact I cannot see myself settling back down to a life in the UK now. There are so many places to see and experiences to have. I have just returned from a 5 month adventure in South Africa and will shortly be leaving for my next 6 month adventure in Canada. From there I will be going to New Zealand for 6 months. The advantage we have over youngsters is maturity and life experiences – don’t EVER think you are too old over 50, we have so much to offer 🙂

  5. Joanna and Chris
    Joanna and Chris says:

    We did it too! For the past fifteen months we have travelled around the World, visited 20 countries and 23 hosts, staying for 2 to 4 weeks in each country. It was AMAZING, we had a wonderful time. The trip far exceeded our expectations and we met some lovely people. We arrived as strangers and left as friends. We are both 57 so go do it!

    • Bobbi Tylor
      Bobbi Tylor says:

      Glad to hear that there is life after retirement. I’m from Canada. Do you have any advice on health insurance for different countries and did you have to obtain work visas for any workaways to appease entry requirements in any country?

      • Matilde Barrett
        Matilde Barrett says:

        Miss Morgan your response got my attention. I am 57, in need of some BIG changes too. I need action, excitement in my life. Need to feel fulfilled!! My name is Matilde, I live in Miami, Fl. I don’t know where you live, but maybe we could go and do a WorkAway as a team. I have not done any work away yet. My email is matyb0708@gmail.com

  6. Bob Gibbs
    Bob Gibbs says:

    I’ll retire from trucking at the end of the year and gotta get out of America and away from the road. I love to work and have skills that would benefit a host
    I’ll start in Mexico and see what happens! This will be GREAT!

  7. Martin Conyers
    Martin Conyers says:

    Planning our first workaway experience to Ecuador and Peru in May 2019 for six months.We are a couple 60 and 55 years old. Kids flown the nest. Time too get off the hamster wheel of work and see a bit of the world and meet new friends. Cant wait. Happy to receive recommendations of hosts in above countries who would welcome us young ‘ old folk.

    • Susan
      Susan says:

      Hi Martin, I am a 61 year old woman. Very funny and talented I am told. I desperately want to do this as it is my only way I will be able to travel. I am apprehensive because I am afraid no one will want a mature women. But after reading this page maybe I’m wrong?. Thought of trying in the States first. Any opinions? Thanks, Susan

    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Are you back from Ecuador and Peru yet? I would love to know how it went! What kinds of work did you do? Did you have any difficulty finding hosts?

  8. Verónica Rossato
    Verónica Rossato says:

    Trabajé como periodista toda mi vida, me gusta viajar, estoy jubilada (siempre escribiendo), he tenido experiencia de trabajo voluntario con una Ong en el Norte de Africa, cuidando niños huérfanos, enseñando español y también tapices en telar. Me gustaría comenzar mi etapa workaway ahora. Hablo español e italiano, también un poco de inglés y francés. Tengo 66 saludables y vitales años. Alguien me recomienda un proyecto en particular?

  9. Janet
    Janet says:

    Hello, I recently discovered workaway, and I’m intrigued! I love traveling, and in the next year or so, I’m likely to be selling my house on the east coast of the US. My daughter and son in law are planning to move to British Columbia. While they get settled, and the time it will take for me to be able to move there, workaway seems a perfect opportunity for me. I could work my way across the country. I’m 65, healthy and have many practical skills. Has anyone in my age group done this? I’m a little concerned my age could be a deterrent. I welcome all feedback. Thank you.


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