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5 Workaway myths that stop you from travelling long term on a budget

It’s been a fair few years since Workaway has launched, and the travellers’ circuit changes almost daily. One moment, Southeast Asia is the place to be and the next it’s South America – lucky for us we get to come with you wherever you go (through your stories and photos, we can’t actually be in 170 countries at one time) so we get to keep up with all the happenings and changes. Most of what we catch up on is inspiring, motivational and thought-provoking, some are heartwarming and some hilarious and bizarre, but some are ridiculous and are maybe stretching the truth a tad. All of these inspired us to debunk some myths we have heard about Workaway to help you all understand exactly what we are all about:
workaway myths travel budget

You have to pay a lot of money to volunteer

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If we could shout this from the rooftops we would; we do not believe in making people pay to help or seek help. We believing volunteering should be mutually beneficial to the host and the volunteer – with no money exchanged. To register as a Workawayer you are required to pay a small administrative fee of US$29 a year for a single account and US$38 for a couple account, which a part of it gets donated to the Workaway Foundation and that is the only amount that should ever leave your bank to be involved in volunteering.

You can only stay for a short period of time

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We must not have got the memo when we stayed for a few months at one of our projects then? The host will let you know how long they are looking for help for before you arrive so you know exactly the minimum time you will be there. However we’ve found many times once that period is coming close they will (providing both parties are happy) ask you to stay on longer. In fact, there are a lot of hosts out there looking for long-term workawayers up to a year. Saying that if you only have a short amount of time you can also volunteer for as little as 2 weeks.

You will be alone

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Here at Workaway we LOVE solo travel, but that didn’t always come naturally, and at points, we were terrified of hitting the road alone. From these experiences, we learnt ways of making friends and we even created a way for you to meet other Workawayers that are currently around you. Also, a lot of hosts require more than one person for their projects, so you may find yourself living and volunteering with quite a few other Workawayers. Just have a good read of the host profile description and don’t be afraid to ask if you will be with other volunteers if you really want to be around more people throughout your trip. So the answer to that is no, you won’t be alone if you don’t want to be.

You get to travel for free

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While we would love to cover your flights and transport costs, that’s just something we can’t do, and to be honest that’s where your creativity and freedom come out. Organising a trip is half of the fun! Why don’t you challenge yourself and see how can you get to your destination as cheap as possible? Or how you can travel only over land (we’ve heard of people travelling miles without getting on a plane). The hosts will decide what they offer in exchange for your volunteering, but it will at least be accommodation and more than likely meals. So while we don’t claim travelling on a Workaway project will mean you won’t have to spend a cent, you will be getting free accommodation and food in exchange for your meaningful help and participation.

You have to clean toilets

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Well, someone has to – but that doesn’t have to be you. Workaway is an opportunity to give back to local communities on your travels, to help others in need, to share and learn, inspire and motivate. Hosts will give you a detailed description of what they need doing and how they need it done, and you can use your creativity and experiences to do that in any way possible. If you are asked to do something you don’t feel comfortable doing then just say. Remember: it should be mutually beneficial.

We hope this has debunked some myths for you and has given you that excited feeling to start a new adventure! Have we missed any myths? Let us know and we will debunk those for you too! Happy travels!

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  1. Filips Mihai says:

    i have a limited budget and a too long trip to make.it’s fine except that in some places (hostels most) they offer 1 meal.the rest of the day is up to u and if i’m in a expensive city is not that convenient.what do u guys suggest ?? what would work best ??

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    • Caleb Alan says:

      You stretch out the trip by spending only a few days in the expensive locations and by volunteering in the cheaper cities where activities, food, ect are cheaper. When you do volunteer just find either an interesting job or a location you are interested in.

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    • Laur Dumitru says:

      Most host offer meals(3 main of the day ones + tea and deserts or more depending on the location). Just make sure the host has in description what it can offer and if the info is scarce is no big deal to just ask as information.

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