We’ve all done it; booked the cheapest plane ticket with the longest layover possible in an airport you can’t even pronounce, just to save a few pennies. Here’s some tips on how to get through unscathed!
Author Archive for: Alicia
Alicia helps run Workaway mission control in Hong Kong, she's also our social media and blogging whiz and helps with design.
She has backpacked, travelled and volunteered extensively in many different parts of the world. She started Workawaying in 2012 and now has joined our team to help with hosts and development in Asia. She speaks English Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin as well as a smattering of other Asian and European languages. Based in Asia, when not travelling you'll find her in a dance studio or watching some film you've never heard of!
"I love how the countless opportunities and adventures found via the site can really inspire and open up the imagination to a real world of possibilities. It is my insane way of keeping my sanity! The best part of working at Workaway is being able to witness how it has helped so many people, both hosts and Workawayers, to create their own lives; reaching out to their dreams and inspiring others to do the same."
Entries by Alicia
After years of long distance relationship and short-term travels together, we wanted to be in the same place again. Finding work abroad can be difficult though, and we were too broke to just travel long-term…
Travelling as a couple is wonderful, inspiring and romantic fun but it can also be stressful and overwhelming when you’re on a long term trip with your partner! Why can’t we all learn to be a little selfish and take the chance to spend some time apart?
After flying to Costa Rica and searching for the optimal land to putting this dream into reality, all the answers were found in this little piece of jungle in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. While building the camp, and surfing together every day, we began to feel something special was on its way.
Travel and volunteering have no expiry date, so here are 5 little reasons why you should consider using Workaway when you are living in the ‘golden years’ after you’ve retired.
Not young enough for workaway? Never! Read about our “Workawayer of the month”, Sue and Adrian’s adventure, who are in their 50’s and finally fulfilling their dream of travelling and volunteering around the world…
While travelling alone, I began wondering, what was the difference between rational and irrational fear? How do you overcome fear and step outside of your comfort zone?
Workawayer Anna & Andrea’s agreement with their host was to create a website and a marketing campaign for their Ecotourism project in exchange for a place to sleep, food, and the possibility to try out the attractions they organise. They started trekking in the jungle then across the waterfalls and bamboo rafting; then the time came for camping at the mountain top, for a sunrise bath in the hot spring and, best of all, for a trip to Ratchaprapha dam, one of the most beautiful places in the world…
This month we talk to Chloe, who’s currently on her first Workaway experience in Italy. We loved talking to her and getting an insight of what it is like to do your first ever Workaway exchange, and how the experience has inspired her to venture further out of her comfort zone.
One of the best and perhaps worst parts of travelling is falling in love, but we all know that “it is not goodbye, but see you soon”. Here are some tips to help you with your long distance relationship & friendships!
Family owned for almost 600 years, the farm was traditional up to the 70s. Neglected after a community finished around 2000, it now has love provided by Devi & Ezra the youngest generation of their family : With the volunteers we found a sustainable way to keep our project going.
Solo travel has countless benefits, BUT let’s not beat around the bush – it can be lonely. So rather than ignore it we’ve come up with some ideas to tackle it.
We talk to 19-year-old Jake who has just returned from his first life changing Workaway project in Guatemala. We loved talking to him and admire his courage and motivation! He really proves; ‘No Matter Your Age, Travel Has No Limit’!
The only limits you have are the limits you believe! These travellers will show you why you can travel the world no matter your age or ability.
Read all about an alternative Spanish language school in Medellin, Colombia, where the goal is to teach Spanish by connecting students with the locals, which for them is one of the most important aspects of meaningful travel.
Like it or not you will be identified as a newcomer when visiting a new place, but there are some tricks and tips to make you appear like a local…
This month we talk to a solo female traveller, Daniela from Czech Republic who quit her job after realising she wasn’t doing what made her happy, then bought a ONE WAY TICKET to Argentina to do a Workaway project all by herself!
Coming home from a trip is hard, let’s not beat around the bush. We’ve all been there, and we all wish we knew how to cure those post-travel blues…
Finding out more about a Workaway host on Skiathos where volunteers help with a children’s play lounge and bring the world to their door!
Be a good guest by following some of the advice here to make your Workaway stay an enjoyable and productive one where both hosts and volunteers benefit.
Thanks to Workaway this year I was fortunate enough to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine: experiencing life in a farflung and remote place like Greenland (as well as seeing icebergs and glaciers up close and in person)!
At Workaway we are avid travellers, worldwide wanderers and open road addicts, but there is definitely a right time to start to travel the world!
November’s Host of the Month comes from Chiang Mai, Thailand – a lodge with elephants that touched our hearts with a recent video they shared…
Romance is alive and well and travelling around the world! Read about a newly-wed couple who have just completed a 16 month worldwide honeymoon.
Everyone smiles in the same language! There are hundreds of festivals set up all around the world for that exact reason; to make you SMILE!
How does volunteering help language learning? We asked Cambridge University examiner, language school owner and Workaway host Jane from U.K. for her opinion.
“There’s always a funny or heartfelt story each and every day. We often get to witness people experience whale watching or catching fish for the first time!”
Should I even be taking this chicken bus alone? What if I got robbed? What was I getting myself into? The list of things you should be afraid of goes on…
This month we talk to Workawayer Kat from Australia who has not only found friendship and enrichment through Workaway, but also love…
These ones come from all over the globe, maybe some destinations you hadn’t even heard of, and definitely some workaway experiences you didn’t know existed.
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