Discover more about Workaway: Stay tuned with our most recent travel tips, news and advice to plan your own journey

See below for the latest posts published on the Workaway blog

Volunteering at a Chocolate Farm in Costa Rica

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The fact that we ourselves as real chocolate addicts have sunk our teeth into the discovery of every step in the chocolate process, is obvious.

Focus on Surfing Opportunities with Workaway

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One of the great aspects of Workaway is the possibility of learning new skills by contributing your time and expertise. In this post we decided to look into the various chances to develop or learn the ability to surf.

Focus on Natural Building Techniques and Opportunities

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The basis of natural building is the need to lessen the environmental impact of buildings, here are some Workaway hosts doing just that.

How to be a great volunteer - One host's perspective

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Listening to the voice of someone involved as a host with Workaway can give us an idea of the benefits and challenges that are involved in having a volunteer stay.

Focus on Sailing and Boating Opportunities with Workaway

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Mention sailing and the chances are most of us will conjure up romantic images of wind in the hair freedom on the waves. But mention sailing to someone who has owned a boat and the response will likely be more measured.

Workaway Team Visit to Portugal

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It was a lesson to us in what can be done in a short space of time with a few willing hands, lots of enthusiasm, a dream and real drive to carry out that dream and make it come true…

Looking to fire your imagination or galvanise yourself into travel action?

Get your wanderlust fix with more travel stories, and motivational reads from us

6 Magical Workaway places to experience the festive season abroad

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“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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Workaway news: Plan your travels and explore new places with a travel buddy

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Whether you are craving some companionship after a solo soul-searching journey, or you prefer to explore the world alongside somebody else...this is the perfect tool for you. Perhaps you want to find a buddy to visit hosts together with, or just to explore the local area during your days off? Either way, we hope you can find wonderful friendships through Workaway that will go beyond Workaway!

Travel Photo Competition Winners - October 2018

See the world through Workawayer & host's eyes - discover our favourite travel photography showcasing the wonderful Workaway adventure moments around the world, and share yours for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give!

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We want to spread the word further, to show everyone why becoming a volunteer is so rewarding. Here are 10 reasons why volunteering is the BEST FEELING in the world.
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Travel Photo Competition Winners - September 2018

Explore the wonders of the world through our community! Here are some of the best travel photography in September 2018's workaway photo competition - get some inspiration and and showcase your photography to win some travel funds too!

10 essential things to pack on your Workaway trip

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Have you re-packed and re-packed your backpack, trying to squeeze one last item inside? Have you ever found yourself dazed staring at the travel aisle with all of the gear wondering what you'll actually NEED? Well, we're sort of experts on this and have a guide of things to pack on your Workaway trip to make it easier (Your shoulders will thank us)!
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Travel Photo Competition Winners - August 2018

Where would you like your Workaway adventures to take you? From tropical paradise in Sri Lanka to the edges of Ecuador, take a look at the endless possibilities offered in August 2018's travel photo competition, and get inspired to start your own too!

What is the Flyway Effect? A travelling couple charts their journey around the world

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Brendon and Karson are a young travelling couple from the heart of the United States who both grew up in small towns with families who never dreamed of traveling anywhere beyond the U.S. So how did their families react when they decided to quit their jobs and adventure around the world for an entire year? They share their perspective on defying expectations and having experiences that last a lifetime.

Workaway news: Stand out from the rest with your best Workaway profile

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If a photo can speak a thousand words, then a video can do more! So give a bit of personality by uploading a personal video to your workaway profile, and show off all your achievements on the site with our new badges too.
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Travel Photo Competition Winners - July 2018

A celebration of July 2018's travel photography and achievements of the Workaway community, from reaching new heights in Nepal to milking a cow for the first time! Get inspired for your own globetrotting adventure and get a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

Top tips on workawaying and travelling with pets

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Travelling with dogs or other pets can be easier than you think- especially for us Workawayers! Here are a few lessons we've learnt from Workawaying with Tarzan, our three year old Siberian Husky.

This host in Morocco is building bridges between cultures and creating a home for world travellers

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We have the pleasure of getting to know host Musti from Morocco, who is committed to building bridges between cultures by opening his home to travellers! From diffusing cultural misconceptions to helping workawayers discover unique local experiences, Musti introduces Marrakesh to the world through language exchange, sharing amazing life stories and enjoying the benefits of argan oil!

Find out more insiders’ tips: Meet the workaway communities to get a glimpse of their #workawayadventure

See below for some more Workawayers / Hosts of the Month featured in the past

The couple who caught the Workaway bug BIG TIME: 14 hosts in the past 13 months and are not ready to stop any time soon!

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This couple Miguel and Mariana had been living together for 6-7 years when they suddenly decided to leave their beloved homeland behind to find a home away from home everywhere they went. Read about the epic story of how they make the transition from quitting their 9-5 jobs lives to become full-time Workawaying nomads doing a wide range of cool projects as a mean to explore the world!

Experience a sustainable lifestyle in Sri Lanka amongst natural wildlife and local community

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This big ol' plantation-sized slice of paradise in Sri Lanka is not just a coconut estate! This month, host Tilak tells us how he created a haven of natural beauty and wildlife, while giving back to the local community and welcoming travellers to enjoy the village sustainably.

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

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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

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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!

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

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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'.

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

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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"!

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

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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…!

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

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"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.

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

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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.
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Stay on a sheep farm in South Africa “Where the land meets the sky”

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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!

Meet the couple who are travelling the world by bike with their dog

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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.

What is it like to hitchhike through Southeast Asia??

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Many people would be put off by the idea of getting into a total random stranger’s car in a foreign country, asking for a free lift.. But as told by our Workaway ambassador Charlotte, hitchhiking is not only one of the best ways to get around in Southeast Asia…it also can be an ideal way to meet new people!

Dance and kitesurf with locals at one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador

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This month, we talk with Juan who helps run a guest house in Ecuador on a remote beach in Santa Marianita. Drawing on his experience hosting over 100 Workaway volunteers (!), he shared valuable wisdom and his compassion for helping others. We’re already imagining the beautiful breeze coming off the waves and know you’ll be wanting to book a flight ASAP!

This honeymoon couple quit their office jobs to live their dream of living off the land

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When we were planning our honeymoon, we thought we can make the best of our round-the-world trip by experiencing the rural lifestyle as a farmer via workaway, as a test to make sure we weren’t just romanticizing the idea of living on a farm (especially because we were both working office jobs in New York City)! We were also hoping that the new skill set we would gain can really carry us through our big retirement plan of living on a ranch or a farm.

Volunteering on a farm: A city girl's learning experience

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In our brand-new ‘Workaway Ambassadors’ blog series, they will share their volunteering stories, travel hacks, tips and more to inspire you. Next up is the story of Workaway Ambasssador Nina (teamed up to travel together with Giuse), a born-and-raised city girl who left the comforts of home to experience life in rural Chile. Her story truly illustrates the transformative power of travel and cultural exchange!

Grow a good life: learn to live on less on this beautiful farm in the Jordan Valley

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"It is more than just a farm, it's a way of life :). We really love what we do. We wake up every day at 4:00 AM with a smile on our faces, ready to start a new day. We feel lucky that we have a good life." This month's Workaway "Host of the Month", a beautiful organic farm from the Jordan Valley reminds us to slow down and enjoy the view.