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7 Workaway adventures to make your Summer unforgettable

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Summertime is officially here, calling us to let the most wild and free versions of ourselves shine. It invites us to take a step back from our normal routines to discover something different. Embrace your most wild and brave self and let these Workaway adventures inspire your own. (And buy that plane ticket, already)!
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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!
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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!
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10 Hacks to get the most from your first Workaway adventure

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It can be intimidating if you’re new to it (or need to reassure your parents). Here are a few tips for your first Workaway that I’m sure will give you the confidence to go for it and have one of the best adventures of your life.
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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.
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Voluntourism: selfless or selfish?

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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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Worried about travelling with kids? Use these top tips!

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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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The highs and lows of long term travel

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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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The story of the workawayer who travelled the world with almost no money

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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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Top 5 Excuses not to travel and how to overcome them

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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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They Call Me Obruni- Finding a Sense of Belonging While Travelling

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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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Stop counting countries: Travel slow and travel further

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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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8 Awesome types of accommodation that you could be staying in on your next Workaway

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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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Top budgeting tips on how to afford and plan your big trip

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

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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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Free volunteering: How to volunteer around the world without paying ridiculous agency fees

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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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The travel blogger & global citizen who's volunteered across 3 continents

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What does it mean to be a global citizen? Originally from the depths of rural Dorset, England, Workawayer Katie is now out in the big world exploring one country at a time.
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10 steps to being a great Workaway host

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Before even embarking on the experience a host needs to be prepared mentally and practically for a visitor- it’s not always easy sharing your space or adapting to someone else’s. Here we've got a 10 point step-by-step guide to help you get the most of out of your experience as a host...
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7 Tips to travel like a local and avoid tourist traps

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There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a tourist trap. Sometimes fighting off crowds or forking out half your spending money to see a sight just isn’t worth the hype, but with these tips, you may be able to still see the sights just minus the tourists, or get some better ideas on alternatives.
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How Workaway helped this couple's long distance relationship

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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...
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Travel Photos - Workaway Competition May 2016

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See the world through Workawayer & host's eyes - look at some of the best travel photos entered into our monthly competition, choose your best shot and win
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How to travel long term as a couple without killing each other

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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?
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Living in a Surf Camp in Costa Rica

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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.
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5 Reasons to do a Workaway when you are retired

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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.
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Taking a gap year in your 50's

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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...
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How I got ‘rich’ from travelling around the world

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We’ve heard it all before – ‘I quit my job to travel the world’, but what is it really like when you are actually doing it? When you stop earning a guaranteed salary and start travelling without a wage? We decided to ask someone that knows all too well on how to really live off pennies, and the rewards that come with doing Workaway exchange.
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How 19-year-old's life changing Workaway trip gave him purpose

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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’!
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Getting Over The Post-Travel Blues: Readjusting after your big trip.

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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...
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An Epic Workaway Trip to Greenland that will Inspire Your Inner Adventurer

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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)