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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.

Travel photography - “Chamonix Run” (France)

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From spectacular trail running views to snapshots with your workaway family - will these travel photography from January 2018's photo competition inspire you to go on your next adventure? Enter workaway's monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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'.

Travel photography - “Workaweyers team / climbing the mountain after work” (Mount Roraima, Venezuela)

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Browse through the beautiful travel photos submitted by workawayers and hosts in December 2017; from epic volunteer teams to magnificent waterfalls! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to showcase your photography across our social profiles, and to win some travel funds!

Workaway news: Experience worldwide exchanges with Workaway TV

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Happy 2018 from Workaway! Would this be the year of husky training in a Canadian cabin? Or would it be the year you build your first straw bale house with a community of earth-loving volunteers around the world? Check out our Workaway TV page to get a glimpse of what your own new year might look like, and see how you can get involved in our referral scheme to extend your subscription for free by sharing your adventures with friends!

Travel photography - "Workaway in The Himalayas" (Sangla, India)

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See the latest amazing travel photos taken by workawayers and hosts in November 2017; from the majestic Himalayan ranges to new workaway families! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip

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Let’s face it- there’s something romantic and almost nostalgic about being poor. Think about all of the crazy adventures that begin by trying to save a little cash. Penny pinching may not sound glamorous, but the memories made while travelling on a shoestring budget will definitely be worth retelling. If you’re not convinced, here are 8 ways travelling on a budget can improve your trip and definitely earn you some backpacker badges of honour.

Travel photography - “We looked for the concrete, we found the unreal” (Laguna Pirquinco, Chile)

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Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by workawayers and hosts. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

8 inspirational Workaway locations which nurture the artist in us!

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From circus and theatre, to decorative painting, sculpture, music and dance - check out our hosts which offer creative opportunities across the world and nurture your inner artist!

Travel photography - “Follow your Dreams” (Bali, Indonesia)

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Get lost in the most amazing Workaway destinations on earth, from the Balinese paradise to the incredibly beautiful Cenote and cow cuddles in an idyllic farm! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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.

Travel photography - “Someone Loves the Pom Pom” (Greenland)

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Winners and commended images from the photo competition in August 2017 on workaway.info - get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

Going green on your Workaway: Permaculture living - Part One

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Workaway is a great place to find and connect to permaculture practitioners. Whether you are a permaculture practitioner seeking more experience or a curious traveller wanting to find out more, there is an incredibly diverse list of hosts waiting for your help.
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How travelling & workawaying taught me to be happy living with less

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I was in my mid twenties, living in a hip part of the city in a comfortable, one bedroom apartment with a backyard and a front porch. I had a respectable job – one that paid well and helped others. I was right on track, doing everything I was supposed to be doing. Yet, I had a growing sense of emptiness, an unshakable anxiety that told me there was more to life than this.

Travel photography - “Post Work Ritual” (Strängnäs, Sweden)

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See the world through Workawayer & host's eyes- explore some of the best travel photos in our monthly competition gallery, share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 prize.

Do we let technology define the way we travel?

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Just how much has technology changed travel? Here in the Workaway office we were recently discussing how it was to travel back in the “old” days...
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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)!

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!

Travel photography - "Milky Way Above Jetty" (New South Wales, Australia)

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Totally in awe with the beauty of the universe! Check out our favourite snapshots of June 2017's travel photo competition, get inspired to start your own workaway adventure and capture your journeys for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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!

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.

Travel photography - "All volunteers are sitting in one boat" (Talara, Peru)

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There's so many ways to explore the world - start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts! Here are some of our favourite travel photos for the May 2017 photo competition of workaway.info

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.

Travel photography - “Sunrise at Pulpit Rock” (Forsand, Norway)

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Explore spectacular spots and volunteer adventures through April 2017's Workaway travel photo competition - and get inspired to embark on your own!

Travel photography - “Traveling from one host to another” (Portugal)

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Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by workawayers and hosts. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway.info travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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?

Travel photography - “Arctic Sky” (Alta, Norway)

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See the world through workawayer & host's eyes- explore some of the best travel photographies in our monthly competition gallery, share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

Travel photography - “Give time, receive happiness” (Hsipaw, Burma)

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See the latest amazing travel photos taken by workawayers and hosts; everything from the Northern Lights to natural thermal pools and a sunset on a desert! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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.

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?