Workaway life during lockdown

If you’ve told us last year that we’d, in fact, NOT be travelling, but in a lockdown and stuck at home because of a global pandemic, I doubt any of us would believe it… and yet here we are. As travellers, hosts and workawayers, this is undoubtedly a huge lifestyle shift, the one nice thing to remember though, is that we’re all in this together! So we are sharing a few tips on how we are staying inspired during self-isolation and social distancing, and ready for the next adventure for when the storm passes!

traveller on their own in the open social distanced

1. Treat yourself to a great travel book

Remember that paperback you grabbed from the airport but haven’t read past the first chapter cause you were out exploring? Well, now is the perfect time to dust it off the back of your shelf, crack it open and let it transport you into another world (where you’re not stuck at home)! There’re so many brilliant, wanderlust-inducing reads that can definitely keep your mind occupied. If you are not a huge reader, try listening! We are big fans of audiobooks and podcasts. What are some of the great books/ podcasts you’ve finally read?


2. Learn to speak the lingo

Take the first step of living your travel dream, by learning a new language! Learning a new language helps you understand and see the world differently. Especially when you are travelling off the beaten track, even just a bit of basic language skills could go a long way. You will be able to make deeper connections with locals when everything tides over and you’re ready to travel again. There’re loads of great resources available online for you to choose from. HelloTalk is one of our favourite language learning apps out there that let you connect and chat with a native speaker via text or audio messages – the perfect way to get some much-needed social interaction while practising your new language!

traveller on solo-bike is advised for self isolation

3. Reconnect with old friends

Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we have to completely disconnect from our loved ones – far from it! Ring up your family and the important people in your life more often, reach out to your old travel friends, and check up on those who are more vulnerable or severely affected by the pandemic. There are a lot of people around us who could use some extra love and gratitude to get through the hard times. Brighten up their days by spreading positivity and reminiscing over funny travel stories, photos of mountains hiked together or your fun Workaway project memories!

photograph memories before the coronavirus fun hike

4. Let’s chat and pass the time

Let’s be real, even though we’re lucky to be healthy and safe during the pandemic, it kind of sucks that all of our travel plans have to be put on hold..! Sometimes all you need is just to vent it to someone who’s going through the same thing. And why not? Spark a new conversation with fellow Workawayers all around the world on our messaging system and start connecting! 

Exchange tips on how you’re dealing with the situation, daydream together over future travel plans… and maybe even find a buddy who can accompany you to your next Workaway trip!

group of people hiking before quarantine

5. Experiment, experiment and experiment!

We all have a lot of time on our hands right now, but we are also done being bored or scared. So let’s make good use of this lull to move forward. Treat your quarantine time like a life experiment by starting a new project you’ve always wanted to try your hands at.
Build a portfolio website, start an indoor herb garden, learn to play the guitar, bake some banana bread, keep a journal, organize your finances, create a vision board, research the places you’d like to go on your next trip, listen to some great music, dance, stretch, laugh, cry, meditate… Or organize your old travel photos and write to us to share your throwback adventures on social media! Tag us in your photos so that we can spread the wanderlust and travel together, virtually. The list is ENDLESS. 

creative activities to do during coronavirus

Building inclusive communities

We know there’s so much uncertainty and panic to cope with. Although we might be physically separated from each other, with collective conscious effort of kindness, appreciation and compassion, we’ll get through this together! We will also be donating our net proceeds from subscriptions to Workaway in April to a few frontline to frontline charities whose personnel are putting their lives at risk to protect us all. These include Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières , International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency).

While you can continue to use the Workaway site to plan for the future, registered members with an active account will also have access to our live chats. So reach out to one of our support team members online who will help answer any questions, or DM us via our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account about anything related to your travels or quarantine life, we’ll be sure to respond.

We leave you with this lovely quote that we recently stumbled across:

‘Try this perspective shift. Instead of seeing “social distancing” and travel bans as panic, try seeing them as acts of mass cooperation intended to protect the collective whole. The plan is not about individuals going into hiding. It’s a global deep breath… an agreement between humans around the planet to be still.’ — Dr Lindsay Jernigan

self quarantine ideas with a loved one during the virus

In the meantime, STAY SAFE everyone, and let’s take this opportunity to reset, reflect and reconnect! 🙃✨

For more information on how Workaway is dealing with Covid-19, please check out our page here.

15 replies
  1. Ruud
    Ruud says:

    First to reply… As a host in South of Spain the situation on the 4th of April seems almost unreal. The “estado de alarma” will last until 28 of April for now. Spain has come almost to a standstill. As I live on a farm I have food in abundance. Gardening keeps me busy, can’t imagine how life is for so many spanish families locked up in their small apartments… Police is checking all around if there are “strangers” around in the village. So no hosting/volunteering until at least beginning of May 2020.

    • ElenaFeng
      ElenaFeng says:

      As a workawayer, has studied in Spain for two years, I plan to visit Spain again as a workawayer, but suddenly our life is paused:( Mucho animo!!

  2. Dave
    Dave says:

    Some more tips for getting through the LOCKDOWN:

    1) Get plenty of Sunlight, sunbath – Vitamin D is better than a Flu shot.
    A large Vitamin C and Vitamin B will help if and when you need an immune response so stock up now.
    Wearing a Mask, Gloves (or plastic bags with hair ties), when out or in shared spaces, social distancing 2-3 meters and staying isolated are the best ways to avoid getting the Virus.

    IF you get the virus Panadol/Tylenol, should handle the temperature
    headaches, and a Nasal spray blocked Sinuses.
    That should be it for most people and over in 4-6 days.

    If it gets more serious and health services get overwhelmed you are going to want a three day course of Penecillin like Amoxicillin to avoid Pneumonia.
    If it hasn’t cleared after day six, it is best to seek medical attention, get tested

    2) Make the most of Putting on Mask and gloves and going to a different Super Market every shopping day – Take your exercise from there, that expands your field of exploration.

    3) Buy a bike – Cycle or Mountain bike (Pick it up on a Grocery shopping day).
    (You can wipe it down with Methylated Spirits to ensure it is virus clean)
    A cycle (or two) greatly expands your field of exploration, while exercising.

    4) Take up work on a farm – Most farms are still working – Outdoors it is very hard to contract the virus
    but watch door handles, gate latches, car door handles and steering wheels. public toilets, Taos, Eftpos machines, Key pads, Petrol pump handles, and window washer handles.
    The Methylated Spirit’s cloth can be carried in a plastic bag and used to wipe these before using them.

    5) Explore your present area really well as best as you can.
    Walk as many day trails as you can

    6) Study the area’s you want to explore next.

    7). Avoid parties, drinking sessions, Resteurants/ Cafes and dances.
    – Really good places to catch a virus which just might kill you or someone you love.

    All the Best

    Let’s stop this virus in it’s tracks.
    In 14 days we could be rid of it,
    if we can stop it finding a new host
    we don’t want that new host to be us
    So assume everybody and every thing
    you touch outside of your Private Bubble
    has virus on it.
    If we treat it like it’s everywhere

    Soon it will be nowhere!

  3. Edith
    Edith says:

    Many workawayers use the time to give something to the community they are stranded at. They offer help! I am so grateful for the good energy.

    Thank you, ALL!!

  4. Ahmad
    Ahmad says:

    Hope can keep people alive!. Fear kill their souls!, Accept your destiny, Focus on the bright side, You are caring between the most merciful’s hand!

  5. Jana
    Jana says:

    I left my home in the USA for a Workaway stay in eastern Germany the first week of March, a time when DE had less than a dozen cases of Corona. I chose not to let the panic in China affect my stay. Quickly COVID19 invaded Germany and I was blessed to have a host who not only empathized with my dilemma of stay vs return, but widely offered that I could stay indefinitely, until the all-clear. I met many eastern Germans and engaged in late night debates about the whole crisis. I saw a country new to me undergo a change. Initially I had hoped to photograph architecture and visit museums in my free time. This goal dissipated; each day became about sharing mutual emotional support with my host.
    My host said this: „I know you had different goals for your journey, but you learn far more about a country’s system and its people when you are present during a crisis. The way people handle it tells you everything about who they really are.”
    I am still in Germany and feel safer here than if I were at home in Connecticut.

  6. Najlae alileche
    Najlae alileche says:

    Hello my family is big
    for the first time we see the world suffer from the same crisis, we are all in one must unite hands in hand for the safety of ourselves and our friends and family, for this we must be patient and take advantage of this time, for example, I am setting up a channel in YouTube and I uploaded a video about raising awareness of the seriousness of this virus, and also exploiting the readers. Frankly, I look at this crisis in a positive way. A person needs this period to rethink his way of life and his life perspective.

  7. Joseph
    Joseph says:

    Am Here in Uganda always watching news on what is happening all around Europe
    And I wish I could help in one way or the other. In any given way

  8. sayuri
    sayuri says:

    Unfortuantelly I can’t host anyone as I live with my mother (senior and very scared with everything). I think the best way to survive is to have patience and also travellers that are still around think a bit before moving. I got 2 request of travellers that did not even read my profile and said that they could come and they would be safe as they would wear a mask and gloves. It is also time to think about the community that you are visiting or staying while this gets better.
    I am trying to have a routine in the house – I cant leave as I am taking care of my mother.
    1. Exercises and sunbath are VERY important.
    2. Be healthy and PLEASE disconect from Covid19 a bit
    3. Silence groups on whatsapp and telegram that keeps sending covid19 reports
    4. People are at home or home office, great opportunity to be connected with old friends or future job opportunities (update your information and travel plans)
    5. Travelling will change a LOT, don’t be negative.. but just think that we will all need to make adjustments and respect LOCALS is the key for a good traveller.

  9. Cris Martins
    Cris Martins says:

    I was planning to have my first experience like host when this crisis came in.
    Now I have to wait everything calm down to make my plans and choose my first trip.
    unfortunately we don`t know when it will be happen.

  10. Pat
    Pat says:

    My heart goes out to thousands of families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19. Sad to say human race has been plagued by pestilence, poverty, disaster, sick and death. Think about the Spanish influenza, killed more than 40 million. That is why no matter how hard we try, human government cannot solve the world’s problems, though they have good intentions and trying their very best. We need to be kind to one another. If you are reading this, How are you doing? How are you coping with the isolation, anxiety, loneliness and stress associated with the pandemic? Visit to learn some practical ways to deal with those.. In the meantime, obey the laws put in place by the government authority in your area as you keep yourself and everyone else safe.
    Until we can travel again, please remain healthy and safe.

  11. Valentina
    Valentina says:

    ️Ciao! Io avrei cominciato ad aprile con workaway in Portogallo per poi trasferirmi la!!!:-)️ Rimandato e appena aprono voli parto. seguire le ispirazioni sempre. Viaggiare è un’ apertura del Cuore!!♥️ Quando sarò la metterò i miei seni per il mio Progetto e magari ospito!! Sono una psicologa, counseling, terapeuta del massaggio, terapia energetica, pranoterapia, riflessologia plantare, maestra dei Registri Akashici, meditazione, Reiki sciamanico, costellatrice familiare….ho scritto un ️Libro in questo Periodo Covid e amo aiutare le persone a crescere, risolversi, vedersi. Amo l’ Anima e insegno a dialogarci!! Sorrido, mangio bene, mi piace imparare cose nuove, parlare le lingue e creare relazioni!!! Aperta e solare!!! Avevo in fratello gemello, Maurizio morti nel 2017 di cancro e lui fa parte del mio cuore, arriva nei sogni e mi incentiva sempre ad andare avanti!! La mia Vita è piuttosto fatta di Onde ma ho imparato a surfare nella Vita stessa e in Portogallo con una bella muta a pois ‍♀️imparerò a cavalcare le onde dell’ Oceano, creero’ un Centro Valsocfelicity e tu potrai venire a trascorrere del tempo fantastico!! Un abbraccio a tutti!!


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