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How To Keep Travelling When You Can't Leave Home

Quarantine, lockdown, social distancing and covid restrictions are making me stir crazy! But rather than dwell on the fact that I can’t explore and experience foreign cultures right now, I’m inspired to get creative. Curious to learn more? Here’re eight ways to get your travel fix at home.

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Helping to Build an off-grid Earthship home through Workaway

Discovering the world while leaving a positive and lasting impact on our journeys... now that's the perfect Workaway for us! Read all about workawayers David and Austin's adventures in rural Turkey, from building an Earthship home from scratch to skin diving for mussels with their host family!

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Creating a piece of self-sustainable paradise on a DIY Workaway farm

As an electronics major, Shakeel’s Workaway adventure at a self-sustainable farm in Lagos is the perfect place to put his knowledge to practise, AND learn how to connect nature and technology through DIY and teamwork!

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What is it like to volunteer at a Chocolate Farm in Costa Rica?

As chocolate addicts, we've sunk our teeth into the discovery of every step in the chocolate process during our Workaway adventure in the Costa Rican jungle!

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What is it like to fall in love through Workaway?

“Workaway might not be designed as a “matchmaker” business, but it certainly worked wonders for me!“ Read all about this couple who met through Workaway and have been exploring the world and volunteering together ever since!

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Top tips on workawaying and travelling with pets

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.

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Learn the simple secret to cooking authentic and delicious Greek food

Workawayers Anna and Marcin reinvent the meaning of Greek cuisine and learn the secrets behind its magic – olive oil and herbs fresh from the doorstep! Share a taste of their adventures with this simple recipe of some wonderfully comforting Gigantes Plaki.

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What is it like to hitchhike through Southeast Asia??

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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5 Fascinating things travel does to your brain

There’s a feeling that you get when you arrive in a new place: the adrenaline buzzes through your body, and everyday things that usually pass you by suddenly seem to be full of potential. We know that travel opens your eyes to the minutiae of life, and studies suggest that it opens up your brain as well. So what exactly is it about ‘travel’ that gets the cogs in our head turning?

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

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!

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Packing tips & hacks: How to Workaway out of a backpack in Southeast Asia

When we decided to embark on a 15-month-long Workaway adventure in Southeast Asia, the first concrete decision we made was to travel with nothing but our hand luggage. the swift transit from the gate to your destination and vice versa, the freedom that comes with the ability to pack up your entire life within minutes, wandering around in sweltering temperatures without too much hassle… Not to mention the money we would save on flights!

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Travelling on a shoestring: workawaying v.s. backpacking

With really little savings, we started researching all the possible options we had to be able to travel on a shoestring budget, and finally we came across one of those ‘Ways To Travel For Free’ articles online…

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How to travel long term as a couple without killing each other

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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Discovering Real Food and Olive Oil in Puglia with Workaway

Workawayers from the USA learning about food culture, harvesting olives and making olive oil the traditional way in the boot of Italy. Yum!

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Ecotourism: lessons from our Thai jungle adventure

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…

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Maori Workaway on Waiheke – Wandering and also Wondering

Read about Workawayers Carissa and Danielle’s experience helping out and integrating in a Maori household and community on Waiheke in New Zealand.

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Chris’ 5,000 Miles and 8 Months on Foot and Bicycle

Read about an epic trip by bicycle the length of New Zealand and a hike along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in the USA with the ambition to use no motorised vehicles.

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Advice for Solo Travellers: Chicken Bus Ride in Guatemala

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…

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How Pokemon Ruined Backpacking

Looking at how modern day backpacking can sometimes forget the basics, always remember to take some time and smell the roses!

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Is Workaway right for you?

“The organisation Workaway connects potential volunteers with host families across the world for a meaningful travel, work and cultural exchange. However, before embarking on a Workaway exchange, it is important to consider whether this type of travel is right for you.”

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How Workawayers Are Being ‘Teachers’ to the Unschooled

Unschooled certainly does not mean uneducated, in fact the proponents of this type of teaching would say that the education is far more relevant!

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If a Volunteer Placement Does Not Go Well, What Do You Do?

A Workaway host describes a recent problem with a volunteer who showed up ill and unable to provide any help. What advice would you give?

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