Blog posts by Workaway

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Workaway Site Update - Navigation Guide for Hosts

Let us walk you through the latest updates we've made on the Workaway website! Hopefully with these changes, you will now be able to navigate through the site more easily as a host.

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Workaway Site Update - Navigation Guide for Workawayers

Let us walk you through the latest updates we've made on the Workaway website! Hopefully with these changes, you will now be able to navigate through the site more easily as a workawayer.

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From traveller to home explorer: a workawayer's adventures in quarantine

Meet our latest Workawayer of the month, Zsuzsa, a shining example of how to keep the spirit of Workaway alive in the midst of quarantine. Bubbly and bright as ever, she tells us how she continues to be influenced by her Workaway experiences, how she draws support from her “host families” across the globe as well as indulging her wanderlust by contemplating future Workaway adventures waiting for her on the horizon!

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Travel photography - "Camping at home in quarantine" (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil)

Adventure can be anywhere - even at home under lockdown! Although we can’t explore new destinations abroad right now, we can still stay inspired with a bit of creativity and this month's travel photography to keep us excited and hopeful.

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Travel photography - "Geodesic dome structure for agriculture being covered" (Lagos, Portugal)

We can't wait to be out exploring new places and experiencing new things around the world again! Check out May 2020's best travel photography and enter our next photo competition to share your adventures & win our cash prize.

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Travel photography - "Feeling home everywhere" (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

So many places to explore and get lost in! Get inspired by April 2020‘s travel photography and plan your next Workaway adventure - and make sure to capture your favourite moments to share with us.

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Workaway team in quarantine: Our 20 Best Self Isolation Quotes

We know it’s easy to get stuck in the heaviness of everything that’s been going on lately around the world, so we wanted to bring you some positivity :).. These are some of our favourite quotes for when you need a little pick-me-up during quarantine!

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Workaway life during lockdown

None of us imagined the current global pandemic, but here we are. As travellers, hosts and workawayers this is a huge shift! However, we’re all in this together so we wanted to share a few tips on how to stay inspired even while in quarantine!

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Travel photography - "Farm life in Mongolia" (Mongolia)

Discover your next Workaway destination to add to your bucket list! While you're at it, you can also spread the wanderlust by entering our monthly photo competition (and get a chance to win our cash prize)!

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Travel photography - "Tea picking" (Hatton, Sri Lanka)

Browse through the wanderlust-inducing travel photography by hosts and workawayers, featuring exciting Workaway adventures around the world! Enter our monthly photo competition to share your travels & win our cash prize.

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12 great yoga experiences for travellers around the world

Imagine just unwinding your body and resting your mind, while being surrounded by good energy in a spiritual environment… now that’s paradise for us. And lucky for us, we can enjoy the relaxation of doing yoga, while at the same time travelling and discovering the world!

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What is a Workaway Ambassador?

Ambassadors are Workawayers like you and me, they are helping to build the community by showing that responsible and ethical travel has the ability to genuinely make a difference to the communities they visit through..Let these world travellers show you how travelling whilst volunteering through cultural exchange is not impossible, but in fact has the potential to define your life!

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Travel photography - "Diving in the clear waters of Brazil" (Goiás, Brazil)

Where will you Workaway adventures take you this year? From Brazil's dazzling waterfalls to Poland's snowy peaks, take a look at the endless possibilities offered in January 2020's travel photo competition, and get inspired to start your own too!

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Why taking a gap year is the best investment you’ll make in your life

Not sure about taking the risk of going on a gap year? Think gap years are only for college students, or teenagers with no goal in life? Here are 7 perfect reasons for you to start packing and embark on a year-long adventure abroad!

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Travel photography - "Guitar, fire, hut: workaway evenings." (Kanchanaburi, Thailand)

There's so many ways to explore the world - start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts for a peek into the possibilities! Here are some of our favourite travel photos for the December 2019 photo competition of workaway.info to get you inspired.

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Travel photography - "Northern lights viewing" (Hakkstabben, Norway)

Get lost in our favourite Workaway experiences, from petting goats and picking fruit, to seeing the northern lights! Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Travel Lover!

It’s nearly Christmas! For the travellers among of us that would rather receive a plane ticket than any sort of gift you will find online, let’s be a tad realistic here, not everyone can afford to buy that ticket.. so we’ve come up with some great Christmas gift ideas and have found the best of the more affordable options for all you adventurers out there!

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Career skills I learned during my Workaways that changed my life!

We chat with Milton who’s been curious about the world since a young age. He eventually packed up his bags, quit his job and started travelling the world! Through Workaway he picked up quite a few new skills, including some that got him his current job in Italy. We’re excited to see what other journey’s he’ll be taking!

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Travel photography - "Binding Light" (Costa Rica)

Here are some of our most wanderlust-inducing photos of October 2019, taken by our travel community. Explore some of the best images and entered into the Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize!

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Marine conservation, sea sculptures and coastal cleanup in Norway!

A free-diving instructor, a sailor, a sculpture and a farmer – Børje is the host of a sculpture Workaway experience that works to save the environment! Whether by raising awareness with creative sculptures or actively removing marine pollution off the coast of Norway, he aims to make a real difference.

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Travel photography - "Villa Shardana" (Pula, Italy)

September 2019's travel photography is filled with vibrant moments out in nature to capture the last moments of summer! Where have you been exploring this month? Enter next month's photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Go for your passions like Alice and see how life surprises you!

Going for your dreams or something you’re passionate about is not always that simple or easy – but nowadays with such a big world and lots places to see, there’s more opportunity than ever to take that leap of faith and go for your dreams! Alice shares with us how she took this leap for herself by following her passion, that eventually led her to finding true love…

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Travel photography - "Natural SPA" (Iceland)

Have you dipped your toes into any new adventures this month? August 2019's travel photography features all the amazing scenery and experiences you can add to your bucket list. Get inspired and make sure to share your photos with us!

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Travel photography - "Farmlove" (Skagafjörður, Iceland)

From cuddling horses to exploring rainforests - will July 2019's travel photography inspire your next Workaway adventure? Enter workaway's monthly photo competition for a chance to win our cash prize!

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How this Workawayer built his freelance career while travelling the world

Chester from Singapore started out from going on short hiking trips while working for an ad agency, to creating a life between traveling, writing and hiking full time! We got to hear more about his journey so far around the world, the connections he had made through Workaway, and the new lifestyle he has found for himself.

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Travel photography - "A trip with the kids. India." (Mussoorie, India)

Browse through June 2019's inspiring travel photography showing a sneak peek into all the special volunteering moments around the world. Enter our next photo competition for a chance to share your travels and win a cash prize!

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Uncover paths to paradise on the stunning Mamma Mia Greek island of Skopelos

This month we talk to host Heather from the Skopelos and share a slice of magical Greek island. Come uncover the beautiful well-trodden paths of the past, while enjoying the spectacular natural backdrop of Mamma Mia’s romantic island!

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Travel photography - "Sleeping Buddha" (Montaren-et-Saint-Médiers, France)

We loved May 2019's whimsical travel snapshots and unique Workaway experiences captured by our community! Explore some of the best images this month and enter the next competition for your chance to win our €100 prize.

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Dix avantages inatendus d’avoir des workawayers à la maison

Près plus de 15 ans comme hôte Workaway, je dois dire qu’il y a eu de nombreux avantages inattendus – des avantages auxquels je n’aurais jamais pensé. Voici comment les workawayers nous ont touché et, dans certains cas, ont eu un impact durable dans notre vie, de 10 des plus belles manières.

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Diez Ventajas Inesperadas de Ser un Anfitrión en Workaway

Todos sabemos que es genial tener otro par de manos cerca, y como anfitriones a veces pensamos que tenemos una idea clara de en qué nos gustaría que nos ayudaran nuestros workawayers. Pero, tras 15 años como anfitriona en Workaway, ¡ha habido muchas ventajas inesperadas que nunca hubiera previsto!

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We have some Appy news for Workawayers! 😊

*Drumroll*…our new mobile phone app is now available for Workawayers! Check out the latest features, and download the app today to start discovering and connecting.

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Travel photography - "Waterfall day with our English students" (Cianjur, Indonesia)

See the world through Workawayer & host's lens - from splashing under the waterfall with your students to climbing coconut trees! Share your travel photography for a chance to win our €100 cash prize.

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This couple from Brazil truly captures the beauty of “A World Without Walls”

Renata and Aline are a Workaway couple who’ve been travelling together since 2017. With their project, “a world without walls”, the duo is on a mission to inspire your next trip and challenge your perception of the world.

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Volunteering & Working Opportunities: Crew / sail around the world for free

Mention sailing and the chances are most of us will conjure up romantic images of wind in the hair freedom on the waves. If you are eager to discover the sailing / boating way of life– we think a grand adventure is about to begin!

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Travel photography - "Bottle walls making" (Tekirdağ, Turkey)

Have a glimpse into all the meaningful Workaway projects around the world with March 2019's travel photography and get inspired for your next adventure! Be sure to enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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5 ways to make your Workaway profile stand out

Let’s face it, these days it seems like we’re filling out online profiles for everything. From dating apps to career networks, it can be a bit overwhelming to find one more way to describe yourself. However, your Workaway profile can be different and we’re here to help! Follow our best tips for how to create a unique profile that will unlock countless opportunities. Adventure awaits!

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Workaway news: Inspire the world with your travels & photography skills

Huge thanks to hosts and Workawayers that has shared their adventures through their lens! These amazing snapshots are the ultimate travel inspiration that feed our wanderlust and keeps us excited for new journeys.

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Travel photography - "Krabi Rock Cliff" (Krabi, Thailand)

Way to see the world from a different point of view! February 2019's photo competition showcases all the incredible scenery and people you can encounter while on the road... what will you discover on your next adventure?

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Travel photography - "Camping in the desert" (Namibia)

What kind of adventure would you like to start the year with? From camping in the African desert, to harvesting pumpkins with your Workaway host's hobby farm... get inspired by this month's travel photography and start your own journey too!

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12 Amazing bucket list travel experiences to have around the world

We only live once, so lets choose to do the most meaningful things in the most phenomenal places in the world! We’ve highlighted a few items on our loooong bucket list of the most wonderful experiences around the world. Are any of these on your list too?

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Travel photography - "Christmas tree" (California, USA)

What's the most memorable adventures you've had in 2018? Discover our favourite travel photography showcasing the wonderful Workaway moments around the world, and share yours for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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Travel photography – “Tribes and smiles” (Tamil Nadu, India)

There’s so much magic around the world, and so many ways for us to explore it! Start through the lens of our workawayers & hosts, and get inspired by our favourite travel photography of November 2018.

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

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!

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Travel photography – “Llama Farm” (Oberösterreich, Austria)

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!

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“Discovering 4000 years old megalithic construction called Nuraghe” (Sardinia, Italy)

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!

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Travel photography – “Nature pools are the best” (Sri Lanka)

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!

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

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.

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

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 photography – “Reaching the top of KYANJING RI after 5 days trekking – 4400m” (Nepal)

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 to start your own globetrotting adventure!

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Dating someone with wanderlust: What is it like to fall in love with a traveller/ a workawayer?

The moment you realise you’ve fallen in love with a long term traveller and workawayer, you know it’s going to be nothing like the typical relationship you already know all too well…

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Travel photography – “Floating in the Dead Sea” (Israel)

What is it like to float in the middle of the Dead Sea, or learn to drive a tractor for the first time? Explore our favourite travel photography from June 2018, and share your best travel snapshots for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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

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!

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Travel photography – “Ella Bridge” (Ella, Sri Lanka)

Get lost in our favourite Workaway destinations, from the Ella Bridge to the arctic! Enter the photo competition that runs every month on workaway.info for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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“Catching a sunset on a slackline after a day of helping at the hostel.” (Lima, Peru)

We loved April 2018’s travel photography taken by workawayers and hosts on various adventures around the world! Explore some of the best images this month and enter the next competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Workaway news: Create your own Workaway map with pins

Whether you’re wanderlusting over a whole bunch of countries on your “to go” list at the same time, or already finalising your travels and ready to hop on the next flight, set your plans in motion by creating your own Workaway map with pins of your travel destinations!

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

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.

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The ultimate guide to visiting & protecting the world’s most amazing marine conservation sites

We’ve handpicked a list of Workaway hosts on exclusive locations across the globe, with amazing projects perfect for those keen to witness the beauty of the blue and play a part in marine conservation!

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Travel photography – “Martha is getting a cool cut” (Uganda)

The February 2018’s travel photography taken by Workawayers and hosts, featuring this heartwarming image for this month’s winner! Is there a better way to explore the world while giving back to local communities?

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Workaway news: highlight your accomplishments in your official Workaway reference letter

So, you’ve already checked off some Workaway adventures from your list and received some feedback from hosts you have stayed with. What’s next? Well, why not highlight your amazing accomplishments to future employers by adding your Workaway adventures to you CV? 🙂

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

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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Travel photography – “Chamonix Run” (France)

From spectacular trail running views to snapshots with your workaway family – will these wanderlust inducing travel photos inspire you to go on your own adventure? Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win a cash prize.

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How this creative family is using their recycled art to inspire the community to reuse & recycle

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!

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

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’.

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

Browse through the beautiful travel photos submitted by workawayers and hosts in December 2017; from epic volunteer teams to magnificent waterfalls! Enter the competition that runs every month for a chance to showcase your travel photos across our social

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

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”!

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Workaway news: Experience worldwide exchanges with Workaway TV

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!

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Travel photography – “Workaway in The Himalayas” (Sangla, India)

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.

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

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…!

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

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.

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Workaway news: start chatting with your personal Workaway advisor

Happy autumn from the Workaway team! If you’re a regular visitor of the site, you might’ve noticed that your profile page has gone through a huge makeover! To keep the site even more user-friendly, remember we have introduced a “Help” section to your Workawayer profile page? Members can easily access tips on how to improve their profile, message hosts, as well as some extra information from the team.

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

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 our photo competition that runs every month for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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

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

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

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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Workaway news: stay tuned to our weekly livestreams

Did you know that we now have a weekly livestream for workawayers where you can get more support from the team personally? We are always looking for new ways to improve our site to make it as user-friendly and interactive as possible for all you lovely members out there! And we can assure you that we are not robots working behind the site!

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

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!

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5 Universal life lessons you’ll learn from your Workaways

A while ago we introduced you to Workawayers of the month, Shahnaz & Francois, a husband-and-wife duo who volunteered their way around the globe. Adventures like theirs aren’t just gonna become memories that will last a lifetime, but are also the best way to learn. And luckily for us, Shahnaz is willing to pass on some of the wisdom she has accumulated on her travels.

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

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.

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

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.

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Travel photography – “Milky Way Above Jetty” (New South Wales, Australia)

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.

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

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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Travel photography – “All volunteers are sitting in one boat” (Talara, Peru)

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

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It’s never too late to pursue your dreams of travelling the world

Well, we felt it’s not always the things in life that you do that you sometimes regret, it’s the things that you don’t do. If there’s something that you really want to do, just take a chance! You can always go home if it doesn’t work out. It was a bit scary thinking about it and we talked about travelling for about a year before we realised that the only thing stopping us, was us.

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

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.

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Live and teach among the indigenous Achuar deep inside the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest

This month, we talk to Samira and Alan with this school project in a Ecuadorian Amazon village. Dedicated to helping protect indigenous culture in the heart of the Amazon, they need volunteers like you and me to help teach English in their remote village. We’re inspired by their project and know you will be too!

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

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.

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  • about 7 min
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Workawaying and travelling Morocco as a solo female

In the beginning I was very insecure and almost anxious but soon I simply fell in love with this miraculous, mesmerizing, beautiful country. I thought I might feel limited, as I just cannot wear whatever I want like at home or I cannot move freely because of being a girl, especially as a solo female traveller, but this turned out to be just wrong…

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

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 our photo competition that runs every month for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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  • about 4 min
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Island living: Exploring Bahamas on a workaway sailboat

While we are in the depth of winter in most countries around the world we can’t help ourselves dreaming of warmer places, on a boat, in, I don’t know, somewhere like the.. BAHAMAS! Workaway host of the month David is living our dream..

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Travel photography – “Walking on magic” (Ausangate, Peru)

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

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  • about 11 min
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The story of the workawayer who travelled the world with almost no money

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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Travel photography – “#perfectlychilled” (Baños, Ecuador)

See the winner and all the commended shots from the workaway photo competition from November 2016. Explore more inspiring travel shots from hosts and workawayers from all over the world.

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  • about 6 min
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Living the simple life in a farm community in Southern France

It’s been a whole year since we started interviewing our hosts, and what amazing people we have spoken to! This month is no exception with Geneviève and Erick from France, at their beautiful organic farm community.

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Travel photography – “The Long Way Home” (Sapa, Vietnam)

We are amazed by the wonderful travel pictures taken by our workawayers and hosts involved in different projects all over the world. And we hope that this month’s photos can inspire your wanderlust to embark on some new adventures!

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  • about 5 min
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This Workawayer Beautifully Photographed her Travels in Scotland

Can you believe it’s been over a year since we first started interviewing Workawayers from around the globe. What a beautiful experience to be a part of! And without further a do let’s jump into this months, and Celeste a photographer who has just returned from Scotland!

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  • about 6 min
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Should I sign up as a host on workaway?

Am I too old to host on workaway? Or too young? Who would want to come to my area? What if I don’t speak English that well? Too much of this, not enough of that? Here’s a short list of potential self-doubts or preconceptions a new host might have with solutions to overcome them.

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Travel photography – “Calm before the storm” (Cuba)

Take a look at the latest wanderlust inducing travel photos taken by our workawayers and hosts; everything from the mesmerising Mongolian landscape to natural thermal pools and a magical Aurora in Iceland!

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  • about 7 min
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Workawayer of the month: a solo female traveller’s adventures

As a solo female traveller and workawayer, you’re entirely thrown out of your comfort zone, and are a little awkward and vulnerable. Everything’s all on you and you alone to figure out; but that’s what stretches you and makes you grow.

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Travel photography – “Traditional costumes for tough living conditions” (Cusco, Peru)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes- explore some of the best travel photos in our inspiring monthly competition gallery; from Bolivian salt flat to secret natural cave in Thailand… Share your best pictures for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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  • about 5 min
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How this workaway family is taking a gap year travelling the world

Does family travel with young kids seem unrealistic to you? Have a look at the story of the Durand family, who left their home to pursue their dreams with Workaway, travelling across Asia harvesting the knowledge required to be able to build a self-sustaining farm when they get back.

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  • about 6 min
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Voyager en famille au bout du monde et réaliser ses rêves

Partir au bout du monde en famille avec des enfants en bas âge vous paraît irréaliste ? C’est pourtant l’aventure que vit en ce moment la famille Durand, partie réaliser ses rêves avec Workaway à travers l’Asie, pour récolter en chemin les connaissances nécessaires à la construction d’une ferme autosuffisante à leur retour.

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How hosting travellers can benefit your kids

This month may be one of our favourite interviews so far. We sent 2 of our team members Shirley and James to Vietnam to discover hosts away from their laptops. Little did they expect to meet such an amazing 12-year old girl and our youngest ever host– ok, her family are the one that are actually hosting, but she loves Workaway so much we just had to interview her!

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“Northern lights and candle lights are a pure magic” (Northwest Territories, Canada)

See the amazing travel photography taken by workawayers and hosts in July 2016, from incredible Northern lights to dips in lakes and fun with new found friends! Enter our monthly photo competition for a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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  • about 5 min
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The travel blogger & global citizen who’s volunteered across 3 continents

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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Travel photography – “Gardening in the Alps” (Switzerland)

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in June 2016 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or photography!

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  • about 5 min
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The ultimate travellers’ dream: what is it really like to run a hostel?

Hosting backpackers helps keep the spirit of travel alive in our community, as well as connecting people from all over the world. And I’m happy now I get to share my valuable travel experience with all my volunteers.

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  • about 9 min
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How Workaway helped this couple’s long distance relationship

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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  • about 2 min
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Meet Up with Workawayers – Save your favourites in a new list

With our ‘Meet Up’ feature you can see Workawayers local to you on a map. Save them in your favourites list and contact like minded travellers.

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Travel photography – “Tribute Life” (Tanna, Vanuatu)

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

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  • about 10 min
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Living in a Surf Camp in Costa Rica

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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  • about 6 min
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Taking a gap year in your 50’s

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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Travel photography – “On My Bike” (Nepal)

See the latest travel photos taken by Workawayers and hosts and entered into the competition that runs every month on workaway.info , everything from the Northern Lights to a chicken bus and a rainbow in the mountains!

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  • about 8 min
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What is it like doing your first Workaway exchange?

This month we talk to Chloe, who’s currently on her first Workaway experience in Italy. We loved talking to her and getting an insight of what it is like to do your first ever Workaway exchange, and how the experience has inspired her to venture further out of her comfort zone.

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Travel photography – “Peaceful” (BC, Canada)

Some of the varied and interesting shots taken by Workawayers. See some of the best images entered into the Workaway.info travel photos competition in March 2016

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  • about 9 min
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Workawayers help rescue farm and transform it into a community

Family owned for almost 600 years, the farm was traditional up to the 70s. Neglected after a community finished around 2000, it now has love provided by Devi & Ezra the youngest generation of their family : With the volunteers we found a sustainable way to keep our project going.

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  • about 7 min
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How 19-year-old’s life changing Workaway trip gave him purpose

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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  • about 6 min
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Colombia Language School: Connecting Travellers to Locals

Read all about an alternative Spanish language school in Medellin, Colombia, where the goal is to teach Spanish by connecting students with the locals, which for them is one of the most important aspects of meaningful travel.

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  • about 1 min
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Be A Guest Writer for Workaway

Be a guest writer for workawayblog.com, share your experience or expertise and promote yourself too. We’re looking for people with stories to tell!

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Travel photography – “Freedom! Three little girls at school in Africa” (Togo)

See the winner and all the commended shots from the Workaway.info photo competition from Feb 2016, some inspiring shots from all over the world

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  • about 8 min
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This Solo Female Workawayer Bought a 1 Way Ticket to Argentina

This month we talk to a solo female traveller, Daniela from Czech Republic who quit her job after realising she wasn’t doing what made her happy, then bought a ONE WAY TICKET to Argentina to do a Workaway project all by herself!

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Travel photography – “Counting Stars” (Qeshm, Iran)

See the world through Workawayer & host’s eyes – explore some of the best travel photography in January 2016, share your best travel snapshots for a chance to win the €100 prize.

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  • about 8 min
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A Globetrotting Couple’s Story with Workaway

Meet a couple who are busy globetrotting their way around the planet using Workaway as a way to stay with locals and connect with other cultures!

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  • about 5 min
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Bring Out Your Inner Child – Workaway at a Play Lounge on Skiathos

Finding out more about a Workaway host on Skiathos where volunteers help with a children’s play lounge and bring the world to their door!

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  • about 8 min
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An Epic Workaway Trip to Greenland that will Inspire Your Inner Adventurer

Thanks to Workaway this year I was fortunate enough to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine: experiencing life in a far-flung and remote place like Greenland (as well as seeing icebergs and glaciers up close and in person)!

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Travel photography – “Greenlandic Horse Transport” (Narsaq, Greenland)

An amazing image for December 2015’s winner of our photo competition, it provoked some discussion on social media! See the latest travel photography taken by Workawayers and hosts and get inspired for your own journey.

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  • about 6 min
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Workaway Host of the Month: The Host that Saves Elephants

November’s Host of the Month comes from Chiang Mai, Thailand –  a lodge with elephants that touched our hearts with a recent video they shared…

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Travel photography – “The Li river at sunset” (Yangshuo, China)

Taken under subtle lighting at dusk, the photo has undoubtedly succeeded in capturing Yanzhou’s stunning beauty at its best. We love the picture for being so much more than merely a postcard of the oriental landscape.

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  • about 9 min
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The Couple Who Travelled The World on a 16 Month Honeymoon

Romance is alive and well and travelling around the world! Read about a newly-wed couple who have just completed a 16 month worldwide honeymoon.

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“Taking a Short Break from Volunteer Work to Give DeeDee a Bath” (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

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.

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  • about min
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Travel photography – “Moving and beautiful Patagonia” (Torres de Paine, Chile)

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in September 2015 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

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  • about 6 min
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This host’s whale watching camp is a dream come true for workawayers!

“There’s always a funny or heartfelt story each and every day. We often get to witness people experience whale watching or catching fish for the first time!”

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  • about 7 min
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The workawayer who fell in love with the world

This month we talk to Workawayer Kat from Australia who has not only found friendship and enrichment through Workaway, but also love…

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The 125-year-old mansion that transformed into a beautiful home for family and travellers

“The home has gone from an eyesore to a majestic beauty”… September’s host of the month looks at the magic behind their home restoration project.

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  • about 7 min
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Finding a new way of life through Workaway

“I am not ‘travelling’ – I’m just choosing to be alive somewhere else.” September’s workawayer of the month features Trisha, a digital nomad working around the world, one Workaway project at a time!

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Travel photography – “Canada Wildlife” (Waterton, Canada)

Check out this spectacular image of Canadian wildlife, and more stunning images of August 2015’s Workaway photo competition! Share your Workaway adventures with us and get a chance to be featured in our next post.

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Travel photography – “Kids dancing in the street” (Kariba, Zimbabwe)

The right moment and perfect framing – here are some of our favourite shots taken by workawayers and hosts during their travels. Explore the snapshots of July 2015’s Workaway travel photos competition and find out how you can win the €100 prize!

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  • about 6 min
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Unleash your creativity at this arthouse and B&B in Italy

“I adore how networks like Workaway allow us to find mutually-beneficial relationships, which allow us to thrive creatively and culturally. Of course it saves travellers money, and it also allows them to really get immersed in the lifestyle of another culture, rather than just peering in at it from the outside!”

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  • about 8 min
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The best way to explore the world is through hands-on exchanges!

“I personally don’t want to just see the world, observe it, I want to participate in it.” Jamie, first workawayer of the month, shares his unique way of travelling – by fully immersing in local experiences and making the most out of them!

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  • about 5 min
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Bringing the world to your classroom: English school in Tatal, Chile

Our first ‘Workaway host of the month’ goes to an English school in Taltal Chile, who has hosted more than 50 Workawayers in the last 2 years!

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Travel photography – “Niños” (Peru)

The winner of June 2015’s photo competition on workaway.info goes to the cutest photo of all time!! Share your best travel snapshots and get a chance to win the €100 cash prize.

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Travel photography – “Geothermal springs at the top of the Copland track New Zealand” (New Zealand)

Browse through the beautiful travel photos submitted by workawayers and hosts in May 2015! Our travel photo competition runs every month on workaway.info; get a chance to showcase your photography across our social profiles, and to win some travel funds!

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Travel photography – “Sandboarding in Peru” (Peru)

See our favourite Workaway snapshots taken by volunteers and hosts in April 2015; share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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Travel photography – “Concert for cows”

Winners and commended images from the photo competition in March 2015 on workaway.info – get inspired for your own journey or travel photography!

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Travel photography – “Cows on the beach”

Superb shots taken by Workawayers and hosts! See some of the best images entered into the Workaway.info travel photos competition in February 2015.

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Travel photography – “Who or What Guards?” (Croatia)

This is what it’s like to enjoy every moment of your life, the “Workaway” way! Check out the best shots of our travel photo competition in January 2015 and get inspired to embark on some new adventures.

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Travel photography – “Swingers in Penang” (Malaysia)

Here are some of the varied and wonderful shots taken by workawayers and hosts during their travels! Take a look at our favourite Workaway travel photos of December 2014 and see how you can get a chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Happy horse exercising” (BC, Canada)

There’s so many ways to experience the world – start through the lens of our Workawayers & hosts! Here are some of our picks for the November 2014 photo competition of workaway.info

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  • about 6 min
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5 of the most fantastical Workaway destinations

Horse-drawn gipsy caravan, cave dwelling in Petra, tree house, private yacht… these are what dreams are made of! Here are five inspirational Workaway destinations which speak to our “inner child” and beckon us with a story-tale appeal that’s impossible to resist.

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Travel photography – “Sitting on the edge of the world, Norwegian style” (Norway)

With courage and wanderlust, the whole world is yours to explore! Check out these wonderful images from October 2014’s travel photo competition for some inspiration to start your own Workaway journey.

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Travel photography – “Working hard” (Spain)

The great places you end up at on a Workaway exchange – have a sneak peak through the winners and commended images from September 2014’s travel photo competition! Showcase your photography across our social profiles, find out how to win the grand prize.

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  • about 15 min
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Workaway experiences: The pros & cons of volunteer exchanges

Ilaria is the ‘Girl with a suitcase’ and has kindly allowed us to repost her blogpost all about volunteer exchanges. “Not only a travel blog: there you can find travel advice, ideas, itineraries, budget holidays, original trips and a lot of wonderful pictures!”

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Travel photography – “Workawayers in Sweden” (Sweden)

Happy volunteers and hosts for the win! Here are some of the varied and interesting shots taken by our community; explore some of the best images and entered into August 2014’s Workaway travel photos competition for your chance to win the €100 prize.

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Travel photography – “Future heavyweight champion”

Check out our favourite Workaway snapshots taken by volunteers and hosts in July 2014; get ready to start your own adventure and share your best travel photos for a chance to win the €100 cash prize!

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Travel Photo Competition Winners – May 2014

Take a look at the wanderlust-inducing travel photos from this month's competition taken by our workawayers and hosts; there’s nothing like a good photo that captures the happiness of travelling and meeting new friends all over the world!

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Travel photography – “Alice Spring sunset from Anzac hill” (Australia)

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.

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  • about 8 min
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10 good reasons to use Workaway to travel for longer for less

Here’s a great article written by Mandie all about how Workaway has enabled her to extend her travelling and talking about some of the added benefits of travelling this way. Her blog is called RamblingMandie.com and is well worth a visit for some interesting observations and stories about travelling on a budget.

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Travel photography – “A day off from my Workaway in Ecuador” (Ecuador)

The first Workaway travel photo competition winners! We all love a good snapshot that celebrates your favourite travel moments – check out our picks for March 2014 and find out how to share your adventures to win the grand prize.

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