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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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5 Reasons Why You Should Give Off-Grid Living A Chance & Why Workaway Is The Perfect Place To Start

Living off-grid is an empowering lifestyle that means you live independently from “the system”: you get to reconnect with nature and minimise your negative impact on the planet while providing you with freedom like no other. Here are 5 reasons why you should give off-grid living a chance with Workaway and once you do – you’ll never look back!

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5 Ways Workaway Helped me find my purpose

I knew my purpose in life from a very young age. Or so I thought. Three years into my field and mid-way through my twenties, I realized I had lost my original sense of purpose, and myself in the meantime. I knew I had to make a change..and these are some of the lessons I learned about re-discovering my purpose after a year of volunteering with Workaway.

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Best Travel Books To Fuel Your Wanderlust

In this crazy world full of technology, there’s still one form of innocent freedom we can run to in order to escape it all – travel books.

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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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Getting Over The Post-Travel Blues: Readjusting to life back home

Coming home from a trip is hard, and even more so when it is unexpectedly cut short — let’s not beat around the bush. We’re all going through the same, and we all wish we knew how to cure those post-travel blues…

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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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Five solo female travellers to inspire your next adventure!

Imagine giving up your normal routine and taking a chance at something new? What about travelling around the world for two years straight? Here are some amazing women who inspire us all to take that jump and make our travel dreams come true!

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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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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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10 things to do right now to achieve your travel goals next year

Wait up, where did that year go? How are we about to enter a new one already? We weren’t quite ready… we kind of, ok definitely, didn’t tick off all our bucket list items this year. So we are setting a no-brainer way to tick them all off next year. Here’s how we, and you, can do right now to make sure you get to where you want to be in 2020!

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6 Magical Workaway places to experience the festive season abroad

“There’s no place like home for the Holidays” but… have you ever wondered what Christmas is like in Prague? Or heard of the Sankta Lucia festival in Sweden? If you’re itching to celebrate the holidays in a different corner of the world this year, we’ve got the perfect recommendations! From sunny beaches to winter wonderlands, here are our top places to spend the holidays abroad with Workaway.

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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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Why Travelling Brings True Happiness Not Buying Things

Ever wondered why when you first see something new and shiny, it’s all you could’ve ever wanted…until it’s not? The more we buy, the more we want, whereas experiences become memories we’ll almost always get to keep. Memories that stay with us over the years, and age with us as we grow! Often giving us a brighter outlook on life and the stories we tell when we’re older.

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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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8 reasons why house sitting is the way to see the world

Want to stay in an idyllic house for free at your dream destination? Grab all these wins with one of the many house sitting projects on Workaway. Explore the special spots of your travel destination and enjoy your home away from home.

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8 Workaway Projects for a Meaningful Gap Year Abroad

Call it whatever you want. Take it whenever you hear the call. Here are some of our favourite ideas for how to make your gap year abroad the most memorable and meaningful year (or two or three) yet.

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Journey with less: Woman who never travels with more than 5kg

She is taking the term travelling light to a whole new level – how Susan manages to travel with a bag weighing just 5 kilos…

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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 fit with these great practical tips from a full time nomad

Travelling gets us out of our routine (which is usually the point) but it can also make some of our healthier habits more challenging. So here are some practical tips for how to stay fit and active and still have an amazing time during your adventures abroad!

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We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give!

We want to spread the word further, to show everyone why becoming a volunteer is so rewarding. Here are 10 reasons why volunteering is the BEST FEELING in the world.

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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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18 ways travellers perceive the world differently

Have you ever come back home after travelling to realize you just don’t think the way you used to? Or noticed people giving you the crazy eye after sharing one of your travel stories? You’re not alone! Call it experience, perspective, or a case of incurable wanderlust…there are just a few ways travellers perceive the world differently.

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8 inspirational Workaway locations which nurture the artist in us!

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!

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6 fun ways to take risks while travelling

Will you answer the call? Will you say yes to adventure? Will you dive head first into the deep waters of discovery? Here are six ways you can answer YES and take a risk while traveling. Read on if you’re ready to throw caution to the wind and learn to soar!

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How travelling & workawaying taught me to be happy living with less

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.

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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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Do we let technology define the way we travel?

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

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

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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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5 Irresistible workaway experiences to give back to the world

You all know by now how Workaway works and the benefits of volunteering compared to aimless travel, so we won’t go on about that again, but sometimes it’s just nice to highlight some of the 28,000+ hosts in over 155 countries we now have online – especially the ones that are really making a difference to our planet and are giving back to the local communities.

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Feed your inner wanderlust: can you explore the world without travelling?

One problem we come across regularly is the desire to travel over the reality of travelling. For some, it really just isn’t possible – whether that be because of money, time or commitments… But you know we are not the sort of people to back down easy, so we’ve come up with these 5 ways to experience the world and to feed your inner wanderlust, without actually having to travel.

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Voluntourism: selfless or selfish?

Is it better to stay home rather than participate in voluntourism? Was I making a positive impact by volunteering abroad? Or was I simply hurting the very people I was trying to help? Was my presence an act of neo-colonialism?

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Solo, single and nearly 30: Travellers, isn’t it time you settle down?

Single? Travelling alone? About to hit 30? But don’t you want a relationship? Isn’t it time you settle down? How come you don’t have a partner? Don’t you think the clock is ticking? And since when did life become so defined by relationships and age?!

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The highs and lows of long term travel

Welcome to the age of millennial where nomads call the world their home and have no plans on returning back to ‘real life’. Everything we could possibly need is at the touch of our fingertips, travel is cheaper than ever, and we are reminded everyday of others travelling the world. There’s an influx of us travelling the world for extended periods of time. But what are the effects of this kind of lifestyle?

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The Whole World in Two Tiny Hands: Homeschooling with Workaway

Kids are the best teachers of life and to teach kids is both a challenge and an adventure. We have homeschooled our children for six years. During that time we travelled a lot, exposing them to varied cultures and lifestyles, yet it was only when we started hosting Workawayers that the dynamics of our homeschooling experience has changed so much for the better.

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Top 5 Excuses not to travel and how to overcome them

It’s the twenty first century, travel is the new movement, everyone is doing it, but we know that some of you are still out there constantly daydreaming about travelling the world one day, yet seem to find every excuse going. So we’re here to squash 5 of those excuses for you!

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Stop counting countries: Travel slow and travel further

Why do we travel? To meet people, to see amazing sights, to learn new languages, or purely just to get out there to see the world? Whatever the reason we travel, have you noticed how we have become obsessed with counting countries?! Uploading the most Instagrams and trying to conquer every continent? Why do we travel with so much urgency now?

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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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The Sharing Economy: Creating a Currency of Connection Around the World

With the rapid growth of the travel industry, there is an app or guidebook for everything. Information is literally at our fingertips. For someone who’s dipping their toe into the sharing economy, taking an Uber to get around town might be enough of a first time experience. For more seasoned or adventurous folks, carpooling through a site like Bla Bla Car, or using Hitchwiki to help you navigate your travels might be more fun.

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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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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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10 Easy ways you can connect with locals

What makes these ordinary moments extraordinary? Connection. To the people, the place, the culture. More than checking off a bucket list, collecting mementos, or visiting museums, connecting with locals is the best way to not only catch a glimpse into the daily life of another culture, but to become part of that daily life.

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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 travel teaches us tolerance and understanding

With “eyes to serve and and hands to learn”. We travel because it opens our eyes, changes our perspective and teaches us tolerance.

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5 Reasons to do a Workaway when you are retired

Travel and volunteering have no expiry date, so here are 5 little reasons why you should consider using Workaway when you are living in the ‘golden years’ after you’ve retired.

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No Matter Your Age, Travel Has No Limit

The only limits you have are the limits you believe! These travellers will show you why you can travel the world no matter your age or ability.

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The Truth Behind Those Stories of “I Quit My Job to Travel the World”

At Workaway we are avid travellers, worldwide wanderers and open road addicts, but there is definitely a right time to start to travel the world!

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Why Travel-Volunteering is Every Language Learner’s Dream

How does volunteering help language learning? We asked Cambridge University examiner, language school owner and Workaway host Jane from U.K. for her opinion.

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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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10 of the most AMAZING Workaway experiences!

These ones come from all over the globe, maybe some destinations you hadn’t even heard of, and definitely some workaway experiences you didn’t know existed.

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Falling In Love While Travelling

Love and travel go hand in hand, in fact TRAVEL IS LOVE. Travel means falling in love with new places, new languages, new foods and new surroundings. And for a lot of us falling in love with a person. But is love found on the road true love? Is it sincere and will it last the test of time? Or will it be swept away like the footprints in the sand only to be replaced over and over again?

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Life Lessons From Travelling & Workawaying Around the World

We all travel for different reasons; maybe we even travel for no reason, but whatever it is that inspires us to travel we never come home the same person. Your eyes have seen new things, your body has experienced new feelings and your heart has felt new emotions.

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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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Symptoms that reveal you’re turning into a backpacker

Ever thought that you might be turning into a backpacker? Better check out our 20 symptoms to diagnose yourself!

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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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