Using Workaway

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A Beginner’s Guide to Becoming A Digital Nomad: How to Travel the World AND Make Money

Travelling the world is the ultimate dream for many people, but what if I told you that it is possible to travel the world AND make money as you do so? As a digital nomad, you can work from the beaches of Bali to cafes in Canada. Heck, you can even work from your bed if you want! For those ready to swap their boss for a backpack, here’s how you too, can live your dream life as a digital nomad...

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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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Why Workaway Is The Perfect Stepping Stone To Your Dream Job

Whether it’s a chef, a surf instructor, a carpenter, yoga teacher, or running a glamping site and being our own boss - here's how we can "test drive" our dream role before figuring out what our true passion is!

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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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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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Five questions to ask yourself before your first Workaway experience!

Looking to see the northern lights in Finland or Machu Picchu in Peru? Deciding on the country we want to go to might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s also very important to keep in mind what you’re looking for long-term! Let us help with the main questions you might have before heading out to your first Workaway experience…

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10 Best Destinations For Solo Female Travellers

Just you and the ‘open road’ and there’s nothing quite like it! Being in a new country all by yourself may seem daunting at first- but it’ll be worthwhile when you get to meet new people and make life-long memories. Here are some of our favourite safe countries for solo-female travel so you can start planning your trip!

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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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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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10 unexpected perks of being a Workaway host

We all know how great it is to have an extra pair of hands around, and as hosts we often think we have a clear idea of what we’d like our volunteers to help us with. BUT, having been a Workaway host for over 15 years, there have been many unexpected benefits which I could never have envisaged!

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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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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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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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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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Going green on your Workaway: Permaculture living – Part Two

Whether the hosts are seeking input from artists, healers and educators, or extra hands to help with general work, one thing is sure, the focus will be local and ethical, and will involve communicating with people who are eager to share their ideas about alternative ways of guaranteeing a great future for the next seven generations.

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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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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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Going green on your Workaway: Permaculture living – Part One

Workaway is a great place to find and connect to permaculture practitioners. Whether you are a permaculture practitioner seeking more experience or a curious traveller wanting to find out more, there is an incredibly diverse list of hosts waiting for your help.

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10 Hacks to get the most from your first Workaway adventure

It can be intimidating if you’re new to it (or need to reassure your parents). Here are a few tips for your first Workaway that I’m sure will give you the confidence to go for it and have one of the best adventures of your life.

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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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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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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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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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8 Awesome types of accommodation that you could be staying in on your next Workaway

While living and travelling around the world we’ve been fortunate enough to see some amazing places, amazing people and amazing food. But when it comes to accommodation we are shocked daily by the sheer amount of damn right awesome places there are to stay in the world. And some of them are even right here on Workaway ready and waiting for people like YOU to stay in. Here are 8 that have caught our eye recently..

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5 Workaway myths that stop you from travelling long term on a budget

The travellers’ circuit changes almost daily..through all your travelling stories and photos, we’re inspired to debunk some myths we’ve heard about Workaway to help you all understand exactly what we are all about.

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10 steps to being a great Workaway host

Before even embarking on the experience, a host needs to be prepared mentally and practically for a visitor – it’s not always easy sharing your space or adapting to someone else’s. Here we’ve got a 10 point step-by-step guide to help you get the most of out of your experience as a host…

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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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How I got ‘rich’ from travelling around the world

We’ve heard it all before – ‘I quit my job to travel the world’, but what is it really like when you are actually doing it? When you stop earning a guaranteed salary and start travelling without a wage? We decided to ask someone that knows all too well on how to really live off pennies, and the rewards that come with doing Workaway exchange.

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How To Be A Good Workaway Guest and Always Get Invited Back

Be a good guest by following some of the advice here to make your Workaway stay an enjoyable and productive one where both hosts and volunteers benefit.

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Family Travel with Workaway

“The magic happens once you step outside the comfort zone” ! Here’s why it’s worth the effort to take your family off on an adventure of a life-time…

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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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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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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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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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