Workaway Gift Guide: 4 people in your life who need this Christmas present!

It’s that time of the year again to think of festivities, friends, and of course PRESENTS! One thing we’ve learnt during the pandemic is that our families and friends matter more than we realized. Even though some of us may not be able to spend the holidays and exchange presents with our loved ones in person this year, we could still celebrate the holidays by spreading some hope and positivity… in the form of a perfect gift!

One thing we do know for sure, is that experiences will always make us happier than materials! So if you’re struggling for holiday gift ideas this year for the travel lovers in your life, how about giving them OVER a year's worth of adventures, that they get to choose and experience just the way they want to... until 2023?

Here are the 4 people in your life that definitely deserve that Workaway trip of a lifetime:

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1. For your adventurous friend who can't afford to travel

Let your friend know that they don't need to stay home to save money, or spend a fortune to have amazing experiences. Going on a Workaway is basically as cheap as staying at home (if not cheaper!) -- especially when they get to kickstart their trip with a membership gifted by you.  As a holiday special, we are adding THREE extra months to all Workaway memberships purchased by 31 January, 2022, so your bestie can have a lot more time to plan and travel until 2023! With 180+ countries and 50,000+ experiences to choose from across the globe, whether they're heading for the mountains, sailing off a tropical island, going on a safari, or exploring the streets of a vibrant city -- anything is possible! Going on a Workaway means food and accommodation is covered by your host in exchange for some help with their project, so your friend will get to stay at their destination while exploring both its iconic landmarks and hidden gems -- rent free!

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2. For that friend with wildly inspiring dreams but need a bit of a nudge

So many of us live with incredible aspirations which we hope to get around to doing one day, once we stop procrastinating, start planning and  act NOW! Maybe you know someone who wants to create their own sustainable slice of paradise but doesn’t know where to start -- there's loads of hosts around the world who are happy to invite them to their own, and teach how to build mud houses, or live off-grid, or even just get introduced to the vegan lifestyle with a food-loving family. Or, maybe your friend’s life goal is to visit all of the Wonders of the World, or just to learn to scuba dive... Opportunities like these seem a million miles away whilst you sit at home, but by having the world of Workaway within reach you can help your loved one get that extra push to discover countless ways to turn their dreams into reality while exploring the world.

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3. For that cousin who’s learning a second language at school

Here’s something a lot cooler than a vocab book: getting your language-learning friend a chance to immerse themselves in their favourite language! Whether it’s for the cousin who’s always dreamed of speaking perfect French, or your roommate who would love to understand their fave Korean dramas without subtitles, going somewhere which speaks the language 24 hours a day is the best and most fun way to make progress. What’s more, living with a local Workaway host also means that they'll get to experience another culture in the most authentic way, and make lifelong friends who they'll keep practising the language with and for too!

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4. For a loved one who’s looking for a new direction in life

Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when we’re always in the same place, so even a slight change of scenery and perspective can really make a huge difference in our lives. With Workaway, your friend isn’t just travelling, but really immersing into a different way of life and finding different ways to give back, which means there’s more inspiration and more opportunities to evolve! It’s not unusual for a volunteer to realise that they want to change their lives in some way. This can be anything from discovering a new way of eating or recycling waste, to drastic lifestyle changes like changing their career, choosing a different place to live or even finding a soul-mate to share life with! (Don’t believe us? This couple became inspired to start their own farmstay after test-driving the lifestyle through a range of Workaway permaculture projects!) Here at Workaway, the powers of transformation work their magic on people of all ages. 😀

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It’s so easy to get caught up in Christmas decorations and the shopping hype especially during these strange times, but  in the spirit of giving, spreading more love and wanderlust, you can help your loved ones to start their journey this holiday season!

This is a Christmas present that says, you deserve an opportunity to live your dream life or discover a new one, have experiences all around the world and meet people from all walks of life! So grab the three extra free months NOW, give Workaway a go or get it for your wanderlust friends

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Lois is a life-long learner and free spirit who loves to write and make stories come to life on a page. She dreams of adventure! Having grown up in an international community in Singapore and Chengdu,... show more...

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