How Workaway helped this couple’s long distance relationship
At Workaway, we absolutely love getting to know you all whether it’s meeting on the road, hearing stories through emails or by actually going on a Workaway trip ourselves. We couldn’t be prouder to be involved with such an inspiring community of travellers! So we just had to share some of the stories you tell us!
June takes us to Kat from Hungary (now based in the US) who has been in a long distance relationship since 2007 and using Workaway for the last 4 years.
Until 2015 I’ve changed countries every few months across 4 continents. I’ve studied abroad, worked abroad (as a social researcher, and as an EFL teacher), volunteered abroad, backpacked abroad, house-sat abroad, and Workawayed, of course. I can’t recall being on an actual vacation for over 15 years though.
I’ve travelled solo, with friends, and with my partner. We got married last year, and though my nomad life slowed down a bit, and we are mostly US based, we don’t have a home-base, and travel both nationally and internationally. Workaway is one of my favourite ways to travel, because of the unique experience you have, and of course, because it is a great way to save money too.
Workaway is also a wonderful way to save money on food and accommodation. Some Workaway host prefer short-term volunteers, while others need medium, or long-term ones. I personally stayed with all of my hosts for 3 – 6 weeks. That feels neither: it is enough time to learn and to connect, but not too long to get restless and bogged down in routine, or fall into a comfort zone.
As far as stuff I take with, though I own very few things, having a few sentimental things is important to me: a little bear I got from my boyfriend, my favourite stuffed animal from my childhood, pictures (yes, actual paper pictures!) of loved ones. As a runner, my running shoes are essential. I always carry a journal and pen with me too. My cheap point-and-shoot camera is a must, and my laptop is essential due to my online work. I don’t own a smartphone – or any kind of phone – and watching other travels, sometimes I feel that it would make things easier. At the same time, I enjoy not being glued to technology at all times.
Taking a small gift to your hosts is a small gesture, but if you are travelling long-term, you can just surprise and thank them with a cake you’ve baked or a small handmade artwork.
I am running a website inspired by my travels and journey with my husband where I offer tips, resources, coaching, and advice to those who are in or planning to be in a relationship or simply want to be travelling solo for a bit even though they are married or in a relationship. I definitely know about long distance relationship, as half our relationship was through the distance with my love. Though we are married now, we still embrace solo travel along with our adventures together as a couple. Thanks, Workaway I’ve loved sharing my experience with you, if you want to keep following you can do on my Facebook page!