You have probably read thousands of articles with headlines such as “Affordable travel”, “How to travel the world for free!” or “Quit your job and travel the world!”. Ok, let’s get serious about these topics. Traveling for free is not going to happen to everyone. Last time I checked a plane ticket costs money. And affordable traveling doesn’t mean that you will stay in a hotel that charges you 15$ per night? I am sure that you would like to know how some people can travel on a small budget? Well, the good news is that there is a way to do it!
In this blog post I want to share our own experience of affordable traveling with you!
Have you ever heard of Workaway? If not, let me tell you more about how this works and how it can help you stretch your travel budget.
Workaway is a site that connects you to people and organizations, from all over the world, who are looking for volunteers to help out with tasks and projects. This can be anything from teaching English, working in hostels, farming, gardening, teaching yoga or even being a surfing instructor! The list is endless! Basic working hours are 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. In exchange for your work you will receive free food and free accommodation. (Just make sure to check out your host as everyone doesn’t offer both)
There is a small fee when you sign up as a volunteer, but once this is done you can create your profile, add your experience and contact your host directly. On the site is a calendar to help you plan your trip and to let your host know when you are available for work.
We decided to use workaway when we traveled through our own country during October 2016. We were on a limited monthly budget and wanted to see more of our surrounding areas. By traveling this way, we explored more of our country and saved some extra money in order for us to spend Christmas with our families.
What is an average day doing Workaway like?
Firstly, you need to figure out what you would like to do? Would you like to teach or would help out in a hostel? Choose the work that you would enjoy learning about. We wanted to learn more about sustainable living and found a great farm, and awesome host, just outside of Cape Town. Just a side note, we have never farmed before and had no clue about sustainable living! Below is a basic outline of what our daily schedule looked like:
6:30am: Wake up and make coffee
7:00am: Feeding the animals and milking goats
9:30am: Work on the daily tasks.
Our daily tasks where weather dependant. If it was too hot we did indoor tasks such as beer and cheese making, or just relaxed around the farm. It it was a cooler day we worked outside planting, harvesting vegetables, fixing fences and more .
12:00am: Lunch and free time
In our free time we explored the farm, chilled in the hammocks, read books, drove to the nearest town and relaxed!
16:00pm: Finishing tasks and feeding animals
We really loved working on the farm! We met some amazing people and made some new friends. Even the animals crept into our hearts! I never knew goats had so much personality! 🙂
On the farm we learned how to make our own cheese and beer, improved our cooking skills, learned about collecting rain water and making compost! We have a new respect for all farmers out there! It’s hard work, but so rewarding!
Honestly, workaway wasn’t just a way to travel more affordably, it was also about broadening our life skills and learning to live more simply.