January 16th…Have you made any big plans for the upcoming year yet? Is 2013 gonna be the year that you throw caution to the wind and pursue whatever it is that you dream about. Or are you still making excuses not … Continue reading →
So another year has passed. A year filled with new adventures, encounters, and newfound friendships. During the past year I’ve visited 7 countries, I tried kiteskiing, with little success I’m afraid…I visited 3 concentration camps within one week , road tripped … Continue reading →
7 weeks in Melbourne already. Even if I can’t deny that my feet are itching a little bit, there are also some things I really appreciate with sticking around in the same place for a while. It’s quite nice to … Continue reading →
So just a few days til Christmas…Are you one of all the people running around like a crazy person trying to find those last minutes gifts? You’re trying so hard to find that perfect gift for that special someone, but … Continue reading →
I’ve been travelling just over 2 years now, crazy how time flies…Some days it feels like yesterday I boarded that plane to New Zealand and some times it feels like another life time ago. A lot of people ask me … Continue reading →
The past few weeks since leaving California have been a good time for reflections and I thought it would be about time to share with you the little ”hate list” of things that has annoyed me about the U.S. that … Continue reading →
More than 2 weeks has past since I left sunny California, some 26 hours, 3 flights and numerous cups of shit coffee later I’m yet again finding myself in Melbourne. And it feels great! Although I doubt my liver feels … Continue reading →
I’ve always been a big fan of the holidays, no matter what’s celebrating it’s a time for tradition, and each country has their very own, heck even every family. And celebrating a holiday in a new country makes me feel … Continue reading →
Alright it’s almost time to wrap it up, trying to fit all my things in my backpack yet again(which I’m slightly nervous about) and head out on the next adventure. By this time next week I’ll be on a flight … Continue reading →
Most of all the backpackers out there have probably heard of Couchsurfing before, and some probably already signed up, and for all you that haven’t, well it’s about time! Let me tell you why! Last month I was having breakfast … Continue reading →
The most common excuse not to go travelling is lack of money. Sure, we all have different economic situation, but you know what? That’s just another lame excuse. The way I see it, it’s a question of prioritising. So before you buy another pair of shoes, that you tell yourself you can’t live without, or take a sip of that take away coffee you just spent 3 dollars on, think about what is most important to you? Buy that RTW ticket or spent your hard-earned money on more things to add to your already big pile of possessions?
The thing is, you can travel the world on a shoestring, and it can be so much more than hostel bunk beds, noodles and instant coffee!
There are quite a few really great ways to keep travelling even when your running a bit low on money. I’ve previous written about Couchsurfing, another good thing to look into is Housesitting. Something the ladies behind The Ultimate Housesitting Guide knows all about.
I first stumbled upon Help Exchange about 3 years ago, while doing research for my trip to New Zealand. So I signed up, paid the 20 euro for a 2 year premier membership, and so far it has been money very well spent.
Helpx is a fantastic online network linking together willing travellers with local hosts all over the world. It’s a cultural exchange where helpers typically are asked to work about 4 hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation. The hosts can be everything from organic and non-organic farms, homestays and backpackers hostels to sailing boats or families who just need a bit of extra help.
To spend a few days or a couple of weeks with a family is a great way to get a deeper insight to the country you’re visiting and gain some practical experience at the same time. An opportunity to learn something new, like how to milk a cow or the best way to put up an electric fence. There’re so many terrific people out there who want nothing more than to show off their country to people like you passing through. If you’re a sucker for company it can also be a great place to get in contact with fellow travellers.
So far I’ve done a dozen or so helpx stays, ranging from a few days up to 2 months. I’ve made coffee in a little café in Ireland, been selling homemade chutney on farmers markets, and worked as a horse trekking guide (despite not being on a horse for the past 9 years… ) I’ve also played farmer, picked plums, collected pine cones, chopped wood, and pulled more weed than I ever thought possible. I did not earn any money doing any of these jobs. But nor did I spend any either. I got free food, free accommodation, and countless of great experiences! Without helpx I’d probably have struggled to stay on the road for as long as I have without any sort of steady income.
A couple of days ago I got an email from a nudist community up in Queensland. I politely declined their invitation. Being nude in public just isn’t my thing…but the point I’m making is: there’s something for everyone! So go online and discover all amazing opportunities out there!