Saturday, May 21, 2011

Live Anywhere in the World for Free

       I have always wanted to travel and explore other countries. My mother and I traveled the world when I was still very little and after a few years finally settled down in Florida. Some of these places include New Zealand, Thailand, and even a year in Venezuela. For the longest time we never really ventured outside the United States. I always asked if we could go to this country or that country for vacation but my step-dad always had us go to some mountains or something. I got a chance when we went to Cozumel on a cruise. Obviously a tourist trap so it left me very disappointed. All the free food on the cruise was nice though. I urge to leave the confines of this place has been so powerful that it was hard to keep myself from quitting college just to leave right away. Now that I have finished I am going to start preparing for my departure into the world. I have no idea where I'll go first. I've been looking around for ideas and have had a few thoughts.

One thing I definitely don't want to do is get trapped in tourist deals. When I want to go I'm going to make sure it is for a few months. If I'm still not satisfied I'll make even longer trips. Backpacking seems to be the key term here. I've heard the term vagabonding used also. The other day I came across this site called workaway. It was basically a place where people from different countries around the world advertise to travels that they will provide them with food and a place to stay anywhere from a few days to a few months. All they ask is a few hours of work a day. This seemed very appealing to me because you can stay in one spot for a good amount of time to take in the culture and get to know the people and surrounding area.

Here is an examples from the www.workaway.info

Country: New ZealandDescription
We run a small accommodation business at the great surf beach of Piha. We have hosted many young travelers from all around the world in our work for accommodation scheme. We are two women and welcome all clean living people to our workaway scheme. ... more
 
It is pretty cool and you can choose from a ton of different countries. I'm still in the planning stages though so I have no idea what is going to happen. I will update every time something worthwhile is decided or happens.

45 comments:

  1. Good luck with your travels, it's one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do. There are quite a lot of schemes like this where you can work in a country, I used to know of one where you help doing organic farming but I can't remember the name of it now, WOOF or something.

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  2. Ur so lucky u got to travel so young I want to go to France =/

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  3. now thats exactly berserker banana style man. youre so unique and thats what i love about your blog

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  4. That is interesting, i would like to travel liek this, Im probably going to move to Holland one day i was born there but moved when i was 3, i wanna visit again

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  5. Wow, very interesting. I'd love to be able to do this, best of luck to you!

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  6. pictures from long ago... one of my fav subjects

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  7. as great as it sounds i don' think i could do it. too stuck in my ways

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  8. Maybe you can visit germany, we have great landscapes :)

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  9. whoa i didnt know that! its time to be a wanderer

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  10. Feeling really jealous of your traveling experience, I for one have yet to leave my state.

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  11. Culture stuff is definitely more interesting than touristy spots, I agree.

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  12. Fuck all the popular places, go to Thailand or Vietnam. A guy can live for a month off of $30 USD. Seriously. Do that. You'll have so much fun.

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  13. i wish i was able to do this...

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  14. you might want to try couchsurfing and wwoofing. It's similar to takeaway.

    also @ king corvid. thai and nam aren't THAT cheap lol. I backpacked through the region about 2months ago. You can survive with ~US$10 per day in Vietnam, that is if you stay in cheap places and eat on the street and not spend money on entry tickets / transport.. when you're on the move it may be $15-20. For a budget traveler.
    Thailand is about the same if you know where to look. :)

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  15. The work away program sounds pretty awesome, I'll defiantly try applying for that after I finish up with college =)

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  16. You can be very happy to life like that! :)

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  17. Oh nice!
    I've been to ~30 countries myself, but I'm almost growing tired of always moving now :O

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  18. I like your blog, nice color scheme, maybe change the blue names to something more visible on black

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  19. I became an ESL teacher in Thailand and stayed for 2.5 years. Loved it so much I returned to the US to get a teaching degree.

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  20. Nice, I might need to look into that for my next vacation.

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  21. Good luck. I don't quite believe it's 100% free, though : P

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  22. wow, I may just look into doing this further.

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  23. I also like to travel alot. This concept seems to be interesting, but you should be careful.

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  24. I don't know anyone who doesn't like traveling :)

    Anyway nice post, I might try this some time.

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  25. sounds like a great setup!
    maybe id try it when i finish studies lol

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  26. This is really cool. Definitely want to travel and stay in a few places for awhile. Tourism sucks because you can't really suck in the culture.

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  27. Great, I want to know those countries

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  28. that's some really cool stuff...i'd like to live anywhere in the world

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  29. There are some really cool places to see in Thailand if you are willing to island-jump a bit. And they are not too ruined by tourists....yet.

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  30. I;m learning how to teach English as a second language now and them I'll be ready to travel the globe. I need to remember this for then

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  31. interesting, I've been looking for something like this for a while because me and my partner want to travel. cheers man

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