I discovered this site by reading a book called “The Solo Travel Handbook“. If you’re into solo traveling or want to get into it, I definitely recommend checking it out! It’s a book that gives tips and advice on where you should travel based on your specific needs and interests. It also gives you app recommendations, websites, and other cool information. It actually inspired me to do my first solo trip, so if you need that push of motivation, this is a good pick for you as well.
In this book, the website Workaway was recommended for anyone who wants to work while they travel in exchange for free accommodation.
So basically what happens on the website is- You look up your desired destination on the website, then scroll through the hosts that are offering a job for you. There are various tasks and people that you can choose from. Might I add that this website is globally, making any destination available for you. Literally all over the world!
The tasks that I usually look for include gardening, helping out around their houses, or helping them with social media / online stuff. In exchange for your help. they can offer you something which is usually accommodation, and in a lot of cases food as well.
You work a certain amount of hours that they request of you, and you can spend your free time exploring the city or doing whatever you want to do with it. I found this really cool host that’s on an island near Bali, requesting someone to help out with their hostel in exchange of free accommodation.
After you’re completely set with the idea of the listing, you have a chance to contact the host.There’s a $44 yearly fee which is great considering that you would be getting free accommodation. A lot of these places listed do offer payment in exchange for your work, so you can make that money right back.
You do have to work while traveling, which a lot of others may see to be a downside, but you’re getting to go out and explore the world while not having to pay while there. You’re also helping people out and I think that’s awesome!
I’ll probably make a post about this website further in the year if I get really into it, but for now its on my bucket list.