How to Travel Cheap: Travel Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about how to travel cheap, far, and consistently. And I have good news: there are a lot of resources out there if you’ve got the heart and are privileged to have the health. Here are some of my favorites websites that provide housing and food in exchange for work.

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This website is by far the best way to find work, food, and housing for long-term traveling. Workaway was designed to connect local businesses/charities/people with people wanting to visit anywhere and everywhere. On this site you’ll find anything from mushroom farms to nanny gigs to chateaus needing repair. Each host is different, but most have their volunteers work five hour days and provide food, housing, and local knowledge! Traveling this way, you’ll definitely be ruffing it a lot of the time, but you’re also going to learn a ton of useful skills!

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Help X:

Help X is like Workaway, but is mainly for farmstays. There are a lot of organic and permaculture farms on this website. You will find the occasional B&B, hostel, and even a sailboat or two on this site, though! Which brings me to my next resource…


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Find a Crew:

This website is for those who want to see the world by sea. It connects people with sailboats with people who know how to sail (or want to learn!). Many of these jobs are actually paid gigs if you have sailing experience. If you don’t have sailing experience, they’re not paid, but you will definitely learn how to sail and man a ship soon enough.

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Aupair world:

Aupair world connects families with nannies.

Aupair world is strictly for aupairs. These are foreign language nannies. This means that you’ll be working for a family and teaching their children a language as a live-in nanny. If you want to learn the local language, this may not be for you, but if you’re just trying to find a nice comfortable place to sleep and you enjoy teaching and being around kids, this is for you!