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!


How to Survive the Million Dollar Highway Without Your Brakes*

(Do not do this!)

I have not always been a careful driver. My brakes have taken a beating. So before heading to Ouray to begin my drive through the Million Dollar Highway, I stopped in Montrose just to see how damaged my poor Betty the Buick is.

Consensus: pretty bad.

My rotors could not safely be filed down and my brake pads were a few millimeters to nonexistent, Wayne assured me. He took me out back where poor Betty was being manhandled and defiled by a car lift and a mechanic. Wayne asked me if I wanted to replace the pads and rotors for $700. I laughed.

On the bright side, though my front wheel treads showed need for replacement, my back tires were looking good. I thanked good ol’ Wayne and the mechanic and rescued Betty from her shame.

And on we went.

So, if you’re like me, relatively ballsy and trying to save money, here’s how you survive the Million Dollar Highway without touching your brakes once.

Use your gears! Crank that baby into a lower gear instead of pressing your brakes when you’re going down that super dangerous mountain. Make sure to keep your RPM at a normal speed, though, I make sure to keep it under 2.5. And check your engine heating!

Turn on your air conditioning and radio and anything else you got! This will put pressure on your transmission and help you slow down.

Roll down your windows.

Hope for the best.


*I am not a professional in fact I’m barely an amateur so take my advice with caution.

** I felt comfortable doing this because I had to and because I wanted to make sure my brakes were available to me if I needed them so I was conserving my brake pads. Also, I kept one hand conscious of my emergency brake the whole time.