This blog has two main themes: ways to make and save money. One of my greatest passions is travelling and I love to do it on a budget. Read about my experience ridesharing in Canada here. I think the most authentic travel experience comes from fully immersing yourself in a place and culture – and what better way to do that than working and living somewhere? Now I know that does sound kind of dramatic. I’m not suggesting we all quit our jobs and move abroad, but a working holiday with Workaway is a great way to have a cheap trip and authentic experience when you are on a budget. Read on for our full work away review.
What is Workaway?
Workaway is an ‘international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organise homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or “Workawayers”, are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host’ (source: workaway.info). Basically, for budget travellers, it’s a search engine of over 38,000 awesome travel opportunities through volunteering. For a year’s membership to Workaway, it costs US$42 for an individual and US$54 for a couple.
Our Workaway experiences
My husband and I first signed up to Workaway in 2017 when we travelled to Europe in our camper van. Our first experience was gardening in northern Spain and we loved it. Secondly, we worked for a month in a hostel in Porto and although we didn’t love the work so much, we made some amazing friends and it was great socially. Currently, we are doing our third experience in Gaspésie, Canada cooking and working in the forest which we are enjoying. It is so beautiful here.
Would we recommend it? Our Workaway Review
Completely. I think Workaway opens up so many opportunities to travel for those that may not be able to afford it otherwise. It enables so many people to explore places on a budget and get immersed in new places and cultures. I have heard of whole families travelling through Workaway! We have made friends for life and managed to have extended stays in places that we love because of it. Why not try it?!
If you’re interested, take a look at my dream Workaway picks:
- Animal rescue help at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Canada
- Underprivileged children’s learning centre near Rishikesh in India
- Animal rescue centre on the island of Andros, Greece
Have you ever had a working holiday? Are there any volunteering websites which you have tried and recommend? Tell us what your dream working holiday would be like!