Changing your scenery to unfamiliar territories, whether within your own nation or foreign lands,
- provides ample opportunity to learn from others
- forms friendships that will last a lifetime
- Teaches you more about yourself by crossing the line of your comfort zone into something exciting and new.
One of the biggest questions I receive regarding travel is cost. Explore these options to consider a few of the many ways to travel on a budget!
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Andre Gide
1. WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
WWOOFing is a fantastic route to budget travel, as your expenses can be as minimal as the cost of airfare to your farm destination.
- WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and growers and can take you all over the world,
- from fruit farms in Hawaii and coffee growers in Nicaragua to vineyards in the French country side and apple orchards in New Zealand… the possibilities are endless!
- Each farm has its own expectations and needs for their volunteers
- in exchange for accommodation and food.
- Accommodations vary
- Lodging can range from rustic camping to bamboo huts to established houses
- Some or all meals may be provided.
This is how I moved to Hawaii in the first place, volunteering on Kaniki Farm. You’ll know all the details of your specific far before committing to that property. WWOOFing is a fantastic way to unplug from everyday modern living, learn extensively about food growing practices, and drop in with the rhythms and flows of nature.
For more information visit http://www.wwoof.net/
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” –Anonymous
2. Volunteer in a residential program at a spiritual center or retreat
Many ashrams, monasteries or spiritual retreat centers offer volunteer opportunities to support the spiritual work of residential and lay practitioners alike.
These can be found worldwide, such as the Karma Yoga program at the Sivananda Ashram and Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.
- Daily asana practices
- Lectures from international scholars and teachers
- The serenity and beauty of white sand-beach front property.
- Three vegetarian meals daily (with ample vegan options),
- Simple tent camping,
- Access to all programs and daily activities in exchange for supporting the daily needs of the retreat center.
- Service projects range from include things like cooking and supporting kitchen staff.
Daily meditation, yoga practice and delighting in the beauty of the Caribbean will leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and aligned with a deeper purpose.
For more information visit: https://www.sivanandabahamas.org/visiting-the-ashram/residential-study_karma_yoga/
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” –Ray Bradbury
3. Volunteer with Workaway
Workaway is a database connecting volunteers with local hosts with a need for your support, much like WWOOF. There is a great need for volunteers throughout the world to aid in solutions of the many challenges faced by various communities.
- Workaway does not ask for volunteers to pay fees, which has become more common for other volunteer agencies to do.
- You can find yourself at surf camps in Costa Rica, kangaroo sanctuaries in Australia or maintaining trails in the Swiss Alps, just to name a few destinations.
- Workawayers work a few hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation.
- Visits can last just a few days or many months.
- You’ll be immersed in the raw culture of the area you’re visiting.
- “Travel cheaply and stay for free, whilst making a difference to the communities you visit.”
For more information visit: https://www.workaway.info/
“Not all those who wonder are lost.” –J.R.R Tolkien
4. Teach English abroad
With the expanding influence of English as a second language comes the growing demand for native English speakers to teach. You can find teaching opportunities worldwide, though the exchange and prerequisites will vary. Many nonprofits seek native speakers to contribute to their English learning programs for disadvantaged youth.
For example, The Root Institute in Bodh Gaya, India, the sight where the Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree, seeks English speakers to work with the children in their school in exchange for accommodation, three meals a day and a wealth of satisfaction and merit from benefitting many people.
The opportunities are plentiful, from teaching monks in Nepal to schoolchildren in Ghana; this means to budget traveling carries a promise of deep life-purpose and service. Depending your experience and background, teaching English can easily lead to well paid work, further funding your travel and explorations abroad.
For more information visit: http://www.rootinstitute.ngo/volunteer
So ask yourself...
What destinations paper the walls of your daydreams?
What mountains and natural landscapes call to you in your sleep?
You are the grand architect of your life.
What will you build and create?
There are an infinite number of ways to arrive.
Which will you choose to begin the grand adventure of your life?