Since camp has finished I’ve been travelling around America for a few days with friends, and am having a great time, but, this Saturday I’ll be leaving them to go work on a horse ranch for a few weeks. So, how did I arrange this work back in England? The secret is…
Workaway is a free work exchange, where you go and work for a host and in turn they will provide you with accommodation and food. You can workaway across the world, with hosts on 6 continents!
So you may be asking “What’s in it for me and why am I not just travelling?”
- Well, I’m saving money for my cycle to Australia next year, but, I don’t want to return home until the remainder of my visa from camp is used up. As mentioned above, Workaway removes the need to pay for accommodation and food, often two of your biggest costs when travelling, which can help allow me to travel for longer until my visa expires.
- You may be thinking, ‘but it’s not travelling at all, it’s working’. I’d argue this is not the case. What better way to explore a new area than living with real locals, and even being shown around by locals? I love learning how other people live, and exploring new cultures, and Workaway seems like a pretty good way to do that!
- Also, the work experiences available are massively varied and some of them really appeal. I absolutely love developing skills and trying out new experiences. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have been on a horse – something I’m not sure I will be able to say in a week! There were many other exciting jobs available which I’d like to come back to another day, such as teaching surfing, living and working on a sailboat, and working on a sustainable farm.
- Let’s face it, I’m basically gonna be a cowboy for a couple of weeks. It doesn’t get more awesome than that!