Since I love to visit and experience many different places all over the world and I’ve gained some knowledge by now about how to do so, I’d like to share some great sites, networks and travel-tipps with you here:
Traveling without a big budget to get started is possible! There are lots of people and places open and welcoming to host you in exchange for help and contribution. You can find plenty to choose from. Platforms like workaway.info, Help Exchange and worldpackers.com offer a great variety of projects to volunteer – from NGOs, country life pioneers, schools, theatres, families looking for help in their gardens, with their kids or building a new house or website, to hostels and other enterprises, you can find almost anything, and will for sure find a host who is looking for what you are offering. The deal is often times this:
Your work approximately 5 hours a day 5 days a week and get food and accommodation in exchange. What hosts are expecting and offering can vary a lot: sometimes there’s no food included, some ask for a fee, some offer payment even. Go for what feels good for you.
WWOOFing, live and learn on organic farms, works in a similar way, but every country has their own website and it’s focusing only on working on organic farms.
Alliance is a european network of youth-NGOs, that offers workcamps for volunteers in Europe and beyond. EVS, European Voluntary Services, is another great opportunity for young people to live and learn abroad. Check out their workcamps.
Once you have decided on where to go, next thing is: choose what to take with you. I personally prefer to travel light, but I also know that if I do have certain things with me, I will be much more comfortable.
Some products that have traveled with me for years now, even when I stay in one place are the following:
– Silk and wool: are great, because they keep you warm in the cold and cool in the heat. And they need less washing than cotton and other fabric, but you can simply air them out. Tipp: I buy silk mostly second-hand.
– Icebreaker wear: made of merino wool that is not itchy but nice and comfortable. I personally don’t like to look like sporty-outdoor-style most of the time, and with Icebreaker I’ve found shirts that just look like nice regular shirts in beautiful colors.
– Dr. Bronners 18-in-1-soap: its multiple uses are really great, it’s organic, comes in many delicious fragrances and I wouldn’t want to travel without it.
– Ticket to the moon backpack: it is made from parachute silk nylon, it’s incredibly light (feels like no weight), tiny when you fold it, very strong and comfortable with its broad straps. Tipp: Check out the hammocks as well.
– Spork: spoon and fork in one and light.
– torch or headlamp
– a piece of thin rope (to dry clothes, make a curtain..)
I’ve found out: if I change places more often, I don’t mind wearing the same things (of course washed and cleaned whenever necessary) for a long time – so maybe you can confidently leave the five extra shirts at home ;-)
Please note: the shared information is completely personal, based on my personal experience and those of friends I’ve met on my journeys. It is not a complete overview over all that can be found. Share your own recommendations if you like!