I don't know about you but I'm just not satisfied with stopping still for too long, constantly daydreaming about the next adventure, my itchy feet driving me to distraction. Well, here's some good news, if you feel like escaping you may not need to spend as much as you think.
Back in the early noughties when I was in my early 30's, I felt a strong urge to go to the other side of the world. I had just come out of a toxic relationship and suddenly sensed the freedom that I had been lacking. I wanted to get as far away as possible for a long time. Extreme? Possibly, but it did me the world of good (pardon the pun).
I planned a trip to Austalia and New Zealand and found a great way to travel on the cheap. I would be traveling independently and so I knew that I would need to feel a sense of connection, especially as I would be away for a long time. I had my criteria, now I needed a solution...
A friend set me up on her pc and I stumbled across World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. I signed up straight away. WWOOFing, as it is known, is a great way to stop for a while and immerse yourself in the landscape and culture, which for me is a vital component of traveling.
This clever exchange system is based on trust and sharing, you give a few hours work each day in exchange for meals and accommodation, but you also get something much more valuable - a sense of community and connection.
But WWOOF is just one of many ways you can travel. Here are three more suggestions that you might like to try so that you can start traveling more now:
- Create a vision board of all the places you would like to visit. Vision boards can be incredibly powerful, here is a great article on how they work and how to create one huffpost/the-scientific-reason-why
- Book a conservation holiday. Many charities offer working holidays, check out this article for some great ideas top-10-volunteering-wildlife-holidays
- Have your cake and eat it too. Find a business where you can work anywhere. I have found a business model, a system and a community that offers that kind of flexibility. If you're anything like me you might want to take a look at this video series.
However you travel, whether alone, with a partner or in a group, there is something for everyone.
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