If you dream of packing your bags, booking a flight, and taking off to wander a foreign part of the world for a few weeks or months, why not just do it? Travelling is no longer only a pastime of the rich and famous, and it is easy for young explorers to save up a bit of cash and backpack their way through their dream destinations.
With many cheap options for long term travel, such as WOOFing, Couchsurfing, volunteering or working abroad, anyone can have an adventure abroad!
If you are thinking of going backpacking, here are some fantastic websites that will help you along your journey.
WWOOFING – http://www.wwoof.org/
How would you like to experience shearing sheep in New Zealand, picking olives in Italy, or herding Cattle in Canada? WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, and this fantastic program will connect you with a family on an organic farm in dozens of countries all over the world. In exchange for a few hours of help around the farm per day, you will enjoy free accommodation with the family and delicious home-cooked meals. It’s a great way to spend quite a bit of time in a country, without having to spend anything on accommodation. WWoofing is a wonderful way to get in touch with the rural traditions and family life of your destination country, and the laid back and quiet pace of living in tune with nature is refreshing.
Couchsurfing – http://www.couchsurfing.org/
The amazing grassroots movement of Couchsurfing has totally changed budget travel. On this website, you can create a profile about yourself (after undergoing the security verifications) and then search to find hundreds of people in dozens of countries throughout the world who are willing to offer you a place to sleep in their spare room or couch for free. If you make new friends quickly, this is a great way to travel for almost no money. Also, you can offer your couch to interesting visitors from other countries as well.
Au Pair World – http://www.aupair-world.net
Do you love working with children? Why not become a nanny in another country? This is a great job experience and, like WWOOFing, gives you an idea of what family life is like in another culture. This website will help you connect with families who are looking for an au pair, and give you tip for your search.
The Backpacker – http://www.thebackpacker.net/
An essential website on any travel-lovers bookmark bar, this website is a superb resource for travel tips, experiences, and adventures all around the globe. There are many free travel guides for cool destinations, travel stories shared by other backpackers, an index of nightlife around the world, and hostel listings which cover 149 countries.
One of the best ways to see the world is by studying, volunteering, or working abroad. Rather than just skimming the surface as a tourist, these experiences allow you to truly integrate into the foreign culture and get a deeper and more meaningful experience. Go Abroad is a very helpful guide for anyone who is looking for an opportunity such as this. Whether you are looking for study abroad programs, volunteer trips, language schools abroad, or jobs abroad, this is the place to go!
Cotswold Outdoor started life in 1974 as Cotswold Camping, selling a range of basic camping accessories from a small outbuilding in the Cotswolds. Nearly 40 years later, the company is an award winning multi-channel retailer with over 65 thriving stores in the UK and more to come.
With over three decades of experience in outdoor retail, Cotswold Outdoor offer one of the most extensive and comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, products and equipment. Selecting from over 250 internationally recognised brands to bring you the latest in outdoor technology and styles. Not only this, but each product is carefully selected and tested to ensure a high level of quality and value for money for our customers.
Ah, the hostel! Whether you are tucking yourself into a bunk bed next to a dozen other travellers, chilling in the TV room when you get sick of the beach, or cooking with international friends in the communal kitchen, hostels are the ultimate hangout for the outgoing young traveller. Not to mention that their rock bottom prices almost always beat traditional hotels! This website allows you to compare prices for hostels all over the world, as well as read reviews, check the location, and even book online.
Don’t just dream about travelling the world, just go for it! You will discover that thanks to the great resources that can be found online, it is much easier than you ever thought.