Traveling is the best!
But it seems that it's something you can just afford if you have a lot of money and that you need to be elder than you are to do it. That's not true, and this is why I wanted to write about some of the websites that help me to travel on a budget, even if there are thousands of other ways you can find -which I'd be very happy to know!-. Also I'll make an specific post talking about how to travel in a budget...in specific countries, because the tips can change depending on the area. But, to start, you can check this, which is basically how I've started to travel during these last years, from 15 to 17 years old, with no problem, almost no expenses, and having amazing, incredible experiences that have changed me completely, and give me a widest view of the world, life...and myself.
1- Workaway: It’s a web that allows you to travel with free food and bed in echange of aproximately 4/5 h of work –weekends free-. It is a perfect tool for those who are young and/or don’t have too much money to spend on travelling on a expensier way, but I’m sure that even if I had more money I’d still choose that option. This kind of echanges allow us to get o know the country not as a turist, but as someone who lives day to day immersed in that culture, living in a real family and house, and discovereng a thousand projects and new people. Apart from being a workawayer, I also recommend, for those who want to practice languages/get to know people/need help at home, to HOST workawayers. It’s a great way to learn a languages and change your meals into very interesting conversations full of varied points of view and experiences to tell.Plus, the energy that the travelers carry with them, encourages a lo to make projects that otherwise we wouldn-t do.
2- Couchsurfing: If instead of a long stay to learn a job or a modus vivendi, what you’re looking for is a cheap weekend-trip –especially on cities, but you can do it in many places- or you’re doing a route on your own and need somewhere to sleep, plus you’d like to meet locals and share some experiences, that web is for you. It allows you to get in contact with people who offers a couch for you to sleep, for free, just in echange for some talks and experiences sharing. Depending on your host and what you want, you may also be able to be shown the city by them. This website is also used to organize cultural meetings and echanges in the cities, restaurants...independently of if you’re staying at someone’s house or not.
3- Bla-Bla-Car: For not very long trips –in Europe- that is a ecologgic, cheap and funny way to travel by car. It’s based on people who informs about their trip and offers a sit in their car. Of course you’re going to need to pay something, but the prices are way cheaper than public transport. Plus, as the name of the web suggest, you’ll probably be able to havem any nice chats J
4- Meet-up: This web is basically used in big citiies, with the philosophy of “neighbours who meet up for sharing”. This “neihbours” use to be people from different nationalities who want to meet with others from their native country, or who want to meet new people, cuisine, languages...In the website they’re also organized many varied activities –recreative, sportive ones-, who, as they’re organized by “normal” people and normally at public places or private houses, are way cheaper than any other one. As some examples I could quote the Yoga classes in english at “La Ciutadella” park in Barcelona, or the cusine exchanges between catalans and peruans at someone’s house, or some french meeting between natives who miss their country and other people who wants to learn about it learn french.
5- HelpX: It works as workaway website, and the price it-s similar. The only difference is how is it designed and organized. A lot of hosts are in more than one website at the same time, but if your budget allows you to, it-s good to use more than one website, to be able to have a widest offer of places to stay. You can also travel with a friend and each of you get registered on different pages.
6- WWOOF: Another web that is similar to workaway and helpX, but that is specifically based on organic agriculture, so the work you-ll find there won-t involve babysitting or computer work, even if the tasks required may be very wide -from weeding to cleaning, picking fruits or feeding animals...-. Another difference is that in this webside you don-t pay for two years, but for the country you visit, which may change depending on where it is.