Traveling without paying for housing takes a lot of strain off of your budget. Here's how to travel extensively if you don't have the money for rooming accommodations.

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If you're young and you want to travel the world but don't have the finances then consider doing a work program abroad. There are different kinds that feature different kinds of jobs, but they let you travel the world on a very small budget. Rent or hotel costs can be the most expensive part of any trip and if you're able to live somewhere for free then you're cutting out a huge part of your budget. This type of travel is becoming increasingly common for people who want to take a gap year to travel or who want to spend an extended period of time in a new country. These programs have an extensive network that is set up everywhere in the world.

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Some of these programs feature jobs that are seasonal and so they offer housing for workers that are only staying a short or medium amount of time. Because of the way visas are set up you can only stay in one place for so long and so these programs can come in handy because of their specific beginning and ending dates. Jobs like these can range depending on where you are traveling.

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The jobs can range from housework to physical labour. You can stay at a hostel and work part time to live there for free. Nannies and Au Pairs are wanted in both rural areas and popular cities. Farms in the countryside like seasonal workers and farmhands who are willing to put in some physical labor. There are even odd jobs like landscaping, language teachers, musicians, animal care workers, and so much more. You can choose to explore based on country or by the type of work you'd like to be doing.


Here Are A Couple Of Websites To Help You Get Started

WorkAway

Work Away features every kind of job in nearly every country in the world. You can sort by occupation, country, or region to find something that works for you. You can read feedback by other people who have worked there and you can see the profile of the job posters. There are also dates posted for when they are looking for help as well as their overall reviews. They'll list a description of the job and the kind of work you'll be doing, the hours you'll work, the kind of accommodations you'll receive, and any other pertinent details. You have to sign up and pay a subscription fee to use the sight and make your profile.

AupairWorld

Au Pair World sets up nannies with a host family all around Europe. This site has intense instructions and information so you'll know what you're doing every step of the way. They'll help guide you in finding your family and help you navigate all the bureaucracy which can come with working in a foreign country. Different countries have different laws so you will have to see what each country dictates for Au Pairs. This could mean mandated time off, salary, required language courses, or any number of things. If you want to get an authentic European experience then this is a great place to start.

WWOOF

World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming just about sums it up. This sight will pair you with a farm somewhere in the world that needs a helping hand. Their goal is to help people get more in touch with sustainable living and to help farmers around the world. They have an extensive network that covers the globe and you will most likely find a country in the region you prefer. If you want to get outside and get active while doing some good then this is a great program.

HostelJobs

This site is set up specifically for Hostel positions. Hostels are located in pretty much every major city and then there are many off the beaten track to explore. This is a great way to meet new people and get to know a new city while living there for free. This is more like an international job hunting website so take your time looking through where you'd like to apply and see if you'd like to start the process.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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