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One Secret Way to Journey For Free You’ve Got to Try

The following is a guest post from another travel blogger who found a secret way to travel the next year essentially for free.

If you’re like me, you frequently find yourself reading Rachel’s posts and longing to live a life of travel. I’ve always had a desire to see the world, and I travel quite often.

I’m a travel blogger, but unlike Rachel, I haven’t been to 35 countries. Nor have I gathered the courage to trade my job and apartment for a life as a digital nomad. Until I discovered a tool that will allow me to travel the world for free!

Here I am at the Great Wall of China

Recently I decided to throw caution to the wind, pack a suitcase and travel the world for a year.

First, I should share that I’m not the spontaneous type. You may have gotten that vibe, but I’m a total Type-A Planner.

When I think about a year of travel, two things worry me:

  1. securing a job
  2. find a place to live.

I’ve found a few websites that do exactly that; pair travelers with companies and individuals who hire volunteers and employees in exchange for accommodation.

The Secret Way I’ll Journey for Free This Next Year

After doing a little research I’ve started developing my exit strategy.

I’ve been working remotely for a few years and although I can work from anywhere in the world. I’ve chosen to stay in my comfy, cozy Atlanta apartment.

I’m looking for an opportunity abroad where I can work in exchange for accommodation and still have time for my remote job and sightseeing.

The first place I looked was Hostel Jobs, a free resource that lists available hostel jobs all over the world.

The most common position was Party Planner. The Red Fox Hostel in Budapest is hiring a Party Planner who would be responsible for “hanging around the bar area from around 6:30pm to “awaken” people’s interest in the event of that night… Then encourage people to play drinking games and be sociable and friendly.” It hurts me to say, I’m just not as into partying as I was a few years ago. So I think I’ll have to pass on this one.


Ready for BUDApest 💃

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I did give the job at Yellow Nest Hostel in Barcelona some thought. They’re hiring an Activity Runner to help make and serve brunch Thursday to Sunday and bartend Wednesday to Sunday. That would give me two days each week to explore Spain. They also provide breakfast and a monthly salary of $265. I love cooking and have heard amazing things about Spain, so I’m adding this to my list of maybes.


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Next, I looked for a conscious, eco-chic opportunities. If I were more outdoorsy I’d apply to be an Assistant at Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, an eco-friendly campsite, and hostel in the UK. They say that “backpacking and camping experience isn’t vital” but I’m more than a bit squeamish when it comes to bugs! On the other hand, the

On the other hand, the Casa Loma Minca in Colombia needs a Reception Expert and it sounds and looks incredible! This vegetarian hostel offers yoga, massage and a deeper connection to nature. “We breath in the fresh air from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and bathe in the invigorating fresh cold spring water its snow-capped peaks create”.  Casa Loma Minca has been added to the maybe list.

Although my hard-partying days are behind me, I never said I hardly party! When I found two wine-related positions I had to do a little more digging. The

The Santorini Hostel Caveland is located in an 18th-century winery. It’s now a complex of cave houses and terraces. They need two receptionists to answer phones and emails, organize events and do some light housekeeping in exchange for a bed in a shared room, breakfast, partial health insurance and $600 a month. Santorini is on the top of my Wander List, so I’m applying for this one.


Stop by our reception to meet the volunteers, @abspyke and @shannon.stott ! It’s also where you’ll find our free #breakfast every day from 9-11. #caveland #santorini #Greece #hostel #wowtheyreattractive

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The Wiki Hostel is located in a medieval village just outside of  Rome. It’s unique because it also operates as an Organic Farm and Winery. This is one of the few positions offering volunteer and paid positions along with private accommodations. I plan on applying to this one as well.

How you can travel for free, too (and get paid)

The site with all the opportunities above, Hostel Jobs, is one way.

There are two paid websites that are worth the money.

  • Help Exchange. Help Exchange is great for people who want to Teach or have a skill like Gardening and Cabinet Making.
  • Workaway. I found two interesting opportunities on Workaway. Including accommodation at a beautiful home in Bali in exchange for reviewing Restaurants, Yoga Studios and shooting short marketing videos for a local publication. I’ve always wanted to sail around Croatia and while this position offers a private cabin and bathroom on a yacht. I’m just not sure I could live on a boat for three to four weeks.

I found great ways to visit the most beautiful places in the world for free. I even discovered a few opportunities where I could live for free AND earn money!

What is my travel blogging backup plan?

I want to thank Rachel for the opportunity to share my story. I also want to thank her for being such an inspiration to me and so many others. Without her posts like 12 Ways to Journey the World for Free and 14 Ways to Earn Abroad , I wouldn’t have even known where to start. You can check out my Blog, Facebook, and Instagram to follow my new journey and get more travel tips. 

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Anthny April 10, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I love Workaway :) Thanks for your awesome sharing so much, It is very informative

  2. Amber April 11, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Awesome read! Some of those options sound so cool I’ve been really interested in working for accommodation (it used to be known as woofing (working for a roof)) and I think I’ll do it once I’ve saved up enough – I still want to have the freedom to travel without woofing.

    • Rachel Jones April 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Awesome, I’m glad you liked it and hope you find a great work/travel combo

  3. Kaspars Misiņš (@KasparsMisins) April 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it called working abroad? I don’t think that, let’s say, all these Indians working in Dubai or Saudi Arabia, would say – yeah, we are traveling the world for free and we are even getting paid to do that, how cool is that? :)

    I have been volunteering abroad (using the same workaway) for almost a year in total, but I wouldn’t say, that it was a free travel. I paid for it with my work and my time. Yes, now looking back at it I see it as something really cool – I was living in some very beautiful places, spending very little money (like 100 USD in few months; that little), but it wasn’t free travel.

    • Rachel Jones April 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      I get what you’re saying about it not being “free” since you are working but comparing working in a hostel serving beer to what Indians do in Saudi is offensive. Obviously “working” at a hostel or other options on workaway with LOADS of time off to sightsee and experience the culture is a BILLION times better than the conditions that Indians work in in the Middle East (and often are literally ENSLAVED and have their passports taken, as my friends from Kerala’s family members have). I am actually shocked you would make such a comparison – like OBVIOUSLY they are not seeing it as vacation and it was really uncool to say that.

      • Kaspars Misiņš (@KasparsMisins) April 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        I agree it’s a bad example. But what about any European going to another European country to work part time. For example, for few months to Amsterdam, then to London, then to Barcelona. It is possible and it’s easy. They definitively aren’t enslaved, they have a lot of free time, but are they traveling the world for free? In my opinion, they are working abroad.

        I’ll repeat myself, I have nothing against this kind of work exchange and also work abroad. I just don’t like to see media calling it a free travel, which it clearly isn’t.

  4. An April 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I was working for a hotel in Vietnam and had the opportunity to work with a lot of travel writers. And in my oppionion, becoming an ambassadors to review hostels in exchange for free accommodation is a good way to travel the world for free :)

  5. thebritishberliner April 15, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    ‘Love the article Rachel. I’m a little too well-heeled to go for this, these days (ahem!), but certainly, I’ll be sharing this piece, as I’m sure there are loads of young people who won’t be sniffing at this opportunity. Far better than being a begpacker, and embarrassing us all lol!
    p.s.Yep! It seems that begpacking is beoming a thing!

    • Rachel Jones April 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      I’ve been seeing these “begpacker” articles and it’s so horrible… some were people in their 50’s also not just young teenagers! shocking

  6. Agness of aTukTuk April 26, 2017 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Journeyling for free seems so great! I wasn’t aware of these things. Very educational post, Rachel!

  7. Tim Blight April 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I need to seriously consider this… some of these ideas are great! I never even knew about them before – and I want to travel more! Thank you for the tips :) And yeah, definitely no begpacking for me!!

  8. DjEddy May 28, 2017 at 3:39 am - Reply

    You are a very enterprising young Lady. You offer great insight into the world’s coveted places to stay cheaply, if not for free. If I was in my thirties, SURE, I’d strap myself in and jump on the ride !
    Thanks Rachel, Live and Let Die x

    • Rachel Jones May 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Haha you don’t have to be in your 30’s! Do it now! :)

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