Free travel – work exchange


Almost on a daily basis, I get emails and private messages from readers asking how they can do extended travel on a a very limited budget. My answer is always to think out of the box a little, there are PLENTY of ways to be able to do JUST what you’ve always wanted to do without waiting until you’re bank account looks like Bill Gates’. Over the next month, I’ll be highlighting not only the various ways to travel, but I’ll be including where to go to find these great opportunities beginning with…

Work-Exchange programs

This is just what it sounds like. You actually WORK in exchange for experiencing life on a farm, a boat, or any number of other places that are far removed from what you normally do on a day to day basis. You’ll have to be ready to put some effort into this vacation, but the outcome will be worth it. Whether it be on US soil or abroad, a short term or full gap year, there are plenty of programs ready to have you on board.

Help Exchange

Vet In Discussion With Horse Owner

HelpX offers both a free and paid search version for finding your perfect working vacation. From boats to farms, hostels to inns, there are hundreds of opportunities for stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something new. Work in a national park in Italy, or help care for horses in New Zealand. If getting your hands dirty and working alongside people from around the globe is your idea of the perfect vacation, HelpX can help you find the place to go.

Service Civil International

Group of young friends having fun

Aimed at raising awareness about global (and local) issues, SCI has a focus each year. This year (2014) they are actively seeking volunteers who are interested in Creating a Climate for Peace. Volunteers are needed in various locales to work with human rights, environmental issues, and empowering those in need. Projects generally run between 2-4 weeks and you’d be working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Inter Exchange

Adult Helping Two Young Children at Montessori/Pre-School

You have more skills than you may realize. Teaching English, helping with the kids as an au pair, or go to an English speaking country like New Zealand, Canada, or Australia and volunteer. Inter Exchange focuses on young adults who are in or just graduated college.


picking grapes

Is a healthy lifestyle important to you? Search WWOOF for listings of work on organic farms. Imagine picking grapes in Greece or helping out on a boat in the Keys. The listings allow you to find working farms that allow families, pets, and more. You choose the amount of people in your party and how long you’d like to stay. Not sure if you like this type of vacation? Volunteer for the day locally and try it out.

Work Away

Male rancher

With a database of families, individuals and organisations in various countries, Work Away helps to match people who are looking for volunteer help in a huge range of different fields. From painting to planting, building to babysitting and shopping to shearing, their goal is to find the best match between volunteers and hosts.

Coming soon…home exchanges, timeshare vacations and more….all free or VERY inexpensive.


Hands in the air if you’re regular!

Note: This post has been sponsored by Dannon. I received product and compensation to facilitate this post. All opinions are strictly my own.
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Me!!!! ME…ME…over here…I’m “regular” and I’m not bloated or gassy or any of those nasty things that make you feel like you shouldn’t leave the house. I’m a gal on the go, and I can’t AFFORD to feel less than 100%. I told you last week just how I was taking the Activia Challenge and upping my intake of Activia from once a day to twice a day. After two weeks I FEEL GREAT

My findings

1. I find it’s like a treat at the end of the day – feeding my sweet tooth

2. I am not a “dairy” gal, so having another serving makes me feel like I’m doing something for my body

3. I seem to be able to digest some of those foods that gave me issues without that awful distended belly

4. I need to watch my calories – so switching to Activia Light fat free means I can have my treat without the guilt

5. I’ve been sticking WITH IT…of course when it’s delicious it’s EASY (why can’t exercise be like this)

6. My family has FINALLY embraced the idea and is doing it along with me


I’ve always been a FRUIT yogurt lover, but I tried Activia Vanilla for the first time this past week, and I can’t get enough of it. I love it right out of the container or spooned over fresh fruit. I’ve tried it with cinnamon added (good) and with chocolate chips added (good but no lo-cal).

The only issue I’ve had that there seems to be someone ELSE in the house who thinks that the Activia Challenge  was meant for him….


Clem eating yogurt

Well…at least he has good taste.

LAST WEEK’S ACTIVIA WINNER IS: Kathie B – congratulations Kathie


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