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Bogdan Budai

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Travel around the world for FREE!

Probably is not such a new idea, but I still consider it worth spreading.

As you can see from the title the idea is about how to travel the world for free, no schemes involved :)

I am doing that since the 16th of March 2013 and it works.
Basically I am hitchhiking from one place to another, and to get food and a place to sleep I am trading my work. Usually I find hosts on a website(www.helpx.net) , but there are other websites as well, who could have a farm, hotel, hostel, or just a regular home and need help. The work varies from farming to cooking, or from taking care of the house to teaching another language. The working hours are flexible and around 4-5 hours/day, which leaves you with enough time to visit places and meeting other people and to discover the place's beauty. Also you get days off for field trips or whatever you want to do.
When I want to visit another city or a place for a few days I am using couchsurfing to get accommodation. Again, it's free :)

The only money I spend are on drinks or other stuff that I want to buy.

So, basically if you want, you can travel for FREE!

I want to spread this idea because a lot of people think that traveling is very expensive and they don't even imagine that it could be done for free.

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    May 8 2013: yes, 4 hours labour, for three squares (meals) and a bed for the night, is the norm for many out on the west coast of Canada. We have a program, Katimavik which is sadly being shelved , which has a group of 18 year olds go into a community and be of service to the locals. ALL, while I've had visions of its spreading spreading around the world. in fact, with my daughter once having mentioned that she had wished take a year off before continuing her education at university, I whole heartedly support the idea of a take time out and catch wind of what this world is about before deciding what we will devote out lives to . . mine is, to live fully, in the hear and now and to tender and treat all we happen on, with a happy healing for one and all in PASSing. safe and a most awesome journey my friend. .
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      May 13 2013: Hi Renessa!
      I am glad to hear that there are more initiatives like this around the world. Too bad that there, on the west coast of Canada, the program is being shelved... maybe it will still be going on when I will get there and maybe I will try it, if I can :)
      Yes, you are completely right about taking a year(or more) off, before deciding what to do with our lives. Unfortunately not to many people do that and they grow up and get frustrated with everything and blame everyone and everything surrounding them.
      I am glad to hear that you support this idea and you support your daughter in doing this.
      Thanks a lot my friend! :)
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        May 18 2013: my daughter is long past that now, while yes, Katimavik is being shelved. . hopefully reactivated when the next government is voted in.
        This said, while I have never asked as such, I've been numerous times on a ferry out west with young people on them and they are invariably heading to a farm for a couple of weeks, so hope you check into them.
        The ski resorts are always hiring kids from all round the world, they are a grand central station of young people meeting from all round the world. mostly they stay the winter, they are however, expensive and it is difficult to find acommodation.
  • May 6 2013: thank you for sharing this idea. like you I have used couch surfing and loved the experience. people are giving, kind and willing to help when needed. I will certainly look up the site you mentioned, which is timely because I am planning a trip to turkey.
    spread the word.... I am with you in letting everyone know the opportunities exist for everyone.
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      May 6 2013: Thanks, Janice, for the kind words!
      I can tell you more websites with opportunities for volunteering, if you want. I mentioned only one because this one I'll use the most. (the other ones are also very reliable and ok)
      Yes, people are very kind and giving in general. I consider that through traveling you have the opportunity to discover the kindness in people and the wonders of this magnificent world.
      I really hope to spread the word and to see everyone who enjoys traveling, traveling.
      It's sad how a lot of people live with this false impression that traveling is only for the ones who have lots and lots of money...
      Have a great trip and maybe we'll meet somewhere in this huge, yet small, world!
      All the best!
  • May 13 2013: Hi Bogdan,

    Thanks for your great post - very useful. I'm currently researching a round the world trip with my boyfriend and would love to work en route. I'd be very interested to find out about your recommendations of websites for volunteering.

    Any help you could give would be much appreciated - I hope you're having a great trip!
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      May 13 2013: Hey Hannah!
      You're very welcome. I am glad that it's useful.

      Well here is a list of the websites with volunteer(work-exchange) opportunities that I know so far:
      http://www.helpx.net
      http://wwoofindependents.org/ - here you can find a list with opportunities from the countries around the world; there are the countries that don't have a national WWOOF
      http://www.wwoofinternational.org/ - the main WWOOF(World Wide Oppotunities on Organic Farms) webiste. From here you will be redirected to each national wwoof to see the opportunities. From my point of view(free travel, or as cheapest as I can) wwoof is a bit expensive, because you have to pay for premium membership for each country, exception is the wwoofindependets
      http://www.workaway.info/
      http://www.staydu.com/

      On each website you have to pay a small amount of money for premium membership. I understand this and it makes sense for me. Only if you have the premium membership you can see the host's contact details. Basically those websites/ngo's have to run somehow :)

      Don't get me wrong about the costs. I would pay for each website, but because usually I stay 1-2 months in each country, I consider a waste of money to pay for a membership for 1-2 years for that country.

      I hope this helped. If you have questions or if you want to get in touch, contact me!

      Have a wonderful and fulfilling trip!
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      May 13 2013: Hi Kate!

      I know about working on yachts, boats, etc. Actually I know about a website that works as a platform to help you meet someone with a boat that needs help: http://findacrew.net/
      How is that van relocation working? I think I couldn't do it because I don't own a car/van :)
      I know about couchsurfing. I hosted about 9 persons before I started my world-trip and I've been hosted 2 times already in less than 2 moths.
      Thank you very much!
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          May 14 2013: Sorry Kate. I thought it's like a trade, a switch between vans or something like that. My bad!
          It sounds very interesting and I took a look over the website and I saw that some people offer allowance too. WOW!
          I bookmarked it because I plan on going in NZ, Canada, US(if I get a visa) and most importantly for me Australia! Thanks for sharing it with me.

          Thank you very much for the wishes. I think the same about not coming back. So far I traveled for almost 2 months, but when I left I didn't set any deadline or date of coming back. As time passes I realize the fact that I want to travel for a long, LONG time :)