Travelling is amazing and it seems like everyone wants to do more of it. If you’re budget is tight or you just can’t justify the time away, why not create a less expensive but more meaningful experience?
There is nothing wrong with staying in a hotel and checking out all of the tourist hotspots but you can’t really discover the depth of a city that way. When you volunteer, whether it is just in another city or on the other side of the world, you get the true experience of being a local.
Volunteer hosts invite you into their homes and show you what it really means to be a local there. You can get off the beaten path and learn some amazing skills. If you’ve always thought that you’d have a vineyard when you retire, why not work on one for a few days?
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) has opportunities across the globe from Bolivia to Zimbabwe. You can make everything from compost to wine. They offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet people from around the world and see things that you would never see as a tourist. You can exchange a bit of your time for free accommodation and meals.
If that seems a bit too physically demanding, check out WorkAway or HelpX. You can volunteer at a hotel, school, or even a cruise ship. There is a dizzying array of options so there is definitely something that will pique your interest.
It’s great to throw your change into a donation box but your time is even more valuable. You don’t need to travel far or devote weeks of your time. You can have a life-changing experience over the weekend. It is an amazing way to broaden your horizons while making a real difference in the world.