Traveling On A Shoestring And Mixing With The Locals.

Traveling on a shoestring.

Hi, my name is Ray. I’ve been travelling for the past 5 years. In that time I have been to many countries, met lots of great and not so great people and had a ball in then process.

I have many tips and tricks I would like to share with you

Background

I have traveled previously a lot in my life. The last 5 year stint came from a life crisis. Empty nest syndrome. Children grown up and gone, identity crisis with myself and wondering whom my partner was.

That’s the short of it. I decided to take off and see how it went.

Plan

I was on a budget  After talking with many people and travellers a plan was emerging. I decided to work at places for food and board. Getting to and from places was the main expense. After checking a few sites on the internet I came up with some, used them and word of mouth.

My favorite site to use. Operates anywhere around the world, from organic farms, child minding, hostel work to ski chalets.

This is another site I found useful for getting ideas. Check this out too for information. Places all around the world too.

Actually I only used HelpX (the first one) on line in the end since there was more than enough variation but I worked at WWOOF’ing (the second one) through word of mouth.

There are lots more opportunities on the net, just go searching.

On The Go

I worked on site crew where we had many varied and interesting jobs. Here I lead putting up this marquee.

I worked on site crew where we had many varied and interesting jobs. Here I lead putting up this marquee.

My first stop was England where I went to a Voice camp. I worked as site crew for a week putting up tents, marquees, building, plumbing and whatever had to be done. I got fed, a place to sleep and free ticket to the festival.

The camping was interesting. With 200 or so people on the field we camped in circles of around 20 people. There was a central fire to each circle where we took it in turns to cook, clean up an go about our busyness. This was our family for the camp. Excellent social leveler, something I encourage. Great way to find your rough edges and wear them down if your that way inclined.

 

Putting up this yurt took a lot of teamwork and knowhow.

Putting up this yurt took a lot of teamwork and knowhow.

 

I met wonderful people, sang in many groups (didn’t matter about my voice, it was all in showing up) and generally had a ball. So overall this launched me off into my new adventure by meeting other people getting new ideas and moving on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoy doing these videos, pictures and blogs and appreciate having the time to do it.

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