A few months ago I touched on the subject of alternative travel in my solo travel post and I figured it was time to elaborate. One of the more common, generally anonymous questions asked to me via my Tumblr (feel free to ask me anything) is how I afford the travel. I wish I had a better answer than I work and I save up, but that’s the long and short of it.
However I’m a savvy and creative traveller and largely, it’s been by seeking out unconventional travel options that I’ve been able to spend so much time on the road.
So what is alternative travel?
Alternative travel is travel that goes beyond the norms of say a traditional getaway (which I have NOTHING against, I adore massages and I could live a whole lifetime in hotels) or a packaged tour or backpacking trip (which I can’t get on board with, NO SIREE BOB).
Alternative travel is generally reserved for but not limited to those with the sweet luxury of time trying to see more of the world, and needing a more sustainable way to do it. There are many unorthodox, inspired ways to travel and they can be stimulating, cost effective, fun, interactive, culturally enriching, or all of the above.
In the following months, I will dedicate a post each fortnight to a different way to travel. These might include artist residencies, voluntourism, seasonal jobs or work exchanges (read my post about organic farming in Italy) or language and skill learning, and even working and teaching abroad. The posts will cover alternate modes of transport such as ridesharing and living arrangements like Airbnbing, couchsurfing or house and petsitting. I’ll also write about earning while travelling and being a digital nomad.
2. WHY YOU SHOULD DO A WORK EXCHANGE?
I’ll share my own experiences and ask others I know about theirs. All the posts will be linked to below. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
Image: Gigantes y cabezudos or ‘giants and big heads’ in Catalonia.