Sometimes travelling for a weekend, or even for week in the summer just isn’t long enough. Many people want to travel for longer periods of time, to get to know the people and the places just that much better than if they were staying for just a weekend lets say. Travelling for longer periods of time means you can see a different side of a city, or a country. How much can really know about a place when you stay in a fancy hotel, and go and see all the sights that everyone else sees? While having these kinds of trips can be super fun, it’s very difficult to get off the beaten track and find something special, although this is what a lot of people try to do.

There are also practicalities to travelling long term, like how can I afford to rent a hotel room for that long? Or I’m not sure I can live in a hostel without more home comforts for more than a week or two. This are all great questions, and things a lot of people need to consider when they are thinking about going on long trips. There are, however, loads of ways round these worries and hang ups, and some fantastic and enjoyable ways of travelling as well. Read on to find out some ways you can travel long term, and try out a whole new travel experience while you’re on your next adventure.

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Volunteer

There are loads of organisations out there that specifically try to engage with English speaker, or those who are not natives of the country. They function all over the world, from Europe and even further. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community you are visiting, and get to know the locals in a completely different way than if you were just passing through. Many of these schemes offer accomodation, language lessons, and chances to meet people and socialise as well. Volunteering is also a great way to make a difference in the places you visit, which is always a great feeling. Check out schemes like the European Voluntary Service, or UNA Exchange and see if anything takes your fancy. This is a rewarding experience, and a great way to see a different part of the country that is off the beaten track, which travellers don’t usually visit.

TEFL

This stands for teaching English as a foreign language, and if you’re reading this, then you already have half on the skills you need to do it. They are interested in people who are native English speakers, or have great English skills, and who also have been to university. If you match these requirements then you’re ready to start! You get a qualification at the end of it, and you learn from home, and have to attend one training weekend to complete the course. When you get out there you can always look for a room for rent in singapore, before you find more permanent accomodation to live in throughout the year.

TEFL is the most popular course of this kind, but there are others available too. Many people travel to Japan, China, or other Eastern countries, where the demand is highest for English teachers. Teaching English is by no means a walk in the park, but it enable you to live, and be apart of a community for up to a year. This is a fantastic way to travel long term, and you will definitely enable you to see a whole new side to the country. It can be difficult getting out to far Eastern countries, so you may as well stay a while to explore them while you do! Think about teaching English for a long term travel idea. Working while you’re out there is a great way to enable you to travel, and see different parts of the country than a tourist would.

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WWOOFing

This stands for world wide organisation of organic farming, and operates all over the world. With this scheme you stay with farmers free of charge, while you help out on their land, and they teach you about organic farming methods. If you don’t mind working hard, and staying in the country, this could be a great opportunity for you. They operate all over the world, from the UK, to Europe and further afield as well. If you fancy getting a tan, and doing something active this could be great for you.

The time you stay could be anything from a few days, to a few weeks, you can negotiate this with the host. This can be a great way to incorporate something different, if you’re travelling through an area. You can even do multiple wwoofing experiences back to back, and travel across a country this way. This enable you to interact with the locals and see a different side of a place. These places will definitely be off the beaten track, and be places where other travellers might not have explored. If you don’t mind getting stuck in, and want to learn some new knowledge, this could be for you. Exchanging free board for working in the day can be an affordable way to travel as well, and a fantastic way to meet people you might not otherwise meet as well.

Here are just a few ideas for travelling long term. There are definitely affordable ways to travel long term, and many of these options are available to you, you only need to go out there and find out what they are. Working as you travel is a great way to enable you to stay in a country for longer periods of time, and lets you see a completely different side to the places that you visit as well. Why not try teaching English in China? Or try learning about organic farming in Scotland? Or even enrol on a volunteering scheme in Iceland? There are so many options available to you, just do your research online, and find out about fantastic ways you can travel long term.

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