WWOOF- This method of travel involves working on a farm for half of the day and receiving shelter and food in return for your labour. This is part of the WWOOF – USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) project, which provides people to work with over 1400 farms who are part of the association. You require no previous farming experience, but you should be over 18 years of age to apply. The length of your farmstay is determined by you and your host farmer. To gain access to the website’s database will cost you an annual fee of $30.
Workaway – Workaway.info provides you with a list of hosts who will help facilitate your travel (accommodation and food) and help you learn the local language. In exchange you will need to provide your services in the areas of babysitting, painting, building and planting. The aim of this website is “to promote cultural understanding between different peoples and lands throughout the world.” To register, it will cost you 22 euros (29 euros for a couple) for 2 years access.
Couchsurfing – If working for your food and lodging is not your thing, you might want to consider couch surfing. CouchSurfing.org was built on a concept which fosters cultural exchange and mutual respect by literally sleeping on your hosts couch. Although in some instances you may be offered a bed or a room. The website is free to register. Travellers can share their homes and travel locally together.