The Ballet Dancer of Ivancha

Like the others, this house kept no mailbox. Here was hard to reach, and hard to leave. The thin, weed-lined roads from the gate before the two-story house led into calm hills of grazing sheep and grassy patches with a few scattered donkeys or cows or a cluster of chickens. To tomatoes and fields of corn or sunflowers. At night, tractor combines returned home like … Continue reading The Ballet Dancer of Ivancha

A day in the life of a Workaway volunteer

I realized that even though I’ve highly recommended the Workaway program several times on this blog (and many times to everyone I know), I haven’t actually detailed any of my experiences as a volunteer. So without further ado, I now present to you: A day in the life of a Workaway volunteer… What: Young couple renovating old villa to create an agritourism B&B Where: Small town on central … Continue reading A day in the life of a Workaway volunteer

How to travel for FREE!

If you dream about traveling, whether it’s across the country or around the world, now is the time to do it. But you’ve probably made the excuses to yourself and to others that you don’t have money to travel, right? Well, let me say this: even if all you’ve got is the weekend, you can still really pack in a lot of incredible adventures by … Continue reading How to travel for FREE!

How to find COOL (and cheap) stuff to do wherever you go

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SpottedByLocals.com

Looking for those “hidden gems” in the city? Well, here they are. This site offers eclectic, up to date stuff to do, see, eat, drink, explore (with photos!) as revealed by people actually living in that city. There are also downloadable city guides (pdf) for 3 euros. For now, the site includes 51 major cities in Europe and North America. Go here when you realize that your guidebook is not at all hip or in the know.

CouchSurfing.org

Don’t worry, if you’re not yet comfortable with the idea of sleeping in the house of someone who isn’t your friend or relative. All you have to do is sign up for FREE and fill out a basic profile that will allow you use all the fun features of this site. Each city has its own community page, so you can check out the ongoing list of activities, happening that day or coming up soon. You should also search through the city’s various Group links, which always center on things like Live music, Dancing, Sports, Going out, Vegeterian/Vegans-you get the point. It’s kind of like their own little version of MeetUp. Members passing through the city also post on this page to say things like, “Hey, I’m in town for a few days, anyone want to meet up for a drink or a walk around the city?” See, no need to host someone–just a fun way to meet new people and spend a day filled with food, drink, dancing, walking, conversation, whatever! Then there’s the “Meet Locals” button, which basically connects you the database of local members, so it’s kind of like a platonic eHarmony, and you can contact anyone who you think looks cool and shares your interests.

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