How you can save money on travel using Worldpacker
Volunteering for OX Expeditions I got to do some pretty cool stuff!

How you can save money on travel using Worldpacker

Looking for ways to travel longer for less money using Worldacker for travel? I traveled in Guatemala for 8 months and my total accommodation bill came to less than $100. The $100 was for nights in a hostel in between Workways. My total is on average $10 a day. In one month, I spent only $315 on “living expenses”.  As someone without a fat saving account and a limited monthly income using Worldpacker was a lifesaver!

So how does Worldpacker actually work?

  • First things first, you need to sign up and pay a small fee. Don’t worry about the fee, it is 100% worth it and you can use my code CLAIRESITCHYFEET for a discount.
  • Next, you need to complete the profile as best you can. Make sure you add some nice images and don’t forget to spell check! Some Worldpacker jobs can be very competitive so make sure your profile is showing you in the best light.
  • Once you are all set up you can begin searching.
  • I normally search by country I’m going to and then look over all of the available Worldpacker places there. If you are looking for a particular type of job then you can narrow down your search.
  • Make a quick list of things that are important to you. For example, if you need good wifi and prefer your own room, you will need to check this. My first Worldpacker job there was no wifi in our accommodation and there was 3 of us sharing a very small room. Don’t just go on what the profile says either, email and ask questions about the accommodation and things on your list.
  • When you find opportunities you like the look of you can save them in a list. I normally do through quickly and save all the ones I like the look of, then I go back later and look through each one in more detail.
  • Once you have narrowed down your list, start emailing the hosts. Remember to ask questions about the work, accommodation and anything else not clear from the profile.

Worldpacker jobs vary drastically! I have stayed in some pretty awful places with easy work and lovely people. I have also stayed in some nice places with not so nice people and really challenging work.

Some of my Worldpacker highlights:

I spent a week in a Guatemalan Cooking School

Working for an adventure tour company Ox Expeditions in Guatemala. I was supposed to stay for 2 weeks…I ended up there for 2 months! And I got to climb the three main volcanos there for FREE as part of my job.

Volunteering for OX Expeditions I got to do some pretty cool stuff!

What is generally included with a Worldpacker job:

  • Accommodation – This is the main pull for me because you will normally be accommodated in a house you also get access to a kitchen. Once I even had access to a washing machine! That saved me about $10 a week on laundry!
  • Food – sometimes you may get lucky and get food. I personally always look out for these ones!
  • WiFi – This is a dealbreaker for me! I need to have access to wifi so I can work my normal job alongside my volunteering. At one place I was staying the wifi was broken and it cost me over $50 that week in coffee/ drinks at a local coffee shop, that’s a lot out of my budget!

What a Worldpacker hosts normally expect from you:

The normal working day is 4-5 hours a day. Make sure you double-check if it’s 5-7 days a week…some expect 7! That said if there are 4 volunteers and only one person needs to be there then you are generally left to work it out between you. The hosts don’t mind so long as the work is done. For example, if I wanted to take a few days off I would offer to cover extra shifts so my fellow volunteers could take time off too.

Why Worldpacker is amazing:

  • Save food and accommodation money to spend on other things, like scuba diving and salsa lessons
  • Meet other travelers
  • Sometimes you earn extra money through tips
  • Meet and work with local people
  • The work is often really interesting
  • Great way to build your CV – especially for those travelers on a gap year but my first few Teaching English as a Foreign Language jobs were volunteer positions I got through Worldpacker
  • I’ve also met some of the most incredible friends through volunteering together who I’ve ended up traveling to other places with. For me, this is probably the biggest highlight.

 

How you can save money on travel using Worldpacker

 

Why Worldpacker is not a good idea

  • If you don’t like slumming it a bit – OK so if your idea of traveling is 5* hotels and fancy meals each night, this is not for you. As I said before I have stayed in some pretty nasty places and some amazing ones. You never really know until you get there!
  • You don’t want to commit to working 4-5 hours a day during your trip
  • If you don’t like people – most of the Worldpacker jobs have some kind of customer service focus unless you are building or gardening, so if you aren’t really a people person this probably isn’t for you.

If you are ready to try out Worldpacker for yourself you can sign up here and use my discount code CLAIRESITCHYFEET for a discount on your membership.

This post was proofread by Grammarly

 

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 6 Comments

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  3. Hi Claire! just discovered your blog and am loving it, as I am planning to quit my job and head to Guatemala for some time this November. I am currently in Detroit. Thank you for sharing about workaway – i plan to register, do most of the listing require Spanish proficiency? I currently speak none, but plan to learn there, want to make sure I am qualified before I pay the fee!

    1. Hey Sala! Amazing. You will LOVE Guatemala! I’ll be passing through in October so I’ll just miss you :-). The answer is no. I did a workaway with OX Expeditions and they were actually able to get me a great discount on classes at one of the best Spanish schools in Antigua. I don’t remember seeing any that required me to speak Spanish.

      1. thanks so much! I have their listing bookmarked :). I arrive November..is now too early to start reaching out to hosts?

        1. November is pretty quiet so it’s probably a little early. Reach out though and they will almost certainly tell you to get in touch just before you arrive. This is because people change their plans all the time so as a host you never believe someone is going to come unless they are actually there haha. In all honestly, even if you don’t find anywhere before you go. Just turn up and walk around asking in the hostels, I guarantee you will find something. They are always in need!

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