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Get Paid to Travel: From Short Vacations to Summers Abroad

Do you have endless wanderlust but a limited budget to explore? There are so many stunning places to visit around the world, but traveling can be expensive to do full time or even over a few weeks of break.  Here are several ways to travel cheaply with room and board covered (some include additional payment!) while living abroad and having an adventure! 

Sip through France’s Champagne Region by Working in the Vineyards

The Deal- Spend the end of summer in the sun soaked terraces of France helping a winery with their annual grape harvest.  Every year from mid-August to late-September, temporary workers are brought on to help with the harvest process, from one day to the entire harvest season. In exchange for the daily labor provided, the wineries offer meals, champagne or wine, and lodging depending on the length of the stay. While speaking French is beneficial, it is not necessary for most vineyards. Several of the large famous Champagne houses and Wineries are open for this type of temporary work, but it is easier to get hired for the whole season by reaching out directly to one of the smaller locally owned vineyard.

Take me there: Champagne AR Lenoble or Domaine Rouge Bleu

Hike the Dolomites by Harvesting in an Apple Orchard

The Deal- Explore northern Italy by hiking several of the numerous trails weaving through the Dolomites and eating delicious fresh pasta to your heart's content.  The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers endless picturesque landscapes and rock climbing opportunities, which is a perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast.  June and July are prime harvest season for the many apple farmers who hire temporary workers for several weeks every summer.  Plan ahead early as these positions typically fill quickly from people throughout the region because they are notoriously well-paid.

Take me there: Apple Picking Jobs-Italy

Give Back to a Local Community by Working with WWOOF 

The Deal- If you like the idea of making a meaningful contribution while traveling, the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms have opportunities worldwide to live and learn on an organic farm.  The organization was founded to promote sustainable living and connect people from around the world, offering travelers an ethical way to see the world and make a difference. You start by selecting your destination, then join a group you are interested in, find the right host, and voila! You are packing your bags and on your way!

Take me there: WWOOF Opportunities