Let’s say that this summer you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Corporate America and just travel around the U.S. Unfortunately for nearly all of us that is unrealistic. However if you are looking to get away for a while and work a little too then you should check out work exchange programs with hostels.
It basically works like this, you find a hostel that has a work exchange program, you apply, and then you go and work for the hostel. Usually you get either a small stipend or, more commonly, you get free lodging for as long as you are working. It’s a pretty sweet option, and you can go virtually anywhere. Take, for example, the Pahoa Hostel in Hawaii. If you work on their organic farm for just 2 hours a day your accommodations are provided, and that’s just one example. You can literally go from coast to coast, not having to pay for your room and board. The great thing about this program is that you can even go overseas! Ever thought of taking a quick hop over the pond to England? Well Ill tell you, you wont find a cheaper room then a free one.
This is, albeit not the most financially sound, a great option if you want to get away for the summer and don’t mind working for it!