places to volunteer and live

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Many travelers around the world find places to work in exchange for food and room. These places are whats called work exchange.

The main website used for most people is wwoof.org. This website shows alot of farms and farming communities you could live on and work on. Ive never used it personally but I heard alot of good things from it and it would be worth the $30 annually.

If you are spiritually minded there are various spiritual centers over the U.S. for example there is www.shambhalamountain.org which is a beautiful meditation center I stayed at for about three months. There are usually volunteer positions available during the spring summer and early fall.

Recently I just came back from staying at a farm in maine, I found this place through a friend and I basically just worked to help feed animals and whatever else needed done. This is usually the case if you choose to look at the wwoof.org website.

Before being in Maine I was volunteering at COSM (chapel of sacred mirrors) run by world renowned artists alex grey and allyson grey. Its a sanctuary for spiritually minded people looking for an outlet with the creative process. You could volunteer for a weekend during events or for a month or two and become part of the family! It was a transformative experience living there. I learned alot about myself and my talents. Here’s the website for more info COSM.org.

Things to bring while hitchhiking

 

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Many people dream of traveling around the country but never end up doing it because of this and that. Sometimes there are the people who want to see the world so badly that they will do anything.

From my experience hitchhiking on the road, its really not much harder than jumping into a cold pool of water. its difficult at first but once your idea of leaving gains momentum, it starts becoming clearer and more attainable!

here are some things you might want to check out:

MAP! you know why lol

Bag.. Your bag is the most important item you will have while hitchhiking. Its where you will keep all of your stuff so its worth it to invest in a good one. I’ve heard good things from this one.
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Clothes… I took about 3 shirts, couple pairs of pants and a jacket. Its also pretty important to be prepared for rain.

phone… Although you don’t need it, my phone saved my ass a lot of times when I had no clue where I was or where the nearest town was. GPS is great!

Sharpie… You will be making a lot of signs to wave, so bring enough ink!

Essentials…..toothbrush, cleaning stuff, first aid, sewing kit, survival kit

Sleeping bag… You could either bring a tarp to lay on during the night or a small tent, I usually just found a spot off the road where no one could see me

You will have a lot of free time so its important to bring a Guitar or something to play when your bored, Bringing your talent with you can help bring in money when you might need it. share your heart to the world! people love it!

Last but not least.. BRING A NOTEBOOK! document your travels! Doodling can be really fun when there are down times, which is basically all the time on the road. Hope you have fun on your journey 🙂

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