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Unread 06-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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Work-stay farms and budget backpacking

I will be going to Australia for a year starting in August, and I'm thinking that work-stays are how I'm going to put a roof over my head. I will be travelling on the (very) cheap and living out of a backpack. I recently came across what seems like a very good resource for connections to farms offering beds and meals to travelers, usually in exchange for 4-6 hours of work a day on the farm. I have only quickly browsed through the site, but so far it looks like there are tons of farms looking for help all over the country. From the description and the pictures that they all provide, it seems to be exactly what I'm looking for.

Anybody here have experience with work-stay farms like this (anywhere in the world)? Also, I'll take any tips anybody might have on backpacking on a tight budget.

Here's the website: www.helpx.net

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For example, this looks like it would be an amazing experience that I would love to have a hand in. This is one of many posts on the site.

Also, there's WWOOF'ing, which I have only recently started looking into. Essentially the same thing.

http://www.wwoof.org/
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Give that a look too.
If you can swing it, and have the extra cash find an small dual sport bike there and use it to travel.
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http://www.couchsurfing.org/
Give that a look too.
If you can swing it, and have the extra cash find an small dual sport bike there and use it to travel.
Thanks for the link.

My original plan for travelling for the year was to get a used campervan, but that was turning out to be a little on the expensive side. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a scooter or bike now
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Thanks for the link.

My original plan for travelling for the year was to get a used campervan, but that was turning out to be a little on the expensive side. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a scooter or bike now
Check the australia section of advrider.com its a very large forum dedicated to two wheeled adventures...
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