Greets, all! Those of you who have me on Facebook/Twitter might have seen my previous post a few days ago where I proclaimed my good fortune to the world - free flights to Poland - did I say accomodation included? How is this possible, you ask? No, I don't have a magic lamp with a genie inside - but I do have the following tips for y'all... so read on ;)
Basically, as a student (hence a budget traveller) and a travel addict, I'm always on the lookout for any opportunity to travel. So when I got an email the other day looking for people to go to a seminar regarding sustainable consumption, offering free flights and accomodation, I jumped at the chance and got accepted. The seminar will be two days long, 14th and 15th June, and then I booked a flight back a week later, so I can go visit my friends in Krakow :) Get the idea?
There are lots of opportunities offering seminars/workshops/youth exchanges and the like which are funded by the European Union - particularly for young people. DO your research. Facebook groups like 'EVS-vacancies' (European Voluntary Service) and the 'Do Great Things Network' (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DoGreatThingsNetwork/). Regularly check NGO websites - in my case, a fairtrade local NGO called Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust (Malta) took care of the funding and organisation - big thanks to them (this is their website: http://www.l-arka.org/about/kkg. Just sign up for their newsletter and eventually you will find something.
There are also some awesome sites which list opportunties to be funded to seminars, voluntary work, research and many other things abroad. If you're a traveller who's simply curious about different places and cultures, and enjoy learning and doing new things, then like me, you won't mind not staying in a five-star hotel drinking champagne. TRAVEL (not tourism!) is what gives us the enriching experience of being in a world so different from what you are used to.
Top websites with travel opportunities:
5. This blog :P
Good luck with searching for sponsored trips! Let me know if you have any questions, and please leave a comment if you actually manage to go on a trip :) I'd love to know that this blog inspired someone :) Big thanks goes to Marthese Formosa for helping out with the info on this blog post - check out her vlog here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhTCXsPeYE
And to conclude... an awesome meme for you guys :D Bon voyage!