My First Workaway Experience

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Heidi – Road Traffic Accident – Not Adopted

In May of this year, I boarded a plane heading straight for India with the intention of completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTTC). I had read up about it here and there but no words from the About section of a webpage can prepare you for the physical, mental and spiritual roller coaster of a ride that is a YTTC.

Needless to say, when I completed my course I vowed to continue practicing yoga regularly; which brings me to the first hour of an average day when I was volunteering at Humane Animal Society (HAS) via a Workaway program in Coimbatore, India.

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Third World Countries: 5 Things You Take For Granted

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I got back recently from a three week trip to the Philippines. Located in Southeast Asia, with a population of over 100 million people with the official languages of Filipino and English, the Philippines is a slightly under-the-radar travel destination. Now I could go to all the trouble of researching about the rich Filipino culture and their customs and thus provide you with a vast amount of knowledge so you can walk away from this blog post with having learned something new, but that’s just not me. Instead, I’m going to go into detail about how I struggled with living over there and five differences I missed back home.

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Pay It Forward

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I was recently on holidays in Europe. Although I don’t consider myself a particularly cynical being, I’ve over the last month caught myself time and time again questioning the reasons behind random acts of kindness. Whether it’s offering to drive me to the airport, housing me in a foreign city, shouting a meal or going out of their way to ensure that my disorientated ass doesn’t end up in the wrong district, I’d without fail tell myself that they must want something in return. Maybe they expect a present/payment/sex as a thank you? Maybe they have a lot of spare time and they’re using me as a time-filler? Surely they can’t be helping me out just cause, right?

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That Time I Slept at a Train Station

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Manarola – The night I was convinced to stay another night.

When I was in high school I wanted to be a professional photographer. I could literally spend hours on end taking, then editing photos of just about anything. It comes as no surprise that when we were required to complete a week of work experience; each and every photography studio within a 30km radius of my home received an email from me.

The amazing Blue Murder Studios ended up being kind enough to take me onboard and it was over these 5 days with them that I slowly began to realise something for myself: you can take thousands of photos and still not get the right shot. Good shots are good shots because they have stories behind them. They provoke.

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Long Distance Friendships

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You’ve been travelling for a few months now. You’ve met some amazing people. Some you did not exchange contact details with, and some you did. Of those that you did, some you will occasionally like Facebook profile pictures of, and some you will actually keep in touch with.

Of those that you do keep in touch with, you will experience the difficulties of long distance friendships.

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My Only Regret When It Comes To Travelling Around Latin America

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The first time I set foot in Latin America I was doe-eyed, naive and completely and utterly clueless (to say the least). Being me, I had done very little research. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The initial plan was to fly in, stay for six weeks (to complete my AIESEC exchange) and to fly out. I didn’t know what would happen during those six weeks but I vowed to myself to always keep two things; a positive attitude and an open mind.

2000 dollars, 3 stopovers and 40 hours later, I was in sweltering hot Barranquilla, Colombia.

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Different Types of People I’ve Met Whilst Travelling

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The Tourist

These people have a bucket list, tend to travel for shorter periods of time and catch taxis almost everywhere. They are often curious about the local culture but will not step out of their comfort zone to truly immerse themselves in it. They do not mind paying a little (or a lot) of extra money in order to get the more comfortable option and collect souvenirs at every opportunity that presents itself. But, the most defining characteristic would have to be the thousands of photos that they take; of the landscape, of them, of them and the landscape, of them doing something funny with the landscape, etc.

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