Our quest for refining ‘tight-ass’ while travelling has reached a new level of willing scabbiness. For three months happily farming our way around Argentina we’ve managed to spend close to $500 each. Granted, we haven’t moved much and when we did it was some kind of hitch-hiking joy. We’ve also completely refrained from alcohol compared to our wine soaked BA jaunt, and purchased nothing besides food and the new essential – ice cream.
If you needed any other reason to consider wwoofing besides earthy goodness, saving money while experiencing another culture rates pretty highly in our world. We feel kind of proud to have stuck to our thrifty challenge; three months of appreciating the simple things and low spending.
Chatting to other wwoofers, our outlay seems to be standard. Imagine – without even being as frugal as us, you could travel Argentina learning about sustainable living, share some communal joy, get fit, and only spend $2-$3,000 for one year!
The only requirements being; that you are happy to be an address-less wanderer, forgo some personal space and material attachments, and be willing to occasionally dig a hole all day without really learning anything but the art of moving mindfulness. The advantages far outweigh the challenges in our minds.
Loved up living – Through wwoofing we have learned to appreciate the benefits of communal living. Wandering as a couple is great, but it’s refreshing to have other people’s perspective and conversation when you need to get out of each others face. Alternatively, lone wwoofers we’ve met along the way have testified how much they love being ‘solo’, but not really all the time. Sharing positive and negative experiences is part of the human condition, and personally I feel heavily afflicted with the compulsion to communicate the ride. Everything goes better with buddies, even if they’re new ones.
Sharing a space – Living together on a farm means simply sharing resources and wealth distribution. Our current farm has been in the family for four generations and is way too big to manage by the family alone. Working here means we get an insight into living with abundant space and sharing the history of inherited land. Carrying the job load, working more diversely, and mixing up the chores, are all added bonuses of more hands making light work.
Eating diversity – With more mouths to feed there is a bigger opportunity to create extra dishes. Eating together means appreciating a broader range of food and sharing the pleasure of healthy consumption. Cooking solo has never been as fun as whipping up a feast and dining over a rowdy conversation in Spanglish!
Keeping it tight – If you are in between jobs, unsure of a career move or in between study semesters, wwoofing is a way to ponder your next move but with a purpose, and way cheaper than waiting it out at home.
Cultural insight – Meeting other global wanderers, getting into the head space of someone from a different country, and learning trivial facts about far away places is an extra bonus to getting out there. Add to that the advantages of a new language shared; the chance to hear about other peoples struggles and joys in an alternative linguistic world while being an ambassador for your own country. Wwoofing is the perfect opportunity to remind yourself that we are all not that different, and the world is a better place for cultural understanding.
Mixing it up keeps life interesting! Jump on the WWOOF international website and start dreaming.
Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu