Innovative Slow Tourism

I am writing this post on a re-configured iPad mini.

Some time ago, Tamara upgraded her iPad and I sort of took de-facto possession of it.

It sat (rather sadly, and with a run down battery) in my office, looking, well, just run-down.

Since falling in love with the OnePlus series of phones about 5 years ago, I have used just those to create most of my content, from images and videos to podcasts. The OnePlus are versatile and powerful devices. I really recommend them.

My blog design and more complex video tasks are completed using my iMac.

So, this morning I decided that I should wean myself off writing using a phone, to something more suitable but still portable.

Voila!

The iPad mini has been recharged, all unnecessary apps deleted. We’re good to go!

This past Friday, I recorded a short interview for a future podcast, with Elizabeth O’Neill, an Australian lady, who with her husband Gerard, are currently visiting the Western Balkans.

She told me that they “Work Away”.

They get themselves to their chosen destination country, and then work for a maximum of 20 hours a week in return for accommodation and food.

I was intrigued as to how they found where work was offered, and what they might be required to do. After all Elizabeth and her husband were “early retirees”, (her words), so heavy manual labouring might be a bit too much?

They use a website, work away, where they can find opportunities that might suit them, and where their questions are answered.

Check out Work Away   HERE

Check out Work Away HERE

From listening to Elizabeth, it made me think that this form of travelling fitted under the banner of “Slow Tourism”, as they were immersing themselves into the culture and environment wherever they stayed, experiencing things they would otherwise not have the opportunity to.

To find out more about how Elizabeth experiences both “work” and “play” on her travels with her husband, check out her blog posts from Corfu and Croatia HERE.

Elizabeth O'Neill

After the interview I thought of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and if there were any “work aways” on offer.

Work Away

I checked the Work Away site and was very pleasantly surprised to see there are.

You can check the BiH opportunities HERE.

Although, personally I wouldn’t want to “Work Away”, I would be really interested about your thoughts.

Have you, would you, consider “Working Away” as a way of seeing other places, experiencing other cultures?