Thu, Nov 22, 2012 - Page 12 News List

Traveling on a shoestring

Taiwan’s guesthouses and hostels are now offering working holidays that allow travelers to live rent free in exchange for doing odd jobs. The scheme benefits both parties — though some drawbacks remain

By Nancy Liu  /  Contributing reporter

“You don’t need a talent to apply for a position because we teach you everything. All you need is a willingness to learn,” she said. She added that a few travelers have dropped out half way into the program because it was too rigorous.

To stay at Lin’s hostels for free, backpackers work seven hours a day for a minimum duration of one month. Once they complete their hours, they are free to do what they want — tour scenic spots or interact with locals.

Lin suggested that to get the most out of a work-exchange, backpackers need to have the correct mindset and do their homework before departure.

“Traveling has given me much inspiration in life and the experience should be made available to all,” Lin said.

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