Sharing economy, a term that has been widely heard in recent years consists of exchanges that are not necessarily financial and are advantageous for both sides involved.
Offering a ride in exchange for some help to pay for gas could be a sharing economy example. Both the passenger and the driver save money on the costs of their trips. Rental bikes are also an example.
Within this new way of exchanging goods and services, collaborative tourism has come to change the idea that traveling is just for a few privileged people. Exchanging a few hours of work a week for accommodation is an easy way to cut the costs of a trip, as well as bringing unique new experiences to a traveler's life.
1. What is collaborative tourism?
Collaborative tourism is the idea of traveling by exchanging skills for accommodation and other advantages.
The concept is simple: you help a Hostel, NGO or Eco-project in several possible tasks and, in return, you get accommodation in the place where you are volunteering. Some hosts offer other benefits such as meals, laundry, bicycles, yoga classes and so on!
2. How do collaborative relationships work?
Collaborative relationships are those that allow people to exchange goods or services without necessarily involving money, while also helping others. This type of relationship is based on empathy and is also related to contributing to the development of others and our evolution as a whole.
In short, collaborative relationships are like teamwork!
Here at Worldpackers, collaborative relationships work as follows: the host - be it a hostel, NGO, eco-project or other kinds of projects - need someone to help with simple tasks, and the traveler needs a place to stay for some time without spending a lot of money. Done! Perfect match! The host found someone to help and the traveler found a free place to stay!
It is important to remember that a collaborative tourism trip has no connection with labor or paid relationships. When it comes to an employment relationship, it is necessary to have a contract, an agreement about wage and working hours, and depending on the country, a specific visa.
In a collaborative relationship, there is no employment contract, the hours are no more than 30 a week and the connection between host and volunteer is one of friendship, not that of boss and employee.
3. Why is Worldpackers more than just a low-cost travel alternative?
Being able to travel without paying for accommodation is definitely an advantage, especially if we consider that lodging is one of the highest costs in a traveler's budget. But the collaborative relationship between travelers and hosts is not just about saving money.
Advantages go beyond since there is also a chance to evolve as a person and broaden your horizons. A work exchange experience can bring you so much more, like a chance to meet people from all over the world, learn or practice a new language, develop new skills, get to know a place for a longer period, live the local culture and make friends.
I hope this article has helped you better understand collaborative relationships, collaborative tourism, and how Worldpackers can help in this new way of benefiting one another, traveling, and evolving.
If you have any questions, let us know in the comments! :)