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Advice for an Introvert wanting to Travel

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1. Posted by cakemouse (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w

Hello. I am from the UK.
I would love to do something like the work away offers they have on: https://www.workaway.info/
I would like to help out on small farms or nature places especially in countrys such as Norway as I would love to see that kind of nature. It would be fun to get to know other ways of living while helping out around the place.

My big problem is that I am quite a shy/peaceful person and I'm anxious to do something like this in case I am unwelcome for not being "outgoing". I love to talk about all kinds of subjects and am a friendly person but I am shy especially at first.

I am guessing that it is best to email a family and mention my worries but is there any other tips to not be so shy & to throw myself into the experience? I would really appreciate some kind advice.

Thanks :)

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Sep-2016, at 16:40 by cakemouse ]

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 2w

Look up Earthwatch and see if one of their expeditions interests you. This is a charity of sorts where you have a choice of different projects to work on overseas. You will be with other tourists in same hotels, sharing meals, etc. Back a long time ago when I still had a real job I did a three of them. Two to Thailand and one to Indonesia. (For me back then this was also a tax deduction too!)
http://earthwatch.org/expeditions

If you are less outgoing because of shyness I don't think anyone will bother you about it. Were you picked on in school or picked on at work because of shyness or did people just accept you for what you are? The 3 expeditions I was on women outnumbered the men probably 3 to one. Several were teachers, some couples and various ages from early 20's on up to retirees.

Up to you!

3. Posted by Lessie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w

I'm also very shy, but I do not interfere with travel)

4. Posted by michellew5 (Budding Member 20 posts) 2w

There are many people who like introverts and shy people. So they become comfortable with them.
I hope you will find them too. But don't stop travelling due to this.
You will learn and experience in your own way.

5. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 216 posts) 1w

When looking at organizations like Workaway, be aware that it is not always legal for someone entering a country as a tourist to participate. The responsibility for making sure what you want to do is legal, is YOUR responsibility. Businesses (that's what they are) like Workaway, WWOOF, etc. do NOT always make it clear that you cannot legally participate in a given country. They are in the business of selling memberships and aren't always up front about everything.

For example, it is illegal to participate as a tourist in the USA. It is legal in Canada for up to 1 month.

You may also find that your travel insurance will NOT cover you in the event of an accident while participating in one of these 'volunteer' enterprises. The organizations can call it what they will but just like USA immigration, insurance companies tend to call work, work and travel insurance does not cover working and certainly not if working illegally.

6. Posted by Maramar (Budding Member 7 posts) 1w

I think being a shy/introvert shouldn't be a big problem when you travel. I am also shy and I noticed that most of the time it is easier to make friends while travelling - people you meet will be more open-minded and curious about you.

I was using Workaway, WWOOF and helpx.net and had mostly good experiences.

7. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 216 posts) 1w

But you haven't said if you were using them legally or illegally and in what countries Maramar. Having had good experiences doesn't mean anything in terms of suggesting someone else use them if doing so would be illegal for them to do.

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