In 2019 and early 2020 (remember pre-pandemic life?), I was lucky enough to spend six months travelling in Italy without spending a single dime on accommodation. Sounds impossible, right? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not.

If you’re looking to travel for an extended period of time without spending a fortune on expensive accommodation options, work exchange could be a perfect fit for you.

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What is work exchange?

The basic premise of work exchange is that you work a few hours a day, usually no more than four or five, in exchange for accommodation and food.

A host or host family will…


Dating sites and apps seem to have exploded in popularity over the last 10 years or so. In times gone by, online dating had a certain stigma attached, and users were often thought of as being unable to attract a partner in real life. Using a dating website was a sure-fire way to be mocked by friends and family alike.

But with the launch of the dating app Tinder in 2012, online dating started to become more mainstream, and one estimate now suggests that there are upwards of 15 million singles using online dating in the UK alone.

A figure…


I love cooking.

I love turning a pile of ingredients into something tasty, comforting.

I love tweaking recipes, replacing ingredients I don’t have or don’t like with things I prefer or need to use up.

I also love eating! Sitting down to dinner is one of my favourite parts of every day. Taking a moment to enjoy a meal and fuel your body with something delicious is a real joy.

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But in these weird, virus-riddled times, we’re all staying in a lot more. You’ve probably been eating at home for weeks and might have run out of ideas.

Sometimes, cooking…

Chloe Lay

Freelance writer, copy editor and proofreader.

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