Julia Newman, a 24 year old law student in New York, made headlines with her blog Buns of Steal which documents her quest to acquire free gym workouts for an entire year. Her plan is to “hop” around the five boroughs, taking advantage of every free trial and coupon she can find. When asked how she felt about this concept of exercise on a budget, Lesley Voth, author of Simply Fantastic: Living Better On Less, agreed with Julia on the fact that visiting gyms in your area on a trial basis gives you the advantage when negotiating a good deal. “On the other hand,” she says, “I see no sense in traipsing around the city, or countryside, looking for a free deal at a gym.”
Imagine a summer vacation where you know not a single person, where every convenience that you’re accustomed to is considered by locals as a luxury enjoyed by the wealthy. Imagine vacationing in a place where you barely speak the local language, where you work and sweat more often than play; a summer vacation where the purpose is to learn, give back to the world and feel good about doing so. At first thought, this vacation may not be alluring. Now, imagine that same vacation completely paid for by someone else, adding a little money to your pocket as well. All of a sudden this summer vacation seems a bit more fascinating. For Teresa Coates, this working holiday, or what some call “voluntourism,” is a must-do every year.
“Last year, I took my two kids and spent the summer in Vietnam,” recalls Teresa. “I taught English for 12 weeks and we traveled locally on the weekends. Then we spent nearly three weeks traveling through Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia before coming back to the United States. I earned enough over those 12 weeks to pay for the whole trip.” Teresa has a