Exams over and want to have a cool travel experience? Broke after your post–exam blowout and don’t see how it’s possible?
Well check out GoCambio. It’s a new fee-free platform network that connects people who want to travel with people who have a spare room and a desire to improve a skill. It launched in March and already has sign-ups in 90 countries so loads of destinations for you to spend your summer holidays!
It allows hosts looking to expand their language or other skills to open up their homes to travelers, and for travelers to get a place to stay and a couple of home cooked meals, all it costs you as a traveler is a couple of hours of your time.
So for two hours of your time speaking your native language, showing someone how to cook, dance or even surf you get FREE accommodation – bye bye skint student and hello worldly traveler!
Here, Sinead Gould tells us how she used her native English skills and in return got a spare room, lived like a local and got a truly unique travel experience with some new-found friends!
“I’m sitting here thinking where do I start? Essentially I went to Spain on my own to live with people I have never met for a week! Some people may think it is crazy living with strangers but it’s not much different to some people’s Saturday nights (yes I said it!). My trip to Zaragoza was one of the most amazing experiences. I truly believe happiness is achieved outside of your comfort zone and GoCambio was a new adventure that I had not experienced and I am so grateful that I did.
“I had no expectations of Zaragoza and so I was in for a nice surprise. It was beautiful… the people, the city and the sunshine. I was blessed and so lucky to have met such amazing people that I can now call my friends. We all need good people in our lives and so the trip was worth it just for that alone. I stayed with Alex a 6ft 6 handsome man and Bimba a stunning nurse from Barcelona.
“They were so welcoming, open and kind hearted. I was given my own key, room and the best part…shown the fully stocked fridge and the sweet drawer! I felt right at home and I was included in everything from Thursday’s €2 tapas nights to the Sunday vintage market with a DJ. I loved the fact I was fully immersed in the culture. If I were to have stayed in a hotel I would have eaten there and used a map to find places to see. With cambioing I was introduced to many new friends, brought to the local bars and was shown the hidden gems in Zaragoza. All of this was done while we spoke English so the two hours I was required to speak English didn’t seem like a chore at all! There was a huge improvement in their conversational English in just one week – they found it more beneficial conversing with an English native than studying from a book!
“I love the Spanish culture and we went to a Latin music bar one night where wait for it…men actually asked women to dance. I can hear the gasp of many English people’s disbelief as our night out usually consists of downing as much drink as possible to avoid paying in the club, “dancing” to Tina Turner followed by a doner kebab. Everyone was so friendly and open minded. What I love about GoCambio is that both parties benefit and most importantly it’s free! I would recommend everyone to give cambioing a go as it is a life experience you won’t regret and with each life experience you grow as a person. With GoCambio after expanding into wider skills since I went on my cambio I am already planning my summer in with GoCambio, the only problem I have is what skill to share! My kick-ass belly dancing, salsa dancing or show someone how to play tennis? The list is endless with GoCambio – sign up here and discover how you can use your skills to gain free accommodation and a unique travel experience!”
So why not immerse yourself in another culture, get a cool and unique travel experience? Join the 3,000 people that have already signed up across 90 countries. What are you waiting for?