If you think the carrot has mystery, (though not so much that flowers are essentially tarts; prostitutes for the bees), then we have five help exchanges – ranging from stately homes to alternative lifestyles - for green fingered volunteers.
A travel photo of Selimiye, Turkey.
All across the world you will find expat and local animal lovers setting up and running their own centres to care for the area’s street dog population, abused donkeys, abandoned cats, injured birds or distressed wild animals. Big or small, domestic or wild, there are numerous places to help a creature in need and get fed and a bed at the same time.
Sporty and active travellers can save their travel budget for something pretty by swapping their skills and muscle for food, accommodation and equipment hire. The four hosts below each offer the opportunity to get onto lakes, mountain trails or river rapids without having to spend a cent.
Each year during camel mating season randy males are pitted against each other in a tradition that stretches back to the nomadic Turkic tribes that lived on the Mongolian Steppe. Dressed in colourful costumes, the bulls are coaxed into a frothing excitement by the presence of females and encouraged to fight.
A relaxing life beside the sea awaits for travellers prepared to work for it. From Iran to the West Indies here are seven places where volunteers can swap their skills for a room, beach hut or ocean view tent.
Winter in our part of Turkey was once fun because of the bar of the Triton Hotel. We knew we could find friends and life any evening where now there often seems to be none.
With food and culture making up such a large part of Kristin Larson’s blog, she could have picked few better places to write than From the Seven Hills of Istanbul.
It’s time for a new season of interviews where we ask expats just why they live where they do. First up is Dallas Dyson, a writer and animal lover who divides her life between a village in scenic Devon and Altinkum, or Tinky Town as the resort part of Didim is also known to expats and tourist visitors.
EEC-Anglo are offering the chance to talk your way into a seven day holiday on the Turkish Riviera. Their programme appears similar to the arrangements offered by Diverbo in Spain and Germany. Full board accommodation in a three star hotel in Fethiye is provided in exchange for exposing their Turkish students to the English language.