Top Vacations for the Newly Unemployed
Farm Your Way Around the World
Chuck that BlackBerry and learn how to grow the real thing (it’s a dark, juicy, sun-ripened fruit that grows on a vine, for those of you who have forgotten).
Where: Join the nonprofit network Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In exchange for your room and board, usually in a family home, you’ll work part-time on one of 1,200 organic farms around the world. Grow kiwis in New Zealand, for example, while living in what the owners describe as an “idyllic” converted barn by the sea. Your hosts will teach you the basics of self-sufficient farming, organic cooking, and alternative energy—some farms even teach how to make organic wine, bread, and cheese. Bonus: this knowledge will come in handy if the economy gets any worse.
Price: Each country membership fee is around $40. A complete list of countries is available at www.wwoof.org.