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Trade Work for Room and Board at Finca Tatin

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FINCA TATIN, jungle, Guatemala- At a cost of 0 dollars and 0 cents a day, my family now lives in a jungle paradise in the east of Guatemala. Chaya and I trade work for three solid meals a day and a good bed to sleep in. We now live very well in a truly beautiful place for an exchange that does not include money. Our travel funds now sit dormant, as my belly is full and my mind and hands comfortably occupied.

A month and a half ago I traveled to the Finca Tatin off of the Rio Dulce in eastern Guatemala. We were invited to return at the end of May to work. My wife, Chaya, and I accepted the offer.

After a $15 bus ride from San Salvador, we have returned. We have been at the Finca Tatin for around 5 or 6 days, we were taught the ropes, we now earn our keep by trading work for food and a place to call home in the jungle.

Photos of Finca Tatin, new home of Vagabond Journey



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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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