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Become a farmer for a while

WWOOF – Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – is an adorable acronym for a pretty cool concept: since 1971, farmers have opened their plots up to volunteers in exchange for meals and lodging in exchange for handicraft. Work five to six hours a day, then do your remote work from the comfort of a farm.

At former thrillist Nicole Caldwell’s Better Farm – a 65-acre organic farm, artist colony and animal shelter in the Thousand Islands region of New York – feeding animals (pigs! Alpacas! Chickens!) Gardening and on-off projects like building a barn.

While the setup sounds ideal in cottage-core daydreams, she recommends communicating extensively with your host about duties and expectations. “We have a whole bunch of people who are really, really motivated and love it,” she says, “and people who obviously didn’t realize they had to shovel horse droppings.”

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