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A huge thread of amazing travel opportunities in all fields, for young people! Science, international relations, education, study abroad, and more. The average application age range is 16 to 30.

As a kid, I used to spend hours looking for loose change on my dad’s office floor. I started my first business at 15. At 17 I won my first scholarship graduated high school and went on my first solo trip—two weeks in Iceland. During college, I won $69K in scholarships and studied abroad in Dubai for a year. I’ve been an opportunity junkie and application addict for as long as I can remember.

Now 23, I’m helping my fellow young people take risks and see the world too. I originally shared this thread on Twitter (follow me there for more instant notification of opportunities.

Last Updated: February 18, 2019

The list is in chronological order according to application deadline dates. Be sure to scroll to the very bottoms to see all available opportunities.

Click CTRL+F and search a specific opportunity title or keywords such as “student”, “creative”, or “climate change”.

On your phone? If you’re on iPhone click the share link button, and scroll to the right. You’ll see “Search On Page”. Here’s an article on how to text search while mobile (from iPhone or Android), or just scroll away. Again, they’re listed by application due date.

If you really feel like the opportunity is perfect for you and the deadline is only passed by 1-3 days, you can try to reach out to the organizers and plead your case. Here is an example of what I might say in an email:

Hello [insert organization],

My name is Gabby Beckford and I am a young professional living and working in Washington, D.C. I stumbled across the [insert opportunity] today and I’m deflated that the deadline has passed. I’m reaching out in hopes that an exception can be made for my delayed application. I truly believe I am a perfect candidate for [insert opportunity ] because… [insert incredible explanation as to why you are the perfect candidate and you align perfectly with the opportunity and the organization that is funding it ]. If so, I could send my application over by close of business today.

Thank you so much for your consideration, and for hosting this incredible opportunity.

Best regards,

Gabby Beckford

The worst that they can do is say no, but if they had fewer applicants than expected or you truly are a perfect fit for the opportunity, they may make an exception.

Also, you can look at the organization’s website and see if they have any other similar opportunities with applications that are open.

No matter what, if you are interested in an opportunity that has an expired deadline you should save it on your calendar and remind yourself to apply for it next year!

The simple answer is that this is what I love to do. As a child, I was constantly entering writing competitions, sweepstakes, spelling bees, any sort of competition I could possibly be a part of. During high school, I applied to well over 100 scholarships to fund my college career. After graduation, I applied for well over 100 jobs that interested me.

Doing this, I’ve won monetary prizes, won once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like my study abroad, graduated debt-free, and so much more.

I’ve always felt that if something is available, why not take your chances and apply for it? Because of this, I swear incredible opportunities just present themselves to me on a daily basis!

Check out my TEDx Talk on how I make my own “luck” and attract opportunities.

And check out see all of my posts on opportunities for more tips.

Yes, I do!

My 365Masterlist of travel opps has more than 100 different funded travel opportunities listed, spanning 34 countries and all 7 continents. It’s a database that can be sorted by due date, dollar amount, student/non-students allowed, country, and more. I promise you won’t find a more inclusive, valuable one out there, because I’ve developed it from scratch.

Why yes, yes you can!


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Airbnb: The Bahamas Sabbatical

Eight weeks. Three islands. One life-changing sabbatical.

Age: 18+

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Description: This April, you can live on three of The Bahamas’ family islands and become part of a passionate community in a country made up of more than 700 islands. You’ll spend two months helping expose its unique culture and rich natural resources to a new wave of visitors. Sabbatical runs April 1 to May 31, 2020. Fully-funded.

  • Help Restore Coral Reefs in Andros
  • Support Ethical Fishing in Exuma
  • Promote Traditional Agriculture in Eleuthera

Click here to apply.

Turkish Government Scholarships 2020

Scholarships for Varying Educational Programs in Turkey

Age: N/A

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Description: Türkiye Scholarships is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program, awarded to outstanding students to pursue a full-time or short-term programs at the top universities in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships aims to build a network of future leaders committed to strengthening cooperation among countries and mutual understanding among societies.

Click here to apply.

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Abu Dhabi University Scholarships For International Students 2020

Undergrad/Master’s Scholarship to Study in the UAE

Age: <35

Deadline: February 20, 2020

Description: Abu Dhabi University is offering Scholarships for Undergraduate Bachelors Degree, Postgraduate Masters & Doctoral Degree to Study at Abu Dhabi University. The Duration of the UAE Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree is 4 Years, Master 2 Years & Doctoral Degree 4 Years.

All the International Students, as well as UAE Residents, are Eligible.

Click here to apply.

2020 Global Voices Essay Contest – Latin America

Essay Contest on Communities Challenge, trip to Michigan

Age: 15 to 24

Deadline: February 21, 2020

Description: The 2020 Global Voices essay contest is now open for submission! The contest is open to all citizens of South and Central America and Caribbean nations.

The voices of young people have always been and always will be critical to the evolution of a just society. To provide a platform for their voices, the Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN) hosts an annual regional essay competition. Choosing from several themes, the participants submit a 600-900 word essay about how they are addressing a challenge their communities face.

A panel of Michigan State University (MSU) faculty and staff review the essays and GYAN awards prizes to the top three entries. GYAN also publishes their essays, along with the honorable mention essays within each theme, in a book to publicize these young leaders’ voices to the world.

Click here to apply.

MOSAIC TAIWAN 2020Taiwan MOSAIC 2020 International Fellowship

Fellowship/Cultural Exchange in Taiwan

Age: 20 to 35

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Description: Mosaic Taiwan is a fellowship exchange program for emerging US leaders wishing to gain firsthand experience of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Fellows will take part in team-building and leadership workshops. There will also be visits to businesses and NGOs as well as scenic tours around the island. Travel is June 1 – 12, 2020.

Interest in government affairs, public policy, and politics is a plus. Travel and living arrangements are in Taiwan are covered by the sponsor.

U.S. and Canadian residents eligible.

Click here to apply.

Robbins BrothersTravel Ambassador Proposal Couple

Travel Ambassador Couples Trip Through in Europe

Age: N/A

Deadline: Feb 28, 2020

Description: Robbins Brothers is searching for a pair of travel-loving love birds for an all-expense-paid European getaway in pursuit of the perfect proposal spots in EUROPE! Our Proposal Ambassadors get to travel where they want, when they want, to find their top 20 European spots to share with our followers.

To qualify, couples must be in a serious relationship (seriously dating, engaged, or married), active on social media, willing to contribute content about their experiences, and of course–ready and able to travel abroad.

Click here to apply.

Innovative4Climate Pitch Hub Competition 2020

Fully-Funded SDG Pitch Competition in Barcelona

Age: N/A

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Description: Innovative4Climate Pitch Hub Competition 2020 is an annual Pitch Hub competition for innovators that showcase the ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and a clear value proposition. A competition aiming to engage startups and entrepreneurs and to create a space for innovation at I4C. Highlight climate-smart solutions with the potential for a transformative impact in reducing emissions and/or increasing resilience to climate change.

Solutions can be goods, services (e.g. financial instruments, risk management mechanisms), technological solutions, or innovative business models that can be applied in one of the urban focus areas defined above.

Click here to apply.


Arthur F. Burns Fellowship

Media Professional Exchange Program

Age: 21 to 40

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Description: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks applications for the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, an exchange program that gives media professionals from the United States, Canada and Germany an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries. The purpose of the program is to increase public understanding of the two countries through mass media. Successful applicants will report for their home and host news organizations from across the Atlantic. The next fellowship will run from July 27 to Sept. 30.

Applicants must be print, online or broadcast journalists between 21 and 40 years old. German language proficiency is not required, but it is encouraged. Selected fellows not fluent in German will spend the first two weeks of the fellowship in intensive German language classes.

Each fellow will receive a US$4,000 living stipend and an additional US$1,200 for airfare. The program also covers lodging in Washington for a joint one-week group orientation session in July.

Click here to apply.

MCW Young Leaders Conference in Peru 2020

3-Day Young Leadership Conference in Peru for South Americans

Age: 18 to 26

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Description: The Young Leaders Conference is a three-day intensive program. Its premise is supporting young people to tackle regional-specific issues. This is an opportunity for regional participants to receive an introduction to leadership capacity building and networking. These tools will support participants in developing social projects to address local community issues.

Community project must address one of the following topic areas: Gender Equality or mental health

Click here to apply.

Cannes LionsCannes Young Lions Comms Competition

2-Week Writing Workshop in the Carribean

Age: <30 years old

Deadline: March 9, 2020

Description: This is where the next generation of creative stars go head-to-head. If you’re under 30 the Young Lions competitions are one of the best places at the festival to celebrate your creativity on a global stage. Taking place live in Cannes, there are competitions to suit people from every corner of the communications industry. 

We are running 6 competitions – Design, Digital, Film, Marketers, Media and Print. The competitions are free of charge and teams work on the briefs remotely. Together with our partners we will be flying 12 young people (compromising of 6 teams of 2) to Cannes to compete in the global Young Lions competitions.

Click here to apply.

World NomadsWorld Nomads Caribbean Travel Writing Scholarship

2-Week Writing Workshop in the Caribbean

Age: 18 to 26

Deadline: March 11, 2020

Description: We’re sending three aspiring travel writers to explore beyond the sandy shores and crystal waters of the Caribbean. On the 14-day trip you’ll attend a workshop with NY Times contributor Tim Neville then put what you’ve learned into practice and tackle real-life travel writing assignments.

All nationalities welcome. Travel is between September 14 – September 27, 2020.

Click here to apply.

Sustainable Energy for All Forum African Youth Press Trip

Sustainable Energy Journalism Opp in Kigali, Rwanda

Age: N/A

Deadline: March 18, 2020

Description: Together with Hivos, Climate Tracker will be training and sending 6 amazing African journalists to cover the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Rwanda, this May (26th-28th). For journalists, this will be a career-defining opportunity to meet, learn from and interview the world’s top entrepreneurs, community leaders, city leaders, policymakers, financiers and investors in the energy space.

Click here to apply.

Government of RomaniaRomanian Government Study Abroad Scholarship

Undergrad/Master’s Scholarship to Study in Romania

Age: <35

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Description: This year the Romania Government will offer 85 scholarships in Romania to undergraduate and post-graduate students. The scholarships are awarded for 3 study cycles. The duration of the undergraduate scholarship is 3-6 years, for master’s scholarship is 1.5 to 2 years and for the doctoral scholarship is 3-4 years. The scholarships are offered to foreign citizens from countries that are not members of the European Union, for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Click here to apply.

SafaraFace of Safara – Travel Brand Position

1-Year Travel Adventure as Face of Travel Start-Up

Age: 18+

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Description: We’re on the hunt for someone to be the face of Safara. Someone with a massive sense of adventure, a big personality, and insane content skills. Someone who is ready to seek out the best places to stay, share the journey, and get paid superbly. You’re a passionate or aspiring traveler with a superstar personality and the chops to be a masterful content creator. You’re as captivating in front of the camera as you are skilled behind it. You might be a photographer, videographer, digital creative, or a writer. Maybe you’re just next-level with an iPhone, Instagram filters, and killer captions.

1-Year contract of full-time travel. Annual Salary: $150,000 Estimated travel value: $350,000 Post on social media to apply. Click link to find out more.

Click here to apply.

TInggly BloggerTinggly Blogger Accommodation

Free Stay for Bloggers/Creatives in Lithuania

Age: N/A

Deadline: N/A

Description: It’s a space where bloggers can stay while visiting our beautiful country, Lithuania. The loft is FREE of charge, but that’s not all. We make sure that people have the best time while staying here – someone from our team is showing around, we provide the opportunity to do some cool experiences and so much more.

Please note, that you are more than welcome to take your partner/colleague/friend along with you.

Click here to apply.

Didn’t find any that you qualify for? Want even more opps? Want to be able to sort them by things like due date, age limits, or citizenship requirements?

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Share this with your friends and family so our young generation can take advantage of these opportunities. Please comment if you have any more we should know of.

And don’t forget to join the Young Travel Network Facebook group, a community for young people with aspirations to see the world. Also, follow me on Instagram for more opportunities and tips for young travel.

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7 thoughts on “Packs Light Travel Opps Listing: Seek Risk, Seize Opportunity, See the World! (Last Updated: Feb 2020)

  1. Manreet

    Through this amazing blog, I’ve won a FREE trip to Egypt last year! In addition to that, I’ve recently won a seat to the Global Peace Summit in MALAYSIA! I can’t thank you enough for putting together this list with such great (and legit) opportunities for young people everywhere. I’ve gotten the chance to interview for programs in Russia, Italy, and Ireland based on this amazing list of opportunities as well! This blog has been a gamechanger for me and something that I’ve been screaming from the rooftops to all of my friends and family about!

    Thank you so so so much for all of the time and energy you put into not only this list, but the rest of your content as well. The ‘abundance mindset’ is truly contagious when following Gabby’s blog and social media accounts! Thank you again and cheers to more FREE travel opps for everyone!

  2. Ope

    Hey Gabby, I won the Airbnb 100 cooks scholarship to Italy ($6,000 fully-funded experience to develop culinary and entrepreneurial skills) that you posted!!! Thanks for finding all these resources Gabby! Looking forward to Italy for free this summer

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