Long term traveling can be exhausting; for your physical state, your wallet and savings on bank account. Although you try to avoid very touristy places and you cook your own meals and sleep at the beach, you might face traveling economic crisis. Maybe you have been lucky enough to meet cool couchsurfers and spend some night free of charge partying and getting into new culture, having great time BUT sometimes you run out of money 🙂 Long term traveling means slow traveling and slow traveling means you can stay at some place longer than expected and exchange your knowledge for service you need- mainly for accommodation or food.
There are plenty of sites offering exchange accommodation for work (like workaway.info) or you can become a WWOOFER, dedicate your time working on organic farms and learn awesome stuff. You´ve got also option to start up your inner motor and show initiative- search on your own for hostels or organizations that might need your help. I found small cozy hostel in Taganga (Colombia) where I stayed for 2 weeks doing interior wall paintings. Great experience, great funny people and amazing Caribbean sunsets!