Sauntering Resource: Europe on $0 a Day
Firstly, this page is for those looking to prolong their travel experience, but are on limited funds or want a fun way to meet some friendly locals. Secondly, this place is for entertainment. I find it interesting how people accomplish good living with minimal resources. I've heard of a guy living on $5 a year on a remote tropical island. The money was basically for paper and stamps to send some mail home to his mom.
The first thing you have to realize is that traveling this way is going to take time. The next is that where and when you'll be in a place is not something that can be set in stone. The final step of the process is to give a system a try. You'll also find that you'll find yourself wanting to help other people as you travel low to the ground.
I personally travel above some budget standards; however, by keeping a few of these tips on hand, I feel I have options and make use of them so I can splurge later or get a new experience!
- Walk - Call it hiking if your in the countryside, trekking if you're in a hip mountain range.
- Cycle or canoe - I've met people who've cycled across continents or kayaked all the way across Russia and China!
- Hitch-hike - or use a ride-share/hitch-hiking web site like the ones mentioned here. I've only done this once, and it was with a pretty girl (which helps a lot I'm sure), but I've met so many people that this works for, particularly out in the countryside.
- Vilnius Hitch-hiking Club -
Hitchhikers.org - http://www.hitchhikers.org
There are other networks, but many have membership fees or you must belong to a club or organization. The general rule to using these networks is that you can offer a place for someone else to stay from time to time.
I haven't found an on-line resource on this, but I've run across people eating for free too. Here's how:
- Pick fruit when you see it and fish when you can.
- Find a cafeteria style place that gives packaged meals. Stand by the tray return or trash bin and when someone is finished with their meal and has something nice and hardly touched on their plate, ask, "Can I have that?" and take it off at the same time.
- Work in exchange for food. I've come across a few places that work like this in some fantastic locations where the deal is usally 6 half days work for one weeks food and crash space.
You don't have to buy a guide book some times. Or you may not want to lug a big one around. Take a print out instead.