Tips on how to travel around the world without money
How to travel for free? Is it really possible to travel without money? Yes it is. And we’ll show you how now.
There are travelers that go beyond the low cost and seek to travel the world for free. I traveled without any money for Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, for 8 months, and today I want to teach you how I did it.
Why travel without money?
You can choose to travel without money for various reasons. Usually because you do not have money for long trips, but also for detachment, protest, learning (as I mentioned here), because you do not want to spend on the trip, and many other personal reasons that every backpacker and backpacker have.
Traveling without money these days, with the help of the internet, is much easier and does not come to represent such a spectacular feat. Basically you travel by making a kind of barter, exchanging work for food and lodging when you need it, or for anything else you deem necessary.
In addition, it depends on solidarity several times, and is greatly aided by unknown people – I learned that good people exist and are majority in the world
Real Needs When Traveling Without Money
It is important to understand that usually for travel without money you basically need only two things: place to sleep and food. Anything besides represents a luxury that you may have but you do not need to actually have. You’ll probably laugh when you hear someone say you “need” a new iPhone after traveling a few months without money (I mentioned it here).
Your trip without money will encompass three major concerns: how to get around traveling with no money, how to stay without money and how to get food without money. See each of these points below.
- How to move without money
- How to stay without money
- How to get food without money
- What to know before traveling without money
- What if nothing works out?
- Other people who went to live or travel without money
- My advice for your trip without money
1. How to travel without money: Movement
You can choose to travel with more freedom. For this, there is the option of cycling, for example, on a cycle route, traveling free of charge without depending on anyone.
But if, like me, you go with nothing, your free travel will almost always be a ride. To travel by car you can:
Getting Ridges on Roads – Roads and gas stations are the most common way to travel without money.
Taking combined rides – You can go combining rides on hitchhikers and groups on Facebook.
Learn all the hitchhiking tips
Hitchhiking on boats – There are also several ways to get hitchhiking on sailboats, as I explained on how to ride a boat on boats and sailboats around the world.
2. How to travel without money: hosting
To stay without money there are several possibilities, as we will see ahead.
Free hosting sites
CouchSurfing – is the world’s largest cultural exchange and solidarity exchange site, with more than 1 million members spread across more than 180 countries. The site is a social network for travelers (like Facebook), where people get to know each other, exchange information about places and travel, and host travelers for free. Registration is free and communication between people is also free. If you wish, the person can request verification of your address, to pass more credibility on your profile, this certification is not mandatory and costs a one-time fee of about $ 15.00. There are many users in Brazil and South America. Learn all the tips to get CouchSurfing anywhere in the world.
Hospitality Club International & Hospitality Club in Portuguese – is the second largest hospitality service in the world. The site brings together hosts and guests, travelers and locals, promoting cultural exchange and free hotel exchanges between travelers. Registration is free and has several languages.
► Work exchange sites by hosting (and often feeding)
Sites for finding jobs that offer food and lodging help a lot to travel without money.
Workaway – usually involving ecological, social and voluntary initiatives. Registration is free, but you need to pay a biannual fee to be able to send messages to the hosts. There are several registers in Brazilian cities;
Help X – another work-exchange site for Workaway-like hosting and food, with similar causes and initiatives. Registration is free and use is for a fee. It is a more suitable site for people traveling abroad, as it is still underdeveloped in Brazil;
WWOOF International & WWOOF Brazil – site of exchange of lodging and food for work in organic farms all over the world. Usually work related to the experiences with agriculture, land, ecovillages, permaculture and bioconstruction. The registration costs US $ 38.00 and is valid for one year. This site is growing in Brazil and South America, but is still widely used only in Europe. Its negative point is to require a registration for each country;
Worldpackers – similar to the Workaway, but is aimed at hostels and inns. Charges an account activation fee to contact the hosts. There are several registers in all the world.
Any Work Any Where – site that exchanges work for lodging and food, and, in some cases, also remunerates. Still little diffused in Brazil.
House sitting – a place where people apply to take care of the homes of people who go out to travel. Travelers take care of the houses and in return stay and feed themselves – in some cases, being paid for the service. On most House sitting sites there is a registration fee and the mode is more developed in Europe and the United States. Some related sites:
House sitting Worldwide
Luxury house sitting
Trusted house sitters
Mind my house
Working harvesting fruits – some sites link businesses and travelers, who want to work harvesting fruits on farms, to finance their travels. Some of them are:
Options still not widely disseminated in Brazil and South America, being more used in Europe and North America.
The culture of the members of these sites is always very legal, with people open to meet new customs, and always based on trust and respect.
► Other accommodation possibilities for traveling without money
Social networking groups – groups of travelers on social networks can help you travel without money and get a free hosting. On Facebook, for example, there are the following groups that you can try:
Backpackers (Group Closed)
Company to travel
Backpackers in Europe
And the different groups of Couchsurfing that usually have in each State and Region, in addition to the main ones, CouchSurfing-CsF and CouchSurfing Brazil – Backpackers (CSB).
Ecovillages Ecovillages are great options to get free lodging and food when traveling without money. Many of them accept barter for a few hours of work, and you can contribute to noble causes, linked to society and the environment, usually by learning permaculture and bioarchitecture techniques. See here the Map EcoAldeas AbyaYala of ecovillages in Brazil and South America.
Religious centers – churches and religious communities are (or should be) always open to any people, following the principle of “doing good without looking at whom”, and this can help you when you need to eat and stay without money. I spent a week at a Hare Krishna farm in Paraty / RJ, Goura Vrindavana, where I exchanged help and work for lodging and food.
Own channels – you can use your own channels, skills to work on the road, and creativity to get lodging and food without money. In my case, sometimes, I’ve already made room for lodging and food, through people who follow the Traveling Instinct Fanpage on Facebook, or offering reviews that I make for the Traveling Instinct site in exchange for courtesy accommodations.
Personally – go the old fashioned way, personally telling your story and project, offering help in exchange for food and lodging, or whatever you need. This usually works in restaurants or lodges (inns, camping, hostel, etc).
Wild camping – if all the above possibilities do not give you a free lodging, it is worth camping in the most deserted areas or at the bottom of the safest places in cities such as gas stations, police stations and Federal police stations. Check beforehand about the area and try to talk (if you need permission) with local residents before camping.
Sleeping or staying overnight in safe places – city locations such as airports, bus terminals, and 24-hour gas stations usually have toilets and water available, and it is possible to stay overnight, even without camping.
3. How to travel without money: food
The first thing you need to understand is: you will not starve! Do not worry. You may not even eat when you want or whatever you want, but eat you will.
Accept offers – usually, the person who hosts a cashless traveler ends up offering food. Just accept them, after all you need and the offer is from the heart. I do not usually ask (my personal way), so when you do not offer me childbirth for the following options.
Discarded food – fruits, vegetables and vegetables that will go into the trash in sacolões, hortifrutis, fairs and markets. The key is to go early in the morning, at most at 7 o’clock, and ask if you can pick up fruits, vegetables and vegetables that will go into the trash. Some places do not allow you to pick up, so these use excuses as you are picking up your birdcage. It’s unbelievably scary, but that tends to be more accurate than saying it’s for self-consumption.
Ask for food – I only did it once, but I know travelers who have done it a few times. Explain about your trip with no money and ask for kettles in restaurants. It usually works best when you leave at lunchtime after 3 pm, but nothing prevents you from trying before.
Ask to work for food – you can also offer any jobs in places in exchange for food.
In my case, people offer me food when they host me or even on the streets when they know me. When this does not happen, I usually go in the discards of sacolões, hortifruti and markets.
4. How to travel without money: what to know before you go
The romantic side of traveling without money
A world of free things – you’ll realize the amount of good and wonderful things the world offers for free, such as parks, biking, walking, hiking, beaches, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, dating, and a host of other things that vary From city to city.
Hundreds of people along the way – you will inevitably meet hundreds of people, either because you need to talk a lot to get to the places, since you do not have the money; Either because people will find your story curious and will stop to listen to you. Your trip is only possible on behalf of people, remember that.
Traveling without money teaches many things – from humility to the perception of what is really needed, and the simple things of life that make you happy, traveling without money teaches a lot. See the list of things I’ve learned when traveling without money.
Unpredictability – things will always be unpredictable. You do not know where you will sleep exactly and where, how and what you will eat. Your answers will always have the word “probably” to define your “certainties” when answering about something future. This is fun, believe me.
Less stress, less responsibility – You do not have more work, so you do not have, or are too small, your stress and responsibility. I often say that, traveling without money, my stress and responsibility are only, to keep me safe and to get a place to sleep, and one to eat.
Not having a fixed job – you will no longer have a fixed job and therefore will no longer have boss, accounts payable, hours and all labor ties. Welcome to the light life!
Like a simple life – if you like and if you allow yourself, you can often have fruit breakfast under the waterfall or have lunch next to a postcard; Sleeping watching the starry sky or listening to the noise of the sea; And so on …
Abundant happiness – if you adapt and enjoy the new life make sure that you will be very happy, a true and abundant happiness. Enjoy your free time to contribute to human, social and environmental causes and ecological, your happiness will be even more true and multiplied. Do not just have happiness, give happiness to other brothers. Multiply!
The less romantic side of traveling without money
Do not choose work – sometimes you do not have to work, others will have a job, and more, a heavy duty, handle it. You will be exposed to many kinds of tasks you never did or imagined doing. But that’s also a matter of choice, remember that.
Controlling desires – you’ll probably be able to control your desires and review your real life needs. If you do not get used to the routine of not wanting anything (or at least not having access to any wishes you have when you want) you will give up traveling without money. To travel without money is to pass in front of the ice cream shop in a sun of 40 degrees, to see someone sucking a popsicle and not being able to buy. It means eating Nutella one day and sleeping bread on another. Understand this, learn to live, or give up the trip totally without money. Traveling without money means eating ordinary and generally more nutritious things because they are cheaper (fruits, vegetables, greens) and have soft drinks and rarely alcohol. Traveling without money usually means having things when everything conspires in your favor and not necessarily when you want. Dance with the Universe or get off the wheel.
Suffering discriminatory looks – you will sometimes suffer from repulsive or discriminatory looks, be called a hobo or feel a similar insinuation. You will also hear boring advice and sermons about the life you have led and the future. Yes, this is boring and will happen. What to do? Listen and ignore if you do not agree with what you are listening to. That simple.
5. What if nothing works out?
Hardly everything goes wrong, for something always conspires in favor. Anyway, if nothing succeeds, the cards up the sleeve are:
If you having EVERYTHING wrong – seek help in religious institutions, social projects, NGOs, police authorities (police, firemen), public hospitals, public schools, prefectures, etc. Do not be ashamed or afraid.
Knowing the time to stop – the road (or rather, life) functions like a casino player. You need to know when you can not go any farther, no matter how much you have promised or spoken to the four corners of the world and to all friends. You need to know when to quit. Remember that the trip is yours, that you are backpacking because you want and under the conditions you want, nobody forced you to anything, nor imposed rules and labels. If something does not please you or is not flowing like you thought it would or would like, just hit stop. It is no shame to change the cards on the table. It’s no shame to go back. It’s no shame to go home. All are your possibilities with yourself. You are in control. Know how far you can, and especially want to go. The criticisms will exist, but they will usually come from people who have never gone as far as you.
6. My advice for your trip without money
Traveling without money is not tourism – First, understand that traveling without money is very different from sightseeing. You will be able to move, sleep, eat, live without money, have many stories and be happy. But carrying out activities is not always easy. For example, I traveled through Brazil and Uruguay very well because the attractions were nature and in these countries, they are generally free, such as parks, beaches and waterfalls. However, when I went through the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, after I started using money, I saw that I could not do half the things I did (traveling with little money), if I had nothing, as before.
Shyness – your shyness or shame will not help you at all when traveling without money. Talk to as many people as you can, which can bring you unique friends and experiences, as well as food and lodging in some cases. When you have nowhere to sleep or what to eat go against the odds, look for places and talk to people.
Contagie – put your best smile on your face and go out into the world. Smile, sympathy, simplicity, full happiness, humility, are powerful weapons to infect anyone and make you travel without money. Use them!
Minimize the risks – try to have at least one place to sleep before arriving in the cities. Make early contacts over the internet and team up with people through the sites I’ve listed. Traveling without money need not necessarily be hardship daily.
Use your talents – make use of your talents and skills to make it easier to travel without money. Do you know how to dance, sing, paint, cook, juggle, make crafts or anything else? Use this to your advantage. You can exchange various skills for what you need. During my trip without money I have painted, helped in works, photographed, wrote, evaluated hostels, and several other things in exchange for what I needed. Do this, be creative and ease your journey with no money.
Camping Tent – Take a camping tent on the trip, this will give you more options of where to sleep. Traveling without money and without a tent may be unfeasible.
Lightness – have lightness when traveling without money. Forget the money and enjoy the lightness of a pure life and full happiness without it. Live and enjoy “being” over “having”.
Do not make rules – remember that traveling without money may be a necessity, but it is also an option and there is nothing wrong with giving up traveling without money over the trip if it is not working or giving you joy. The trip should be above all a search for learning and happiness and if this is not happening, review where you can change to improve. Be a metamorphoses and not a person bound by rules.
Do not feel incapable – I do not know how to cook, do handicrafts, juggle, weed, build, I do not know how to create anything more, I have no experience with cleanings and tidying up, I do not speak other languages, and yet it did not stop me from traveling without Money – I helped a lot of people on various things along the way. You may not make it perfect, but you can give your best and with good will.
Cold in the belly – Fear and cold in the belly are normal when you go out to travel without money, but they last at most the first week. Then things flow, they work, you get used to it, you learn to deal with situations and you create the know-how of life on the road with no money. From there you will already be inserted in the new context, in your new lifestyle and will live and enjoy the life you have chosen.
Enjoy every moment of traveling without money, the good and the bad, after all this journey will be unforgettable for you and the people who live with you on the way.
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