Hi everyone, well I guess there is already topics similar to this already on the forum somewhere, but I thought I would create my own just to explain my situation, probably similar to a lot of people's doing this for the first time. So, I'm about to finish my work, low paying job that's given me no savings to work with. I'm about to lose my apartment because I'm behind with 4 months rent and I sold most of the decent items I had to pay off my debt. So to sum up, after next month I have nothing here (Scotland U.K.) for me to stick around for.
I'm completely new when it comes to travel, never mind "Hitch Hiking" or roughing it along the way. I need some help and advice on where to go, how to get there and how do I eat on my travels?.. My idea was to bike it, cycle from Scotland to the English Channel and catch a ferry to France, from there I can continue cycling in whatever direction I like leading to any of the bordering countries. I have a simple but good enough tent, sleeping bag and some basic gear I guess a hitch hiker would need. I have 2 forms of government legal ID but no passport. First problem, can I enter any other Euro country being British with photo ID only or would I need a passport?. Second issue I will face is I'm leaving here with less than £200 in my back pocket, this brings the question how do I eat?. My friends tell me I can work as I go, but is there really enough places offering enough work per day for food or money and if so how in the world do you happen to find these places?. Clearly a lot of research needing done in the next 4 weeks.
I'm willing to do just about any job, even if it's knee deep in s*it or scrapping it off the floor for 12 hours as long as it's money or food in my belly at the end of it. I also understand that cycling around Europe is not going to be easy and quick. This is not something I expect to be doing for 3 months, I expect to be doing this for a long time.. I would leave right this second if I could just figure out how to feed my self on the road. Another option that creeps up around this question is Charity places, like "Soup Kitchens" and food banks. These exist all around the world no matter what country you're in, the issue is again, finding them in whatever town you happen to be in. I will be taking no electrics with me since I can't keep them charged up in a tent and I don't have 5 bucks to buy coffee at every coffee shop just to use their electric or WiFi. Is there any websites or forums I can use to find people like me, people just going on the lamb and travelling on foot hitch hiking or otherwise?.. people I can maybe meet up with along the way for assistance and help or to gain experience by learning from them.
A third problem would be the language barrier, I only speak English, so when I make it to France, 1 day Italy and farther, unless I get lucky and run into people I ask help from speak English also, I'm going to have some problems trying to explain my self when I ask for jobs, or a lift and directions, only solution I can think of for this issue is to buy my self a few French Language books and so on as I proceed. Hopefully I can translate enough from the book just to get by all right. Another way would be again find someone from somewhere online to meet up with and let them do the talking.. Unless there happens to be a lot of English speaking food banks around, I doubt it.. A gear list from someone with experience would be nice to, a list of stuff I will need at some point on the journey, or a list of places that allow work for meals or money, and no I don't have any talent like singing or dancing to perform street busking for money or I would be out there dancing my butt off by now. Any help or advice would be awesome. I'm new to this whole thing but I'm on the street in 4 weeks anyway, so I would rather be travelling homeless seeing the world, rather than sitting bitter and mad under a bridge turning to drink or drugs. My high will be meeting new people and seeing new things even if I do break my legs getting there, at least I can say I tried. Thanks everyone and sorry for the slightly long post.. I had a lot more to add here but thought I should stop. If anyone wants to talk about meeting or helping me out feel free to message me.