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11. Posted by nate_k (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

I don't know if its this way in Europe, but when traveling to the States for any length of time its not uncommon to be asked for proof of having enough money to travel for said period before being allowed in.

12. Posted by annkaddley (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

"That's really scrapping the bottom of the bucket, being a freeloading traveller taking food out of the mouths of the truly destitute."

I was not meaning to imply that he should live off soup kitchens and donations the meant for those with no other options.
However the communities that support the down and out, churches, shelters etc can often point you in the direction of free/cheap eats and casual/seasonal work. They tend to know the difference between freeloaders and people who just need a bit of a hand and are generally willing to help those who are working to help them selves.

I don't think we should ever take advantage of those less fortunate, however I also do not believe travel is just for wealthy holiday makers. Travel is an opportunity that should be available to people of all backgrounds. In fact historically those at the lower end of the economic spectrum are the ones that traveled most in order to find work.

I travel constantly for work. Occasional that means spending the last of my money on a bus ticket in order to get to a job that wont pay out for another fortnight. Yes this is more of a seat of your pants travel style than most people are comfortable with, however even when things are tight I try to be a grateful and contributing traveler. Not everything you contribute to the people you meet during your travels has to be financially based. I share my skills and time with those who support me. For me travel is a lifestyle choice, everywhere I go I meet amazing people and learn and share new things. Everybody needs to conduct themselves according to their own moral standards but I for one am always happy to help out a fellow traveler fallen on hard times.

(You might also want to try busking or selling art/crafts at the road side to help make ends meet. Just keep in mind different city's have different regulations regarding this)

13. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 2y

You can dress it up any way you wish but in my opinion a traveller/backpacker shouldn't ever be mooching off Churches and Shelters for free meals.

Cheers,
Terry

14. Posted by avneet (Budding Member 24 posts) 2y

.....slightly long post


I had a lot more to add here but thought I should stop.


Well it sounds really very adventurous but I wish you had some more money and you need to do a lot of research first and then go for it.All I want to say is it would be better if you look out for better work and place to live,for few time sit back and save some money and then go for such a unusual hitch hiking.All the best:)

15. Posted by DaNuck (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

If you can get this book, it is a true story of a UK young man that hitchhiked from the UK to India.
It is a good book and a real adventure..

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6741582-hand-to-mouth-to-india

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17. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 155 posts) 2y

When I first read this post I thought it must be a wind up, IS IT APRIL THE 1ST,

I can assure you that hitch hiking in Europe with little to no money is very foolish.

You will be viewed as a vagrant and picked up my the police.

People travel who have saved for years to do what you want to do.

GET YOURSELF A JOB LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AS TO DO TO TRAVEL.

18. Posted by ParrotfishJ (Budding Member 11 posts) 2y

Do helpex .net .

I just did program in Japan and haven`t spend any money for 3 weeks . Amazing . See the site . And you can see more infor on my blog : -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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