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1. Posted by eits (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Hello everyone, lately I've been thinking of that rule in life, "Do this while you still can. One day, your not going to be able to do this". After much thought on that rule, I couldn't agree more. Sure you can tell yourself "India is not going anywhere" or "Money is renewable". But seriously, it's hard enough to make these crazy plans now, living with my parents and keeping almost all the money I make, but imagine with a career and wife and kids?
This thought has driven me to go wing it across the globe with the money in my pocket. Please be warned that some of these ideas are crazy crazy. I am a person with really no commitments at the moment. Please tell me if these things just don't work, plain and simple. This is what I want to do:
Leave with the money in my account (2k), stock my 86' Toyota with a pillow, blanket, and a cooler of food, drive from Los Angeles to New York, sell my car in NY for about $600, then try to find the cheapest ships or planes going ANYWHERE, hopefully start out in Europe, then Africa, Asia. Even if I have to hold up a sign "Where are you going?". I am a very humble guy that doesn't need much, not afraid of much, can sleep in an airport a few nights, can work any job, and eat less for a year. I realize I will be a bum a lot of days, but even the hardest days will make me who I am.
Has anyone ever done anything close to this? Or has thought about it, or understand what I mean? Tell me about the stories of your world trip, and what you did, and how hard it was.
I just figure as bad as things can get, just don't die.
Thanks,
Rob

2. Posted by Numoss (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

Can I join you?

I've been thinking about doing the exact same thing (albeit I'm planning to do it for as long as I am able to), however two things have stopped me:

1: Money... urgh such a horrible thing, money stops us doing what all of us would like to do.
2: Companionship, I'd like to do this but I'm worried about doing it on my own, so I'd like to do this with someone else.

Perhaps us joining together is needed for the push we both need eh?

Now, the reason I'm asking you for this odd hook-up for something quite monumentous, is because I don't have any commitments either but everyone else I know does. They're all interested in careers, which I personally find hard to swallow... careers in my head look like a prison cell, stuck doing the same thing day after day and I really couldn't do that.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 15, 2007, at 4:44 PM by Numoss ]

3. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi eits!

Actually I don't think you're sounding too crazy ;).

The getting around part, especially when it comes to crossing oceans, will probably be kind of challenging or time consuming, but hey, afterwards that's hopefully one of the really good parts of the story.

In Europe you could buy a cheap car again or hitchhike, cost of living is comparable to the states.

Get a tent. Time your travel according to seasons. Camping's better fun in the summer.

Catch a ferry to Africa. Can't tell you anything helpful about that part, besides that there are ferries from Kenya to India.

Or travel overland from Europe to Asia. Living in Asia really is cheap, no problem to live quite comfortable for 50 $ US a month in India when sleeping on the beach for example. Okay ,'quite comfy' is open to discussion, but I'm fine as long as I'm not hungry ! In India you'll still get a meal for under a dollar.

I lived in various parts of Asia for quite a while and the one thing I definitely learned is that most of us are quite spoiled and could do with some downsizing of our need for luxuries such as water from a tap, electricity and so on

Take care and have fun,

Flynn

4. Posted by Numoss (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

No reply yet... I wonder if I scared him off? ;)

5. Posted by eits (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Hey guys,
sorry I've been preoccupied. See what I mean!! Ha.
Anyways, I agree with you all, I mean, the worst that could happen is I run out of money, and I have to come home anyway I can. It will always be an experience worth it, as hard as it may be.
And Numoss, I'll see when I'm leaving and what my plans are. See where I go.
As the days go on, I am stepping closer and closer to doing this, and it seams no matter what I do to step away, I can't. I think there is a destiny manifesting itself in the air right now. It's just a feeling. I'm just wondering if it is not just risky, but insane doing this with only about $2k.
R

6. Posted by Numoss (Inactive 4 posts) 9y

Quoting eits

Hey guys,
sorry I've been preoccupied. See what I mean!! Ha.
Anyways, I agree with you all, I mean, the worst that could happen is I run out of money, and I have to come home anyway I can. It will always be an experience worth it, as hard as it may be.
And Numoss, I'll see when I'm leaving and what my plans are. See where I go.
As the days go on, I am stepping closer and closer to doing this, and it seams no matter what I do to step away, I can't. I think there is a destiny manifesting itself in the air right now. It's just a feeling. I'm just wondering if it is not just risky, but insane doing this with only about $2k.
R

The way I see it, is that you can either stay at home, build a career so you can get a better pension and then spend the rest of your life wishing you had travelled the world.
Or you can actually do it, and see where it takes you. The best thing about this, I believe, is that it'll be the best time in your life: Travelling the world, leaving your fate unto the hands of everyone you meet in your travels and your only plan is putting one foot in front of the other... this would be something I'd love to do until I'm too old and bitter to travel anymore :D

7. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

travel it will help you be more content in the future , well thats what i believe as from the places ive travelled i feel far more relaxed now and content although i love travelling and have saved and spent a fortune for the privelage , know i feel ready to move forward and focus a bit more on enjoying life from the location and point i am at .

8. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

i'm doing something like that in a year's time, but i'll have a bit more money for it. i'll do it as long as i can, and see how it works out. though i also wonder if it's possible with 2k....to that specific question, i can contribute the only piece of knowledge i have: my friend went to england for a month. he spent 2k, minus airfare there, and he lived a bit on edge to spend less. and this is canadian $. but that aside, you could do anything you put your mind to. i may be ridiculous in saying so in the case of money, but i'm still sticking to that. hope it all works out for you!