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1. Posted by HOTROCK22 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Iam a 43 year old male from USA looking to learn the art of vagabonding on a small budget. Iam not a bum, but love to see where I can go and stay with little or no $$ spent. Wondering if anybody has any Ideas or wants to teach me how to backpack around the world...... eric

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 8y

you could come to Zimbabwe with me and help out on some projects if you like!

you could live on less that 2 USD a day by all accounts....

3. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

www.globalfreeloaders.com, www.hospitalityclub,org and www.couchsurfing.com. Them three should get you going!

4. Posted by nickcofphe (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Awesome! That's the only way I travel actually. Love to hear others doing it.

Well, my experience with this has been in the US alone. I've hitchhiked from Eugene, OR to Los Angeles without spending a dime.

As far as traveling within a country, hitchhiking has always worked. Look as clean as possible to help you get rides faster. Be ready to walk a lot. I've met more people than I can count that have train hopped, but haven't myself yet.

If you can remove your doubts (if you have any), eat from dumpsters! Check behind grocery stores. You'd be surprised at the amount of perfectly good food being thrown away. I've scored bananas, onions, garlic, sugar, flour, cauliflower, green red and yellow peppers, and apples. And this is from a few times.

Go to an area where there are lots of people eating. Like a food court. Eat their leftovers. At festivals, this works very well.

Keep your eye out for wild berries, fruit, and veggies. All over the place. I don't feel morally wrong about grabbing an orange from someone's yard either.

For sleeping, bring a good sleeping bag and tarp. Look for places that are away from people, and DRY. Very important on that last part.

Bring along bug repellent for summer weather. My experience has been that at times it's too hot to sleep in my bag, but the mosquitoes eat me alive if I don't. bring it. Remember, you're sleeping in the wild.

You'll find strangers can be oh so kind as to help you out with food, money, anything you need. Hitchhiking works great for this. I don't have to ask, it's just offered. Never been without help.

Keep your spirits up. Most important thing to remember. Keep your faith up. I personally keep it in God, but to each his own. Your attitude will keep you happy when you are low in food or such.

5. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Quoting nickcofphe

If you can remove your doubts (if you have any), eat from dumpsters! Check behind grocery stores. You'd be surprised at the amount of perfectly good food being thrown away. I've scored bananas, onions, garlic, sugar, flour, cauliflower, green red and yellow peppers, and apples. And this is from a few times.

Go to an area where there are lots of people eating. Like a food court. Eat their leftovers. At festivals, this works very well.

Crazy! I would love to see this type of thing in action.
You're right about grocery stores though, so many things get wasted. The supermarket I work at has only just started giving things to charities a few months ago! and yeah I'm talking about things like aerosole cans without a lid or batteries where the packet was slightly open. We also have to throw away a whole dozen of eggs just because one was broken (and no we weren't allowed to mix and match this with other packets of eggs!)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 24, 2008, at 3:39 AM by Erik85 ]