network. make friends around the world. help someone out and they'll help you out.
Not to be cocky at all here but Ive networked very well, everywhere I go, and I meet the greatest people in the world and these people will always be more than willing to help you out when you are in their neck of the woods.
I started travelling 6 years ago and moved to Whistler, BC for a year. I met so many amazing people from all over the place and helped people out in need. Karma was truly evident when I travelled with an Australian girl to her home in Aus. We lived in Cairns for 3 months and moved to the Gold Coast because things werent working out and we ended up breaking up a week after we arrived there. She moved home right away and I was stuck there twiddling my thumbs. I made a quick visit to the internet cafe, contacted a good friend i'd met in Whistler and was on the next bus down to Byron. Her family let me stay at their house for 2 weeks while I got everything sorted (not to mention comforted me in the rough time I was dealing with).
Friends you meet while travelling tend to be life long friends and im not saying you should mooch off your friends but as long as you help friends out when you can accomodate them, you'll get it back in return. Saving you a lot of cash not to mention having the advantage of their local status which opens up lots of work opportunity.
Networking, in my opinion, is the single most important aspect of travelling. it's also my favorite part!
Couch surfing is a great way to go. As for financial aid bills you can most likely defer your loans for six months to avoid steep payments. That would be my first suggestion.
i don't wanna get you into any trouble and it depends on your avaluation of the risk. but i've been travelling free for a few months now. this includes doing things like couch-surfing, hitch-hiking and then offering something in trade for letting you stay at their house ie: language lessons, learning to play an instrutment, cleaning, cooking, babysitting. etc... also squatting in abandoned houses/factories, working for accommdation in hostels, guesthouses, farmstays, woofing, right now I'm housesitting for a couple i met in the city while they travel around america for a month...
carrying a small tent around with you is good too, camp in a park or even on the side of the road if you have too. and when conversing with locals about crashing at theirs, suggesting to crash on the lawn in the tent doesn't feel so atrusive. its amazing how many brilliant and hospitable characters are out there. many who have done this in the past and who now feel that their karmic balance must be restored.
i'm going to keep going to see how long i can last with this little challenge, i didn't think it could be done but as long as you put yourself out there and really intune yourself with your instincts, it really comes naturally...
That is very courageous, but i think you are putting your self in danger. Doing these kida stuff in unknown place can be dangerous.
but congrats for doing this courageous thing, only few people can do it and you are one of them.
The reality is though that you are far far far more likely to be run over by a car when crossing the road...kust imagine if noone would cross the road just in case..
network. make friends around the world. help someone out and they'll help you out...
...Networking, in my opinion, is the single most important aspect of travelling. it's also my favorite part!
totally agree on this comment... you'll never know unless you ask, your'll never learn unless you listen, you'll never recieve unless you give,
talk people! and talk to people (not just other backpackers!) talk to that guy minding the fresh fruit stand... he might just need someone to help him and his family out in exchange for a place to crash and some language lessons and then after the first nights 'let's party because we just met' tequila shots it becomes apparent that he is a mad guitarist in a spanish flaminco band and they need a bass player for their weekly spot at the local bar...
hey it happens...
When I was travelling, I met up with total strangers and ended up sharing rooms with them, and also spent time hanging out with them...a girl I met in Vietnam gave me her contact address, and when I got to Sydney I stayed on her couch for two weeks. And then a woman I met in Oz sent me to see her friend in New Zealand and he took me out on his boat for a whole day...
Like the hitchhiking fella said, you get a feeling from people...a sort of instinct...
You got to live a little to feel alive!!!
Good info offered throughout here. The few things for me on my travels that have saved me an absolute fortune are my tent (already mentioned by others) and my little cooking kit that takes up so little room.
I will travel to poland to spend 1 month and i will spend lots of money i want to benefit from this and get few work with good money what i ur advice
note :iam college student and this like training 7 hours every day
OP#.... Where are you thinking of travelling to next??