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1. Posted by diegomelendezc (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 17 Sep '13 14:04

Hello!

We're 2 friends living in Antwerp, Belgium, trying to achieve ultimate freedom. So we'd like to see as much as we can now we're young. We're 2 students, so we don't have all the cash of the world. We are planning on making a roadtrip for an undetermined time starting from Belgium across Europe, as basic as possible. We're not afraid of camping in the wild and working hard labour anywhere and everywhere. So how we see it is as followed: we want to travel as basic possible, working for food and water and perhaps a roof above our heads or a place to put up our tent. We would like to help people in whatever way we can. In exchange they could provide us with these necessities. We would like to see as much as possible, all the beautiful places in the world. Not just the popular places, but also the forgotten ones. We don't want to be tied down to one place or time. We stay till the urge is there to move on to an other place. So we start here in Belgium and want to travel across Europe from June till November/December and then go to Zell am see and work for someone we know. We would like to know which direction and places we should see in the time before we go to Zell am see. June-November/December we would like to travel North (Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, ...). And then from May we would like to go South (Spain, France, Morocco, Mediterranean area, ...). We think a car would be our best option to cover all these distances. Is there a car you would recommend? What kind of car can handle some miles? A car with some space and can cover most terrains. What are the specifications to look for in a second hand car? Is there something we should look out for, anything we shouldn't buy? Are there any places we should know about that offer these kind of opportunities? Any tips are welcome, since we have little or no experience on these matters.

2. Posted by bucharestG (Budding Member, 7 posts) 17 Sep '13 14:19

Hey, nice ideea you two have. Hope it will work, and you will see the world!

A second hand car has problems when it comes to registrations. For example, my first car, a SEAT Ibiza 1.2 petrol, wich i have since 2005 and has only 85.000 km made (65.000 miles) i can't sell for more that 1500 euros, because the tax for a euro 4 engine in Romania is over 1000 euros, and so, the tax value + 1500 i would get for it, would make the car's real value : 2500 euros.
Check out what's the law and registration taxes in Belgium depending of pollution norms, and figure out the car you need and fits you budget.
If i were you i would opt for a skoda Octavia 1.9 diesel caravan, from 2000-2005 ,with under 150.000 km on board. It should cost less than 4.000 euros ,and would do the job.
IF your budget is tight, try a VW polo/Skoda Fabia or Seat ibiza. Robust cars, nice fuel economy and good prices on them.
If i was you, and not being 30 and married i would to the whole trip in my 1985 Traban Kombi (caravan) ,wich is a great communist car, extremely reliable and slow :) ,but i can fix anything on it in under 2 hours (even changing the whole engine) ,and i could use my enthusiast forum here in Romania to provide me with parts ,wherever i am in Europe.
A trabant in good condition goes for 1000 euros and should make the whole trip without major incidents ,and after that you will still have the weirdest, coolest, little, funny car in Antwerp :)

Try to include Romania in your itinerary ,the country is a underrated place in Europe.

3. Posted by Jersey_Bailey (Budding Member, 10 posts) 18 Oct '13 05:36

Hey nice idea! Just try to follow as you planned, you will have an great experience. Cheers!

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Oct-2013, at 05:38 by Jersey_Bailey ]

4. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member, 72 posts) 7 Nov '13 03:08

If you're interested in working in exchange for food and accommodation, there are some great websites to find potential hosts:
http://www.workaway.info
http://www.helpx.net
http://www.wwoof.net

If you are only 2 people, travelling by car may not be the best option because you are not many to share your expenses, although it gives you a lot of freedom to go to all the places you really want to see and this at a pace determined by yourselves. Consider comparing the costs of transportation by car with other transportation such as trains, buses and low-cost flights to see which option will allow you to spend less money (since you said you don't have a lot of cash to spend).