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21 year old, looking to travel the world without money

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1. Posted by Josh1992 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Hey, evening.

Names Josh, I'm 21. Living in London at the minute. Just dropped out of university, lost motivation, ambition bla bla bla.

Anyway, I really want to travel the world without using money to see whether kindness is viable in strangers. Also I've been watching a YouTube series 'thumbs ups' in which two guys travel across America. Without the use of money. And it seems bizarre, yet possible.

I've seen a post on this forum about documenting something like this but I do not own any sort of gadgets to film. But yeah, if you're interested, hit me up!


2. Posted by Josh1992 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Btw, I am new to this site/forum so if I need to include my email for you guys to contact me or whatev then let me know.


3. Posted by noincue (Budding Member 32 posts) 3y

I think you'll find that you really do need some backup funds, even if your intention is to trade work for food/board etc.

Have a read of "the lonely people", an autobiography on the people who started Lonely Planet for some ideas on how to get by. If you check out 'the big trip' it also goes through ways to get by on little/no funds in different countries, which may give you some ideas.

Good luck!

4. Posted by KellieBarnes (Travel Guru 813 posts) 3y

Hi Josh,

The first thing I would do is research ways to hitch a ride from the UK. I'm presuming hitching a lift is the MO the guys in America are using, which is fine if your travel is confined to one land mass. You might need to volunteer as crew on a sailboat or something, and even then there could be some costs involved.

In any case, good luck! Can't wait to read about the adventure. :)

5. Posted by HectorHenderson (Inactive 17 posts) 3y

I think it is a good idea, but many countries may not available for this kind of travel, people is different from other people, anyway, good luck for you

6. Posted by elys (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

I think to travel without money you kinda have to throw out all your plans and go with the flow depending on what others are willing to offer you.

I recently returned from a round the world trip for a year and a half and spent most of my savings. Anyway, I'm now collecting "free things to do" around the world as to help myself and perhaps others to travel cheaper (or without money, if at all possible).

The database now exists as a website called -snip-

Check it out. Hope you find it useful.


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

7. Posted by Josh1992 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y

Many thanks to the speedy responses and informative answers. I will do some research in the coming weeks/ months.

Would really like to travel in a group though so trying to rally up a few friends who are up for it and post on some other forums.

8. Posted by hendwrcaravan (Budding Member 10 posts) 3y

No you Can't travel the world without Money

9. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

If you have a skill and/or you're not afraid of hard work then of course it's possible to travel with no money, there are LOTS of long term travellers who've been on the road for ages and have long since spent their savings and are now perpetuating their travel by working as they go.

Expecting to travel without money by mooching off the kindness of others is in my opinion simply being a boring, lazy bum.


10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 3y

Quoting CheersT

Expecting to travel without money by mooching off the kindness of others is in my opinion simply being a boring, lazy bum. Cheers, Terry

Don't sugar coat it, tell us what you really think!

I flew into the UK years ago on a one way ticket. Plan A was to find a Thomas Cook last minute booking to the Canary Islands. UK Immigration did not like the one way ticket arrival. They wanted to see if I had sufficient funds for my stay. I had over $3KUSD in travel check and cash on me. That was enough and they let me in. I can foresee this problem coming up with Josh trying to travel the world w/o money. Some countries (US among them) will check to see if you have enough money for your stay.