Homeless by choice for a week in italy

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1. Posted by Alvacia (Budding Member 3 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Hi all!

I'm looking for somebody who wants to spend his or her vacations in a different way. I would like to experience homelessness for a week (there are plenty of vids on YouTube of people doing it, in case you are curious).

The plan: get to a city in Italy, and try to survive during a week during July (no fixed date yet) with no credit card nor money on the pocket.

The goal: test oneself, get out of the confort zone and have a better understanding and empathy for those who are not that lucky.

If anyone wants to join, you are very welcome :)

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1057 posts) 19w 4 Star this if you like it!

So, let me get this right, you want to travel to Italy for a 'vacation' and then live off the goodwill and generosity of the locals and tourists for a week so that you 'have a better understanding and empathy for those who are not [as lucky as you]'?

Do you live in Italy or are you planning to travel there from another country? Do you realise you'll be competing with the very people with whom you're trying to empathise for your daily existence?

Do you not think the local authorities would prefer you to stay in your own country and donate your travel expenses to the local homeless hostel or soup kitchen in Rome or Florence or wherever?

This really is international travel at its worse.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1163 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

I can only add to the good sense talked by Borisborough that both the authorities and locals in another country may not be so easygoing as you are used to. Have you thought that you may get mopped up by the authorities as a vagrant and end up in jail, or perhaps worse draw attention to yourself with the local crime gangs, on whose patch you may be begging?

I can only hope that you are writing this as a bored wind-up merchant and not seriously planning this.

4. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 367 posts) 19w 3 Star this if you like it!

> travel to Italy for a 'vacation' and then live off the goodwill and generosity of the locals and tourists for a week is imo nothing more than 'begpacking'.

You don't need to experience something in order to empathise; you just need a bit of imagination. I don't think you want to empathise. I think you just want an 'adventure'.

If you really can't empathise with the homeless why not take yourself 'out of your comfort zone' and start volunteering with a local homeless charity or at a homeless hostel? Doing that will quickly show you what their lives are like.

And if you really care about the homeless (I'm not so sure) and want to 'test yourself' and take yourself out of your 'comfort zone' why not take part in a challenging activity which raises funds for the homeless: running a marathon, climbing Kilimanjaro, cycling 1000 miles, whatever?

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2018, at 00:52 by leics2 ]

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2053 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Where you coming from??

If flying in from another country burn your passport after you leave the airport. If pretending to be homeless why not also experience being stateless too!

(If flying long distance for this "experiment" wouldn't the cost of the plane tickets alone feed lots of homeless people back home?"

Is this April first?

6. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 76 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

' If flying in from another country burn your passport after you leave the airport. If pretending to be homeless why not also experience being stateless too! '

Good idea

7. Posted by Alvacia (Budding Member 3 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Hi!

Probably I did not explain myself properly.
Regarding some of the questions. I would hitchhike to Italy, since I live nearby, so 0 costs. I would not have lots of problems with authorities, since I also hold Italian Nationality (just need to be careful with some local councils and their restrictions).
Regarding cooperation with homeless networks, I have been doing it for years.
I am aware this idea sounds way too crazy, and that, as already mentioned, it is more the wish of having an adventure and test oneself in extreme conditions. In any case, I take some of the critics which are fairly reasonable.
As mentioned, if anyone is planning to do something similar or would like to join, I am more than happy to discuss ;)

8. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 556 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Alvacia

as already mentioned, it is more the wish of having an adventure and test oneself in extreme conditions. In any case, I take some of the critics which are fairly reasonable.

At least you are being honest about this not being a philanthropic exercise. Out of curiosity where in Italy do you plan on doing this?

If flying in from another country burn your passport after you leave the airport. If pretending to be homeless why not also experience being stateless too!

To add another layer to the challenge get yourself to a refugee camp and see if you can get home

9. Posted by Alvacia (Budding Member 3 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Out of curiosity where in Italy do you plan on doing this?

Main cities, depends a bit on the driver, on the council regulations, and climate conditions. I am a bit open.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2053 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

"...get to a city in Italy, and try to survive during a week during July (no fixed date yet) with no credit card nor money on the pocket."

You may not have any money with you or a credit card but you might look like you have money. Maybe you don't stink like some people sleeping out all the time. Maybe your teeth look okay. Fancy looking fingernails. Maybe every now and then you sneak a look at your expensive smart phone. Who knows! (My opinion, not a lot of women stray too far from a phone nowadays.)

Your body may have value. I am guessing you are female. If you intend to hang around with homeless people know that not all homeless are harmless! You might be a commodity that can be sold to other people for cash! All alone among a group of people without jobs, some with criminal records or even maybe running from the police, you might be pimped out against your will! (Think about what the worse that could happen maybe even gang rape!)

When I was a kid back home "homeless people" were often thought of as bums and vagrants and not easily trusted. Sometimes there was good reason for it!

Good luck.