Very low-budget travelling? Possible?

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1. Posted by Kyoto (Budding Member 21 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Well... First of all this might sound crazy and stingy! But well I felt I had to have input... So here goes!

Been looking at all kinds of travels to fill in my gap-year - My biggest problem however is the finances - my budget very very limited - aound £1400! But instead of callin' everything off I have been considering and hoping to get out very cheap!

I love nature, small places, simple living and eating - really I could go with oranges or so every once in a while! - I could go with sleeping outdoor or with locals in return for helping out in some way! But I'm really hoping to hear whether it's all crazy!

Instead of going 2 weeks somewhere south-europe or middle-east - I was thinking about booking a one-way flight to south-europe - spain, portugal, greece or italy! And stay away until I have only to pay for the flight home - then go back! Ridiculous?

I mean is this possible! I'm thinking going in january so wheather gotta be good to enjoy nature and be able to take only limited clothes and so on... Which of the places would be cheapest?

Anybody know about free lodging? camping? working for lodging? etc.?? or very cheap??

I know it might sound crazy! On the other hand I feel that the continent could be discovered on low amount... I would like to go for inspiration and simple living so to say - to write, read, learn language and enjoying somewhat hot weather!


2. Posted by jindy (Budding Member 46 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

definately possible mate. no worries. since u have an eu passport, just work you way around. every hostel u stay in ask if theres any work going. i worked in a hostel for a little while, 10 hours week for accommodation. live in pub jobs as well, if u work full time saving is easy, you might end up having a much more money comfortable trip than you imagined. either way, if you end up broke and have to walk home... still be an adventure right? just go for it and see what happens. thats always the best way to travel. fuck all included package holiday and bus tours and tour guides!!! backpack!!

3. Posted by stiltskin (Full Member 45 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Definitly agree that it's possible and well worth it. Sometimes travelling on an almost non-existent budget is better than being laoded, coz you often end up in some random place you'd never have got to otherwise. The only thing to remember is that it's sometimes harder to find work than you expect (especially if you don't speak the language) although there is always some work going in touristy areas.

But - to keep you going while you're looking for work - or if you can't find any -

look at and These are basically sofa-surfing networks of people who'll lend you their spare room or sofa for a bit. For free. Sometimes they'll even show you around.

And also - if you have any interest in organic growing, look up WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). This is a world-wide network of farms where you can exchange your work (generally 4-5 hours a day) for board and lodging.

Happy blagging,

Jess :)

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


this should problably be in the Middle East section, but I think you could get to Syria or Morocco on the cheap.

To Morocco there are budget flights from the UK and buses from Germany. You could blow your money in Morocco and then return overland, hitchhiking and working in Spain and France during harvest season (strawberries!),

To Syria take a budget flight to Turkey from Germany and then cross the border by bus or train. I heard it is possible to live on 150 EUR per month in one of the smaller cities in Syria and I think it is realistic. There are buses from Syria to Turkey and from Turkey (Istanbul) to Germany and the other way around for about 200 EUR one way, same price as a return ticket with Turkish Airlines (400 EUR retur fro Germany.)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2006, at 7:44 AM by t_maia ]

5. Posted by Kyoto (Budding Member 21 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks for you replies! and great hearing it should be possible!

and yea... if i could only make things work a week or 2 or something... or end up broke... it has been an adventure - and sure i would have learned some about travelling - also how to make things better next time!

sure will check those pages out - already now i feel it sounds as a great idea! also i would like trying to sleep rough (or what it's called) i mean sleep in the nature - if that's possible? i think it's gonna be spain - my first time doing this kind of thing - so i think i gonna keep it inside europe and the flight here are also cheaper... but the budget from syria seems okay!... hehe!

so... have any of you tried sleeping rough? would a sleeping bag be enough?? or do i need tent or some??

again... thanks! think it could be nice trying this...

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2006, at 4:01 PM by mugsy ]

6. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member 37 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Lots of people travel with no money - and i mean NO money. i met a guy who travelled for 18 months in south europe and only took 500 swiss franks with him to start. You have to be a risk taker though, i dont mind to hitch hike, i slept outside in italy and in france (no tent just in a sleeping bag on the ground)and i can tolerate being uncomfortable i just dont like the cold. If u
want to throw caution to the wind and see where it takes u i recommend going to a rainbow party - you will meet lots of interesting nomads who will give you tips and possibly even take you along for the ride with them. Or go to one of the hippy communities in south spain - it is free and the people who "live"there are always finding ways to get about without any cash. You don't need money to travel i dont know why people say you do, i spent 8 months in europe and only took $300 australian with me, you just need to be a little bit brave and if worst comes to worse u can always go home right?;)

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Mugsy

I think it is certainly worth a try. At least it is a million times better, than calling the whole thing off. Call it a challange.
One way to cope, when one has little or no money, is to do voluntary work, where food and accomodation is provided. I once volunteered to work on an organic farm, in the south of ireland, when i had hardly any money. I hitch hiked to get there and stayed for a month. When me and my ex were hithing hiking back out of there, another farmer even offered us a job, for some food, accomodation and some money.
Amazing what one can find, when one needs to.
As for sleeping. I have slept, in train stations, parks, cafes, airports, in fields....


8. Posted by Kyoto (Budding Member 21 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey all...

Once agian... gotta say it's great with your replies... And also that you all seem to be positive!

Sure i could always head back home and revise the strategy if everything failes... Lesson learned! :)

Also... I thoug about this whole "gotta-have-tons-of-money-to-travel" thing... I mean it should be possible to get around even without! And i don't need no fancy food or anything. Being there is enough!

And like you slacker, the main problem would be the cold... But since you could do with a sleeping bag - i should be able to do that as well... Any advices about that? Sleeping bag and all??

Oh... and this "rainbow party"... what is that??

Thanks a bunch!

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think you could get away with that budget even in the UK, if you camped, walked, took the cheapest buses, WWOOFed (or worked) and bought instant noodles from the cheapest supermarket.

It all depends what you want to get out of your travels doesn't it? I don't think I could do it, 'cause I like to eat nice food, travel reasonably comfortably over long distances and have money spare for entrance fees etc. But it should be possible.

10. Posted by Kyoto (Budding Member 21 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yea... know i would have to focus on cheap food and such... and camp outside in my sleeping bag - since i need one of those too, my budget is getting smaller... heh... but anyhows i feel it could be nice trying... if anything i would know if that would be something to do again another time!