How to travel the world without money?

Spoiler – I’ve learned more about the world from regular trips to the library than on any escapade abroad.

In general, I love traveling, I have managed to gather plenty great experiences and stories that linger along with me thanks to those travels, but more than traveling, I love home and my library. Some things cannot be lived in your own country, smells, sounds, tastes etc, which is why the only way to experience these things is to book a flight, grab a bus, or a train, and travel to some unknown destination for you and feel these things for yourself.

Why travelling is overrated?

 

  1. Gaining perspective. You get a broader image of what the world is, its an opportunity to burst your bubble and Get out of your comfort zone.
  2. Coming back home. After an intensive trip of constantly moving around, there’s no better feeling than arriving back to your own space, your own bed, your family, your food.
  3. Better appreciation for what you have. Being grateful for those things you take for granted on a daily basis.
  4. Problem solving, Creativity . Unlike in your own country, in other places you have to hustle to solve problems, many times they don’t speak any language you know, you have limited knowledge on how things work, and you have a limited amount of resources to fix problems.
  5. Not Traveling by the book. “When in Paris, you have to go to X or Y”. There’s nothing I hate more, than having to visit a place and taking a selfie, just because a trillion people have already done it, you have to travel by your own demands and your own intuition.

 

“Buy experiences, not things. They last longer & make you happier”.

 

Moving to the topic. Here are some tips to save money when you are travelling.

 

Couchsurf  – This service connects travelers with locals who are willing to let them stay with them for FREE. Using this site you will never have to pay for accommodation. Years ago I read about a guy who has been traveling for years while only Couchsurfing and I’ve used this service about 10 times and always meet amazing people. Sometimes you get a room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. There are also local Couchsurfing group meet-ups that can help you make friends in your new city. Similar sites include Servas and Hospitality Club but I like Couchsurfing the best. It’s a more active community.

Airbnb– Another cheap way of travelling to cities with local people.

Hitchhike – A free way to get around destinations that is relatively safe and quite common in many parts of the world including Central America,Eastern Europe, Japan and some places in India.  I’ve hitchhiked in a few places around the world and know many people who have done the same.

Free Walking Tours – Want to learn about the city, get your bearings, and see the major sights? Take a free walking tour. You can find them in 90% of the major cities in Europe, and there are also a few in large Asian cities, New York, Australia, and New Zealand.

Some good free tour companies include:

 

Get Free Flights — There are so many ways to earn free flights. Sign up for a few travel credit cards, collect miles, and then fly for free. Most cards offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 points — and if you sign up for both an airline card and a general rewards card like the Chase Sapphire or AMEX card, you can combine the two point balances and get a cheap flight faster.

  • Watch out for deals and coupons
  • Shop at their member stores
  • Put everything on the card
  • Date a lovely air hostess
  • Make a pilot friend

 

Sleep in large dorms — Large hostel dorm rooms are the cheapest paid accommodation out there. If Couchsurfing isn’t your thing, this is your next best way to save money on a place to sleep.

Get rail passes / Travel by bus— Booking ahead of time can usually save you about 50% of the cost of a train ticket, but if you don’t want to be tied into a fixed schedule, rail passes can save you a lot of money. I’ve saved hundreds in Europe.

Cook Your Meals – Buying from 24*7 and cooking it yourself is the best way to save money on food.

If you feel that no matter what you do you will never get ahead by saving money, follow this guide to ultimate travel frugality and see the world on the ultra cheap

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Exam time?

Mind always wander!

Where Life is a travelogue...

In the middle of exams, when you must complete a syllabus in a fixed period of time, why does the mind wish to run away from the table and books and to watch beauty of spiders gliding down from their cobwebs, of the patterns of shadows cast by pen and its various components, of the leaves swaying and birds chirping, of the blinding golden sunlight wanting ferociously to break in through the windows, inside which I sit; of the rustle caused by the footsteps of people coming and going out of the library, of the crinkles caused by the smiles, of the furrowed eyebrows creased with concentration, of distracted minds and of focused minds, of the library architected with impeccable symmetry, of creating pieces of art with the paintbrush, of watching the strokes that the pen creates, of watching the muscles twitch when the words are penned down on paper…

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Trust…

Where Life is a travelogue...

Just like the droplets of water that slide off the rose petals,

or off the wings of duck,

or off the leaves of lotus,

I would want some of my worries to slide off my head.

I would want them not to linger upon my mind,

but they hover like wasp over its prey,

they stick like grease on the skin,

they engulf like the swamp of a mire.

I wish to wrench myself away from it,

like the river running away from the glaciers,

like volcano erupting from the core,

like the rain bursting out from the clouds.

I shall keep my mind calm,

like the moonlight on a silvery night,

steady as the flame in a windless room,

with the calmness of the deep sea waters.

The power which courses through the universe shall bring peace home,

the power which brings in the fragrance of the dewy night,

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A Walk among Many…

Beautiful

Where Life is a travelogue...

I sit at the crossroads again,
The smell of the freshly cut grass fills my lungs deeply,
And the my feet have walked through these roads yet again,
With the rustle of whispering leaves and the lingering scent of bamboo accompanying me in this walk,
Where I felt the rhythm of my steps, and the feel of my full sleeved shirt on my arms,
Where I observed the distinctive gaits of so many different humans,
Where the ears strained against the silence to hear the ever-present chirp of crickets, so seeped in the darkness that it seemed a part of the silence,
I saw the violet moon, with only a golden crescent peering out to those roads, where I walked, yet again.
I drink in the sight of a lone lamp in the big gardens decorating the center of campus,
I relish the sight of tiny violet flowers that spring out…

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Monochrome…

Where Life is a travelogue...

The contrasts of black and white…
The pearly white moon spreading its radiance in the dark velvety skies…
The wavy reflection of the white moon on the endless bewitching dark waters of the sea…
The smooth black ink gliding across the pure white paper…
My feet, white against the dark of the black dammer roads…
The black and the white, the surreal patterns on the passing butterfly…
My nature’s beauty incomparable, powerful, dreamlike in the monochrome.

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