When traveling without money I hear a few basic questions every day and one of them is, “where do you sleep?” Traveling without money is certainly not for everyone but this blog is simply a guide on how you can travel your country or the world without spending a penny on lodging. Or if not to that extreme than at least drastically reducing the amount of money you spend on lodging. All of my suggestions in this blog come from a fair amount of experience. I’ve embarked on four long distance adventures without a penny and traveled on a shoestring budget over the last decade through six continents and 35 countries. Some of these suggestions may be for you, others may not, so my advice is to take what you’d like from this guide and turn it into action, whether it be in your own city or in a far off land.
Fairly often people make comments about my adventures such as, “Women can’t do what you do” or “this lifestyle is very dangerous for a woman” or “you can only do this because you are a man.” There are undoubtedly some risks that women deal with much more frequently than men but I still believe that women can travel safely and can even travel solo. I’ve met 100s of women who are living proof of this all over the world and in my own country. I’ve met women solo cycling across the United States, women backpacking through Latin America, frolicking SE Asia, and volunteering in Africa. I’m certain that women can do what I do.
None of these things require you to have a penny in your pocket but can bring you a great wealth of happiness, health, and freedom! I highly encourage you to incorporate more of this into your life and less of the things that cost money!
I’m all about living in a self-sufficient manner and independent of destructive systems. I feel that truly self sufficient and independent living is done off the land away from the invasiveness of our current wasteful and destructive standard. This would most truly be done by living off the grid, a fair distance from populated regions where there is land and resources to sustain oneself. A hand built log cabin in the woods on a pristine river with a big garden would do the trick for example. This could be done with family or a small community to keep loneliness from overtaking the mind.
I talk to countless people who want to live a more earth friendly lifestyle and pursue their true passions but explain to me that they are just too caught up in the rat race. By this I mean working a job to earn money and then paying bills and debt and not having the free time to live the life they truly desire. A vast majority of Americans are in debt and so often working to get from month to month with bills.
Man, do we have a lot of it. Most of us know we’ve got far more than we need but with the abundance of stuff on the market and ridiculously cheap prices it’s a real challenge to keep it at bay. You might know this already but if not, brace yourself. Most stuff causes serious environmental harm and likely harm to fellow humans as well. I never looked at stuff the same after watching The Story of Stuff. I encourage you to watch this before continuing on.
If you live amongst society today it’s nearly a guarantee that you are causing some amount of environmental harm via your transportation. How much is largely up to you. There is no one size fits all solution to environmental destruction caused by getting yourself around so I’ve laid out different options for you depending on where you are in life. Let this serve as a guide for you, but don’t depend on it completely. Instead, I encourage you to think critically and live a well thought out life. This guide is here to help you reduce your environmental impact from getting around.
Unless you go completely back to the basics you are always going to cause some environmental harm and spend some money to get your clothes clean. This guide is here to help you save money, reduce your environmental impact, and spend less time doing laundry! The more you do, the more you’ll be living a fair life for the earth and the more money you’ll save. But of course doing some of it is always better than none of it. I recommend you adapt these tips into your life one or a few at a time to transition into a more earth friendly and free life.
I’ve gone to some pretty extreme measures to assess how electricity is interwoven into my life. In 2013 I bicycled Off the Grid Across the USA and vowed to use only electricity generated by the small solar panels I carried with me. In 104 days of traveling across the United States I managed to not turn on a single light switch and only plug into five outlets. Right now I live off the grid in a tiny house and all of my energy needs are met by two small solar panels.
Through these adventures I learned that my life was truly electrified. So much of what we do involves using electricity. At so many moments in the day we are burning fossil fuels through electricity without thinking about it for a second. To many of us it would seem that electricity is equally important for survival as water. By going back to the basics and unraveling the electrical cords around my life I have a new insight on the day to day actions that are occurring around me.