here’s how i ….
traveled- my mom drove my sis and i from FL to CT, we took a train to NYC and that’s how i stood on the tallest building there.
my two friends split the cost of gas to CA and back, so i drove my car from coast to coast. i stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way back, cause it was on the map. for 25$ and a few nights of sleeping in my car. i saw a deer jump off the edge and when i looked over i saw a circle of rocks, so i jumped too. that’s how i came to jump off the Grand Canyon and rock climb about 50ft straight back up. that was the scariest thing i’d ever done till i found myself walking on the side of a snow covered volcano in New Zealand.
i got to NZ because i gave up on getting my AA and was told that at 25yo i should move out of my mothers house. i took the rest of my student loan, sold my truck and most of my stuff, got a bit of $ from my family. i got my passport and looked up online how to get the 12month working holiday visa and took a plane to NZ. little over 4,000USD. i got off the plane and found the information booth which helped me get a phone card/discount card for hostels. then i got on to a bus to the city of Auckland. after walking less than a block from the bus stop and into a hostel where i booked a room for 2 nights, i realized that i had way too much stuff. i gave about half away after sleeping for over a day. it was that easy. a passport, visa (i got online for free) and a plane ticket!
the rest was talking to people. other travelers tell you more than you need or ever care to know. the locals tell you things you would have never thought to ask. the best part is no matter where your from, what you do or don’t know, we can all communicate! i met germans that knew less english then i know german, spanish kids who knew only spanish, french guys who only know french and some spanish, and we all expressed ourselves and understood the basics. lots of hand movements and pointing and drawing pics and showing on the map or online. one kid had an app on his cell that translated what he typed.
i spent all my $ in about 4 months and never got a job there. i traveled for free much of the time. couchsurfing.org WWOOF (google it) and standing on the side of the road with a sign got me all over two islands!
traveling can be free.
most of it’s just about asking. i asked the internet for a New Zealand visa and after a few clicks found it. i asked my friends about going to CA and OH and then we went, sometimes sharing gas cost other times not. i said that it’d be cool to see this or that and next thing i knew i was there. many times i got asked if i’d like to… and it was as easy as saying yes, or even pointing out that i would love to if it’s cheap or free.
“it never hurts to ask! what’s the worst that happens? you get told no, well if you never ask it’s as good as a no.”
and i’d add, just keep asking, ask different ways and to as many people as you meet. tell the world what you desire to see, do, or have! the worst that could happen is you have to make or do it yourself. likely tho you’ll end up asking the right person at some point and they will the ones to help you get it.
so that’s how i’ve seen America, Jamica, New Zealand, Camon Island’s, Mexico and it’s how i’ve climbed volcanoes, jumped out of a plane, camped in the forest and in a city, seem water falls, sat in how water rivers drinking wine by moon light, canoed for a week, swam in the oceans, went to a ren-fair in NZ and a few in the states, and that’s how i plane to see the rest of the world!
so… anyone going to Europe? tibet? china? how about WA? ok, maybe just around FL, i want to get out to tampa and back up to st. augustine, or just a canoe trip or camping weekend?
p.s. megabus is cheap for the east coast of USA, train passes are the cheapest for europe and hitching is best in NZ and AUS
safe traveling, be smart, think