13 ways to travel freely
Can you travel around the globe independent from money? In other words can you be absolutely free from financial restriction? To answer this honestly, yes and no.
If you are a type of person who can’t handle a little bit of discomfort while traveling then the answer is no. The so called “no-money travel” isn’t just a cheap way of traveling as a sort of leisure trip. It is a way of exploring one’s discomfort and freedom. This is possible when you let go all your stress in material value and open up to more experiential values, awareness, and abilities that you hone during the journey itself.
If you are looking for international experience but don’t have the cash to spray upon or if you are simply looking for what true freedom tastes like, sounds like and feels like then this article is for you. You don’t need thousands of dollars to get yourself on the track. In fact, all you need is some creativity, some guts and enthusiasm, and some ideas to get you started. Some of the ideas below are sensible ones and others are a little more risqué.
it is amazing what some people will do to save a buck!
Don’t let your empty wallet stop you from taking the trip of a lifetime. Remember; with the right attitude, amazing things are waiting for you just beyond the self-made border.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities you can take abroad where most of them might not pay for your plane tickets but some will offer shelter and food during the duration of your volunteer service. To give you an example; there are volunteer abroad exchange programs for foreigners to teach languages. If you speak more than one or two languages that is great! You got one of the most valuable assets up your sleeves but this is just one example. Here is a very helpful article regarding on this topic by Natalie Southwick
Volunteering abroad allows you to explore and experience new knowledge in whatever field or cause it may be. Furthermore, you will be in a community that will further help you out in your next destination or journey. Whether that is information about the destination itself or local experiences you wouldn’t have got just by surfing through online.This is an exchange for your time and effort stemming from your independent will so don’t ever be afraid to ask kindly to simple help from others. You can always generate more value so be confident in your action!
An option that is possible when you can prepare and present to the audience what your cause is for traveling in certain places. If you have a strong cause to travel that could be of benefit to others then this is the platform for you to start some fundraising. This fundraising method can come in countless forms from charity to raising awareness to business opportunities to entertainment and content creation. If you have great ideas and also have time to dedicate on crafting your goal then this is the right tool for you.
To give you some more information,
There are two major fundraising portal sites called Trevolta and Kickstarter
Although, this might sound like something out of star-wars where jedi seeking for master to be the apprentice; it is actually quite different than that of course. You will be amazed how simple this can be done than you might think.
To give you a brief story, I was at a mountain hike one day on my penniless-journey in South Korea to capture the beauty of nature surrounding the mountain range on top with my heavy equipped camera gears. On my way down I saw quite an odd yet intriguing down-to earth looking buddhist temple beneath the cliff in one of the mountain hills.
There were some monks appeared to be practicing martial arts and I thought to myself; “is this some kind of Shaolin temple in Korea?” (which found out to be one of very few temples that continues to practices the old discipline of Hwarang which is also known as Flowering Knights.) I approached to a man who appeared to be the elder and asked what this place is and why are there so few people here with a very curious expression.
He answered “isn’t it rude to ask questions to a stranger before introducing yourself?” So then I quickly apologized but as soon as I try to say my name he cut my line to continue his own introduction. I stood there speechless with a blank look on my face. Then this elder asked me what brings me here so I told my story that I was on a penniless mission of my own to practice.. “Oh so a pilgrim I see” says the elder. “Yes practically I guess.”
The interaction felt awkward but I proceeded my inquiry boldly that if I could work here in exchange for shelter just for a night. He looked at me briefly and said, “You cannot grab a hand with the same hand” I took a moment to think for a bit and took it as a no, but that didn’t stop me there. “Look, I don’t know what that means exactly but I am a healthy young man and I just thought you could take a great use out of me here.” He bursted out with laughter and just walked away.
But few minutes later, the other monk who were observing my interaction with the elder came up to me and said, “The old man is quite stubborn you see.. That is his way of showing respect.” Being utterly confused as I was back then, this other monk showed me around the humble temple and let me stay in his own room in the end in exchange of hard work by loading heavy logs, harvesting crops, and cleaning the temple.
As you can tell, I haven’t done much other than asking quite boldly followed by clear intention with honesty. I learned that we have natural instincts to help one another and bring values that can help each other grow. Which brings holistic pleasure in our own personal growth and in other person as well. It was also very cool that I got to learn briefly about the history of Hwarang and that it has been faded away with only a number of people still continuing to preserve the essence of the teachings of Hwarang to this day.
4.Hitch-hike or Carpool