- Pack smart
rst of all, pack your bags in a smart way – so that you still have a minimum comfort on the road. If you’re the king of packing or if you learn from those who know how to do it better and have perfected the process and brought it to an art-form level, you can even get maximum comfort. Kind of like – you have your whole house with you. 🙂
- What is Work Away?
Briefly about Work Away – you find a place where you want to go (continent/country/city) and you look for the kind of work you would like: from digging, animal-care, painting walls, bartending, teaching, baby sitting, etc. The hosts provide you with free accommodation and sometimes even meals, in exchange for a few hours of daily work (3-5)… this way you can have enough time to visit, but you also get the chance to meet people, live among locals and learn about their culture, habits, daily lives… You actually find out where local people buy their food, and what they do differently from what you’re used to back home.
- You don’t have to visit everything. Some places are created especially for tourists and they’re not worth it.
Again, when you travel, you have to carefully choose the places you want to see. Of course if there are important things or places, that are all about culture and tradition, those once in a lifetime kind of things, you should go for it. But if it’s just another science museum, it’s, most probably, not worth it.
- Don’t do it if you don’t want to
These are just some tips and tricks…. I’m off course from the idea from which I started with anyway – the idea that you can do whatever you want, as long as you’re well prepared for it, you manage your resources efficiently and you learn how to give up on comfort. The most important thing is that you really want it, and have a high capacity of adapting. On the road, and especially as a backpacker, you meet a lot of people. One time, I was approached by a fellow backpacker in the subway in Vienna. Normally I would have thought that I’m in danger, that the guy wants to pick me up,etc… but being on the road, I know that people, and especially the ones who travel like this, are just friendly and in most of the cases, pretty honest. Openness and a strong will. Those are the ingredients.
- What you have/don’t have at home, what you have or don’t have on the road, how much are you willing to give up on comfort?
On the road, level two of this pyramid kind of gets fucked up. It depends where you go, but both your mind and your body can play tricks on you. If you don’t have a safety net (money-wise), then the need for security of resources is seriously shaken up, needless to say employment is out of the question. Your family is far away, and about property, let’s put it this way: the world is yours!
- Strong character (or madness)
Now it’s your turn! Go ahead and throw rotten tomatoes at me because I’m cuckoo. I challenge you to a debate! Great ideas can come out of it!