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Living on the Road - An Introduction

Updated on August 4, 2016
The Road
The Road

The Essence Of The Banking Industry...

When you are living at a survival level, barely able to pay your bills, do not feel that you are a failure. This is simply the way you have chosen to learn many important lessons and experience the essence of who you are. You may be learning:

1. you deserve abundance by experiencing the lack of it

2. how little it takes to live on

3. you are not as dependent on having things as you thought

4. you can be generous even when you have little

5. the higher qualities of trust, compassion, and humility

6. what is important in your life, sorting through what is meaningful and essential and what is not

7. how to let others give to you

8. how to feel powerful without money

When you understand, embrace, and accept the lessons, you will no longer need this experience.

(excerpt taken from the book "Creating Money: Attracting Abundance" by Sanaya Roman

Why I decided to live on the road

When you earn money you have to pay taxes. When you spend money you have to pay taxes. And those who collect these taxes - the slaves of the financial industry and the big corporations - spend a big share of these revenues on buying weapons, fighting wars, supporting criminals like the banking system or other things I cannot agree with. At the same time this criminal banking system denies you access to money as it happened in my case.

But is there an alternative to this undemocratic system which threatens the existence of the whole humanity? I think there is a possibility to ignore the dictatorship of the financial mafia. I decided to accept the challenge to live on the road and to survive with as little money as possible.

Some useful survival advices

To survive it is useful to have some basic experiences but in my opinion it is even without such experiences possible to live on the road. The best way to keep travel expenses as low as possible is hitchhiking. I am an experienced hitchhiker, traveling in this way almost 70000 km in more than 30 years. Another possibility for low-cost traveling is car sharing which is popular especially in Germany To find free short-term accommodation use couchsurfing At the beginning of my life on the road I had almost one year experiences surfing about 30 couches in eight countries. In many cases your couchsurfing hosts offer you also free food. Other ways to find free accommodation are in churches or in shelters for homeless people. To find long-term free accommodation and free food you can work as a volunteer in various projects. I had almost no experiences with that but there are many websites which are helpful to find jobs as a volunteer. Here are some of the offers:

Work abroad, integrate in local cultures, learn a language, acquire new skills, make new friends

Help Exchange: free volunteer work exchange abroad Australia New Zealand Canada Europe

Fellowship for Intentional Communities

Global Ecovillage Network

Get a job at a hostel

Find a job in Organic Farming

self-sufficiency network - connecting communities and people

What else do you need when you decide to live on the road? A good sleeping bag, some basic clothes, optimism, self-confidence, self-discipline, openness for new experiences, the willingness to respect other people and cultures, and a little bit of luck.

The start

On May 12, 2010, some days before my 56th birthday, I started my life on the road in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius with 30 Euro in my pocket, ready for the big adventure, ready to find ways to make the world a better place.

Stay tuned - there is more to come ...


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    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Shoot - I'd be scared to do this! Double-scared in some of the countries you mentioned! But it's always been a fantasy of mine... congratulations for realizing your dreams, and keeping safe while doing so!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have such your incredible experience here, you are made for challenges.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Wise words and an awesome experience, I will be sure to read all the chapters.

    • YogaKat profile image


      7 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Couch surfing, car sharing and workaway make for a greener planet. Thanks for sharing your passion. When I first started reading . . . I assumed you were a young man. I admire your courage and youthful heart.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      l am really loving your hubs.

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

      l always think of backpacking travellers being late teens and twenties.

      You are proving me wrong. Good for you.

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      John D Wilson 

      7 years ago from Earth

      Hey nextstop,

      Being on the road for 15 months, I can relate to most of what you have said.

      In Nicaragua now, living day to day on about $12 per day - that includes food and lodging.

      A certain mind set is needed, a tolerance for "less than" living conditions (I do not have hot water for showers as an example)

      Lots of info out there on how to do it. Like most things, sometimes to much or difficult to find.

      Good Hub, enjoyed the read.


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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Great thoughts nexttojupiter. Yeah I may also choose to live on the road then. Though it's not gonna be easy, atleast I'm living by all means for myself freely. Great hub nexttojupiter! 1 vote up.

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      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I agree with the points you make about taxes and admire what you have accomplished. I am of to read more of your hubs.

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      I hear every word you wrote.... BTDT.

      Only life style I have not lived that I want to yet live... is one of wealth.... hope to experience that before I kick the bucket.... just in case the bucket shows up I saved for a decade and now finally I have a pair of steel toed boots.

      Full Speed Ahead - One Inch At A Time.

    • RunAbstract profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      It is an interesting and couragous lifestyle you have choosen! Kudos for sharing it with us all here! I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more!

    • onegoodwoman profile image


      7 years ago from A small southern town

      It can be a wonderful life, having the soul

      of a gypsy!

      Be cautious above all else!

      Shop carefully for your showers, in the USofA,

      some truckers give their coupons away, rather than

      waste them. They are " given " to the driver

      for buying a hundred gallons of fuel.....sometimes,

      they will even give their " meal ticket " away, if

      it is not a food choice they like.

      Laundry is expensive everywhere! No coupons to be had~`

      Some RV parks will offer free rent for some light maintaince and yard work.....these are a bit harder to

      comeby, but there is an organization dedicated to linking

      the traveler to the park.

      Above safe and enjoy the scenery!

      Enjoyed your article immensley.

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      Amber Higgins 

      7 years ago from West Coast USA

      Great hub. I enjoy reading your adventures very much. I too, have been one to throw cares to the wind and move if the urge suits safe

    • ltfawkes profile image


      8 years ago from NE Ohio

      At age 53??!!? You've got a lot of courage, my friend. Terrific hub. Look forward to reading more.


    • nextstopjupiter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Brie, I think it would be possible for a woman. In 2009 I met in Finland a young woman who was on a solo hitchhiking/couchsurfing trip from Moscow to the North Cape. Advice? Read one of parduc's hub!

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      Brie Hoffman 

      8 years ago from Manhattan

      Do you think a woman could do it? Any advice?

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      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      very interesting. Thanks nextstop.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Ahhhh sweet! it's been a while but I made wager with a feller on a trip on motorcycles, starting with a full tank of gas leaving California, Santa Ana to be exact, with 25 dollars in our pockets destination Main via the southern route into Corpus Christi, Texas, along the southern coast into the everglades, and back up the eastern seaboard and into main. I had several places that I was wired 5 dollars to be picked up proving I had been there when I reached Mane I was to make a collect phone call to a specific number who verified from who? from where? then denied the call. Then wired 5 dollars to another Western Union in Madawaska,Main. I then took the most northern route and verified by collect calls and a few more 5 dollar wires. The the other guy who started this bet of 2,500 dollars that was held, total of 5k was a super survivalist by his own claim, I gave him the choice of northern or southern loop around the country. So I showed up on a 1978 Honda 450-4cyl. with a factory wind shield and butt bucket seat with a luggage rack behind it. and he showed up on a 1982 Harley special edition Willey G, sports cycle. It was mid July and he chose the northern route to miss he cold of setting winter up north and the blazing heat of the summer down south. The boys from the bar were ready to keep this an honest trip, I had a pack that held a flint and steel, 8 contractor trash bags, compass and fold out map of the states, a hatchet and skinning knife with a small sharpening stone a small 3 cell C battery light with the angled military head and clip for a pocket to give light hands free.I had two cycle keys each with a braided parachute cord of 15 feet braided down to 6 inches, 10ft of mechanics wire, 25 feet of duct tape, 2 small 4 inch crescent wrenches and a pair of side cutters, a P-38 military can opener,Water purification tablets, a spaghetti and meat balls C ration that would add to the bullet proof nylon spoon that hung on my dog tag chain since 1972, if you were in he military you'd know what I'm talking about. I was wearing a flight suit and had a spare with socks and cotton gloves,a big magic marker, they emptied my pockets frisked me down and I had, counting a military canteen in it's cup and nylon case a small 3 day assault pack 30 pounds of gear. George had his Harley and 70 pounds of gear a tent and sleeping bag and a lot of REI expensive gear, with a rack of food like chef Boyardie he was set for a meal every day for a week and those rooting for me wanted him to strip his gear to equal mine, and I told them no worries it would work out fine.We figured it would be ten days or more. It was a hoot the little Honda with 5 gears over his 4 sailed down I ten to Corpus Christy in 11 hours on a 5 gallon tank I think I fueled in Tucson and again in Baton Rouge. I got to Dothan Al. and set up a poor me sign, rolled up the left leg of my suit and tied it off showing the mechanical leg and needed food and gas to get home. In 5 hours I collected close to a hundred and fifty dollars. I had enough fuel money to get me round trip. I was hitting the call spots western union places, sleeping in the brush under over passes and I pulled the beggars sign out one more time and got a motel room in Madawaska, showered and slept while my nylon jump suit dried above the room heater. I put it and my spare socks on, doubled up as the other foot didn't care and then got up and crossed the northern states and hit Washington getting ready to head south and catch Hwy.1 down the coast. I pulled the sign and played he part in Yakima and turned enough money to fuel and eat a good truck stop omelet and load up on coffee headed for the light of he finish, Bakersfield. With nothing but food and fuel stops I had 107 dollars cash that was close to 60 dollars more than I left with counting the 5 dollar wires, 14 days earlier. My super survivalist showed up wind burnt walking funnier than me and declared I cheated by begging for money instead of getting jobs to move on. I kept receipts from every place I'd spent money and had the phone number to them written on the back. He was a sore looser, but the experience was a blast! I ended up playing 2 out of three rock paper scissors and he won at that and got his money back, and I got mine. I told him if he could live with it I could live with out it. He got the cold shoulder after that and was excluded from our doings and later wanted to buy his dignity back, I refused the money. I did have a blast and learned that there are good, giving, people in this world.

      Great hub I'll be looking to read more from you, peace, 50

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yes sir! Bon voyage. Great ideals, great hub! God bless you!

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      8 years ago

      Some of my fondest memories are being out on the road hitchhiking with no particular destination in mind. Thanks for writing such an interesting hub.

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      The Friar 

      8 years ago

      I would love to compare notes with you sometime, if you're up for it. I took to the road again just before my 33rd birthday in April of '09. I attached the link to the blog I kept, and still sort of keep of and on, about my experiences. I agree with you on the banking industry, money, etc., though I have not been able to weed out money as much as I'd have liked. Now I'm in Mexico watching the US dollar wane intentionally and revising yet again how it is I survive and move around. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences and methods.

    • nextstopjupiter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      MobyWho, Martie, thanks for your comments and your encouragement. Look out for my next hubs, more about my adventures is coming soon!

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Very few people will ever get this wonderful opportunity to travel. Enjoy, but be careful. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Burlington VT

      A wonderful life - when you're young (under 80, or 90 in my husband's case). I did a lot of youth hosteling when it, and stayed in some places that would have cost a mint if they'd been commercial - like lighthouses on the Cal. coast, etc. Today, the hostels take people as young as 80 or 90! so support them, and travel cheaply. Good for you! Enjoy.


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