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Living on the Road - An Introduction
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 http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/ To find free short-term accommodation use couchsurfing http://www.couchsurfing.org/ 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 http://www.workaway.info/
Help Exchange: free volunteer work exchange abroad Australia New Zealand Canada Europe www.helpx.net
Fellowship for Intentional Communities http://directory.ic.org/
Get a job at a hostel http://www.hosteljobs.net/
Find a job in Organic Farming http://www.wwoof.com/
self-sufficiency network - connecting communities and people https://ecobasa.org/
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.
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.
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- Living on the Road - Stage 1: Lithuania
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- Living on the Road - Stage 2: Traveling from Lithuania to Denmark
I started this trip in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and the first driver who picked me up and gave me a lift for about 100 km came from the Netherlands. He was on a trip around the Baltic Sea, so we had...
- Living on the Road - Stage 3: Denmark
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- Living on the Road - Stage 4: Traveling from Denmark to Estonia
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- Living on the Road - Stage 5: Estonia
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- Living on the Road - Stage 6: Traveling from Estonia to Bulgaria
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- Living on the Road - Stage 7: Bulgaria
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- Living on the Road - Stage 8: Traveling from Bulgaria to Germany
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