How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!) Wise Bread Picks For the last five years, I've been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I've ever spent (and I'd wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place. My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly. In 2011 alone, I traversed 13 countries and over 45,360 miles. What if I told you it wasn't? Believe it. How to Keep Your Travel Costs Low Of course, I could travel for way more than $17,000/year. Here are a few of my secrets. Don't Pay for Accommodations In the entire year of 2011, I paid $173 for accommodation. Work-Trade/Volunteer There are lots of creative opportunities to work in trade for your accommodation (and sometimes food) and enjoy a more immersive travel experience. Hospitality Exchange House/Pet-Sitting Travel Slowly
Survival Radio: What Will Work In any type of disaster (Hurricane, Earthquake, Economic Collapse, Nuclear War, EMP Blast/Solar Event, etc) your typical means of communications (Mobile Phones, Land Lines, Internet) will most likely be severed or severely impaired. Now is the time to start your Survival Communications Plan. I know from reading about past disasters and being in the middle of 9/11 myself that when disaster strikes, using your mobile phone (which we are all so heavily dependent on) can be a frustrating experience to say the least. The question that a lot of us have not answered is how are we going to communicate with our loved ones and friends when all traditional communications will be at best unreliable or at worst nonexistent. Options A small group trying to survive in hard times (which, depending from your viewpoint seems to be inevitable), will need to have a plan to communicate with each other as well as some form of back up plan. Things to Consider communicate was by Text Messaging.
SurvivalBlog.com 20 Must-See Places Before The World Ends Extreme Minimalism, A Minimalist Project of Travel and Discovey I’ve drawn an unusual amount of attention to my minimalism project this week. First, Dan Patterson of ABC Radio News interviewed me about my 15 things. Dan is one of those amazing interviewers that you wish you were just watching instead of getting interviewed by. Each question was eloquent and succinct. Then came a post by Scott at LaughingSquid, which really showed me the power of Tumblr. That night I had drinks with someone who had seen the story (on Reddit, which I can’t find), and I realized the story had spread. Alex Hillman let me crash on his couch after a panel last week on Rethinking Shelter at P’unk Avenue. The winning caption in a contest is “floordrobe.” The first question someone asks me when I tell them about the project is “How do you define something you own?” I don’t have a permanent address or a second pair of jeans. It’s how I imagine telling someone my child’s name would feel like. So, back to everything I own. Coffee cup? Here is the list, as of May 2, 2011.
Survival Gear Review Survival Skills: Solar Water Disinfection Largely advocated for developing countries, solar water disinfection is gaining some traction in the survival skills crowd. Imagine an end to boiling your water in order to make it safe. Consider how nice it would be to no longer need expensive water filtration devices or potentially toxic water-treatment chemicals. In reality, solar water disinfection (SODIS) really is a good fit for equatorial countries with abundant strong sunlight and few other resources. Now for the bad news. Is SODIS better than nothing? For more info and additional resources, you can check out the CDC page on SODIS at And if you like to find out more about SODIS organizations which educate our at-risk brethren in the third world, check out
Howstuffworks "10 Ways to Survive a Snowstorm" There's no truer statement than the old adage "you can't control the weather." You can't even predict it with complete certainty. As advanced as our meteorological forecasting techniques are these days, weather systems are changeable forces of nature. They can come on quickly, switch direction without notice and build in intensity in a short period of time. The National Snow and Ice Data Center defines a blizzard as a "violent winter storm, lasting at least 3 hours, which combines below freezing temperatures and very strong wind laden with blowing snow that reduces visibility to less than 1 km." If a blizzard is bad enough, snow plows and salt trucks won't even brave the elements.
10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict | Expatify Where would you be the safest if World War 3 broke out tomorrow? Perhaps it’s a grim subject, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict around the world can weigh heavy on the soul, and it’s nice to know there are some places still left in the world where you might be left in peace. 10. Switzerland’s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. 9. Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. 8. There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. 7. Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country– the U.S.A.– and it is a peaceful border. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Comments
Minimalism Project Update: 39 Things When I took off on this trip in August of 2010 I sold or gave away everything I owned. The series of blog posts about this didn’t go anywhere until a linkbait tastic post of Extreme Minimalism sure did. Last week the Village Voice reached out, and today reported, to see how the project was developing. I didn’t realize how I had almost stopped talking about the project (the last update coming in May). That was May. What a project this has been! This week the post took off again (after Grist, Refinery 29 and Hacker News picked it up). Over 600,000 views on the post about me only owning a few shirts. I’m so confused by this. This morning I had my iphonographer friend Adria Ellis take a picture of what I own today. The original items: So of my original ’15 things’ only 6 remain in my current ownership eight months later. Most notable additions are a bunch of cowboy stuff. Blue Western ShirtRed Western ShirtWhite Western ShirtCowboy Hat SuitTieNice ShoesKimya Dawson Loves Me Socks Related Posts:
CD3WD Archives the Information Necessary to Rebuild Society @Eric Geller: It reminds me of the OLPC project, straight from the ivory tower of MIT. It lacks a sense of priority... where the industrialized Western world thinks that so called 'third world' countries will do ok if tech is thrown at them. Imo it's an arrogant attitude, and an attitude that says that if we give them tech first, then everything else will follow. "So you're infrastructure is down and disorder is everywhere and there's no food or fuel.... No problem! Just draw upon that knowledge that you downloaded when you still had internet! @Eric Geller: More like a monetary problem. I don't know about that. Technology can be used as a multiplier to better utilize the resources that already exist. Think of this as the lifehacker for the rest of the world.
IF DISASTER STRIKES: SAFE ZONES IN AMERICA By Andrew Strom I write this out of genuine concern for the remnant of God in the USA. It is something that I have been wanting to put together for awhile. It is about the many similar prophecies of calamity and physical judgment coming upon this nation. There seems to be a pattern, and I don't want to cause undue alarm, but simply to discuss these things so we are not unaware of them. God will tell you if you need to act on any of this. Since I have been in the United States it has come to my attention that there have been prophetic and praying people from all different places who have had visions, dreams, or strong revelations that concern an apocalyptic disaster striking America. The most unanimous warnings from many quarters concern the West Coast. By no means is the West Coast the only part of America being singled out in a lot of these prophecies. The latter part of a lot of these prophecies and dreams show America being invaded by foreign armies while she is down.