Traveling comes from the need to travel, nothing more. We wanted to start traveling, but as college students we didn’t have a lot of money for trips with travel agencies. So we decided that we would travel on our own. And to make it cheaper we would do it with our own car, which would also be our home.
We bought a 20-year-old VW T3 for $500. We found it in a Belgian village in a store named Belgiehypotheek and it was in a terrible condition. But we fell in love with it and decided to give it a second life. Within a few months, with the help of friends, we painted it and converted it into a colorful camper. We spent about $250 on modifications. Our bus has a folding couch, 220V socket, roof rack and even an electric shower.
How do we travel so cheaply?
On average we spend 8 dollars a day and try to travel as cheaply as possible. What does this look like in practice?
- Fuel – we almost never travel alone – we take friends, blog readers, and random people on different legs of our journey and share the cost of fuel.
- Accommodation – we never pay for accommodation. We sleep wild in the car and in tents – on beaches, on cliffs or in the mountains.
- Food – we have a stove and fridge in the bus, we shop in cheap markets and cook for ourselves – this way we save on restaurants.
- Hygiene – in the bus we have an electric shower connected to a 150-liter water tank on the roof.
- Attractions and tickets – very often we do not pay for entry to tourist attractions. As bloggers we get free tickets in exchange for writing a review of a given attraction.
We earn money on the blog, on books and by doing various advertising campaigns for companies (photo shoots, advertising films in exotic settings . All we need is a laptop and access to the Internet and we can work.