How do People Travel with Few Objects and No Credit Card, No Bank Accounts?

I would love to hear people travelling with a few objects and no bank accounts. I’m in the process of getting rid of my stuff little by little until I have nothing left. Then I would like to make it back to a certain point (which I don’t know where it will be). More than 3 months ago, I left on a world tour with 20€ but I still had my bike, gears, full bags. I would like to hear the story of people having this experience. Few objects and no credit card.

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    Well, of course, it will be an experience, everything is, and money and objects do not define experiences. Kenny, you’ll have a great time and will probably be able to see the places you visit free-er from the tourist view where you usually pay for ‘experiences’.

    • Sherman Pouros
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      I’ve been fortunate to visit many places in my life, and some you simply wouldn’t be able to visit without money. And no, I’m not the usual tourist.

      • Marquis Ward
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        And that’s sad. Money should not restrict in anyway experiences…

        • Sherman Pouros
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          Please propose a better world system then.

          • Marquis Ward
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            You let people give whatever they feel like giving. It allows anybody to use any created experiences.

            • Sherman Pouros
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              But you don’t have anything physical (food, etc) to give in return? The world doesn’t work that way, and it might work for you but only because it is a novelty.

              You’re self-imposing poverty when there are so many people that have to suffer it every day and would give anything to have a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.

              • Ephraim Witting
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                Dude, trying to use less money and getting rid of non-essential possessions is not ‘self-imposed poverty’.

                • Sherman Pouros
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                  No, but I understood it that he was getting rid of his bank card and travelling with no money. Thus relying on the generosity of others when he presumably has other options. To me that’s unethical.

                  • Ephraim Witting
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                    I think he said, Credit Card. I have lived and travelled without any form of bank card for some years in the past as I was without an address and therefore wasn’t able to have one by the rules of the banking system, but it was not without difficulty at certain points where for various reasons a passport is not enough to prove you have a legitimate identity, but getting rid of a credit card is always a good idea no doubt. There are many ways to travel without the use of money, maybe you’ve heard of wwoofing/work away/helpX where you exchange work for food and shelter (plus experiences and connections) Dumpster diving for food and Hitchhiking or Crew wanted for boats, none of these things are unethical, at best Hitchhiking does ‘rely’ on others but as only people who want to stop will stop then its not unethical at all and in many countries its totally normal.

                    • Sherman Pouros
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                      Yep, I’m familiar with work exchanges and such. Perhaps he will be doing these things, but he said he set out with €20 and no card. From that I understood that he would not be keeping money anywhere he could retrieve it (bank card or not) and would be traveling in such a way that he’d be relying on people for those things that we all need.

                      Perhaps he has a talent he can exchange (I know artists who swap accommodation for artwork… albeit usually underpricing themselves).

                      It may be that I misunderstood him, but I’ve seen travelers on the streets of my home city who beg because their fantastical plan didn’t work out.

                      People who could have saved money through hard work and then end up in a place with no way back home and begging, when there are locals in need of donations who thus suffer. This is what I had in mind when I said it can be unethical.

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    When I first started traveling more than 2 years ago, I gave away all my belongings and left with only a backpack and a heart full of adventure lust. And literally no plan whatsoever. I then met a guy who traveled for over one year without even touching any money and he taught me everything there is to know about living without money.

    The following 3 months in 3 countries were the freest time I ever had, it was wonderful! Of course, I also closed my bank account on the way. After getting arrested in Wales for nothing, later on, the court ruled we had to pay 180£ each, even tho they knew we didn’t have bank accounts. Lots of crazy stories on the way, I can tell you that!

    Good luck Marquis! And always remember: Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right!
    Trust in yourself and JUST DO IT! (Y)

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    People should not collect things, rather that should tell stories of the adventures they have had 🙂 Live Your Dream TODAY!

    • Marquis Ward
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      You know. I have had not many objects in the past years. After getting rid of the material things, I have to get rid of the immaterial things.

      For example, I “collect” tabs and links on my computer. I don’t want to collect experiences or stories either. Or maybe I want to get okay with the fact of living what I’m living for the sake of living it.

      Surely you did not mean that. But I wanted to say this anyway ^^

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    I left Atlanta, Ga with $100 and no money in my bank account. Still here and traveling almost two months later! 3000 miles! I’ll tell you though, be prepared to stay hungry 90% of the time! And I even hunt as much as I can!

    • Marquis Ward
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      Approximately a year ago I did a 7 day fast. I was hungry for 30 seconds. We don’t know hungry. It’s just mental projections on our bodies. I kind of manage that pretty good. Still, it’s important to feed my body correctly and with the right balance of food. It’s a bit hard for me. But still, I get more and more lucid and attentive to my body 🙂
      Me too….I hunted a lot of ….cherries !!! ^^

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    For clarifying, I get inspired many times by these French guys

    (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3l_R3FaTSHNXBuyILkoxsg).

    They do shows on public television in France. They leave naked with the quest to realize one of their childhood dreams. The thing is they do this for two weeks.

    My intention is to do something similar when I’ll be ballsy enough. I feel it’s something I have to go through to reinvent myself through humor and play.

    Getting rid of my objects and narratives, to choose them anew wrapped in a conscious choice.

    Lots of things I use, I feel I choose to use them from an unconscious place. Especially money, on which I have no control or usable feedback on the design (look at the way central banks and the Bank for international settlements work).

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