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Old 10-16-2003, 06:16 PM   #21
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My cheapest travel was a road trip from Vancouver all the way down to Tijuana and back by Death Valley...It was in february and we could deal on everything, food, rooms...We were 5 and had rented a car. We lived pretty well for ten days or so, for 250US$ each, including the gas and car. Sharing makes it cheaper... B)
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started off in tempe, AZ, usa with no cash (not even tobacco or food!), caught a ride to new orleans, LA, there for about 2.5 mos (worked one week) and caught a ride to ocala, FL where i stayed for about another month. rainbow gathering helped me out in FL, though!

even though 100% broke in new orleans, still stayed probably the drunkest of my entire life!
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Awesome stories...keep em coming...

The worst for me was when I was in Jamaica...I had gotten my pocket picked and I lost my wallet...it was one of the last days...luckily I didnt have anything too necessary in it other then cash...so I go to the airport to leave and apparentally they charge a fee for everyone leaving the country...I had just spent my last $20 bucks on a bottle of rum...so I go to return the rum to the store to get my money back so i can pay the fee....the guy says he doesnt take returns, so i tell him my situation and he says...well how about I just buy your bottle back from you and then you can sit here and help me drink it while you wait for your plane...haha...SO, me and this rasta guy got shitfaced in his liquer store in the Montego Bay Airport... I gave him a few of my high in demand "american" shirts as a thank you and stumbled onto my plane...I made it back to America with 35 cents...just enough money to call a friend from the airport and ask him to come get me because I couldnt afford a taxi and my credit card got stolen in Jamaica.......
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Awesome stories...keep em coming...

The worst for me was when I was in Jamaica...I had gotten my pocket picked and I lost my wallet...it was one of the last days...luckily I didnt have anything too necessary in it other then cash...so I go to the airport to leave and apparentally they charge a fee for everyone leaving the country...I had just spent my last $20 bucks on a bottle of rum...so I go to return the rum to the store to get my money back so i can pay the fee....the guy says he doesnt take returns, so i tell him my situation and he says...well how about I just buy your bottle back from you and then you can sit here and help me drink it while you wait for your plane...haha...SO, me and this rasta guy got shitfaced in his liquer store in the Montego Bay Airport...* I gave him a few of my high in demand "american" shirts as a thank you and stumbled onto my plane...I made it back to America with 35 cents...just enough money to call a friend from the airport and ask him to come get me because I couldnt afford a taxi and my credit card got stolen in Jamaica.......
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you mean a real soul-jah!!
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Old 01-15-2004, 09:06 PM   #26
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Haaa....some people are so nice!!! This guy deserved the shirt!!!
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Cross - when are you planning on going to Thailand. I'm going to be doing the whole "up and leave" thing :D this year. July/Aug is going to be Europe and then a friend and I are going to end up in Thailand for a while. Hoping I can make the trip last at least 6 months. I think I've worked too much at least at a 9-5 job in the states. I need some adventure damn it!
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Old 02-05-2004, 12:37 PM   #28
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I was in England last summer for two weeks. and I had a Britrail Pass and a flight but other than that I went to

York 2 nights, Edinburgh 2 nights, Oxford 2 nights, and London 5 nights all with only 200 pounds in my pocket... and that was including any siteseeing I wanted to do in the cities... ( I went on the London Eye, but that my parents paid for cause they never got to do it )

It's amzing how most hostels will give you free rent if you just do a little bit of cleaning for them.
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Old 03-24-2004, 01:27 PM   #29
 
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In "Yesteryears" about the time most of you were born or before the summer after I graduated from high school I took off on 3 hitchhiking ( occasional bus ride when we were STUCK) trips all around the States( and a few miles into Canada ). the longest one was 22 days on U$35 + some dried food in our backpacks started in Des Moines, Iowa and went through Estes Park / Grand Lake, Colorado & westward to the Bay Area, tried going south without much success so turned around and went north staying over in Vancouver Washington on the way up to B.C. where we got stuck again with maybe 2 dozen Canadians in a small town north of Pendicton (sp?). So instead of trying to jump on the next freight train we took a bus to Pendicton and hitched south down to I-80 North taking it back east all the way to Niagra Falls, joining my friends' church group tour visiting the HOME of Joseph Smith the maybe scizzo genius founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints ( the orginal church is extremely small but the Mormons broke off to expand their membership ) and BACK to Iowa.


I took off to Tucson AZ the first week of January afterwards with less than U$500 and managed to stay until the spring ( with the help of some partime work there), almost 4 months; this lead to another whirlwind series of 3 "road trips" between Tucson and DM but that story will have to wait to be shared.

My hometown girlfriend ( now married & settled in France for many years ) and I took off to Europe with only U$1200 between the two of us, submitting our job applications in Garmisch, Germany for work later in the spring, headed for southern Spain and southern Morrocco (on the beach 18 km north of Agadir ) for 3 months. ( U$30 for our first 3 weeks rent and U$30 for our first 100 grams ).

After partying out, "working" and learning to ski for 8 months we tripped around Europe in a VW Camping Van for 6 months on very little ( sorry forget the budget ) but went back to work for 2 months in Munich before taking off to India with only U$3200 between us which lasted 9 months ( 3 wks India, 3 months Nepal, 3 wks India, 3 months Sri Lanka 4 wks Thailand, 3 days HK ) crossing Asia to Seoul, South Korea where we knew we could teach English and do a little "black market".

Recently on Boracay Island in the Philippines when I'm there alone without my wife and I hooked up with a motley group of budget travelers from their late 20s to mid 30s and partied up and down the beach from "happy hour" to "Happy Hour" including a couple of "munchie" stops; I usually take a P500 bill, ( then U$10, now U$9 ) and ALWAYS woke up the next day with change in my pocket!!!!
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Dam PhilBill, you just proved "Where theres a will, theres a way"
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that is an awsome story philbill...

I sooo hope that i can stick to a budget this trip... Want to have loads of fun, drink heaps, but somehow keep it tight...
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Yeah Phillbill, that is an expirience most of us wish we could have. What year was this? I get the feeling that that type of life that is getting harder and harder to live in these modern times.
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As you are travelling around Europe, track your Euro bills on
www.eurobilltracker.com
It's a great site, check it out!
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Old 04-09-2004, 07:06 PM   #34
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Wow, Philbill!!! You d'a man!!!
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Some of you will think I am whacked... BUT after decided to escape from Toronto, I made good money FAST by being a subject for medical study. I had to be drug-free and med-free... I had to stay a weekend or 2 doing nothing but take one pill (a generic versions of already existing drugs, therefore pretty safe), giving them some blood and watching a big screen TV!... one paid $1300 cdn for 2 weekends... they are safe and I did about 3 or 4 of these... I had no side effects hahaha! these paid for my move to Italy a month ago (I am here!). check out this site www.gpgp.com (guinea pigs get paid .com) these places are all over the world so you can do it abroad. I now have my apt in Salerno near the sea... and hey!... I am even thinking about renting my extra room out to travellers when I finish the renovating in about a month. feel free to email me pepprrr@hotmail.com .... cheers!
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nice work pepprrr!

way to use all your resources to get a trip going, now that's a true backpacker!
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I keep meaning to look into those. Figure some quick cash is a hella way to get out of debt and get out of this country.

That is how Robert Rodriguez got the money to make his first film "El Mariachi" which I know Tony knows, and if any of you have read the Indie Film thread. HIs later films were "Deperardo" and "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" he also worked on "From Dusk Til Dawn" with Quentin Tarantino
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The other bonus to this med study thing is that it's tax free. So if you are on unemployment insurance you don't claim this money (and live on the only on the chump-change they pay you). If you are in Toronto there a 3 of these places - Allied (Mississauga, this place is the nicest and pays the best), Biovail and Pharmamedica in Scarboro, and Apotex does male only studies. I called everday to try and get into these because there is alot of people that are trying. A bit of advice re: the way to get accepted - no matter what questions they ask you about your health the answer is NO! but be aware they do drug testing so you really can't lie about it, especially if you're full of THC . if you get in to one the company will tell you they have a "lockout of 30 days" after you have finished, but i know people that will get into another study with another company right away, so when they ask you just say you haven't been in another study previously. Believe it or not I have met people that have made this like their career, hahaha! it sure was the easiest "sitting-on-my-ass" fast cash I ever made.
damn I never knew that about Rodriguez... awesome!
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That is awesome. I will have to start looking into that.
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Wow Philbill! I bet you have some seriously mad stories to tell.

I am sooooo gonna be a guinea pig! ha ha...
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