Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse - lack of money. Tomislav, after traveling the world for years with almost no money, shows how it is possible for everyone to do the same, if they really want to.
Tomislav Perko, 29, is a travel writer from Croatia. After a career of a stockbroker, broke because of the financial crisis, he hits the road and turns it into his home. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.
Five years later, he publishes a book “1000 Days of Spring” and goes around giving lectures about what it means to live on the road. Find out more on his website: http://tomislavperko.com/en/.
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At 14:58 - we Indians have a lot of frontiers... but we r not judgmental about anyone. we beleive there r both good & bad ppl everywhere. What happens to u at a particular place depends upon several factors... ur behaviour, situation, time & of course... ur luck.😊😊
Interesting how almost everyone here finds their own magical excuse to not travel. Whether it is fairly reasonable (My passport is bad) to simply ridiculous (I'm an introvert). You're all missing his point
Flawless presentation. I love the fact that he mentions it may not be for everyone. Yes, he is very persuasive in regards to the reasons why people should travel, but he also implicates that there are many downsides to be aware of such as hunger, sickness and even post travel depression. Overall, great information for anyone who is thinking about backpacking. Tomislav, you are on point with this one!
when he said "you will miss belonging to a story my face lit up -- he's absolutely right 100% correct!!!! MAN!!! I missed not having a purpose and now that I have one again I have forgotten how I've missed it so. Thank you Tomislav.
its definitely possible to travel on a shoestring... however it really depends on your DISCIPLINE too.. Especially for those of us from more rich countries where we grew up with everything, perhaps in Croatia he learned from an early age to be frugal. its important to learn NOT to over spend when traveling, its important to learn some quick maths so you can calculate the exchange rates quickly and NOT get ripped off. its also important to have discipline, maybe you will be traveling with people who have money and want to stay in nice hotels or go our drinking to clubs every night... The style of traveling he did is not the same,,,,, what he is advocating its a different road less traveled compared to the gap year students backpacking on their student loans... but still dont let that dissuade you, learn discipline and enjoy the simpler things...
For people saying women should travel with a male companion thats just such a great solution!!
So this world is unsafe for women due to males animalistic mindset and the solution is to become dependent on them. Thats equallity and democracy. Such great idea, just unbelievable!
umm... not all men have animalistic mindsets and even if they did there would be nothing we could do about it, being naturally more agressive is part of their biology. Also, do you have a better solution for women? Even if a woman learns self defense there's still a good chance that an average man can just overpower her with raw strength. Equality? Do you suggest that every woman should take testosterone and steroids just so we can be "equal"? How does democracy play into this? (ps not trying to be rude I just can't make any sense of what you said)
As a traveller I can say that this is totally true!!! You don t need money you just need to go out there and experience and stop believing that conventional things are the only way to live a life. That s what other people tell us because they are afraid to do what we do
I think one of the most important thing is to know how to behave with different people in different places, because the way you behave in one place can be absolutely inappropriate in another one. Also you have to know the places to never go to. People might not to kill you somewhere, but might involve you in the actions that are difficult to get out.
I traveled for almost 4 years, doing all that he said. I did hitchicking so many times, i worked as volunteer in more than 15 hostels . I really think that travel is more control your mind than anything else. You have to trust that everything is going to work out. And i'm completely agree about that famous crisis when you go back home. When you feel that you dont belong to any place. And all your friends are around the world. When you came out of the bubble is not easy to go back. But in the end you know that you need to be part of something. As he said, you have to find the balance between have a home and dont stop exploring.
What does '' Almost no money'' means, exactly?
For those who say that hitchhiking is dangerous... I must tell you guys.. Everything is dangerous. Everybody has to sacrifice something. You cannot have it cheap and safe in the same time (but if you do, please share ). Plus you know i can just come and kill you at home too😉➕
i have untreatable major depression, severe ptsd, anhedonia, etc for 10 years. ive been eating like 9 pills a day for 3 years. ive lost all my friends and family.
i recently found out that i can live a life that maybe has meaning, by volunteering work in social and charity work, through sites like wwoofing, workaway, helpx , where accomodation and food is provided. i think i might want to live out my entire life volunteering and doing charity work until the day my body is unable to.
i really need to find out if this is the cure i have been looking for for 10 years. i would like to see even a candle, in this dark place i still cant escape from.
i just need about $1,000 - $3,000 worth of gear though. i dont even have hiking boots. heck, i don't even have a backpack. and some of these volunteer sites expect you to camp out on site.
my illness has taken everything away from me, and left my bank account at near $0, while I get food stamps from the government, and am unable to secure a job, nor hold on to one.
do you think anyone would help me if i set up a gofundme or something along those lines? im not american though.
may peace be upon us all. <3
I would only travel when i will get a very short hair cut. I am a npn binary person, I would love it and thanks it I would look like a boy and not attractive for straight men, okay and thinking that way it provides me a safety. Pls, someone make a guide for women!!!! We are AFRAID!
In India you have to show your bank statements to even apply for travel visa and then you have to buy travel insurance and air ticket to apply for visa. If its not there they won't accept the application also. LOL!!! Only easy for people who are either rich or born in Europe, US, UK, Canada, etc... You are even granted visa on arrival for so many countries.
Can someone help me in 15 and i started to think further in my life so im wondering how do i travel to england like what do i need ? so i cloud stay there and live and get a job house familly and stuff to But the thing is i don't know what do i need to go there like what kind of credit card i would need what documents i would need to enter the country to fly there from lithuania and can i drive in uk with eu drive licenses ? help please
It wanted him so bad to stop moving so his head would be between the E and D letter (some OCD maybe?)
But amazing Ted Talk. Love his slight humor and all the tipps he gave are so helpful for someone who alsways wanted to move on in his/her life but is too fearful (yeah, because maybe someone could you).
LOVE IT !!
There is a reason why everyone lives in his own safe house, because we don't know everyone. If we stay and hitchhike at some stranger, the chances are pretty high they are up to no good. Yes the media makes things worse than it is, but there is always a true side behind it. Always have a backup and be careful of people you don't know.
I really like your story. Your life seems to be an adventure. I love to travel but can't because of some personal commitment but i have tried couchsurfing, and it was an eye opener for me. I came across another concept called work for accommodation on Hippohelp. Have you tried it?
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