Full text of Tomislav Perko on How to Travel The World With Almost No Money at TEDxTUHH conference.
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Hey guys, I am Tom from Croatia. In the last couple of years, the world has been my home. I traveled, I hitchhiked, cars, trucks, horses, motorcycle, boats. I drove in buses, trains, rickshaws. I worked all jobs, spent time with locals. I volunteered. I became a monk. Just kidding, I sailed across the Indian Ocean. I tried things that I never tried before. I have seen things that I will remember as long as I live. And all that with almost no money.
That’s pretty much it. Thank you very much. No, most of the people when they see this video they react with, wow! I wish I could travel like that. And the thing is most of us actually can.
Before I started traveling, as Andrew said, I was a stockbroker, working 9 to 5, had a lot of money. And then the crash came, 2008. I lost my job. I lost the money and I lost the meaning. At that time I discovered one website CouchSurfing. I don’t know how many of you guys heard about CouchSurfing.
Okay. How many of you haven’t heard about CouchSurfing? Okay. For you guys, it’s an Internet website that allows you to host travelers in your own home. And at the same time it allows you to stay in other people’s homes while traveling yourself.
When I was hosting people in my apartment, over 150 of them, by listening to their stories and seeing the spark in their eyes, my thought was, wow! I wish I could travel like that. But I was afraid. The world is a very dangerous place, at least according to the media, our education, our family, church and so on. I was afraid of leaving my comfort zone and going by myself into the unknown world.
And I was also afraid of not having any money. And then the people that I hosted in my apartment told me two amazing things. First of all, you don’t have to be brave to travel. You just have to have a little bit of courage to start to lead. And the other thing they told me is that you don’t have to be rich to travel.
Actually all expenses while you’re traveling fall into three major categories. First is transportation to get from point A to point B. The other thing is accommodation. And the last is everything else: food, drinks and so on. And they told me if you minimize those three expenses to some minimum, it can be actually cheaper to travel than live in your own city.
I listened to them. And for the next five years I’ve been traveling around the world with almost no money. And this is how I did.
First thing, I hitchhiked. Apart from being free, apart from being really fast, it allowed me one amazing thing to have an adventure between point A and point B. And how many of you guys have ever a hitchhike? Okay. Quite a lot. Well, what are you doing?