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Old 08-27-10, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by simplygib
Workampers.

https://www.workkamper.com
Edit: Didn't realize this was a paid subscription site. I'm not endorsing it - I know nothing about it. Maybe instead, just google workkamper and you'll come up with other options. Not sure how well this would work out for a touring cyclist though. .
Hi - I think the correct link is www.workamper.com. It is a paid site.

I did some digging; this is the site I was thinking about:

https://www.technomadia.com/

It has all kinds of info about how to live on the road in an RV, I think sometimes they have stuff about finding jobs, but have not researched it in depth.

Interesting links to all kinds of folks who are living on the road (most *not* by bike):

https://www.technomadia.com/other-nomads/
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Old 08-27-10, 02:35 AM
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Regarding inexpensive food ... depending where you are, you might be able to take advantage of roadside markets etc. Touring through Queensland, for example, we were able to get mangos for free because they had planted mango trees along several of the roads, and the mangos were well ripe and falling off. But aside from that, there was a man selling freshly picked bananas as we disembarked from one particular river ferry for $0.20 each or something like that. And later we came to a table at the end of a lane with a sign telling us to help ourselves to the fruit on the table and suggesting we leave a few coins if we did. And there were heaps of other market-type places ranging in size from very small to the size of a large grocery store, often with very good prices on their goods.

Some parts of the US might have such things as well.
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The soup kitchen thing just isn't cool.

Seems like the best strategy is to save up some dough at home. While you're working and trying to save some money, learn how to be super frugal and eliminate all the financial expenses from your daily lifestyle that you don't need. This will save you some money and help you adjust to the frugality of the cross country tour you envision.

When I was in grad school, we all were paid some money each month that covered our basic needs (as teaching or research assistants). Not much, but it was enough (I was lucky in that my wife worked, so I didn't have to worry about making ends meet on such a small budget). Most grad students ended up taking out student loans to cover their needs, but I had a friend who was super frugal and he actually was able to save money and eventually buy a very small condo with the aid of financing programs for low income people. He didn't live like a monk, but he just usually found a way to save money when possible and didn't choose to do things that cost that much money.

America is a very rich country and as such, living very cheaply often only requires some imagination, open-mindness, and flexibility.
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Originally Posted by delux68
let me revise my statement. i would only feel comfortable eating at a soup kitchen if i could also help out and volunteer for the night.

I would like to also say that if a person is riding across, and all around the country, it will take months and that person is basically homeless and jobless. i think soup kitchens are set up for feeding homeless/jobless people regardless of whether they are riding through on a bike or not.
Nothing Wrong eating in a soup kitchens.
Most homeless shelters have a 30 day Stay Limit.
Many homeless travel to one city after another.

Soup kitchens have good food.
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Old 08-27-10, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
Hi - I think the correct link is www.workamper.com.
Thanks.....just fixed it.
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Old 08-28-10, 09:31 AM
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the person who started this thread hasn't been back, but i do appreciate all the feedback and insight from those who have gone before.
thank you
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Old 08-28-10, 09:35 AM
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Well I just started down the pacific coast yesterday.... Send money too
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Old 08-29-10, 06:41 PM
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I have been back, just not posted. All are great ideas. I have thought about working for enough money and then traveling till the money ran out. I know its hard to find work when you do not have a local address and thats why I am worried about relying on that method.
I am kinda having a quarter life crisis right now. I have no idea what I want in life. I am getting frustrated with everything, and I want to go and have some me time. I know thats how life is, but I am 28, single, no kids, and the only bills I would need to pay a cell phone and a student loan payment. I think that this would be a good time and to do a long trip.
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Originally Posted by mthayer
I have been back, just not posted. All are great ideas. I have thought about working for enough money and then traveling till the money ran out. I know its hard to find work when you do not have a local address and thats why I am worried about relying on that method.
I am kinda having a quarter life crisis right now. I have no idea what I want in life. I am getting frustrated with everything, and I want to go and have some me time. I know thats how life is, but I am 28, single, no kids, and the only bills I would need to pay a cell phone and a student loan payment. I think that this would be a good time and to do a long trip.
Don't worry, I had my "mid life" crisis at 26. Not a bad thing, IMO. Just evaluate what makes sense to you and how you want to live and go from there. I think the only objections in this thread is the use of charity reserved for those who truly cannot help themselves, and not so much that you want to tour and live/ride frugally.
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again, with a credit card and the ability to make some minimum payments, you will be good until the limit is reached and really have to pay only 10,15 bucks a month on the minimum interest payment.

Frugally, even a guy with a single, 1,000 dollar card could go for a few months and only really have to have about 50, 60 bucks in the back to cover those minimums.

I don't do this myself by have always got it in the back of my mind for financing a round the world tour - a few thousand in the bank could really go quite a while if it was backing & supporting a fairly robust credit line.
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Bekologist, as far as touring with a credit card, its a no go. I do not have a credit card anymore, and do not plan on getting on. If I can not pay for it as I go, I will not be able to do it. I appreciate the suggestion, but its just not for me.
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Well ... work really hard for the next year or two ... work 2 or 3 jobs. Pay off the student loan, and save up as much money as you can.

Then cycle for a month or two, and with some money still in the bank, "settle" in a town you like that has some work opportunities. Stay there for a few months working and cycling around the area. Then cycle for another month or two, and "settle" in another town. If you need an address, the address will be your campground or hotel. Or sometimes you might be able to pick up an apartment for 4-6 months (watch the student accommodation ads for the universities in the area).

That way you will really get to know your country and maybe you'll decide what you want to do along the way.
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Expensive part is paying for your place back home plus what it costs you to be on the road..

Storage units are cheaper than apartments.
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Old 08-29-10, 10:06 PM
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No worries about that. I have a place to store my crap for free, and I will have a place to go to after I get back from touring, if I ever get back. I will have to lose my employment with the company I work for, so really there is no reason to be in a hurry to get back. I have been talking with my family members about this and they are starting to realize I am serious about doing it. I have a goal, I said I am going to do it, I must do it now.
I am starting to pick up some odd jobs, and I am trying to get my emergency fund back in place with them. Once I get it back, I plan on throwing every dollar I can at the student loan and get it payed off.
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It's called dumpster diving and there's nothing wrong with it. Anyone can do it. Grocery stores, restaurants, especially fast food, etc. After a few towns you'll get the hang of it. Your diet may not be that varied, because you'll load up on what you find. Pulling a trailer just for the dumpster goodies is a good idea, because you'll need to stock up where you can. For bike stuff, look for bike shops. They throw away a lot of fairly decent stuff. Big stores are now sealing their dumpsters. Wouldn't want anyone to eat for free! Make 'em all wage slaves, that's the ticket. So look for the smaller stores.

I'm always amazed at the inability/unwillingness of Americans to eat the imperfect. Hey, it's good for you. Improves the immune system. If it smells good and tastes pleasant and isn't any funny colors, it's probably OK.

But yeah, stay away from the soup kitchens and missions. And be prepared to lose some weight! Yeah! I once hitched from Istanbul to Munich on 5 Turkish lira. Took about 10 days. Lived off the land. You'd be surprised at all the stuff that Americans cook that doesn't need to be cooked. But never steal! Partly the Karma, partly it messes with your head.

Read Into the Wild. Really, no danger as long as you're responsible. Warmer climates are much cheaper than colder, so stay south. Rice is really cheap and nutritious. Many people eat almost nothing but rice. I once met fellow in Morocco who had walked across the Sahara, eating nothing but bread and dates. All you need to wash with is a rough, dry stone. Etc.

What's the downside? You might need to self-rescue. So have a backup. Leave some money behind or take the phone number of a relative who you can touch. But don't do it except as a really last resort.
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