Frequently Asked Travel Questions & Concerns

1) How much money do I need to travel?

If you’re up for it, you don’t need any. On this site, we hope to show that travel is possible on a budget as low as 0$ a day. However, it really depends on you. You may want to set a budget of 15$/ day and allocate this specifically for food, or 25$/day to cover a night in a hostel and one meal. Additionally, it really depends on what part of the world you are traveling in. While in Western Europe the price of a night in a hostel averages 20$, in many South East Asian countries you can stay for as little as 2$ a night.

2) Is traveling dangerous?

Everything in life is dangerous. There is nothing that we do that isn’t accompanied by some degree of danger. And in fact, usually the more dangerous something is, the more rewarding, enlightening and fun it is. The same goes for travel. You shouldn’t let your fears get in the way of your travel dreams.

3) Where should I start my trip?

Think about where you have always wanted to go. Maybe you saw it in a movie or read about it in a novel and thought, wow, I would love to go there. That’s the place you should start.

4) What should I bring with me?

The best answer to this question is very little! For more specific items, check out this article on “How To Pack” or this article on “Essential Travel Gear.”

5) What kind of backpack should I get?

Basically, the smaller the better. Ideally, you are going to want a bag that is well built to avoid tears, jammed zippers and broken straps. See here for a guide on “Choosing A Backpack.”

6) Do I need a visa? How much do visas cost?

As visas are based on a system of reciprocity, it really depends on your home country and the relation it has with the country you wish to travel in. For US citizens, all countries within the EU and signatories of the Schengen treaty can travel visa free for up to 90 days. Thailand is another country which doesn’t require a visa. Many countries, such as Egypt, Turkey and Nepal, charge in around 15 to 25$. While other countries such as China, Russia and Sudan generally charge over 100$ for US citizens. To find out how much visas cost, search each countries embassy website to view specific visa requirements and prices. However, if you don’t have the money to pay for visas, you can always jump border, see here for a Guide to Jumping International Borders (read at your own risk).

7) Is there an American prejudice? Will they attack me cause I’m American?

This is a major misconception. The truth is, most people around the world welcome Americans with great hospitality. Almost everyone has seen an Arnold Schwarzenegger film or a Disney movie and so most people hold a fairly positive image concerning the USA. Even during Bush’s war on terror, American travelers didn’t experience too much negativity. And now that Obama is in office, all you will get is a thumbs up and a smile. However, in the end, it really depends on the country. If you’re worried about how people might react to your citizenship, you don’t have to tell them.

8) If I don’t take any money, will I starve to death?

It is extremely unlikely that you will starve to death. There are many ways to eat for free, you just need to know where and how to find food. At worst, you may go a few days without food. However, you will quickly get used to it and will definitely gain a new appreciation for food in general. Be sure to check out this guide on 7 Ways to Eat for Free on the Road.

9) Is there anyway to fly for free?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. While it used to be possible to fly for free through a courier service, with all the new security measures following 9/11 and the advent of the internet, it appears that courier services are nearing their extinction. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t fly for cheap.

10) I am traveling alone, will I meet other travelers?

Yes, of course! One of the best things about traveling is that there are always a variety of other travelers that you will meet no matter where you go.

11) Can I work abroad?

Yes, there are many jobs you can find as a backpacker. While technically you may need a work permit, you can get many jobs without one. For example, you could work on a charter boat in Israel, a Hotel in Jordan or in a luxury yacht in the South of France all without proper papers. See our section on Backpacker jobs for more details.

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