How to travel by bus around the world?
Great idea for a cheap holiday!
We invite you to read our short guide which will show you that if you have no money or travel experience it doesn’t mean you can’t be a traveler.
It doesn’t matter if you are in high school or university, each of you can find a month off for a low-budget life adventure. If you are high school graduate it’s the best idea for your upcoming longest holidays of the lifetime!
Towards? Spanish beaches, Italia, France, Portugal and a few more countries
Time? About a month
Team? 5-10 people
Costs? At most 2500 PLN per person, including buying a car.
So what do you need to go around the world by bus?
1. Team and route
At the beginning you need to find a group of friends who want to travel with you, experience amazing adventures, meet new people and party on tropical beaches. They don’t have to be a great travelers. They only need to be a crazy guys that want to do crazy things. If you have too many friends, you can find a team at our website: StartToTravel
You can base on our first trip route. 😉 The route is tested and perfect for a month (don’t plan more than 7000 kilometers for a month, about 5000 kilometers is a perfect distance) and full of great, unforgettable places!
2. Van or different car
You need to buy cheap car which is easy to use (easy to repar) with cheap and easy accesible parts. We have chosen VW Transporter T3 because it satisfies all requirements. It costed us only 2000 PLN. All necessary repairs, painting (we’ve borrowed paint guns and bought 6 litres overdue paint for 100 PLN) and other things we also did by ourselves. The couch was hand made (remade ordinary, old, home sofa – a review of passes without a problem). A few weekends of work and the old van has become into a traveler’s camper and was ready to go!
3. Small budget
We do not need a lot of money to cross several European countries. Fuel costs are divided in 5-6 person so they are not so horrible and for hotels you don’t pay at all. A total cost is about 2000-2500 PLN per person and everyone can save such amount of money before holidays. You can save that money in 1 month, for example working in construction.
What are the costs?
- buying a car + parts and repair = 5000 PLN
- fuel at 7000 kilometers = 3500 PLN
- 150 instant noodles
- 10 liters of water per day = 400 PLN
- a few extra meals, entrance and parking = 2500 PLN
Together makes around 2500 PLN per person! That is how much it costed us!
You’re gonna need a few things to repair the car: first aid kit, tow rope, car jack, jumper cables, vests, 230V inverter, gas bottle, tent, camping chairs, GPS, maps, sleeping bags, a lot of gray tape, passports, guides, spare ATM card, flashlight, food and some other things.
5. Free nights
In France, Italy, Spain and in any other country, despite all, there are no problems with accommodation “in the wild”. We managed to cross 31 countries, and not spend a 1 PLN for a night! We slept on the beaches in the middle of beach resorts, as well as on the wild beaches. In summer you can sleep at night without a tent on the beaches, in the open air – just foam pad and sleeping bag are enough. There often were other travelers or locals sleeping on the beach.
Sometimes we put the tent near the forest, a meadow, or even on the parking asphalt. When the weather is bad or you don’t want to look for a place to put up the tent you can always sleep in the car. Our van has two reclining front seat and rear seats spread out into a long bed – 5, 6 people can sleep well (there is still room on the roof for two people – a very interesting experience). A great place for vacation on the car parks are near McDonald’s and Supermarkets – no one will never chase you away from there. You can also get acces to McDonald’s WiFi for free and use the bathroom.
6. Cheap food
Food prices in Western Europe are unfortunately higher than ours so you should take your big eatables from Poland. We buy every year some instant noodles for few hundreds PLN, big bag of rice and pasta and some groats. You can live easily with it for a month, it’s enough to take a few pots and stove do with the cylinder and having food for a few PLN per person per daily!
During our last trip to the east, our diet looked like this: tomatoes soup on the days, on the odd days groat with stew. Maybe it doesn’t sound tasty, but in the wild or on the beach it tastes great, and yet it never happened to us that one of our team lost weight on the trip!
Of course, we always have a little extra money. Once a week we eat a casual dinner, because sometimes it is a sin not to taste the local specialties!
7. Free Internet
You can find free Wi-Fi in every McDonald’s, in the bars, hotels, stations (especially BP), shopping centers, often on the camps. Network from hotels and camping are often traced back to the beach or on the street – just go with a laptop or cell phone and “catch” open Wi-Fi networks. In this way we can easily lead for free our travel blog, inform our friends on Facebook what’s going on here, drop photos or call to people on skype.
8. Free showers
There are few ways:
• free bathrooms and showers at the stations and parking lots
• showers on the beaches – after dark you can go quietly and wash yourself
• water tanks on the roof of a bus – we take sometimes up to 100 liters, to the short end of the hose and sprinkler – and a shower is ready. We fill it on at the stations in the wells and to the west by taps drinking water in almost every city
• large coastal camping complexes bathrooms – swanky toilets and showers at the wall, and sometimes even washing machines. Just go there like you’d live there (sometimes at the entrance to the campsite there is a guard that checks wheather incoming people have special ties, but it happens rarely). The others are not able to distinguish intruders from themselves. Often, these campers have also entries directly from the beach.
You do not need experience in traveling to set of on such a trip! When we took our first trip to Portugal and Gibraltar, we haven’t had any experience with traveling abroad and we visited these places for the first time. Our only experience was a few trips with a tent or on a bicycle.
10. Positive Attitude
Actually, the most important is positive attitude and belief in a crazy idea. If you have it, then you are able to make your dream come true and nothing can stop you!
Just do it! 😉
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