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It is apparently possible for a person to travel from Berlin to Antarctica without any money at all. Just ask Michael Wigge, author of How to Travel the World for Free: One Man, 150 days, 11 countries, No Money! Simultaneously droll and exuberant, Stephen Bel Davies keeps the listener curious and bemused as they listen to the true story of Wigge’s adventure. From street performance to dumpster diving, from container ships to couch surfing, this pleasantly self-aware fool’s journey is fresh enough to keep the listener wondering what’s around the next bend.

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The unbelievable feat of traveling 25,000 miles - from Berlin to Antarctica - without any money! Join Michael Wigge as he immerses himself into fascinating subcultures, rides with Amish farmers in old-fashioned buggies, sleeps on the street with the homeless, and, with the help from alternative lifestylers, learns to nourish himself with flowers. Wigge had only three concerns during his travels: How do I get some food? How will I get to my next destination? Where can I sleep? …all without money! This unusual travel diary combines adventure with humor and contains surprising revelations about when money is really needed - and when it's not. A must-listen for every travel and adventure fan!

©2013 Michael Wigge (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it. And almost lived the story.

I can't decide what I loved more, Mr Wigge's adventures or Mr. Stephen's narration. Although, his confidence in hitchhiking across the end of the world owes to various reasons 1. His talent, experience and background in filming as a back-up barter 2. Being a man 3. Fair amount of research and homework on couch-surfing. 4. carrying a credit card as a backup et al - what's really commendable and inspiring was his courage to finally venture out on an unpredictable journey - embracing the unexpected every step of the way, his creativity in inventing various games for a quick buck, his easy-going attitude in approaching strangers for food or free travel ticket, his non-judgemental account of people and cultures he comes across, his endurance during the tough times of going hours without food or rest, his genuine hard-work for every job he volunteered to do; and his resilience to not use his credit card till the end of the journey.

Going around the world for free might mean different things to different people. People are open to different kind of risks, bargains and experiences - So one has to pick and choose from this book accordingly and hit their own adventure around the world for free. No matter what's your appetite for adventure, there's something for everyone in this book. It gives a fair account of the hacks you can use, the challenges you may face and the various state of minds you might have to conquer. After all, every journey is unique. Loveeeee the book. Heartfelt thanks to the author and narrator both, for someday I might try some of these adventures :)

Special thanks to the narrator for the calm and easy pace, making it such a joy to listen.

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  • JC
  • 03-06-21

A story of privilege

I will admit, I only made it as far as chapter 5. I kept wanting to not be ruffled by this tale. The fact is the wonderful storytelling was interrupted too frequently by the storytellers distasteful persona, privilege and elements of nuanced writing which gave appearance of a slightly misogynistic character with antiquated ideas about race, diversity and ethnicity. The author divulges some useful and interesting information and observations are rich and keen. The privilege isn't entirely unchecked, though some moribund history is relayed piece by piece as if a funny joke full of gaffaws is being made about a younger self between drinks of scotch around a fire with aging baby boomers, you know, years later- so it's "ok". When he proceeded to mention Angelina Jolie for a second time, referencing a woman apparently too refined looking for a rough job it was just a build up of grime around the story. Like the cake was looking edible, even yummy but someone put it in a dirty Tupperware. Hmm. My review.

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  • George
  • 27-01-21

A very odd way to make a point?

The author shows how good natured people really are by freeloading around the world. It was tough for me to be excited for Michael's success in taking food, shelter, and favors from others (sometimes from people with very little) with a credit card in his pocket.

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  • Dariann
  • 10-12-15

How to travel the world for free (If you're a man)

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The concept of the book is great, the adventures he goes on are interesting. However, a lot of this would be dangerous if a woman were to do it (unfortuantely). Because of this, I didn't find the book very useful. There's no way I'd hitchhike with strangers or walk alone in certain countries at night.

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  • R. Crisafulli
  • 24-02-14

A Bit Disappointing

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I found the cultural references and descriptions in this book interesting. What turned me off was the author's "Uber" Western attitude. Why would you agree to take a multicultural trip around the world, and then critique and complain about all the cultures you visit?! Deal, Dude! It's free! The bus-driver in Chile wouldn't keep driving that way if it weren't somewhat successful?! The author should have relaxed into his experiences a little more and focused on the learning aspect. He also took an overly professorial tone when he described Black jack, and Niagara Falls, in detail--like the educated people who read these types of books need those things VERY carefully described. I read Mr. Wigge's next book in the series , about bartering (actually before this one), and it is better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-21

Only a white man could get away with this

It is a very interesting story. I thought this would be more of a how to travel cheaply but it is his story of literally traveling with no money. Like I said only I white man would be able to get away with this and have an enjoyable experience. There is too much hate, prejudice and violence for a person of color or a woman to complete this journey. I will say travel, have fun but above all stay safe. I would not take his advice and try it yourself because it could be very dangerous for anyone else. But it is a good story about one man’s adventure.

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  • Orangepeel91
  • 18-08-21

Advocates theft of services.

It turns out the author is the lowest form of human being.
He wanted to go on a grand adventure without paying for it.
I have no problem with him working on an Amish farm or painting railings on a transatlantic container ship. in fact I applaud those things.
But when he eats at a homeless shelter literally taking food from the mouth of someone who NEEDS it or when he accepts charity from people trying to live on a couple of dollars a day I can't help but be outraged by his greed.
Then there are the two occasions he commits outright theft.
To take from those with little or nothing because you don't WANT to spend any money is a sin and a shame.
But hey. it got this jerk a book deal.

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  • Di's
  • 28-07-21

Astounding tho unconventional...

Kudos to Michael Wigge for accomplishing an amazing feet with no money. Tho his ways might not always be conventional, he pulled it off between creativity, hard work, relying on human kindness and even dumpster diving. So glad he made it.

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  • Zachary Ford
  • 15-06-21

Great Book

I enjoyed the entire story but I kind of wish there was a bit more detail on what he used as well as a few more travel tips. Also it's a bit short. Aside from that the book and story are fantastic and have reinvigorated my hopes and plans for travel. I would highly recommend this to anyone whom dreams of traveling the world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-21

Passion to travel all Alone not penniless female

Easier for a male but a thrilling story none the less!!! I hope Mr. Wiggle can come back to Ohio and have a much more positive experience!!!
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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-21

this book was inspiring and fun to listen to

I honestly had moments that made me laugh and feel a lot of other emotions. quite eye opening and deep as well.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 01-05-19

Great story

Inspiring stories, I was at times on the edge as he was overcoming things that scare me, lots can be learned from this book