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How to Travel the World for Free

One Man, 150 Days, Eleven Countries, No Money!
Written by: Michael Wigge
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Self-Development, How-to
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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.

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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mikhail Demin
  • 22-03-15

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It could be very exciting book. Little bit blunt and little bit boring.. I do not want to say anymore.

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  • 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