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ISSUE:  042
DATE:  August 07, 2001
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Working Your Way Around the World - Ghent Belgium
TIP:  The decision to work. - Working your way around the world !:
LOCATION:  Belgium


Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Working Your Way Around the World - Ghent Belgium
Issue 42 - HoboTraveler.com - August 7, 2001
A hobo trip around the world.
To write Andy (hobo) HIT REPLY


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Ghent, Belgium Europe
12 Eggs: 1.26 USA or 58 Belgium Francs - Sold in Box of 10 or 6
Bread:   1 dollar USA for loaf of whole wheat or 42 Belgium Francs
Hostel:   10.86 dollars USA or 500 Belgium Francs



I am starting to wonder around Belgium a little and planning
trips to other countries. Europe is very small in a lot of ways.
The stories I have heard all my life about Europe makes it feel large in

my imagination. Thinking about stories of King Arthur, Napoleon,
and Vikings my memories seem larger than life.

Hard to say exactly how large Europe is, but I think you could
fit all of Europe in a space:

1. From about New York City to Chicago
down to New Orleans in the USA.

2. All of Central America.

3. 2-4 countries in South America.

I can travel by train from Belgium to almost anywhere in
Europe in about 12 hours, and I can probably go from
Norway to southern Spain in probably less then 24 hours. So
travel in Europe is very easy for a hobo traveler when compared
it to some of my 35 hour bus trips in South America. I think it is a
little foolish to buy airplane tickets between countries, when it would
probably take longer waiting for the plane, then to go the distance
in a train or bus.

I have been trying to find information on the Eurorail pass for the
train, or the Eurolines Pass for the bus. The bus is cheaper between
countries than the train, but you have to compare prices to be sure.
It is high season in Europe for tourism right now. The prices for both
trains, and buses will drop by about 30 percent around the 4th of September.
So if I take my time, and enjoy life, and have a little patience. I will

soon cut my cost of travel both for transportation and hostels by about
30 percent, as the owners lower their prices from high season to low

I so far find the Eurorail train pass, or Eurolines Bus pass too
expensive. I am still trying to see if it makes any sense. It appears to

be more of a thing of convenience like McDonalds, then of saving
money. But if you are only in Europe for 14 days, you will need all the
conveniences possible to enjoy the trip, and not spend all your time
at the train station buying tickets. I think lots of people want to say,
“I traveled Europe by train with the Europass”
So they can brag to their buddies at home. I will travel to Brussels
soon to find out more on the bus or train passes. The time period for the
pass are normally between 14 to 60 days. Since this
is the time I usually spend in one country, it will probably NOT be cost
effective to buy one. I can go from one end of Belgium, and back round trip for
about 20 dollars.

I got my old Casio camera working again, and bought some 220
equipment to charge batteries, and use my camera. I think the cost to
buy converters to make the 110 stuff work, would cost more than buying the
220 stuff new. Plus my portable computer can use both 220 and 110
without any adapters or any kind. So now I am able to put up some
pictures again for all you people that enjoy visual stimulation. But I still wish

I had my Sony Mavica, and it had not cost so much to get it fixed.
I am looking at new cameras here, but the new Sony Cameras are about
1000 dollar here, and they are phasing out the Mavica. So now a 200
dollar (anything) camera, of any brand is looking good to me. I keep
hoping that one of my 1604 readers will think they need me to say nice things about
their cameras, or computers they sell, and give me one to try. But if
they are smart, they also know I might say bad things. hehehe
So I am not expecting any free promotional cameras or computers soon.

Here are some pictures
Waffles - Chocolates - Buildings - Bikes - Canals - Churches - Electric
Trams etc.

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I helped David Clark with the ropes going through the Panama Canal
He is TRYING to set a world record, by being the oldest person to sail
around the world solo. I will give updates until he arrives.
His boat SANK,
The story continues....
77 years old, he found a new one. YEA !

If you would like to see his return from his
around the world sail, or attend the party.
David B. Clark, Captain of Yacht Mickey.

David's internet WebPages is:
http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)
My story on him: A man

NOTE: David’s adventure will soon be completed.
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Please reply to this message, and send details.




Working your way around the world !

Sounds glamorous and a great adventure.
I am sure it is an adventure, but I am not sure it is glamorous.
Washing dishes, picking fruit, or cleaning up after people is
not my first choice on how to spend a day.

There are 5 choices or methods to work your way around the world.

1. Trade work for a place to live.
2. Work for money, and survive.
3. Work for money, and save money to continue traveling.
4. Return home and work, and return to travel again.
5. Have work that you can do anywhere, or by internet

You can work both legally and illegally, a black market type work.
To working legally in another country, can be easy of very difficult
according to the country. Lots of countries have no laws, or never
enforce the laws. Here are 4 ideas on what happens.

1. Pay bribes to avoid the law.
2. The legal system is not enforced.
3. Hide the workers from the legal system.
4. Work legally.

If you are going to get the work visa, then you are probably should live
in the country for a long time, maybe 3 months or more. If you just
want temporary work than you probably want to work on the black type.
There is a risk you will get deported, fined or even go to jail.
As long as you are doing work that no one wants, then the risks is low,
such as seasonal work, like picking grapes, or fruit.

This is a great option. Trade for cleaning the hostel, or live in a
home for taking care of the garden. Lots of possibilities. Lots of work
available with Agro-tourism or Eco-tourism. People trade free help on a
farm, or help research sea turtles for room and board. I have helped
a lot of hotels with websites for a free room. This is safe, and
since you are not passing money, it is considered legal most
of the time, and not much chance of getting in trouble.

This is what you do in the developing countries like most
of Asia, Central and South America. If they pay a daily salary,
and do not pay by the hour, this is a probably a hint of what you will
do. Survive! I do not consider this a great option, but it is fun,
and will allow you to stay a long time. But make sure you save
enough money to fly home. From Mexico to Argentina
the wagers per day for normal labor is between 3-15 dollars per day.
Hard to buy a plane ticket. But you can live nicely.

In the more expensive countries like USA, Canada, England, Germany,
Scandinavian etc you can work, and save enough money to continue your
The 2 major problems here is to make sure you live cheap enough. You
have to live in
a room that cost about 10 dollars a night. The second problem is
attaining a work
visa. I do not like bureaucracy, and tons of paperwork. It can take 1
to 3 months to get a work visa if even possible. You may be better off
staying at home, and
earning money, then return to continue traveling. It is easier then
dealing with all the
paperwork. Plus you do not learn to love countries by having their
treat you like a low class person because you want to work. So you will
need to plan a strategy whether to work with a work visa, or not.

This is the most common way people travel. Or you can choose a good
country, and a job, and keep returning after various trips. Example: I
choose Ireland because they have lots of jobs. Work for a 2 months. Then
travel for 4 months. Return and repeat. Most hobo travelers return home,
live with their parents for free.

I have met some people that had rental home, and traveled. Living off
the income from the rents. This works best in the developing countries
living expenses are very cheap.
Another possibility is to have stock investments, and buy and sell over
the internet. I have met 2-3 people that have done this. With the
creation of the internet some people can communicate with their
work from anywhere. I met a guy in Costa Rica that wrote
stories for a magazine, and e-mailed them to the editor in the
There are lots of internet business’s, but is very difficult to make

One of my favorite quotes:

“When the student arrives, the teacher appears”

In every country in the world there are jobs for people that want
to work, and are willing to learn, and not be too choosy. It may
take longer to find a job, and the wages may be lower than you
are accustom to, but the reward are tremendous.
If you go to a country willing to learn,
The teacher will appear to show you how to

“Work your way around the world”

My teacher appeared, and I found a book this week, that
I would like to recommend.

Work Your Way Around the World
By Susan Griffith 10th Edition

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the HoboTraveler.com
On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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