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Traveling for Free: How It’s Done and What It Means

Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

In a world where Money is God, perhaps the ultimate form of iconoclasm is to intentionally go without. Enter Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Man. Former economics student and business director, Boyle is the man behind justfortheloveofit.org and the ‘Freeconomy Community’. Boyle has shown that life can be lived without sacrificing your Time to the Almighty Dollar. In fact, in kind of a curious way, Boyle has made a name for himself by capitalizing on doing away with capitalism.

This week, TreeHugger did a short write up on a recent article about Boyle over at The Guardian. For getting around, Boyle recommends everything from walking on homemade shoes (using old rubber, hemp, and other easily-disposable materials), to hitchhiking, to using websites like couchsurfing.org (a community for people to find other people willing to open their homes and couches to budget travelers), to supplementing time and diet by working on co-operative organic farm. Boyle is even an advocate of dumpster-diving, a process of getting food where people scrounge for discarded items tossed out by local supermarkets or food manufacturing plants which is still edible but can’t be sold.

Boyle’s certainly not the first to herald the benefits of a moneyless, traveling existence. There are a wide variety of books and stories detailing the how and why of an anti-material lifestyle on the road. And although Boyle may have an extreme traveling philosophy, his lifestyle can still give inspiration to mainstream travelers looking to lessen.

If you want to learn more, check out this video: Guide to Freeconomy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2funpl8L1dk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

[Image: guardian.co.uk]

Tags: co-op, couchsurfing.org, dumpster diving, free travel, freeconomy, mark boyle, moneyless man

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