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How would you advise a person who would like to explore the world, yet has no money at all?

Apart from trying to obtain some cash, what would you tell these sort of people who would like to learn new cultures and meet people of various backgrounds yet has no financial means to do so? Would love some creative answers. =)

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    Feb 6 2013: Well as ive been to china at age 16 coming from germany i guess i am one of those teens who travel around :D
    But yeah thats not the "conventional" way we do travel i was on an foreign exchange program then (10 months) and it cost about all the money my parents had saved up for me at this point :P

    We usually travel within Europe... europe might have quite alot of countrys but its really dense, so i can say ive been to italy, france, the netherlands, uk, spain, poland ans so on and yeah those are all diffrent cultures with diffrent languages so we are blessed here in europe. But why we can do that is partially because:
    a)europe is rich compared to the rest of the world and
    b) europe is small i mean you can cross france in like 10 hours from where i live its 2 hours to paris by train. Thats not huge distances.
    We also have a ticket which is called "interrail" which costs about 180 € for 5 days of "take any train you want" so we buy that ticket and pack a backpack and off we are, we sleep at the trainstation if we cant find a cheap hotel and only have to worry for food.
    Combining interrail with couchsurfing is the cheapest way to visit many diffrent places. Couchsurfing is a website on which you can lend a place to sleep to a complete stranger, receiving nothing then the joy of having helped someone out and meeting new people from diffrent cultures.

    So a great way to start for you (if you have a place to sleep e.g. a couch) would be to invite foreigners to your home and who knows probably you will make friends and they will invite you over in return that way youve safed the hotel costs.

    Edit: and dont "sit and imagine" as someone else suggested ;o) Go out take a risk, if traveling across the world means risking not having a place to sleep inside thats it. Id advise traveling during summer though :D
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      Feb 8 2013: Couch-surfing sounds awesome but am always afraid to try.Is it risky?
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        Feb 12 2013: Well i dont think its highly risky, the couchsurfing community consists of normal people for the greatest part and some weirdos looking for a one night stand, or offering those in addition to the couch.

        As there are reviews on every user profile you can always check someones reputation in the couchsurfing network, ofcourse this can be faked, but its in most cases quite easy to see those (5 people commending each other but having nothing to do with anyone else would make me sceptical for instance)

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