Category: Europe

Transnistria: The country you won’t find on a map

  Wedged between the Dniester River in eastern Moldova and the Ukrainian border exists a small country unknown to most of the world’s population. Transnistria is home to over half a million people but you won’t find it on a world map. The UN recognizes Transnistria as a part of Moldova, but, in fact, they have a completely independent government,…

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Norway: Living on Excess

Every August, a number of hitchhikers from around the world gather somewhere in Europe to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate the life of freedom that they have discovered through non-consumerist travel. The location of each Hitchgathering is decided whenever somebody suggests a good spot that fits a few simple guidelines–free for 100+ people to camp without…

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What I’ve learned by traveling with minimal money or plans

  To skip directly to the list, click here. Otherwise, read on about how this type of travel became my lifestyle over the last couple months.   There are infinite different ways to travel. When many people picture travel, they imagine all-inclusive vacations consisting of beaches, spas, fancy restaurants, and cocktails, with a budget of $100+ per day. This type…

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The Great Hitchhiking Adventure: Baltics

The route   4 weeks 2,923 miles 58 car rides with strangers $0 spent on intercity transportation $0 spent on accommodation It all started as I sat in a friend’s apartment in Darmstadt, half working on editing a research paper (my job while traveling) and half scrolling through my Facebook feed, and I noticed a post in the European Rainbow…

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The Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the entire universe. The tiny island of 323,000 people contains every landscape from black sand beaches to rocky fjords to lush mossy green valleys to 1,000 meter deep ice caps to giant standalone volcanoes. Due to the volcanic nature of the island, nearly everything is heated and powered geothermally, and nearly…

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