196 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2012)
Review copy provided by author via NetGalley
How to Travel the World for Free 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 3 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-read for every travel and adventure fan!
I like to think of myself as a traveler, though I haven't traveled nearly as much as I'd like. Money, you know. And time, of course. So, to satisfy my wanderlust, I usually pick up a couple travelogues during the year.
Except...there's no way in hell I'd put myself through what this guy did to get a free trip from Berlin to Antarctica. I'm way too soft and comfort-loving. I couldn't charge people a dollar to pillow fight with me or to sit on me like I'm a sofa, like this man did in California. I don't think I could sleep on the couch or floor or futon of people I don't know and make pleasant conversation with them in the morning (I know a lot of people do this but...no. Not my thing.). It's a crazy thing this man puts himself through--and he seems to really enjoy it.
Short, with plenty of exclamation points (man does love his exclamation points) but interesting (in a head-cock, WTH is he thinking kind of way), HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR FREE is an unusual addition to any travelogue library.