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Old 1 Jan 2008
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This is a 'how long is a piece of string' type question.

Obviously - You have to have enough for fuel, accommodation, food, etc.
Do any of you 'earn' or trade as you go?

What do you do if if the money runs out or worse - like being robbed.

I always like to be prepared and would like to learn a few tricks of the trade if you like.

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Hey there Tom - you may find the dedicated Money Saving Ideas, Making Travel Money section helpful...


In particular this thread has some good suggestions....



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Thanks for the links!!!

I think as a sparky I could be earning a bit as I go - I just need a big board saying 'ELECTRICIAN SEEKING WORK' in several languages.

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It´s a bad idea in my opinion to work in a poor country. You will never be able to make half the money that you could at home. If you do not mind the low pay and like the lifestyle than I don´t see a problem though.
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money in different forms

I found when travelling far from home for a long time, that having travellers checks was a safe bet. I could cash them when needed, almost anywhere. If they got stolen, you could phone you agent with the numbers of each check and get them sent to you fairly quickly. Definitely a safe backup. I'm not sure if they do them anymore, it's been so long since I first started travelling. Settled down since.
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I earn money as I go as a writer/photographer for magazines, but only enough to cover my costs. My real love is my book work, which is for 'money later'. It's very hand to mouth. Because I'm not gungho on the magazines, money DOES run out. Or, stories get bumped until a later date. When that happens, I just stay in one spot until a payment comes through. This 'road' is not for the security conscious!
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It´s a bad idea in my opinion to work in a poor country. You will never be able to make half the money that you could at home. If you do not mind the low pay and like the lifestyle than I don´t see a problem though.
Let's not forget it's also ILLEGAL to work in these poor countries without a work permit just as it would be for their citizens to work illegally in ours.
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Jacket Armour Pockets..

I usually advise people to split their carrying cash up,into aleast three or four quantities.. and have a "throw away" day wallet.. something to hand over with a few notes in it if your robbed..

The rest can be hidden on a bike, in your cloths and gear. Bike jackets often have nice internal pockets for armour.. tucking a few notes in side one for emergencies is a good place to keep it well out of site. Most non bikers wouldnt even think of looking in there... or know the pockets exist.

Money belts are ok, but street wise scumbags often expect foriegners to be carrying them.

In africa I had the habbit of carrying a few american dollars sewn into liners on luggage and rucksacks, in case of emergencies.

If you keep your cash split up, its harder to loose it all and it dawns on you quicker, the rate at which your chewing through it hopefully giving you some time to sort it out..
safe riding and hope to see you out on the road. .. John..
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