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News & Blogs "We visited over 50 countries on 5 continents in 6 years on $8/day""


Sometimes traveler is traveling.
Jul 28, 2011
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Rochester, NY
Interesting article and information on how they did it and are still doing it - especially the Update portion which explains the "$8" a day. There seem to be several of these type of "I quit my job and have been traveling for 7 years" type of articles and pics entered into "Bored Panda" but this one seemed interesting as it explains a little more on how they get around - financially. :) And judging by all the logos from sponsoring companies - I'd say they got quite a few to back them ...

Their blog on Facebook (further down this page) is interesting as well.

We Visited Over 50 Countries With Our Van Spending Only $8 A Day (UPDATED)

14 days ago by Karol Lewandowski

We are young travel bloggers from Poland who did not have a lot of money but we wanted to see the world. We bought an old van for $600, painted it, took tents and supplies of food and just took off.

In 6 years we visited more than 50 countries and we traveled more than 150.000 km on 5 continents. We never paid for accommodation (we sleep in the van and in tents) and we eat what we cook. Here’s a short story, in pictures.

UPDATE: Since many of you were asking how we manage to travel spending only $8 a day, we wanted to explain it a bit further for you. The main cost is the fuel – that’s why other people travel with us and share fuel costs. We travel slowly and often stay in one place for a few days, so we save on fuel. Also lots of people are ordering a postcard from our trip – they get a postcard from a beautiful place, and we get the money for one liter of fuel.

We do not pay for accommodation because we sleep in the van or in tents – on beaches, cliffs, mountains. Often, strangers invite us to their homes. Poles living abroad often help us. The food we buy in supermarkets and eat what we cook – we do not pay for restaurants. For example, in Australia we ate kangaroo steaks because it was the cheapest meat.

When the car breaks down – we repair it, beacause during the trip we have learned how to do this. And when we need mechanics help, they very often do not take money from us because they are impressed with our trip and want to help us and be a part of our adventure. We have our own electric shower and 150l water tank on the roof so we don’t pay for showers. Sometimes we just use rivers or lakes. Between continents we transport the car on the ship. It is very simple.

We sometimes have sponsors – when we have to spend a lot of money on something. For example, the transport of car across the ocean to Australia and the US – sponsors paid for it in exchange for their advertising on the van. Logos on a car is advertising for such companies, which helped us to transport the car through the oceans. Our blog is the most popular travel blog in Poland – now we work as bloggers and thats how we earn money. And thanks to that we can be still on the road because we just need a laptop and internet to work. We published two books about our trips and they give us some money. We do photo sessions for companies or doing advertising clips in exotic locations and companies pay us for it. We sometimes also work as graphic designers and IT specialist (online).

More info: | Facebook

We are young travel bloggers from Poland who are traveling around the world in an old van

Image credits: Wojciech Lewandowski

We wanted to travel but we did not have a lot of money so we bought old van for $600 and converted it to a travel car

We took tents and food supply and just took off

We visited over 50 countries on 5 continents in 6 years and we drove over 150.000 km

We saw the beautiful mountains of Grand Canyon..

And mesmerizing fields of lupins in Iceland

We bathed in hot springs in Iceland…

Looked at incredibly green fields in Iceland…

Made selfies in the most beautiful places…

Climbed to the top of huge rocks in Norway…

Relaxed in Venice, Italy

Photographed wild sheep in Iceland

Rode camels in Sahara

Saw this beautiful house in Iceland

Visited the monument valley, USA

Saw The Valley Of Fire, USA

Dinned with the view of Grand Canyon

And celebrated Christmas in our van

We never pay for accommodation. We sleep on beaches, cliffs or in the mountains

Image credits: Paweł Jagiełło

We don’t pay for restaurants also, we eat what we cook

Our old car breaks down very often, but we learned how to repair it during the trip

Because we sleep in the wild, we always meet a lot of wild animals

Like this wild emu, who is trying to race our car

Blog about our adventures became popular in Poland, and people began to join us

Readers of our blog and accidentally met people join us and share fuel costs

Other cars sometimes also join us

All the time we meet people who change our point of view

Finally, we got engaged in the Sahara desert

…and we are still on the road!

Image credits: Paweł Jagiełło


There are so many of this travel bloggers that all claim to make enough from the blog to finance the travelling, I wonder who the hell reads them all.
Especially because most of them have basically the same articles, like "how to travel on X$" "10 things to pack in your backpack" "how to make money travelling".
Don't get me wrong I think it's an awesome way of life, I am just surprised by the sheer amount of such blogs.


Shoot Me
Mar 2, 2016
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People love to live vicariously though the travels of others when they are themselves trapped in some way (or think they are). I've moved around coming up, and people are always very interested in my stories. I also read travel blogs on occassion, looking for someone who travels the way I want to. I never find it, but one day that'll be me :D


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Mar 1, 2016
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Wow that's an epic trip! I wonder if they had any trouble in other countries with the euro plates. I noticed in one of the pictures there's a California license plate in the van.


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Dec 31, 2015
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Frederikshavn, Denmark
This is a really inspiring little outpick of their travels, thanks for sharing that @Tude !

There are so many of this travel bloggers that all claim to make enough from the blog to finance the travelling, I wonder who the hell reads them all.
Don't get me wrong I think it's an awesome way of life, I am just surprised by the sheer amount of such blogs.
I've met a few people who actually makes enough money from blogging to support various of their expenses. Like this girl I know from childhood, she's got a blog where she posts adverts of makeup, lingerie, posters, houseware, footwear, clothing, you name it. These adverts are payed for, some by "clicks" some by "views" and some by comission, i.e someone click on her link and buys the items linked to; she gets a part of the profits.

So it's not just travellers making money on blogging. Some people actually make money on posting their normal life while studying and so on.

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