text and photos: Vyacheslav Stoyanov
drawings: Yana Melamed
Everybody has a dream. One of the most popular dreams of all is to travel, to see the world. But usually people don't go anywhere because of one big excuse: “I don’t have the money for this!” Yes, free time is expensive! I quit my job; the same goes with Yana on our epic journey from Alaska to Argentina just with 1000 dollars in our pockets. We crossed the from the northernmost point of the US - Deadhorse, Alaska or Prudhoe Bay - to the southernmost point in Key West, Florida. And we’re still going. From coast to coast we spent just 750 dollars in 250 days (8 months), or average 3 dollars a day for 2 of us. Is it possible to survive just with 3 dollars day budget for 2 people? Yes, it’s possible! Here, I’m sharing how we made it via some of our tips for travel:
All you need is food!
Most important to remember that all animals need personal space. Big animals need more distance to feel safe. Bears needs at least 30 meters of personal space. You should never surprise animals with your appearance, make sure they know that you are around! You can make noise with a bearbell on your bike.
Another other option for calories is the local food pantry. These are often run by the Salvation Army or a Church. You can research on the internet to find one near you.
The best food on our journey has been baking our homemade bread with a campfire. In America bread is awful… You can find good bread just in bakeries but it is crazy expensive. Making bread is easy and cheap. All-purpose flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast and water. Mix the dough very well and allow it to rise around an hour. Put the coals from the campfire around and above the pot, wait for 30 minutes, and you will never buy another bread from a store again. Fresh bread is the base source of food and it goes with every meal. We also make pizza, pasta, cookies with the same dough. Our staple food is “gypsy banitza”. Fresh bread with dipping made from vegetable oil mixed with spices and salt. Very good source of energy and it’s very tasty.