Go hitchhike

A car costs a lot of money. A whole lotta money. car insurance, maintenance. Initial buying costs are very high and gas prices are mainly rising. And many cases you don't really need a car. Forget about it and go hitchhike!

One of the alternatives for owning a car is hitchhiking or carpooling or car sharing. Hitchhiking works fine in many places. It might be tough to make the first steps but you'll find the experience very enjoyable.

Robin, one of the Moneyless.org writers has hitchhiked a lot himself. You can read some of his stories at randomroads.org. On his websites you'll also find links to e.g. Hitchwiki.org, the website about hitchhiking, with tips tips for first timers and a world-wide database of good hitchhiking spots.

Besides hitchhiking you can also make appointments with people living around you that go the same direction. Or you go by bicycle or on foot.

The most important is to construct a life in which you're no longer dependent on having your own car. Think about the things you use a car for that you could approach differently. Is your work far away from home? Might be time for a new job, or even to stop working. Another possibility is to move elsewhere.

Public transport is also an option, but costs money. In some countries it's common that employers cover some of these costs in a tax-deductible way.

Further reading

Book: Steps Towards Inner Peace

The Peace-Pilgrim was a woman living almost 30 years without money, in the walhalla of money: the United States. She made many walking trips and took only little on those trips. She lived just from what people gave her and she never needed any money!

Her message was about an inner peace that is reachable by anyone. You as well! It's the ultimate form of happiness, always in peace with whatever is there. Always be at peace with yourself.

"Steps Towards Inner Peace" is the book published after her death. The book is available for free. You can order it at the website about the book and there is also a digital version in Dutch and other languages.

Also check Wikipedia for more information about her life and the website Peacepilgrim.

Pregnant and no money

Pregnant and no money. What now? My wife and me were sitting at the midwife for our first appointment. We were talking about finances and we were asked how we thought to raise the money, without money. We were slightly confused by this question. And possibly naively we posed ourselves the question: "Money? Do we really need it for a baby?"