BY: ALEX BROWN
Their story is familiar to anyone with itchy feet to travel, or those who are feeling the weight of the office grind bearing down on them and are looking for a way out. Hailing from Poland, Karol and Aleksandra Lewandowski are travel bloggers who run the website busaroundtheworld.com. They have a particularly unique catch to their blog, though, which may be useful to anyone looking to travel the world with next to no money. Over the course of 50 countries and five continents, they’ve managed to keep their spending at eight dollars a day.
In true frugal fashion, they began their journey by purchasing a van for $600. Originally, the van looked like the type you might be offered to enter by a surly man with a stringy beard holding out lollipops. They were sure to give it a facelift really quick, and now it looks more like the Mystery Mobile goes to Sandals Jamaica.
Their main cost, fuel, is subsidized by ride-sharing. In order to make enough dough to contribute their share of fuel, they take their time travelling from place to place, selling postcards in between. The next biggest cost, food, is carefully monitored—only van-cooked supermarket food will do, as restaurants and eating out can be pricey. Even showers are free, with an electric device situated on the roof of the van. Other times, the ocean or passing lakes become their showers.
As far as moving continents, they simply cross the ocean by means of ship, which allows them to take their van along for the ride. The couple also uses advertising to subsidize their costs, plastering sponsors across the sides of their van to pay for their larger expenditures. Apparently, they’re the biggest travel blog in Poland.
All of this has given the couple a unique opportunity to explore some of the most unique landscapes at the furthest corners of the world: