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> British guy to do "penniless" walk to India
starlagurl
post Feb 4 2008, 11:03 AM
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This 28 year old guy, Mark Boyle, is packing virtually nothing but the clothes on his back and is walking 9,000 miles from Britain to India. That sounds totally amazing, I wanna go!

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080130/oddi...ia_walk_offbeat


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post Feb 4 2008, 11:17 AM
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He is a proper hippy, which is something I can't really stand, but I bookmarked his blog anyway.


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post Feb 4 2008, 11:30 AM
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Certain countries won't let you in if you don't have any money, I hope he gets around that one!
He's a bit loopy, that is sure, but who knows, maybe he will actually do it.


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post Feb 4 2008, 02:54 PM
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Haha, rbisset, you are funny, what's so bad about hippies?


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post Feb 4 2008, 11:43 PM
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Thanks for posting the link. He's already begun his 'walk'. Freeconomy is an interesting concept... I've subscribed to his blog too, want to see how far he gets.
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post Feb 5 2008, 11:27 AM
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Oh I had no idea he already started. Cool, we should take bets on how far he will get.

I'm betting on... the ocean...


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post Feb 5 2008, 10:45 PM
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I wanna go too.

I have thought about doing something similar. Walking from Bangkok to Northern India. Maybe in another 5 or 10 years. Anyone wanna come or sponsor me? - not that I think it'll cost much.

Ha ha - but I am not a hippy.

A retired Thai uni lecturer walked from Northern Thailand to Southern Thailand recently without using a cent (or any other form of money). - Interesting.
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post Feb 5 2008, 11:02 PM
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Oh - I notice he is doing it without touching money.

Good on him.

Another friend of mine in Thailand lived without money for about a year or so. It is quite possible.

My trip walking to India wouldn't be the same. In the past I may have wanted to do that, but now I'd expect to spend some money sometimes. But certainly doing it all cheap and not spending much and being as close to the locals as possible would all be part of the purpose of walking as opposed to any other transport method.
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post Feb 6 2008, 09:06 AM
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I'm in Paul! Email/call me in 5-10 years!


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post Feb 7 2008, 08:04 AM
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I'll read a blog on that too! Might be a little tough if you go through myanmar, it's a closed border on the India side. Also you need special permits to visit most of the northeast provinces in India.
Hopefully things will change between the two countries' relations by the time you go!
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post Mar 3 2008, 08:47 AM
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A little late, but I thought you guys might want to know that he gave up. If you haven't already heard...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england...set/7270401.stm

A man who planned to walk from Bristol to India without any money has quit, after getting as far as Calais, France.

Mark Boyle, 28, who set out four weeks ago with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging.

But, because he could not speak French, people thought he was free-loading or an asylum seeker.


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Well, that was quick!


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post Mar 6 2008, 05:11 AM
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That's what happens when you are a tree hugging hippy! I couldn't believe it when i read he had given up within 3 days of leaving UK!


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post Mar 6 2008, 09:29 AM
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Yeah I know...maybe he should've done it in the summer, so that he could sleep in some parks or something...And it would be easier to dumpster dive...


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post Mar 6 2008, 10:14 AM
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Wow! A Lazy hippie. You certainly don't read about that every day. I find the whole 'what you need will come to you' approach isn't entirely ineffective, but it doesn't hurt if you have something to contribute as well. I think leaving everything behind made it a little artificial. Or do I misunderstand or miss the point? I do that sometimes.


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post Mar 6 2008, 10:17 AM
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I think the point was that he was throwing his trust entirely into the whims of strangers... Testing the limits of society and the longevity of the human spirit...maybe...

But yeah, it doesn't hurt to be prepared with maybe a bag of rice and small stove or something, just so you don't starve...


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post Mar 6 2008, 10:28 AM
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A credit card is easier to pack. It could be a secret. Just for emergencies of course!
I think he discovered the difference b/w 'testing' and 'relying on'. I have never been in a pickle where the kindness of strangers did not swiftly rescue me, even beyond my hopes, but I am unsure about throwing yourself deliberately to the whims of fate.


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Then again, I have always said that luck is just as good as planning, and it's cheaper


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Well, it's not like he really took that big of a risk...I mean, walking around Europe is not 1960s Vietnam...


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Well still, sapping off strangers unnecessarily, he shouldn't be surprised the expedition was short. Funny they thought he was crazy. Do you disagree?


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