It’s life or death and now or never.
You’ve chosen life and you’re ready to run away now.
Perhaps you have a few weeks to plan or maybe you want to literally leave now. Whatever the case, this is the right Runaway Guide.
Figure out the best place to go.
Learn how to get there.
Find out what you need.
Commit, and get ready to go.
Everything you need to know and nothing you don’t.
To read the full version of this book click here, Run Away Now.
Step 1: Choose A Destination
If you already know where you want to go then you can skip step 1 and move on to finding a cool hideout.
If you have no idea or are still uncertain, check out the following.
So, what country should you run away to?
The beauty about this predicament is that you can literally go anywhere you want. On the other hand, you have over 200 countries to choose from.
Having traveled to over 80 countries in the past 10 years, below are my top suggestions.
Guatemala is my favorite country in the world and I end up living there 3 to 4 months every year. I chose Guatemala as my hideout for a few reasons. 1) It’s as cheap as chips. 2) It’s Maya people are endlessly fascinating. 3) There’s a unique expat (US & European immigrant) community. 4) It’s easy to get a side job as a hotel manager or bar tender. 5) If I want to leave, I can easily travel through one of the best backpacking regions of the world, Central America.
I would recommend Thailand to anyone who loves the tropics. This country is steamy, cheap, and full of expats and backpackers (although sometimes too much so). It’s an ideal starting country for those who want to travel SE Asia afterwards, or for those who want to rent a 200$/month bungalow and enjoy easy island living.
Japan is a country for those who either want to live quietly in the countryside or start a new life in a city. Although you can backpack through Japan, it’s difficult to spend less than 50$/day. For more on the costs, check out the cost of traveling Japan.
Sweden is super safe, comfortable, naturally stunning and relaxing. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most expensive countries in Europe. Fortunately, you can easily find a small studio in a student city for the summer for as little as 400$/month. More, thanks to All Mans Rights, a law ubiquitous across Scandinavia, you can technically camp anywhere you wan to; making it perfect for broke runaways as well.
Ultimately, the country you choose depends on you and the kind of journey you want to have. If you want to begin a budget backpacking trip, there are few better places to start than Guatemala. If your interests lie in Asia, Japan, as well as Korea, are two great countries to teach English and live in. If you can’t get enough Thai food and long for cheap island life, you can’t go wrong with Thailand. Finally, if you’ve always been a fan of Ikea’s meatballs, money isn’t an issue and need your creature comforts, look no further than Sweden.
Although I highly recommend these 4 countries, only you can decide where you want to go.
Step 2: Get There
Now you know where you want to go and maybe even have a place stay. Next you need to figure out how to get there, and do so as cheap as possible.
First check out the major flight search engines. These include Kayak, Skyscanner, and Google Flights. I prefer to start with Kiwi because it’s myriad search options offer you the greatest chance of finding the cheapest flight. After you find a potential flight, I would compare the search engine price with the price listed on the airline’s website as it can often be cheaper. For more airline tips, see How To Find A Cheap Flight.
Train travel is almost always more expensive than bus travel around the world. However, it’s almost always the fastest and most comfortable way to go. If you’re traveling through Europe, the best way to save, especially if you’re under 26 is through a Rail Pass. If you’re only going from a to b, the cheapest train tickets can be purchased online in advance on that countries national railway website.
Busses are usually significantly cheaper than trains. Almost every country has ultra cheap bus companies. In the the UK it’s MegaBus, in the US it’s the “Chinese Busses” and in Japan it’s the Willer Express. But if you’re in the developing world, the cheapest busses are always the local busses.