Vicky Baker is travelling around Central and South America guided by the local people she meets on social networking websites. This week, she is in Venezuela
‘My grandmothers keep telling me to start charging,” says Javier, as I walk through his front door in Barcelona, Venezuela. I’m the 36th traveller to stay in his apartment. “But if we’re talking karma,” he adds, “then I’m the one with the debt to pay.”
Javier is just back from a 10-month travel-networking trip around Europe. There he eked out his small budget by hitchhiking, occasionally dining only on plain rice, and never, ever paying for accommodation.