So you’ve been inspired and thinking about hitching yourself?
Take a look at Hitchwiki which is a good place to start.
You’d rather hop a train? Then this might be useful.
And now you’re looking to hang (and stay) with locals?
Ah, you wanna help out (and get a place to stay and some grub in return)?
If you want to feel useful and rather ‘work’ for a place to stay (and if you’re lucky you get fed as well), then try Volunteer South America, Free WWOOF, Help Exchange, Work Away, or The 7 Interchange.*
Not satisfied yet and still hungry?
Go dumpsterdiving! Check out Trash Wiki if you want to learn more.
*Note that some of these websites require a membership fee in order to contact potential hosts.