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Published September 13th 2012
(Mis)adventures of K&M
I have crazy friends totally mad and thank God for that.

They keep me giggling, no matter what life throws at me. So whilst packing for my recent overseas trip, I wasn't surprised when my friend Kylie showed up at my door with a cut out of herself and one of another friend Martha. Apparently they wanted to come with me, but couldn't and this was the next best option. And so our adventure began.

Packed in my carry on luggage, the girls were well behaved on the trip to the airport. It was only when I checked in they were allowed to come out.

What is the best way to travel for free?
The girls were not allowed to come out until we arrived at the airport

I was a little nervous at first, wondering if customs would confiscate them and send me to the loony bin, but all went smoothly. We had our first coffee sitting at the airport. I snapped a few pictures, as some curious onlookers walked past.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Have passport, will travel.

Our first stop was in Los Angeles where I met my friend Madisen and we transferred onto a flight to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Madisen didn't even wink when I pulled the girls out of my bag and she was happy to go along with what was to become the (mis) adventures of K&M.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Meeting up with Madisen at LAX. Sideward glances from onlookers

When we arrived in Mexico, the girls planted themselves at the swimming pool bar and were not going to move, but of course I had other plans.

What is the best way to travel for free?
The girls headed straight for the bar.

I took them swimming with dolphins, on a glass bottom boat cruise, tour of the city and shopping, but somehow they always convinced me to take them to the nearest bar, even though I don't drink. Thankfully they weren't driving.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Martha goes swimming with dolphins without getting wet

What is the best way to travel for free?
The girls particularly enjoyed a glass bottom cruise

What is the best way to travel for free?
K&M found every bar in the area

As I whipped the girls out of my bag, it was interesting to watch everyone's reactions. Most people laughed and thought it was such a great idea, whilst others (mostly men) grabbed the girls and happily posed with them and even asked for their contact details.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Can I buy you a drink?

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor ...
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor .

As each adventure unfolded, I posted the pics on Facebook and this started a whole new conversation between my friends, my friends' friends, my virtual friends and Facebook friends. New friendships were formed and everyone's funny comments had us laughing out loud.

The next stop was Los Angeles. The girls shopped and shopped and shopped. After a 12 hour marathon shopping spree, I finally managed to get them back into the suitcase, which was now a few kilos heavier.

What is the best way to travel for free?
After a 12 hour marathon shopping spree

Our next destination was Toronto, Canada. The girls got a little queasy going up to CN Tower, but totally enjoyed their trip to the Shoe Museum and Zanzibar.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Venturing up to CN Tower

At this point my Canadian friend took over educating the girls - he taught them how to order drive through coffee Canadian style, took them out for a pizza, bought them a bottle of red happiness and almost dropped them down Niagara Falls.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Be good girls, eat your dinner.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Oooops almost dropped ya!

Unbeknownst to me, while I was lugging the girls around the world, they were taking me places too. They had me working at the office, riding a skateboard, pole dancing and even managed to marry me off.

What is the best way to travel for free?
Who says you can't be in two places at once?

What is the best way to travel for free?
I do I do I do ...

More photos more laughter more friendships.

I wondered if our crazy adventure would end as the plane landed back in Sydney. Apparently not a couple more nutty friends wanted to come on the next trip. This time Master 11 and I packed 5 friends, who accompanied us to the Gold Coast. More mischief, more experiences and more funny looks from passers by. But that's another story .

What is the best way to travel for free?
The lifeguard couldn't decide which girls to pick

What is the best way to travel for free?
Do you need help with choosing glasses?

The great thing about travelling with my flatpack friends was they went where I wanted to go, didn't argue or make too much mess and were generally well behaved. They knew that if they stepped out of line, I would get some blutack, and stick them in the naughty corner.

So if you have a limited budget for travel and don't have friends who can pack you into their suitcase and take you around the world for free, then check out the following great websites and articles:

How to Travel for Free
Travel The World For Free
5 Ways to Travel the World For Free
15 Ways to Travel the World for Free

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Your Comment
This is such a funny article...I love it's originality!
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|950) 2010 days ago
That's hilarious. I love how they were laminated in expectation of messy nights at the bar or some pool craziness.
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 2009 days ago
I could have gone to my swimming club reunion! Let's expand on the of yourself plus collage of life events stuck on table at function you can't make it to ;)
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 1979 days ago
I love this story! Great idea! I might send my pic with my daughter on her honeymoon....hee hee...I'm sure she'll take it!
by gilli (score: 2|134) 2012 days ago
Utterly stupid. Yes, amusing, but really all these girls wanted to do was get their faces seen by the rest of the world. And nothing at all to do with anyone getting a REAL free trip anywhere.
by orkne (score: 0|4) 2009 days ago
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