The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1955

If a traveller runs out of funds or his means of transportation stops functioning, in the event that the purpose of his journey is not sinful and he cannot reach his destination by borrowing or by selling something, he can receive zakat even if he is not a poor person in his home town (waṭan). However, if he can procure funds for his journey at another place by borrowing money or by selling something, then he can receive zakat up to the amount that will enable him to get to that place. And based on obligatory precaution, if he can raise money by selling or renting some property in his home town for the expenses of his journey, he must not receive zakat.